Denver Redevelopment sets new standards for community engagement
– Kaid Benfield’s Blog, Switchboard Natural Resources Defense Council
Mithun completed a comprehensive master plan for the revitalization of Denver Housing Authority’s South Lincoln Homes – 10th & Osage TOD community in anticipation of recently awarded HOPE VI funds. Located at the South Lincoln/10th and Osage Redevelopment Area in downtown Denver, the scope included an extensive public outreach process to inform the design, including community charrettes, health impact assessment, public workshops, Healthy Development Measurement Tool (HDMT) customization and Cultural Audit.
The final master plan includes replacing obsolete, inefficient housing with a vibrant, environmentally and economically sustainable, mixed-income community and will utilize mixed-use opportunities adjacent to an existing light rail station to create an equitable transit-oriented development.
Cultural Audit included a visioning session with resident community children and an iterative process that helps the design team discover design solutions that serve this unique community. The media shown at community meetings gave voice to community members who would not normally be heard.