En­ter­tain­ment cen­ter project re­sus­ci­tated

The Denver Post - - FRONT PAGE - By John Aguilar

An am­bi­tious plan for a large en­ter­tain­ment com­plex in Glen­dale, which has been be­set by ma­jor set­backs dur­ing the past few years, got new life Tues­day night when city lead­ers voted 6-0 to start ne­go­ti­a­tions with a Dal­las-based de­vel­oper to build the project.

Glen­dale 180, a $175 mil­lion project that could fea­ture 25 bars and restau­rants where adults could walk around car­ry­ing togo al­co­holic re­fresh­ments on the banks of Cherry Creek, has been a cen­ter­piece of Glen­dale’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment plans for nearly a decade.

Wulfe & Co., a pre­vi­ous de­vel­oper that the city teamed up with to build Glen­dale 180, backed out in late 2015, and lit­tle hap­pened with the project in the in­ter­ven­ing 18 months.

On Tues­day night, the City Coun­cil ap­proved a res­o­lu­tion that au­tho­rizes Glen­dale to ini­ti­ate talks with Lin­coln Prop­erty Com­pany for an ex­clu­sive deal to build the com­plex, which could have as much as 200,000 square feet of shops, restau­rants and bars, and a ho­tel on 12 acres of city-owned land at the south­east cor­ner of East Vir­ginia Av­enue and South Colorado Boule­vard.

Lin­coln has built sim­i­lar projects in Texas, Ne­vada and North

Carolina, and Glen­dale deputy city man­ager Chuck Line said the com­pany is clear about what the city wants to do at the site.

“En­ter­tain­ment-based projects are be­ing looked at more as the prob­lems in the re­tail sec­tor have in­creased,” Line said. “En­ter­tain­ment — that’s one of the things that Ama­zon can’t com­pete on.”

Tues­day’s res­o­lu­tion gives the city and Lin­coln 120 days to ham­mer out a de­vel­op­ment agree­ment, af­ter which Lin­coln would present a spe­cific plan for how Glen­dale 180 would take shape.

Line said the city will vet those plans care­fully to en­sure it is getting the signature project it wants for the city of 5,300, which is com­pletely sur­rounded by Den­ver.

“I don’t think it’s ben­e­fi­cial to just have any project,” he said.

Plans for Glen­dale 180 ran into dif­fi­cul­ties in 2015 when the own­ers of a car­pet store ad­ja­cent to the project site re­fused to sell their 6-acre par­cel to the city.

The sit­u­a­tion gen­er­ated al­le­ga­tions by the store own­ers that the city planned to con­demn their busi­ness and force a sale, which brought protesters out on the street to con­demn the prospect of an em­i­nent do­main ac­tion by Glen­dale.

The city an­nounced a few months later that it could pro­ceed with con­struc­tion of the project with­out the par­cel where the car­pet store stands.

“En­ter­tain­ment­based projects are be­ing looked at more as the prob­lems in the re­tail sec­tor have in­creased. En­ter­tain­ment — that’s one of the things that Ama­zon can’t com­pete on.”

Chuck Line, Glen­dale deputy city man­ager

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