Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Stadium Development?
The Stadium Development will be a mixed-use, year-round development on what is now the Broncos’ football stadium (Empower Field at Mile High) surface parking lots. The primary purpose of the development is to generate funds to invest in the maintenance of the nearly 20-year-old stadium facility. The development will be in the northern part of the Sun Valley neighborhood and will include housing, shops, offices, and entertainment. It will serve as a regional destination for game day or special event experiences as well as provide year-round access to activities.
How long will it take for the Stadium Development to be completed?
The development could take 10-20 years to complete.
Will my neighborhood be impacted by the Stadium District development?
The development will primarily be in the northern part of the Sun Valley neighborhood. However, we believe it will have an impact on all of Denver, particularly West Denver neighborhoods, due to its regional draw for Broncos games and other events as well as its considerable economic impact on the Denver metro area.
Who is the Westside Stadium Community Coalition (WSCC)?
The Westside Stadium Community Coalition (WSCC) is made up of resident leaders and equity-oriented non-profit, government, and business stakeholders from the Sun Valley neighborhood and the West Denver impact area. The group was formed to develop and negotiate, as well as facilitate the resulting administration of, a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) with the master developer of the Stadium District development adjacent to the Broncos Stadium.
What is a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA)?
A Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) is a legal agreement between a community organization (in this case, the WSCC) and a developer to make sure the community's priorities are reflected in the development. CBAs focus on a project's social and economic impacts on the surrounding community. The contents of a CBA must be negotiated by interested parties, usually a developer and a coalition representing a neighborhood or group of neighborhoods that will be impacted by the development.
How are CBAs implemented and/or enforced?
A CBA’s implementation depends on many factors, including the contents of the CBA itself, the location of the development, the composition and commitment of neighborhood groups, and the type of developer. CBAs are legally-binding agreements that, if not implemented, can lead to litigation on behalf of the neighborhood coalition. While litigation is possible, many CBAs are approached from all sides with a commitment to implementing the agreements in good faith.
Have CBAs worked in the past?
Yes, many CBAs have been successfully negotiated and implemented throughout the United States. You can read about some of those here.
What are the WSCC's priorities for the CBA and how were they decided?
The priority areas for the Stadium District CBA were informed by the Stadium District Master Plan planning process and members of the Westside Stadium Community Coalition. The Stadium District Master Plan process engaged residents, business owners, property owners, government agencies, non-profits, real estate experts, and others who expressed interest in participating within the plan area and surrounding communities. The process saw participation from over 1,300 members of the community.
The priority areas were further defined by members of the Westside Stadium Community Coalition, which is made up of resident leaders and equity-oriented non-profit, business, and government stakeholders from the Sun Valley neighborhood and West Denver impact area. While the WSCC has narrowed down our priority areas, they may change as we enter into negotiations and receive feedback from West Denver residents, city staff, elected officials, and/or the developer.
What is the current status of the development and CBA?
Due to the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic crisis, the Stadium Development and CBA negotiations have been put on hold. However, the WSCC continues to advocate for West Denver neighborhoods and prepare for when the development plans resume and negotiation can begin.
What are other ways the WSCC is advocating for community benefits within the Stadium District?
CBAs are not the only way to accomplish community benefits within a development. The WSCC is also working with the City of Denver to ensure that community needs and desires are reflected in the Stadium District’s Development Agreement (which pertains to affordable housing) and Infrastructure Master Plan (the built environment). There is also the possibility of establishing Good Neighbor Agreements with property owners within the development.
Will there be an opportunity for community members to make suggestions for priorities or community benefits to be included in the CBA, or have they already been decided?
The WSCC has worked to narrow down community priorities to tangible community benefits (“CBs”) that we will advocate for during the CBA negotiations. Depending on when the development process starts, we may conduct further community outreach for feedback or additional CBs. If you have feedback, ideas for additional CBs, or feel that your neighborhood’s needs are not being reflected in the WSCC’s priorities, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, make sure to subscribe for e-mail updates or check out our events and news pages to stay up-to-date on any information pertaining to the WSCC or the Stadium District.
How can I get involved?
There will be many ways to get involved with the WSCC and Stadium District CBA, including opportunities to attend informational sessions, provide community feedback, and/or serve as community ambassadors to help spread the word about the CBA. Please “Like” us on Facebook and share our page with your friends, coworkers, and neighbors. If you are a resident or leader of an equity-oriented organization in West Denver and would like to become a member of the WSCC, please e-mail email@example.com.