What Does the Federal Shut Down Mean to Community Development & Affordable Housing

In a recently distributed Op Ed authored by Ismael Guerrero, Denver Housing Authority and Aaron Miripol, Urban Land Conservancy, this point was made clear: community development & affordable housing are critical to the country’s economic infrastructure. 

The economic impact of affordable housing development in the Denver region alone created over 5,000 construction jobs, nearly 1,000 permanent jobs, $845 million in local income and $102 million in local taxes since only 2005.

Read the full Op Ed on ULC’s Industry Today page.

Please Welcome ULC’s Newest Team Members! 

We are thrilled to announce the hiring of our new staff, furthering the work of ULC around the preservation and development of real estate to benefit Denver’s communities.

Tony Pickett, VP – Master Site Development 

Tony is a LEED accredited professional with over 25 years of real estate experience in large scale mixed use urban redevelopments. He comes to us from Atlanta, GA where he worked at the Atlanta Housing Authority as the Director of Real Estate Development.

Most recently Tony was the founding Executive Director of the Atlanta Land Trust Collaborative; leading efforts to create equitable development along the $2.8 billion Atlanta Beltline.  

He is responsible for all phases of master development and ensuring long term stewardship of ULC real estate.

Jonathan Cappelli, Associate – Special Projects

Jonathan has been an intern with ULC since January 2013, and was recently hired as a staff member to support special projects including ULC’s collaborative work in the Denver region and nationally.  Jonathan recently graduated with a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado, Denver.


Northeast Park Hill Celebrates New Developments and Positive Changes at Holly Square

ULC, Strengthening Neighborhoods and the Holly Area Redevelopment Project (HARP) came together for a celebration of change to the northeast Park Hill neighborhood.  Holly Square has gone through significant redevelopment since ULC acquired the site in 2009, including new basketball and futsal courts and the newly opened Boys & Girls Club.  Thank you to everyone who attended the wonderful BBQ, celebrating their community and all of the wonderful improvements that have occurred.

ULC’s Debra Bustos – Finalist for Colorado’s Eagle Award

Established in 1990, the Eagle Award has come to represent one of the highest achievements within the Colorado housing community. This prestigious award celebrates the extraordinary accomplishments and outstanding leadership in housing and support services.

Way to go on this nomination Debra!

 Please join ULC at the Shared Space Harvest Fest held on October 19th from

1-4pm at 29th and Curtis Street

Denver Shared Spaces is excited to host the Shared Space Harvest Fest, a family-focused community celebration for the opening of Curtis Park Nonprofit Center Complex and all the exciting developments across the neighborhood.  
Held in and around Curtis Park Nonprofit Center, this event will feature kid-friendly activities like face painting and balloon animals, treats and drinks for “kids” of all ages, and a local business and resource fair. And to top it off, Little Man Ice Cream has donated the use of their giant inflatable as well!
A great way for neighbors, community members, businesses and service providers to come together for fall fun and community building.  We hope to see you there!More information can be found here – see you on the 19th!