City Council Gives Go Ahead to Sunflower
January 30th the Denver City Council’s unanimously approved the zoning changes necessary for the proposed Sunflower Market on Colfax between Garfield St. and Monroe St. This was the final and most critical part of the rezoning process.
City Council chambers will full with standing room only with the majority of people speaking in favor of the project. The neighborhood is currently void of a grocery store. Proponents argued that the store would reduce the need for people to drive for groceries and would make Colfax more pedestrian friendly.
Sunflower Market is known for providing healthy food at an affordable price. The addition of the market would make the neighborhood safer by eliminating a blighted building that has attracted, crime, vagrancy, and litter and will likely attract other desirable businesses that want to participate in the improvement of the area. Sunflower Market estimates they will create between 90-110 new jobs in our community with an average annual payroll of $2.2 Million dollars.
Sean Mandel of Rosen Properties is the developer and has been working closely with neighboring residents to make sure that they address all of their concerns. At least 10 members of the council needed to vote in favor of the project for the rezoning to pass. A super majority was required because 20 percent of the landowners within 200 feet of the property opposed the zoning change.
Read more about the City Council approval here