Case Study

Denver Dry: A New Model for Inner-city Mixed-use Development

In 1986 the store was sold to May Department Stores of St. Louis, then closed down a year later. The deteriorating building was slated to be torn down and the lot converted to parking. Following several failed private redevelopment bids, the Denver Urban Renewal Authority (DURA) purchased the building in 1988 for $7.5 million and sought a development partner. After a string of development plans and failed partnerships with four developers, DURA decided to split the building into discrete portions that could be financed and developed separately, and found the Katonah, New York-based Affordable Housing Development Corporation (AHDC) run by green developer Jonathan Rose.

Published April 1, 1998

(1998, April 1). Denver Dry: A New Model for Inner-city Mixed-use Development. Retrieved from