Glendale gives green light to 10-acre entertainment district after years of delay

After more than 20 years of planning, a revolving door of developers, lawsuits and protests, Glendale is set to break ground this fall on a $150 million entertainment-focused project on the banks of Cherry Creek.

The Glendale City Council on Wednesday approved the 10-acre project — formerly dubbed Glendale 180 and now called the Glendale Entertainment District — at the corner of South Colorado Boulevard and East Virginia Avenue through a redevelopment agreement with Denver-based Central Street Capital.

The project will feature an array of restaurants and entertainment options, including a 40,000-square-foot concert venue, a movie theater, an app-based sportsbook gaming hall, pubs, rooftop bars, nightclubs and a 200-room resort hotel.

The Glendale Entertainment District will be a common consumption area, where patrons can walk around with adult drinks, and alcohol will be served until 4 a.m.

“We are thankful to the city of Glendale for allowing us the privilege of developing one of the most unique entertainment districts in Colorado,” Central Street Capital President Rob Salazar, said in a news release.

Wednesday’s vote caps a years-long struggle to get the project off the ground. A Denver Post story from 2015 reported that initial plans for a redevelopment project next to Cherry Creek began as far back as 1998.

The city was sued in 2015 by a Persian rug shop that resisted efforts by the city to potentially claim its business through eminent domain. That fight brought a crowd out to protest in support of the owners of the rug shop.

That same year, Glendale canceled an election that would have authorized a downtown development authority it created to float $200 million in bonds to help finance the dining and entertainment complex.

A handful of developers have been involved in the project over the last decade, but until now, none were able to see the project make it to the starting line.

The Glendale Entertainment District is expected to open in late 2023.

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