Denver to break ground on multi-million dollar National Western Center project

Denver officials are observing the passage of Ballot Measure 2C with a groundbreaking ceremony 11:30 a.m Friday, Nov. 3.

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National Western Stock Show President and CEO Paul Andrews speaks at a National Western Center Framework Agreement Signing Ceremony, Sept. 28, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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National Western Stock Show President and CEO Paul Andrews speaks at a National Western Center Framework Agreement Signing Ceremony, Sept. 28, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

November marks two years since Denver voters opened the gate for the National Western Center redevelopment project to run forward.

Denver officials are observing the passage of Ballot Measure 2C with a groundbreaking ceremony 11:30 a.m Friday, Nov. 3. The ceremony at 5135 Race Court in the complex signals the beginning of construction on the multi-million dollar National Western Center project.

A celebration featuring entertainment, food and activities is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Denver Coliseum. The groundbreaking and celebration ceremonies are free and open to the public. The city is asking people who want to attend to RSVP to nationalwestern@denvergov.org.

In 2015, voters approved borrowing and tourist tax extensions that will provide the bulk of the $1.1 billion in funding that will go to making over the National Western Center complex. The city’s goal is to transform the National Western Complex and Denver Coliseum from the home of a roughly two-week agriculture event complete with professional rodeos, a horse show and a Western trade show to a year-round destination and global hub for agriculture and innovation.

The first phases of the project are expected to bring new livestock, equestrian and water resource centers, as well as improvements to Brighton Boulevard and the South Platte riverfront.

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Business & data reporter Adrian D. Garcia can be reached via email at agarcia@denverite.com or twitter.com/adriandgarcia.

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