Downtown Denver business, projects and programs recognized with annual awards

More than 900 of Denver’s business and civic leaders gathered May 29 for the 53rd Downtown Denver Annual Awards Dinner presented by Polsinelli as the stories of six award winners, representing projects, programs and milestone anniversaries were shown through short videos, sponsored by Comcast.

Since 1962, the Downtown Denver Annual Awards program has allowed the Downtown Denver Partnership to recognize the accomplishments that have transformed our center city each year.

“It is so important to pause and reflect every year on the big ideas, accomplishments and successes that have changed the landscape of our city and inspire all of us,” said Tami Door, Downtown Denver Partnership president and CEO. “These six award winners are setting an incredible example of what it means to contribute to making this city stronger, we are proud to honor their significant achievements.”

Here are the winners:

1801 California St.

For investing in and transforming one of Downtown Denver’s most iconic office buildings into a state-of-the-art space that has re-energized the commercial core by attracting new business tenants, creating an inviting environment, and activating the ground floor and plaza with new amenities.

Cadance Union Station

For taking the lead in housing development in the Denver Union Station neighborhood, building 219 units of rental housing, sending a message of confidence for development, attracting new residents to Downtown Denver, and complementing the adjacent transit uses.

Denver Car Share Permit Program

For establishing a creative and unprecedented car sharing permit program through a collaborative process, making it possible for multiple car share companies to enter the Denver market and ultimately paving the way for greater mobility options for downtown Denver residents, employees and visitors.

IMA Financial Group Building

For the crucial private investment that was essential in securing funding for the redevelopment of Denver Union Station, fulfilling IMA’s vision of building a distinctive headquarter office building in Downtown Denver that serves as the north anchor of the multimodal transportation hub.

Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Denver 125th Anniversary

For 125 years as Downtown Denver’s first commercial real estate firm, demonstrating a constant commitment to Downtown, providing leadership to key Downtown planning efforts and contributing to an economically viable urban core.

Trinity United Methodist Church 125th Anniversary

For sustaining and growing Downtown Denver’s first church, establishing its permanent home on 18th and Broadway in 1888 that became a symbol of pride for a growing city, as well as continuing to serve not only its congregation, but also the community throughout its 125-year history.

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