October 9, 2023
Auraria Higher Education Center (AHEC) and developer Columbia Ventures are set to develop two buildings on the Auraria Campus – one for commercial use and the other for residential purposes – on a two-acre vacant parcel of land at the intersection of 11th St. and Auraria Parkway. The commercial building will include space dedicated to workforce development, higher education and retail/commercial office space. The residential building will include mixed-income housing and an early childhood learning center.
“The advantages of a mixed-use development, like Ballfield at Auraria, for our campus and the downtown Denver community are unparalleled,” said Colleen Walker, CEO of Auraria Higher Education Center. “Together, with the mission-aligned organizations investing in this project, we’ll create new spaces for accessible housing opportunities, early and higher educational programs and continue to support workforce development. Ultimately, this development will shift our campus from being a place where people gather during the school week, to a vibrant, thriving community all week-long. We are excited to see the impacts of this project on our campus, for our students and surrounding communities.”
The project name, Ballfield at Auraria, is a nod to the previous site of Metropolitan State University of Denver’s (MSU Denver) baseball field. In 2015, the field moved to its current location at the Assembly Athletic Complex (1600 W. Colfax Ave.).
Source: Mile High CRE