National Western Complex Overhaul Tax Looks Like A Winner

November 4, 2015
Photo: Rendering of the new expo hall at the proposed National Western Center
Rendering of a proposed trade show/exhibition hall at the National Western Stock Show grounds in Northwest Denver.

by permanently extending a tax on hotels and rental cars.

At about 10 p.m. the Secretary of State's office reported approval of the measure leading by 65.13 percent -- enough for Mayor Michael Hancock to say the city got what it wanted, with the passage of question 2C.

"Denver gets so much by voting for the transformation of the century-old Stock Show site to a cutting-edge, year-round campus," he said in a statement. "Historic neighborhoods will be reconnected. New parks and open space will be created. The South Platte River will be restored."

Neglected neighborhoods in the area, Elyria Swansea and Globeville, "have seen no sizeable infrastructure investment for three decades," Kelly Leid of the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative, said last week.