DENVER -- The once-seedy West Colfax Avenue is now a construction zone, with projects popping up on every corner, hinting that Denver's No Man's Land may be the next big thing.
"It's always had great bones and always been a neat neighborhood, but it had to overcome the 'Colfax hangover', if you will," said Cameron Bertron, the executive vice president of the EnviroFinance Group, the master developer for the Sloans project.
He said the interest shown in developing East Colfax for the last 15 years or so is now moving west.
"This is an artist who did inflated steel columns here," said Dan Shah with the West Colfax Business Improvement District, showing off new artist-designed bus stops along the storied street. "This area is on fire. There are 375 units of apartments going up right here, and then across the way, there is a medical office building and behind that are some townhomes."
Shah said the pace of development has led to concerns about gentrification, as some of the neighborhood's long-time residents have been forced out.
"It's also a neighborhood that’s really diverse and will remain diverse just because there is so much affordable housing in the neighborhood as it stands, including public housing and tax credit projects," Shah said.
The game changer on West Colfax has been the redevelopment of the old St. Anthony's Hospital site, now a $400 million apartment, office and retail project called Sloans.