“I tell people, why should I leave? Why can’t I make my neighborhood better?”
David Trujillo paused for a moment from his work late one afternoon. He leaned against his pickup truck, loaded with logs and scrap that he had collected in his route through northeast Denver.
Here, at the edge of Elyria-Swansea, he saw the future: rows of orange construction cones and fences where the demolition crews had started their work. He was staring at the frontier, where the beginning of a huge city project met the edges of a neighborhood that has changed relatively little.
“It won’t be long,” he said. “I’ve been here 40-odd years.”
The city of Denver is nearly ready to help a developer restore and expand the historic hotel property at 101 Broadway.
The old First Avenue Hotel on Broadway could see new life, five years after its last tenants were forced to abandon the historic building.
The future of the building has been up in the air since 2012, when city inspectors ordered everyone out of the building, saying the building was unsafe. Its last major tenants — El Diablo and Sketch Food & Wine — shut their doors in 2013.
Now, the city is nearly ready to help restore and expand the property at 101 Broadway.