RFQ: Visionary to do mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly redevelopment of 11.9-acre site (CO)

On May 27, 2016, the Aurora Urban Renewal Authority (AURA) of Aurora, Colorado issued a Request For Qualifications (RFQ) in search of developer to work on an 11.9-acre parcel known as the Fan Fare site.

The site includes the 10.3-acre AURA-owned property within the Havana North Urban Renewal Area. Fan Fare is the site of the first enclosed mall in Aurora, which closed in 1965, and then was home to a Western Electric Co. facility in the 1980s. The site has been targeted for redevelopment since AURA purchased the building in 2014 for $4 million.

AURA is looking for a “visionary” development concept that will address the goals of building a mixed-use, high-density, pedestrian oriented project.

The original Fan Fair building was designed by well-known Denver architect William Muchow. Much also designed the Boettcher Concert Hall in downtown Denver. The building had a distinctive white bubble roof formed by 36 thin-shell concrete domes in a symmetrical rectangular pattern. It was an “outstanding example of the Formalist style of the Modern Movement, according to Colorado Preservation Inc..

See Denver Business Journal article & photo credit.

See Denver Real Estate Watch article.

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