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September 24, 2011 Update

Our mission is to acquire, develop, and preserve community assets in urban areas for a variety of community needs such as schools, affordable housing, and office space for nonprofits. 

Thanks to all who attended our Second Annual Summer Soiree!
Urban Land Conservancy, Denver Preschool Program and Education Reform Now had a blast at our 2nd Annual Common Roots Summer Soiree!  We would like to thank everyone for attending and celebrating our successes in the last year!  ULC was honored to give recognition to two individuals who have contributed so much to our mission and the neighborhoods we work in to preserve and create community assets.
  • George Beardsley was a founding Board member of the ULC and a major contributor to Denver’s real estate industry, Colorado outdoor preservation, and community nonprofits. Mr. Beardsley lost his battle with cancer this month. His inspirational leadership in establishing ULC will always be remembered and appreciated.
  • Reverend Kelly is the Executive Director of Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives. He runs and After School Education, Bonding and Character program (AEBC) out of Wyatt Edison,  a prevention program to elementary school aged children to provide homework assistance, mentoring and recreational activities.  The goal of the program is to help children make positive choices when confronted by negative influences.  Open Door’s most important goal is to prevent kids from ever joining gangs.


Rev Kelly
Reverend Kelly Accepts his Unique Award

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Urban Land Conservancy acquires 5th property using Transit-Oriented Development Fund.

villa tod
Villa TOD, in the Santa Fe Arts District

Villa TOD, located in Denver’s Santa Fe Arts District, is the fifth property ULC has acquired using the Transit-Oriented Development Fund.  ULC purchased this property in August, preserving 16 units of affordable housing and 7,400 square feet of commercial space. ULC will partner with NEWSED CDC and Denver Inner City Parish (DICP) for the long-term management and use of the property.  Both nonprofits have worked along the Santa Fe corridor for more than 35 years.  DICP will be expanding their services to include housing assistance allowing them to fill a vital need in west Denver.

Congratulations to West Colfax BID for Governor’s Award!
West Colfax in Denver
West Colfax in Denver
Urban Land Conservancy congratulates the West Colfax Business Improvement District, who won a 2011 Governor’s Award for Downtown Excellence for Best Sustainable Downtown Project.  This award went to the BID for its work in creating “Denver’s Sustainable Main Street” through infrastructure improvements making West Colfax more walkable and successful promotion of green technology in businesses.
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless revitalizing West Colfax
   Mercedes Marquez

    CCH’s five-story building off West Colfax Avenue and Zenobia Street will provide 101 new homes for  low-income working families, individuals and the chronically homeless.  It will also be a huge boost for the local economy.

    In a recent visit by Mercedes Marquez, assistant secretary of community planning and development for HUD, she discussed the importance of community investment.  This new development will encourage neighborhood improvements by other businesses and residents.