History of Redevelopment

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After the closure of Lowry Air Force base in 1994 a reuse plan was adopted in 1995 and the redevelopment of Lowry began. Through out the process of redevelopment preservation of Lowry’s historic past was of paramount importance.

Lowry Air Force Base’s massive hangars were repurposed to house the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, Big Bear Ice Rink. Along many smaller offices, and stores are now at home in these massive structures.

Redevelopment of the former steam power plant into modern stylish lofts, preservation of the Eisenhower Chapel for community use and appreciation along with a handful of other buildings repurposed for modern use.

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Timeline of Redevelopment 

February 1991 Lowry closure announced
April 1991 Intergovernmental Agreement signed by cities of Denver and Aurora to establish the Lowry Economic Recovery Project (LERP)
November 1993 Lowry Community Reuse Plan submitted to the Air Force
June 1994 Department of Housing and Urban Development approves funding to facilitate a local compromise on the allocation of homeless housing units at Lowry. Compromise leads to the Base Community Redevelopment and Homeless Assistance Act of 1994
August 1994 Air Force approves Record of Decision for property disposition.
Lowry Redevelopment Authority (LRA) formed
September 1994 Lowry Air Force Base closes
April 1995 Lowry Community Reuse Plan adopted by Denver and Aurora City Councils
  June 1995 LRA awarded $6.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration for infrastructure improvements
July 1995 LRA purchases 849 acres of Lowry property from the Air Force through a $32.5 million economic development conveyance
September 1995 Bonfils Blood Center renovated the former commissary and became the first commercial tenant at Lowry
March 1996 First buildings demolished; First commercial contract signed for the purchase of an aircraft hangar to be developed into a public ice skating and hockey arena
April 1996 $40 million, 30-month infrastructure project begins–runways demolished
June 1996 Zoning approved to accommodate new residential and commercial development; LRA becomes first military base redevelopment agency to sell revenue bonds ($33 million) to finance infrastructure improvements
January 1997 January 1997 LRA announces future installation of high-tech wiring systems new at Lowry; First new roads open to the public
April 1997 LRA awarded $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration for center infrastructure
August 1997 Lowry named “Facility of the Year” by the National Association of Installation Developers
September 1997 Lowry named “Real Estate Project of the Year” by the University of Denver Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management
October 1997 New home construction begins; Plans unveiled for 800-acre public parks and open space system
April 1998 First residents move into new homes
June 1998 Lowry Community Grand Opening; Westfield Development Co. becomes first commercial developer in Lowry Park
August 1998 Homebuilder Association of Metro Denver holds Parade of at Lowry; Lowry receives “Governor’s Smart Growth and Development” award for urban planning and development
March 1999 COPIC Companies named corporate anchor of Lowry Community — first commercial construction begins
April 1999 Lowry named “Community of the Year” by the Home Builders’ Association of Metropolitan Denver
September 1999 Three new schools open at Lowry — Denver Academy of Torah and Logan School for Creative Learning, followed by Bishop Machebeuf High School in December; Jackie Robinson Baseball Field dedicated as the centerpiece of the Lowry parks plan
January 2000 January 2000 Lowry receives “1999 Sustainable Community Award” from the U.S. Conference of Mayors and National Association of Counties; Lowry awarded the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s “Secretary’s Award” for innovative collaboration and sustainable growth
September 2000 First annual Glory Days neighborhood celebration
January 2001 Construction in Lowry’s Northwest Neighborhood begins
July 2001 Construction of Lowry Town Center begins
August 2001 First parks construction underway with Bayaud Park in Southwest Neighborhood, followed by Crescent Park in Northwest Neighborhood
November 2001 Crosswinds office development launched
March 2002 Schlessman Family Library opens
August 2002 U.S. Air Force privatizes environmental cleanup of Lowry sites
February 2003 Lowry named “Business Park of the Year” by the National Association of Industrial/Office Properties (NAIOP) – Colorado
October 2003 Ten more merchants have opened in the Town Center
February 2004 Lowry Community Land Trust begins construction on its first affordable – Mapleton Park Townhomes
June 2004 Research shows that the Lowry Redevelopment has created $4 billion economic benefit to the region
September 2004 Lowry celebrates 10 years of redevelopment and its $4 billion economic impact on Denver, Aurora and the state
October 2004 Five commercial buildings break ground: Lowry Medical Center, 24 Hour Fitness, Iris Building, State Farm Insurance and Power House Office Condominiums
March 2005 Concrete recycling program concludes after turning 600,000 tons of material into aggregate for 23 miles of new roads
July 2005 Lowry Medical Center opens; its 200 employees join Lowry’s growing medical community
August 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission votes to close the Defense Finance and Accounting Service and move the Air Reserve Personnel Center to Buckley Air Force Base
October 2005 Lowry Town Center District takes shape as 12 residential, commercial and mixed-use buildings are under development
January 2006 The Lowry Redevelopment Authority assumed responsibility for most remaining environmental activities at Lowry
March 2006 Lowry again named most expensive zip code in Denver, showing home values holding strong in uncertain market
April 2006 New research shows the Lowry redevelopment created a $5.7 billion gross economic impact between 1994 and 2005More than 25,000 people live, work or go to school at Lowry
May 2006 Six commercial buildings break ground the Lowry Town Center District
July 2006 Public planning process begins for Buckley Annex
 2006 The majority of the remaining environmental cleanup is privatized with the LRA and its cleanup partner assuming responsibility. Site work begins for the East Neighborhood Lowry Medical Center opens Construction begins on City of Ulaan Bataar ParkTavern Lowry opens its restaurant, bar and concert venue Lowry Professional Building and Promenade Place break ground Renovation begins on the historic Officer’s Quarters on Quebec Street Falcon Point Land Trust homes begins construction
 2007 Lowry retires Revenue Bonds 4 years early Buckley Annex slated for closure; planning for redevelopment begins East Park home construction begins Wings Museum begins major renovations Mira Vista Golf Course closed to begin construction of a new Tom Doak designed course Grand Reopening of refurbished Eisenhower Chapel Falcon Point Townhomes grand opening Lowry Medical Plaza opens
 2008 Lowry homes top metro markets in appreciation 2000-2007LRA refinances TIF to include extra amenities for the Lowry communityHangar Lofts delivers first homesNWN Building 667 demolition beginsJaydyn Court breaks ground at Quebec and 3rd AvePresales commence in East Park; Arbors, Standard Pacific begin construction and first resident arrives in NovemberLuce condo development celebrates grand openingCapital Pacific in NWN and Steam Plant Partners sells final unitsTapestry Flats completes construction in NWNA redevelopment plan is submitted to the Air Force and HUD for the Buckley Annex
 2009 David Weekley Homes and Berkeley Homes join the East Park home buildersLowry’s new Common Ground Golf Course (the old Mira Vista site) opens under ownership of the CGA and CWGASt. Charles Town Company sells last historic Gallantry at Lowry home, formerly used as officer’s quarters.The Great Lawn, a 50-acre park, opens in Lowry; City of Ulaan Bataar Park and East Park’s Prospect Park completed; Linear Park construction begins in East Park Denver Hospice and Total Longterm Care break ground. Last building demolition completed as the LRA operations building comes down. Signals installed at Lowry Blvd/Great Lawn Park and 11th and Uinta
 2010 Home construction continues in EastPark The Buckley Annex redevelopment plan was approved by the Air Force and HUD Construction begins on a combination project to relocate the Westerly Creek channel, create new amenities of trails through an open space and to the top of the Westerly Creek Dam and a dog park. Total Longterm Care and Denver Hospice have grand openings
 2011 Phase I of the Hangar 2 project begins on the storage facility interior to the hangar with construction planned for the addition of a dining district to follow improvements to the Kelly Road Dam drainage channel, amenities in the wetlands area and access to the top of the dam are begun Wings Museum raises the B-52 plane onto pedestals and begins construction on a new entry and plaza
 2012 Primrose preschool opens. The Beer Garden is added to Hangar 2 dining district with plans for four additional restaurants. The LRA takes deed to Buckley Annex property (now known as Boulevard One)
 2013 Eating Recovery Center expands facilities in former Westerra Credit Union building. Boulevard One General Development Plan approved. Demolition of former DFAS building started. Infrastructure work begun for first phase of residential units at Boulevard One.
2014 Completion of Park Lane closes out residential development in NWN. Plans approved for the final two custom homes on 6th Ave. Construction complete in East Park residential neighborhood. Hangar Lofts 2 (Century Communities) planning for 26 single family units. City council approves first 3 residential zone applications for Boulevard One.

 

 

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