The Denver Housing Authority has started demolition for a major phase of redevelopment at the former South Lincoln Homes site near the West 10th Avenue & Osage Street light rail station.
Six two-story buildings totaling 38 residential units will be demolished over the next three weeks. Built in 1953 as part of DHA’s second housing development, the buildings are now functionally obsolete. Concrete will be salvaged and recycled and interior appliances reused. The buildings are located near the Buckhorn Exchange restaurant on West 10th Avenue and Navajo Street. The work is being completed by Boulder-based Deneuve Construction.
A number of residents have chosen to stay at South Lincoln during the redevelopment by relocating into vacant units. Others have moved to comparable DHA homes or neighborhoods.
“We are intentionally phasing this project so that people can live here during the redevelopment and maintain their connections to community services, schools, family and friends.” said Ismael Guerrero, executive director, Denver Housing Authority. “Residents have been integrally involved in the redevelopment planning and can also experience its transformation into a vibrant, cultural rich, sustainable new neighborhood.”
Infrastructure and vertical development for this phase is scheduled to start in mid-March and conclude next summer. West 10th Avenue will be improved, with installation of all new sewer, water and utilities. Four new mixed-income, mixed-use buildings totaling 93 residential units will be built to LEED-Gold standards, including rooftop solar panels.
The urban design team, led by OZ Architecture, includes Perspective3 and Urban Ventures. Landscape design is by Wenk Associates Inc. and civil engineering by Jansen Strawn Consulting Engineers. The general contractor is Denueve Construction.
This $22-million phase of demolition and construction is estimated to create 300 jobs, with approximately $47 million in local spending through contracts, materials, equipment and labor.
Financing comes from DHA, private bank loans, low-income housing tax credits, federal HOPE VI funds, and HOME funds from the City of Denver and State of Colorado.