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Rafael Espinoza,
Council District 1

District 1 Councilman Rafael Espinoza is a neighborhood advocate and architect who has championed community input and collaboration for over a decade. Rafael took office with nearly 70 percent of the vote and a public mandate to provide meaningful representation to Northwest Denver by amplifying resident voice and ensuring residents had a say in the preservation and growth of their neighborhoods.

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District 1 Projects & Plans

Decatur-Federal Station

The City and County of Denver in partnership with the Denver Housing Authority is sponsoring a strategic transit-oriented development planning process for the Decatur-Federal station area. The federal agencies of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Department of Transportation (DOT) are jointly funding this planning effort through 2010 HUD Community Challenge and DOT TIGER II Planning grants.

The Plan process will focus on the one-half mile radius around the Decatur-Federal LRT Station located on RTD’s West Corridor in Denver’s Sun Valley neighborhood. This neighborhood in particular must overcome numerous barriers to fully take advantage of the West Corridor public transit investment. The Station Area Plan and GDP will serve to provide valuable insight for stakeholders, the public and public agencies, and to attract future investment for underutilized land and a clear Master Plan for DHA’s Sun Valley Homes property. With increased understanding of the infrastructure, risks, costs and opportunities associated with this station area, the plan will also serve to create a development vision for the planning area.

After a busy year of community engagement, visioning, technical analysis and planning, the Planning Board DRAFT Decatur-Federal Station Area Plan in the Sun Valley Neighborhood is available for your review.

Renaissance West End Flats

101 Units: 75 one- and 26 two-bedroom apartments
Near: Colfax Avenue and Zenobia Street, West Colfax Neighborhood

  • 101 Apartment Homes (75 one-bedroom and 26 two-bedroom units) to help meet the housing needs of homeless and low-income families and individuals.
  • On-site property management and social services.
  • Amenities include a community room with a common kitchen and outdoor terrace, secured access, elevator service, laundry facilities, and a computer resource room. 
  • A  transit-oriented development, built to  Enterprise Green Communities TM and  LEED ® standards to keep energy costs and environmental impacts lows.
  • The  West End Health Center, a satellite site of the Coalition’s Stout Street Clinic, provides integrated medical, mental health and social services for homeless and uninsured families and individuals in West Denver.
  • The property includes a “Cop Shop”—a collaboration of the Denver Police Department, neighborhood organizations and residents to address safety and community issues.
  • A 1,700 sq. ft. retail bay is available for lease for a retail or food service operation. 
  • Major development to stimulate revitalization of W. Colfax Avenue.

*Information on this project is from

West Denver Library

The Better Denver Bond Program has budgeted $12.6 million dollars for the land acquisition, design, and construction of a 28,000 square-foot library at West Colfax Avenue and Irving Street. The facility, anticipated to be complete in fall 2013, will provide much-needed services to the West Denver neighborhoods which have lacked a nearby branch library.

Community input helped to determine the library’s location, character, and components. The state-of-the-art two story building presents a welcoming approach from all directions and an interior which facilitates interaction and learning. The main level provides a lobby, a Children’s area, and a Community Learning Plaza which will accommodate classes, meetings, presentations, and gatherings for up to 100 people. The Children’s area offers space for technology, arts and crafts, and a story time tower incorporating public art. The second-level features a technology space with 50 computer stations, an adult reading alcove, teens spaces, study rooms, and a meeting room for 20 people. These amenities are centered around an outdoor reading room on the second floor.

The branch will offer the latest in library technology, including customer self-checkout stations, e-books, public computers, Wi-Fi and an automated materials handling system.


Contact Councilman Espinoza

Rafael Espinoza
Council District 1
(720) 337-7701

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