FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, July 28, 2005
St. Anthony Central Community Advisory Task Force Announced
(DENVER) Mayor John Hickenlooper, District 1 Councilman Rick Garcia, and St. Anthony Hospitals CEO George Zara announced Wednesday the creation of a joint task force to explore redevelopment options for the St. Anthony Central campus, currently located on 16 acres near Colfax Avenue and Raleigh Street in northwest Denver. In March 2005, Centura Health and Catholic Health Initiatives announced it would pursue replacement and relocation of the St. Anthony Central campus.
“While we obviously wished that St. Anthony Central could remain within the Denver city limits, we understand the constraints its current campus places on the hospital’s ability to grow in the future,” Mayor John Hickenlooper said. “This task force is the first step in our proactive efforts, working with St. Anthony and the west Denver community, to ensure the site becomes a positive economic engine for the West Colfax corridor and surrounding areas.”
The St. Anthony Central Community Advisory Task Force, composed of neighborhood representatives, city officials; hospital, business and real estate development representatives, will help identify opportunities and strategies to address the conversion and transformation of the current facility into a state-of-the-art community redevelopment complex that will improve the overall health, well-being and economic vitality of the surrounding neighborhoods.
“The potential reuse of this site provides a significant economic and social change opportunity for the West Colfax area,” said Councilman Rick Garcia, whose district includes the site. “The St. Anthony Central Hospital infill redevelopment is as big for northwest Denver as the Stapleton and Lowry projects have been for east Denver. I along with many northwest Denver residents are very pleased with the commitment the Mayor has made toward a community process to guide the future use.”
"We are pleased to be able to join with these leaders to explore redevelopment options that will enrich and serve the community," said George Zara, President and CEO of St. Anthony Hospitals. "For more than a century, St. Anthony Central has felt a deep responsibility to contribute to the well-being and vitality of our West Colfax neighborhood. Our commitment to that remains."
The St. Anthony Central Community Advisory Task Force includes the following individuals:
Assistant Director, Denver Urban Renewal Authority; Member, Denver Planning Board
City Councilman, District #1
President & CEO, Saint Anthony Hospitals
Principal, Abo Architects; past member of Denver Workforce Investment Board
Director of Government Relations, Jefferson County Board of Realtors.
Milroy (Roy) Alexander
Executive Director, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority
Housing Development Specialist, Colorado Department of Housing
President, Chase Strategies, LLC
Real estate developer, Dialogue, Inc.; member of West Colfax Business Partnership; serves on the National Trust for Historic Preservation
Vice President of Human Resources, Leprino Foods (the largest employer in northwest Denver)
Attorney/developer, Gateway American Properties
First Vice President, Kirpatrick Pettis; Board of Directors, Denver Health and Hospital Authority
Sloan’s Lake Citizens Association and West Colfax Advisory Group
Colorado State Representative, House District 4 (Northwest Denver); Curriculum Coordinator, Family Center Metro State Department of Human Services
Manager of Publications, Denver Public Library; neighborhood resident
Theodore Z. Gelt
Attorney, Gelt and Grassgreen PC; Board President, Yeshiva Toras Chaim
Realtor; President of Sloan Neighborhood Association
Attorney, Lindquist & Vennum
Senior Program Manager, The Enterprise Foundation; Member, Denver Workforce Investment Board; West Colfax community resident
Vice President, U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation
President, Ready Temporary Services; Board of Directors, Colfax Business Improvement District
President, Community College of Denver; Board of Directors, Denver Health and Hospital Authority
Dean of Rueckert-Hartman School for Health Professions, Regis University
Manager, Metro Manor
Timothy (Cass) McKenzie
Attorney, McKenzie, Rhody and Hearn; Board President, Community Association Institute
Former Director of Capital Construction, Native Indian College Fund
City Council President, District # 3 Councilwoman
Resident/representative, Sloan’s Lake Citizen’s Group; Denver Public Schools volunteer
Architect and environmental engineer; Member of Denver Planning Board
Attorney, formerly with AT&T Law and Government Relations Department.
Physical Therapist, Columbine Therapy Systems.; active in various planning committees, including the Citizen’s Advisory Committee for the Berkley Park Master Plan.
Owner, Tobins Pharmacy; Member of the West Colfax Partnership.
CITY AGENCY EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS
Manager, Denver Parks and Recreation
Director of Business Development, Denver Office of Economic Development
Senior City Planner, Denver Department of Community Planning and Development
Executive Director of Facility Management, Denver Public Schools
Deputy City Attorney, City and County of Denver
Intergovernmental and Community Affairs Officer, Denver Housing Authority
Director, Denver Division of Workforce Development
Manager, Denver Department of Environmental Health