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Revitalization at Work: Mariposa & Sun Valley Mobile Tour at #ACSP2017

Thursday, July 13, 2017  
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Join local host, University of Colorado Denver, and hop on Denver’s public transit and explore the Mariposa and Sun Valley public housing developments during the 2017 ACSP Annual Conference (#ACSP2017).

The redevelopment of a distressed public housing development is now providing Denver residents with affordable living options that offer easy access to the nearby 10th and Osage light rail station. Redevelopment of South Lincoln Park Homes, now known as the Mariposa District, follows the guidelines established by several local plans.  These include a citywide strategic plan to promote transit-oriented development (TOD) along Denver’s six light rail lines as well as plans to add new units and commercial space.

The Mariposa redevelopment is a large effort, comprising nine phases and more than 500 additional residences. With the first two phases completed as of October 2013, the Mariposa District, which won the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2012 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement in the Equitable Development category, moves closer to being fully realized.

While Mariposa has nearly finished its redevelopment journey, Sun Valley is just beginning its transformation. As recently as last December, the Denver Housing Authority and other partners received $30 million from HUD for its efforts to revitalize the Sun Valley area.

Pack your walking shoes and plan to join your colleagues on this tour! You will learn more about this healthy and holistic approach to public housing redevelopment, while seeing extensive public/private/non-profit collaboration, planning, and investment in action.

Register for #ACSP2017 today and be sure to choose one of the four great tours available on Friday, October 13, during the conference!


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