Downtown Denver street gets new life in LoDo

Dairy block embraces Denver's past

DENVER -- Construction crews are helping to revitalize Denver's past.  Historic buildings in LoDo are becoming the facade of the city's future.

Known as the “Dairy Block,” the area along 18th -- between Wazee and Blake -- is getting in the midst of a renaissance.

"The nature of this block once upon a time was all about the people who made things," said Mark Witkiewicz, of McWhinney Development, which is based in Denver.             

"The building behind us over here used to be a creamery building where they made ice cream and cheese," said Witkiewicz. "Over here we had a fire station," he said.   

The fire station is one of the buildings being restored.

In fact, you can see the circles in the ceiling where the poles used to be.

While there's new construction -- including a trendy hotel and office space -- at  the center of the project is the original alleyway between Wazee and Blake: a place to shop, eat and drink - with the old buildings as the backdrop.

 "When we started talking about it and exploring it and seeing what it could be, and the unique opportunity that we have to see the future of development, it was a no brainer," Witkiewicz said.

Throughout the property you'll find hidden finds, including art and a milk churn that plays music.

A re-birth, paying homage to generations of the past.

"We're not trying to cover up our past.  We're trying to bring our past back to life."

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