Dahlia Square (Denver, CO)

The 8.3 acre Dahlia Shopping Center, located in the northeast Park Hill neighborhood of Denver was developed in the early 1950s. It was once the largest minority-owned shopping center in the United States. However, it had fallen into a state of disrepair, with a less-than-15-percent occupancy rate by 1990s, initiating a community-based redevelopment effort.

Community hopes of revitalization of the shopping center were dimmed when it was discovered that the shopping center had been built over an unregulated landfill created during the site’s former use the Ferry Brickyard.

During our former days as Brownfield Partners we abated, demolished and remediated the numerous environmental issues from the clay mining and landfill use that were hampering the site’s redevelopment, working with the Denver Urban Renewal Authority (DURA). The more than $7-million project to ready the site for development was funded through a mix of federal and local grants.

In 2008, we sold the property, with its clean bill of environmental health to the Oakwood Homes. In subsequent years, the Park Hill Family Medical Clinic and new housing units, including affordable housing for seniors have been completed on the site.
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