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7:32 PM, Jan 9, 2013   |    comments
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The store will carry fresh produce and city leaders say the neighborhood near East 35th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard in north Denver will benefit.

"We have some neighborhoods living in a deficit in this city," said Denver City Councilman Albus Brooks, who helped secure the deal with Edgemark Development. "This rises Clayton; this rises northeast Park Hill; this rises north City Park to a level of equity within this city."

Brooks spoke at a groundbreaking Wednesday in front of developers, neighbors, and other city leaders.

"We only have one grocery store for 55,000 residents," Brooks told the crowd.

Fresh produce in the Walgreens store will come to the neighborhood city leaders have labeled a "food desert."

"People within a one mile radius do not have access to fresh food, or the pharmacies necessary," Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said at the event.

Denver has multiple neighborhoods labeled as food deserts.

"If you look on this block right now, you see a Church's Chicken, McDonald's, a 7-11 and a gas station," Brooks said. "You can't get a salad on this stretch of Colorado."

So in the fall of this year, developers will realize their vision.

"I don't really look at is as much of a risk," Edgemark Managing Principal Richard Sapkin said.

City leaders will try to convince people, after a Sprouts moves in at Colfax and Monroe, that Denver is getting healthier.

All because someone stopped and looked around and said people near the new development deserve better.

"This is a great day, and we're very excited," Brooks said.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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