The Colorado Boulevard Health Care District held a community meeting on June 26 to discuss redevelopment at the site of the former CU Hospital at 9th Ave. and Colorado Blvd. The developer picked to lead the project, Atlanta-based Fuqua Development, presented their plans to anchor the retail space with a scaled-down Walmart.
In the video clip above, one of the presenters is trying to explain that the Walmart’s footprint will be about the same size as a nearby grocery story, at 14th and Krameria. He is eventually drowned out with shouting, culminating in, “We won’t shop there!” followed by applause.
“Fuqua estimated at full build-out, the site would create an estimated $6.2 million in annual sales and property taxes and create 877 permanent jobs, in addition to the 540 jobs created by the construction and pre-development work,” according to a Denver Business Journal report.
Of course, people opposed to a plan always have more incentive to show up. I recall a similar – albeit smaller-scale – ruckus breaking out over the replacement of an abandoned and boarded-up used car lot by a McDonald’s in 2004. I actually got e-mails from neighbors there claiming that the abandoned properties were preferable to a working restaurant.