Denver, Adams County redeveloping Globeville site |

Denver, Adams County redeveloping Globeville site

DENVER (AP) – Denver and Adams County officials are unveiling plans to redevelop a north-Denver site once home to a smelter and designated as a Superfund site.

Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and Adams County commissioners are announcing the project Thursday in the Globeville neighborhood.

A Denver-based partnership will manage cleanup and redevelopment of the 77-acre property for a trust established after the former smelter owner, mining company Asarco, filed for bankruptcy. A new Globeville Commerce Center will open with about 1 million square feet of space when the cleanup is completed.

The smelter plant operated from the late 1880s until the early 1990s. The area was declared a Superfund site in 1999.

Asarco cleaned up hundreds of properties by removing and replacing soil contaminated by arsenic and lead.

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