Shout out to developers: 5 Pts. is "it"

Jan 20, 2014

(originally aired on 7/12/13)Ground was broken on the first residential development of the Five Points Redevelopment Plan this week. The event was just the next step in what has been a strong summer for urban development launches in Denver's urban core. (United Way broke ground at Park Ave./23rd and California St. in June. Sprouts opened a new store at Colfax and Garfield this week.)  "80205 is one of the most gentrified districts in the nation," said Denver District 8 councilman Albus Brooks, who added he's expecting five to six more groundbreakings in the next few months. (Fordham Institute, "Fastest-Gentrifying," "You are looking at some of the best housing stock this state has," said Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, who grew up in the vicinity.   Developer Shannon Harris (Fuse Living) said, "The Five Points Redevelopment Plan has a lot of similar goals, sustainability, community connectivity." Harris said they're targeting Energy Star level and gold LEED certification, and they're planning solar panels on the rooftops. The next step, says Tracy Winchester, executive director for the Five Points Business District, is retail development and services for the many new and younger residents of the Five Points community. Official website: This audio feature begins with comments by Councilman Brooks.  (length of audio feature - about 4:30)