CENTENNIAL, Colo. June 20, 2016 – Colorado Public Radio (CPR) today announced it has filed an application with the city of Denver to re-zone the 9.5 acres of land it owns in the Ruby Hill neighborhood. The application is for a customized Planned Unit Development (PUD) and also includes a view plane variance to allow for broader use of the property. Broader use includes replacement of the existing radio tower and the opportunity to use the land for office and other uses that are compatible with the surrounding residential neighborhood and Ruby Hill Park. The land, which was purchased in 2001, currently has a small building on it in addition to the existing radio tower.
The application comes after a successful year-long collaboration with city officials and neighbors from Ruby Hill and Overland who met to discuss their ideas. The application includes a summary of those discussions and a letter of support from the neighbors. This proactive approach to re-zoning was proposed by the city of Denver so that ideas could be discussed and concerns addressed prior to the submission of an application.
“As a community resource for Colorado, we wanted to work together with the neighbors and city officials in the creation of a plan so we met with them over the course of a year to get input and have a constructive dialogue,” said Jenny Gentry, senior vice president of finance and administration. “We look forward to continuing to work with the city and the neighborhood working group throughout the process to ensure that a collaborative outcome is achieved as well.”
CPR is looking at a number of options for long-term facilities growth. The re-zoning application is the first step in the initial exploration process.
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