Construction planned at former Mile High park in 2017

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Construction on infrastructure is expected to start in 2017 at the former Mile High Greyhound Park at the southwest corner of Holly Street and East 64th Avenue.

Officials want some sort of education campus, a hotel, shops, apartments and homes to be built on the 65-acre site. City staffers continue to meet with developers to discuss planned uses at the site, according to recent Commerce City news releases.

City officials also have scheduled more public meetings in coming months to discuss new development plans for the property.

Since the city approved a contract with the developer REGen LLC in April, there has been continued progress on plotting out future developments. Much of the work has involved zoning the property. A developer can propose a specific use for a certain piece of property, which is then voted on by the city council.

“This process allows the city to approve how the land is developed and ensures that plans for the site align with the vision put forth after the city’s Urban Renewal Authority bought the land in 2011,” reads a city update. “REGen and city staff continue working together on the framework of a vibrant, mixed-use development featuring retail stores, restaurants, an educational facility and various types of residences.”

Spokesperson Julia Emko said the project generally calls for mixed-use zoning, which would include a variety of development uses. The city doesn’t yet know what kind of educational institution developers may propose for the property, but part of it has been set aside for that purpose, for example.

Green spaces, including parks and improved regional drainage, also feature prominently in development plans.

Redevelopment at the former dog track could create new jobs for 1,454 new employees and generate $65.4 million in income every year, according to an earlier Commerce City press release. Commerce City officials first signed an agreement with the developer in March 2014 after getting three competing bids to develop the property.

Commerce City urban renewal authority officials have spent more than $6 million on the property  – mostly to remove the existing track, stands and buildings. The urban renewal authority bought the dog rack in August 2011 for $3.3 million. It was built in 1946.

Demolition of existing structures was completed in 2013 to prepare the property for development. The Suncor Boys & Girls Club opened in 2015 on 2.5 acres of land donated by the urban renewal authority to anchor the southeast corner of the redevelopment.