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Denver Hosts First Community Meeting for Triangle at National Western Center

Meeting is first in series planned through summer 2020 to gather input on the Triangle project draft RFP

DENVER –  The City and County of Denver’s Performance Based Infrastructure Office (PBI) will host a community meeting on January 25, 2020 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Swansea Recreation Center to talk with the community about the Triangle at National Western Center (NWC) and to gather feedback on key elements of the draft request for proposals (RFP). The draft RFP lays the foundation for building a final RFP and will go through as many as four rounds of drafts before the final version is reissued in Fall 2020. Releasing the drafts publicly allows the City to engage with the community and City Council and incorporate their input into the final RFP.

WHAT:  Triangle at National Western Center Public Meeting

WHEN:  January 25, 9:30 – 11am

WHERE:  Swansea Recreation Center, 2650 E. 49th Ave.
Denver, CO 80216

At the community meeting, the PBI Office will provide an overview of the project and the RFP process, discuss the elements included in the RFP and gather community feedback on how to implement adopted plans through zoning changes and introduce other items included in the equity package. Representatives from Community Planning and Development, Denver Economic Development and Opportunity, Mayor’s Office of the National Western Center and other partner agencies will be in attendance to provide information on various items relating to the project.

The Jan. 25 meeting is the first in a series of meetings and input sessions, which will occur into late summer 2020. In addition to hosting its own meetings, Triangle project staff are already attending existing community meetings to communicate with and gather feedback from the community.

The Triangle project includes a triangle-shaped, 60-acre area on the southeast side of the National Western Center campus. The PBI Office is looking for a development partner to design, build, finance, operate and maintain public facilities, including:

  • restoration of the 1909 Stadium Arena;
  • construction of an exposition hall;
  • construction of a new, mid-size arena for the National Western Stock Show rodeos, concerts and other year-round entertainment events; and
  • environmental clean-up of parts of the site and construction of infrastructure to support and connect the campus to surrounding neighborhoods.

In addition to the technical elements of the project, the draft RFP includes community equity requirements (schedule 20 of the draft RFP) for:

  • prevailing and livable wage obligations,
  • diversity and inclusion requirements,
  • workforce requirements,
  • entrepreneurial advancement through Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE) in the design, construction and operational stages,
  • public art requirements, and
  • requirements that 20 percent of any residential development included be affordable housing with a variety of unit sizes both for sale and for rent, available to a mix of income levels.

The Triangle Project will advance the vision and mission of the National Western Center and contribute to its long-term success, while helping to activate the campus with a mix of uses to further serve local neighborhoods and create jobs. The RFP will be scored on a best value basis with technical, financial and community equity requirements. 

To read and comment on the draft RFP, and learn more about the Triangle at National Western Center, visit the PBI website.

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