What is Impact East Colfax?

Impact East Colfax is a collaboration between Urban Land Conservancy (ULC) and The Fax Partnership (The Fax) to build equitable, affordable commercial and residential developments on the East Colfax corridor. ULC has a commitment to preserving land in communities at risk of displacement and developing, stewarding, and managing permanently affordable housing and shared office space for nonprofits and mission-minded organizations in those places.  Since 2003, ULC has invested $140 million and leveraged more than $1 billion in more than 45 affordable properties throughout Metro Denver and Colorado. The Fax is a long-standing nonprofit working to strengthen and support the East Colfax corridor while advancing a vision of equitable development through the Impact East Colfax initiative. 

As one of the most ethnically diverse and affordable communities in Metro Denver, East Colfax is a community under threat of displacement of existing residents and businesses with the planned Bus Rapid Transit project and the recent Opportunity Zone designation. Through a community-inclusive process, ULC/Fax seeks to preserve affordability and accessibility through the Impact East Colfax initiative, which includes the acquisition of parcels to develop affordable housing and commercial space on the East Colfax corridor.

The Colorado Health Foundation and Gates Family Foundation, along with FirstBank Colorado, have invested in Impact East Colfax. With their support, ULC/Fax seek to acquire a minimum of three parcels for affordable development. 

Impact East Colfax Steering Committees

Impact East Colfax will launch in March 2021 with the creation of two community steering committees (one in Denver and one in Aurora) that will guide the development processes. ULC/Fax are seeking a diverse group of individuals (age, gender, race, ethnicity, perspective, socio-economic status, ability …) who reside, work, and/or volunteer in the East Colfax area and who care deeply about the future of the community. Steering Committee members will be provided stipends and will be asked to commit to a two-year term on the committee. 

Are you excited by the idea of urban development that improves the lives of members of your community?

Are you deeply familiar with one or more East Colfax neighborhoods?

Do you have experience in urban planning, real estate, affordable housing, or construction?

Could you represent the interests of communities affected by redevelopment on East Colfax?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you might be interested in serving on a Steering Committee for Impact East Colfax!

Click below to view the steering committee flyer in the following languages:

For questions about this initiative or to learn more about the Impact East Colfax community Steering Committees please email us at impacteastcolfax@urbanlandc.org.  

About The Fax

Founded in 2004, The Fax Partnership, also known as The Fax, envisions East Colfax as a transit-rich, ethnically diverse main street with affordable housing and neighborhood-serving businesses. Through community partnerships and collaboration with local government and nonprofits, we’re working to create a healthy mix of affordable and engaging places for people to live, work and enjoy life. To learn more, visit www.thefaxdenver.com.

About Urban Land Conservancy

Urban Land Conservancy (ULC) is committed to preserving, developing, stewarding, and managing permanently affordable housing and shared office space for nonprofits and mission-minded organizations in Metro Denver and surrounding communities. For more information, visit www.urbanlandc.org.