What a beautiful morning for a groundbreaking!  Close to 100 people gathered today to celebrate a new library breaking ground in west Denver.  Denver’s city librarian, Shirley Amore spoke about this library and how it is a place not only to share with the community but also to build community at the gateway to west Colfax.

Shirley was joined by distinguished speakers including Mayor Michael Hancock, Councilwoman Susan Shepherd, Councilman Paul Lopez, past Library Commissioner Eric Duran and current Library Commissioner Gloria Rubio-Cortes.

The new state of the art library will be two stories and include space for community gatherings, a children’s area, technology space with 50 computer stations, teen spaces, study rooms and additional meeting space.  This will all be centered around an outdoor reading room that will be an oasis in the city.

“Libraries become the soul of the community, young people need libraries to access and resources they don’t have at home,” said Mayor Hancock.  He went on to explain how “right now libraries are only open on average 32 hours a week, we need to find a way to make libraries available to our children and communities more. We are a better city then that – we can do right by our children and right by our libraries.”

ULC is honored to be a partner of this development at Colfax and Irving, called Mile High Vista, originally purchasing the 2+ acre site in 2011.  Since acquisition ULC has completed environmental remediation and is in the process of managing the infrastructure work for the entire site, investing an additional $1,500,000 into the property.  Future development at Mile High Vista includes 70+ units of workforce housing by Del Norte and a commercial building.

This library will be a cultural beacon, giving people the opportunity to open new doors and new opportunities.  We look forward to watching how this new community asset can be a real game changer on West Colfax.

Pictured above with ULC staff and Mayor Hancock are other partners responsible for completing site planning and infrastructure:  Charles, Superintendent, Mike, Project Manager, Todd Guthrie, Indra Tjaja, architect, Nanci Kerr, ULC Project Manager, Dana Rommerdahl, Project Manager Asst. Our civil engineers from Vision Land and lead architect Yong Cho of Studio Completiva were missing from the photo.