Demolished warehouse in Cole could be replaced with affordable housing

“The bricks were literally falling off of the building and onto the sidewalks.”

A demolition crew tears down part of a building on the Tramway Nonprofit Center. (Courtesy Urban Land Conservancy)
A demolition crew tears down part of a building on the Tramway Nonprofit Center. (Courtesy Urban Land Conservancy)
A demolition crew tears down part of a building on the Tramway Nonprofit Center. (Courtesy Urban Land Conservancy)

Demolition crews have nearly finished tearing down a section of the Tramway Nonprofit Center in northeast Denver. Eventually, it may be replaced by affordable housing.

The property is part of a campus for nonprofits operated by the Urban Land Conservancy covering a city block at East 35th Avenue and Gilpin Street. The section being torn down, however, has long been vacant due to health and safety concerns, according to ULC.

“This was always our plan. The bricks were literally falling off of the building and onto the sidewalks. We had to fence it off,” said Christi Smith, communications director for ULC. The rest of the campus is still operational.

There are no immediate plans for development of the demolished part of the lot, but ULC will ask for proposals for developers.

“We are going to do a development on that portion of the site. We’re going to be pushing for some sort of affordable housing option … but we have absolutely no definite plans for what that is going to look like,” Smith said.

Neighbors will be a part of the planning process, she promised. The demolition will leave about an acre of land that could be developed.

ULC bought the block for $2.5 million through an LLC in 2007, according to city records.

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