The Colorado Department of Transportation has awarded a $2 million grant to the Globeville, Elyria-Swansea Affordable Housing Collaborative. The money will support the preservation of homes and the creation of housing units to the north of the massive highway reconstruction project.
It's hoped the money will encourage more donations to a land trust that will provide long-tern affordable housing to the area next to the Central 70 Highway Project.
There has been concern the project would force low income people out of their neighborhoods during construction and after the area becomes more connected to the rest of Denver.
The Central 70 project will break ground later this week. It will take four years to reconstruct a 10-mile stretch of I-70 including the removal of the 54-year-old viaduct between Brighton and Colorado Boulevards. A four acre park will be built over a section of roadway that will be lowered below grade.