Adaptive Reuse Task Force

Staff: Bob Pertierra, Senior Vice President of Economic Development; Andrew Iltis, Vice President of Planning & Community Impact

Meeting times: Ad hoc December-June

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Task Force Objective

Downtowns have been hit hard by the pandemic, and remote work has changed the dynamics of our economy. As we reimagine downtown Denver and plan for the future, adaptive reuse and the conversion of office buildings into residential units represent an exciting opportunity to bring more residents downtown as many office workers are choosing to work from home.   

With office vacancies on the rise, could some of that office space be converted to residential uses? The evolution of downtown Denver, from a standard business district to a more complete neighborhood won’t just happen. It will take planning and effort and with your help, we can build a brighter future for Denver.   

Examples of Topics Discussed 

  • Partner with the City and County of Denver, Community Planning and Development (CPD) to host focused feedback discussions regarding CPD’s new adaptive reuse pilot program.   
  • Identify best practice program elements, potential incentives and support required to encourage investment in this type of project.   
  • Advocate for policy changes to encourage and facilitate office to residential conversions.  

Application Requirements 

Experience with and/or deep interest in office to residential conversion projects, planning, and policy. 

Task Force Member Expectations 

Task force members will:  

  • Strive to attend all meetings and provide communication to Downtown Denver Partnership staff for necessary absences. One absence will be excused if communicated in advance. A virtual attendance option will be made available if a task force member communicates to Partnership staff at least 24 hours in advance that they are unable to attend in person. 
  • Prepare for meetings in advance by reading the agenda and any emails, reading materials sent prior to the meeting.  
  • Arrive to meetings on time and stay until the end.  
  • Serve as active discussion participants by listening respectfully to others, contributing to the discussion, and communicating ideas concisely.  
  • Thoroughly complete assigned tasks by agreed upon deadlines.  
  • Commit to the entire term of service as outlined in this document.  

Task Force Member Code of Conduct 

The Downtown Denver Partnership is dedicated to providing an inclusive, respectful, and harassment-free member experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, national origin, political affiliation, veteran status, or branch of military service.   

We do not tolerate harassment or discrimination in any form. Members or participants violating these rules may be sanctioned and/or expelled from the Downtown Denver Partnership at the discretion of staff; they may also be barred from participation in future Downtown Denver Partnership committees, task forces, programs, and events.   

Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of the Downtown Denver Partnership for everyone.    

If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible to the Downtown Denver Partnership staff.   

The Downtown Denver Partnership is committed to engaging with our community of residents and businesses that fuel the quality of life and define the soul of Denver as we work to forge a center city that is welcoming to everyone, reflecting communities of the past, present, and future.  

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