Park Hill is a neighborhood in the city of Denver, Colorado, in the United States. It is located in the northeastern quadrant of the city, bordered on the west by Colorado Boulevard, on the south by East Colfax Avenue, on the east by Quebec Street, and on the north by East 52nd Avenue. It is bordered on the west by Colorado Boulevard, on the south by East Colfax Avenue, and on the north by Quebec Street. The entire Park Hill neighborhood is included within the boundaries of the East Denver neighborhood district. The city and county of Denver further divide Park Hill into three administrative communities: South Park Hill, North Park Hill, and Northeast Park Hill. South Park Hill is the most southern of the three administrative neighborhoods.
In 1887, Baron Alois von Winckler laid out the original Park Hill development on 32 acres (130,000 m2) of land he held east of City Park, which he called “the original Park Hill development.” East 26th Avenue was on the north, and Dahlia Street was on the east, putting it in what is now the western portion of South Park Hill. It was bounded on the south by present-day Montview Boulevard, on the west by Colorado Boulevard, on the east by Dahlia Street, on the east by Colorado Boulevard.
In 1900, the first properties in Park Hill were put on the market for sale. As the neighborhood grew, settlers from a variety of countries, including England, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and Italy, as well as African Americans, began to settle in the area. During and during World War II, residential construction in the northern half of the neighborhood grew significantly.
The Dahlia Square Shopping Center, located in Northeast Park Hill on top of a landfill, was constructed in the early 1950s. In its heyday, it was the commercial core of the area, and at its peak, it housed a variety of companies, including a grocery store. It was located between Dahlia Street and Elm Street, and between East 33rd Avenue and East 35th Avenue. As time went on, it fell into disrepair and was deemed a nuisance by the surrounding community.
Several reconstruction ideas were discussed beginning in the 1990s, thanks to the efforts of then-mayor Wellington Webb, but none was ultimately successful until April 2005, when Webb stepped down from his position. In that same month, the site was purchased by Parkhill Community Inc., a subsidiary of Brownfield Partners, LLC, which had been selected by the Denver Urban Renewal Authority (DURA) to clean up and prepare the site for redevelopment. Brownfield Partners, LLC is a Denver-based company that specializes in brownfield redevelopment.
The Department of Urban Redevelopment announced in late 2005 that it will collaborate exclusively with Alliance Development Partners, Inc. to redevelop the site once remediation was completed. Webb and his partners came together to create an alliance.
The demolition of the structures on the site, which included the removal of asbestos, was finished by December 2005, and the remediation of the landfill began in February 2006, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
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