Denver bond measure grows to $937 million as mayor, council add new projects

Posted at 11:54 AM, Jul 12, 2017

DENVER – Mayor Michael Hancock and the Denver City Council on Wednesday released an updated list of city projects that will be included in a $900+ million general obligation bond measure going to voters in November.

The new list includes a total of 460 projects worth a little more than $937 million.

When the GO Bond Executive Committee forwarded its final recommendations to the mayor last month, the list of spending projects amounted to nearly $750 million.

The mayor’s office added nearly two dozen projects and $188 million in spending to the list. $56 million of the new spending is for parks and recreation and $45.5 million is planned for transportation and mobility projects.

Some of the projects the mayor and council added include $25 million to replace Police District 6, $5 million for the River North Promenade, $15.6 million for an indoor pool in Green Valley Ranch and $7 million to replace the Alameda underpass from Santa Fe to Broadway.

Below are some of the larger projects on the list (and any funding changes from the previous list, if applicable):

City-owned public facilities
$75,000,000 – Denver Health and Hospital Authority Ambulatory Care Center
$38,000,000 $31,000,000 – Central Library renovation
$25,000,000 -- Police District 6 replacement

Safety facilities
$17,300,000 $24,800,000 – Police District 5 replacement
$16,170,000 $15,900,000 – Fire station at 72nd and Tower Road

Parks and recreation
$37,500,000 – Westwood Recreation Center
$15,600,000 -- Indoor pool in Green Valley Ranch
$15,000,000 – Improvements to neighborhood parks

Transportation and mobility
$101,000,000 – Deferred maintenance (road repaving, curb/gutter repair, bridge rehabilitation)
$55,000,000 – Bus Rapid Transit corridor along Colfax between Auraria and Yosemite
$30,700,000 $29,700,000 – Sidewalk construction around the city
$27,000,000 – Road work on 56th Avenue between Peoria and Pena
$23,000,000 – Road work on Washington Street between 47th and 52nd avenues
$20,000,000 $6,000,000 -- Colfax Corridor improvements
$18,000,000 – Bike infrastructure such as protected bike lanes

Arts and Culture
$35,500,000 - Denver Art Museum North Building renovation and transportation improvements

The City Council will now hold two public meetings, on July 17 and July 24, to review each project. Then in August, the council will put the finishing touches on the list before it goes to voters in November.

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