Building Small on Main Street: A 3-Part Solution Based Forum

  • 12/03/2019
  • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Emerson School Building (1420 N. Ogden)

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Join Downtown Colorado, Inc. (DCI) in a three part series focused on solutions to barriers that limit small scale development and meaningful redevelopment of our main street corridors. Join us as we unpack ideas around small scale development and redevelopment, with our three sessions in the series:

Tuesday, December 3: Understanding Small Scale Realities of our Main Street Corridors

Main street corridors with unique historic structures were designed for small development that provided products and services to the local population and captured the traffic passing by. As our communities have evolved, common practices in regulation and access to capital make small scale development and redevelopment unfeasible in today’s market. Join this discussion of business district leaders facing this challenge in an effort to share solutions based on the lot size and infrastructure reality of our main street corridors.


March 5: Building Small Solutions to the Missing Commercial Middle on Main Street Corridors

Colfax is America’s longest Main Street, and an important corridor in the Denver Metro Area. The unique structures were designed when small development was the norm and products and services were intended to meet the needs of locals and capture traffic passing by. Today’s market doesn’t permit small scale development and redevelopment because of the barriers imposed by our regulations and access to capital. Join this discussion as we reveal some change of thinking and practice around making small possible. We will also look at other districts facing this challenge in an effort to share solutions to start a wave of development possibilities that protect and enable small business and property owners to stay put, grow, and thrive.

May 14: Small Scale Development Solutions for the Main Street Corridor

Amidst cries of “stop the growth” we face a housing and mobility crisis on Colorado’s traditional Main Street corridors in urban and rural areas. As with most of our conundrums, the answer may lie in the past, and the problem solvers are already working in our downtowns and commercial districts. Rather than pushing for bigger, why not go small? Join us as we unpack ideas around small scale development and redevelopment, how an incremental and intentional approach may foster sustainable transformation, and what change must happen at the regulatory and financing level to make it feasible. Part three of a three part series will focus on building best practices and solutions to the barriers that limit small scale development and meaningful redevelopment of our main street corridors.

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