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Commerce City to take on 65-acre urban-renewal project

7:53 AM, Aug 3, 2011   |    comments
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Located at 62nd Avenue and Dahlia Street, the dog track has been around since 1949. The last dog races took place in 2008. Nowadays, the track is occasionally used for off-track betting but is mostly vacant.

Commerce City's Urban Renewal Authority will pay a little more than $3 million for the almost-vacant site.

"This is an opportunity, a bold step [and] a proactive step by the Urban Renewal Authority in Commerce City to look at controlling its destiny in this area and region," City Manager of Commerce City Jerry Flannery said. "The connectivity of the area has been stifled a little bit by the size of this site, so we want to connect the community and make it one."

Flannery says the Urban Renewal Authority plans to conduct a thorough extensive public process to get input from businesses and residents.

The project will be one of Denver's biggest urban renewal projects.

"Urban Renewal Authorities in Commerce City have really redefined [the city]," Flannery said. "This is one more opportunity to really make a broad statement to the region as well as our citizens in Commerce City and make them proud of this region."

(KUSA-TV © 2011 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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