The Colfax Mainstreet Coalition & The Brownfields Assessment Grant

The Colfax Mainstreet Coalition (Coalition) is a partnership among the City and County of Denver (Denver), the City of Lakewood (Lakewood), and the Denver Urban Renewal Authority (DURA). The partnership formed in 2011 with the sole purpose of applying for a brownfields assessment grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

In 2012, the Coalition was awarded a $900,000 brownfields assessment grant from the EPA to examine potential environmental contamination of sites along the Colfax Avenue corridor in Denver and Lakewood. The goal is to help foster redevelopment of Colorado’s original main street by funding environmental site assessments (ESAs). These ESA’s will help determine the presence, nature and extent of potential contamination at sites, and identify specific cleanup needs, which will assist in restoring properties to beneficial and higher reuse for the community, property owners, and prospective purchasers.

Thanks to the EPA grant, the Coalition will assist in removing uncertainty associated with brownfield sites along the Colfax corridor and help to transition the Corridor to a modern and sustainable commercial and transportation corridor.