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Denver wants southwest residents to weigh in on Loretto Heights' future as redevelopment looms

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Posted at 7:03 PM, Dec 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-11 21:03:55-05

DENVER – Southwest Denver residents can now make their voices heard on the future of one of the area’s most visible landmarks: the Loretto Heights school campus.

City planners last week announced the launch of an online survey that will collect community input on the future of the one-time catholic girls school turned college. Loretto Heights is known across the south metro area for the towered administration building that sits at the heart of campus at 3001 S. Federal Blvd.

The survey — available at dpo.st/lorettosurvey — asks participants to pinpoint things they like about the 72-acre campus and surrounding area. It also asks what aspects of the neighborhood concern them or could use improvement, and what respondents hope to see in the future.

The survey can be taken in Spanish or English. It will be available online through Feb. 15. It is open to everyone but does ask participants to identify what neighborhood they live in.

It is part of a larger public outreach effort for Loretto Heights. The city has put together a steering committee with neighborhood residents and launched a stand-alone website covering plans for the property’s future, DenverGov.org/ lorettoheights. The city is planning a historic survey of the property and its buildings, according to a news release. The goal is to create an area plan, subject to City Council review and approval, that will guide long-term decision making. A public meeting is being planned for Jan. 15 for those who prefer to comment in person, rather than online.

Read more in The Denver Post.