|Mayor Hancock Appoints Kelly Leid to Oversee New North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative
DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today announced the appointment of Kelly Leid as Project Manager for the new “North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative.”
Recognizing a convergence of upcoming projects in the Elyria-Swansea and Globeville neighborhoods, the Mayor identified an opportunity to energize a cornerstone of the Corridor of Opportunity and create a gateway to downtown by aligning individual efforts into one coordinated vision.
“Great cities begin with great city planning. Six primary projects with the potential to transform this corner of our city have in some cases included over a decade of planning,” Mayor Hancock said. “The time is now to establish deliberate connections that create place, drive job creation, generate substantial economic activity and attract investment. I can think of no one better equipped to bring the partners together for our mutual benefit than our own Kelly Leid.”
Leid will manage for the Mayor the general oversight, planning, strategic coordination, financing and implementation of the six primary projects, including management of city staff assigned to the collaborative.
"I am deeply honored to help lead this important set of projects on behalf of the Mayor and our city,” Leid said. “I have already begun implementing a 90-day listening tour with those who have been working hard on these projects to immerse myself in this new role and begin to create synergies. As a third generation Coloradan, I look forward to this exciting journey toward a new reality in the north side of town."
Highlights of the six projects that make up the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative are:
- National Western Stock Show – Assess, in partnership with VISIT DENVER, Arts & Venues and the National Western leadership team, the NWSS site and current facilities to determine how to assure the NWSS’s long-term sustainability at the existing site.
- Interstate 70 reconstruction – Collaborating with the Colorado Department of Transportation and area stakeholders to ensure smart improvements to I-70 between Colorado and Brighton boulevards that help reconnect Denver neighborhoods.
- RTD station development – Working with the Regional Transportation District and city agencies to coordinate the planning and implementation of the 38th Avenue and Blake Street (East Line) and the NWSS (North Line) stations that will serve the stock show area and connect downtown to the airport.
- Brighton Boulevard redevelopment – Overseeing effective public infrastructure improvements to the boulevard — the gateway to downtown from I-70 – and continuing the momentum of reinvestment that is beginning to emerge along this important roadway.
- River North – Reclaiming the river via greenway and transportation improvements and identifying sustainable development opportunities along the riverfront.
- Elyria-Swansea and Globeville neighborhood plans – Ensuring that the Elyria-Swansea and Globeville neighborhood plans are aligned with each other and with the myriad projects happening in and around these historic neighborhoods.
Leid will transition out of his current position as Director of Development Services during a three- month period. The Mayor and Leid have already begun a search for a new Director of Development Services, who will maintain the positive momentum occurring in the department with a continuity of leadership.
In his 19 months at Development Services, Leid has focused on creating a strategic plan for the organization, building new 21st century project partnerships, and streamlining plan review, permitting and inspections services in an effort to support Denver’s economic recovery.
With more than 20 years of broad-based management experience, Leid has been actively involved in the planning and execution of over $800 million in public facility projects, including college and K-12 facilities, two NFL stadiums, a recreation center and regional amphitheater. Leid worked on both the University of Phoenix Stadium, home to the Phoenix Cardinals and the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, and the Denver Metro Football Stadium District, which oversaw the development of Sports Authority Field at Mile High. He previously served as Director of Operations for Denver Public Schools and was responsible for the first LEED certified, multi-building, college-themed campus in the district.
“Seldom does a candidate for daunting tasks, like the National Western complex, come to the job with all the skills required. The appointment of Kelly Leid to head up this effort proves the exception,” said Tom Clark, CEO of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation. “Kelly has led mega projects, like the financing and construction of the Broncos’ stadium. He understands not only how to build these things but also the importance of working with a wide spectrum of regional stakeholders to get it done. He is creative, knows how to put together public-private partnerships and has a passionate heart to improve this place we know as Metro Denver.”