City and County of Denver, CO

12/06/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/07/2018 01:58

Loretto Heights Area Plan

Online survey kicks off planning process to give neighborhood a voice ahead of redevelopment

Southwest Denver residents are invited to share their ideas for the future of the Loretto Heights campus. The kickoff survey for the Loretto Heights Area Plan is the first step in a months-long, community-driven dialogue that will establish a vision for the property and policy recommendations ahead of expected redevelopment.

'This planning process will give neighbors a say and ensure this corner of Denver honors the neighborhood's history, reflects the character and culture of the community, and meets the needs of residents there today,' Mayor Michael B. Hancock said.

'This hilltop campus is the symbolic heart of southwest Denver,' said Councilman Kevin Flynn, who represents the area. 'Putting a community-driven vision into place as our guide, it can become the people-oriented gathering place so many of us have wanted here.'

City planners with Community Planning and Development and a steering committee made up of local residents and stakeholders will give the public an opportunity to help shape the future of this treasured property, building on work done recently by area leaders and neighborhood groups. The final plan will be reviewed for adoption by City Council and used to inform decision-making related to the development of the campus. Given the historic nature of the campus and its buildings, CPD's team includes a landmark preservation planner, and the city will perform a historic survey and building inventory. The survey and inventory are not typically done for a planning process.

The first community meeting for the plan is scheduled for January 15, 2019. To learn more about the planning process, the steering committee, and the campus, visit www.DenverGov.org/lorettoheights.

About the Loretto Heights campus:
The Loretto Heights property spans 130 years of history from its purchase by the Sisters of Loretto in 1888 for the location of the Loretto Heights Academy, a Catholic boarding school for elementary and high school girls. What was then a remote hilltop southwest of downtown Denver, the campus evolved into the Loretto Heights College which operated until 1988 when it was sold to Teikyo University and, most recently, to Westside Investment Partners, Inc. The 72-acre campus is characterized by sweeping views of the Rocky Mountains and thoughtfully designed buildings from several of Denver's master architects, including the 1890 Administration Building designed by Frank E. Edbrooke, architect of Colorado's State Capitol and the Brown Palace Hotel.

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