The River Mile

The next great place in the evolution of Denver. Located along a mile of the South Platte River, it’s envisioned as a sustainable, walkable downtown neighborhood. It will feature state-of-the-art residences for everyone – with public parks and promenades, a new elementary school, and a variety of shopping, dining, entertainment, and cultural destinations essential for family life in the city. Build-to-suit workspaces will range from business incubators to regional corporate headquarters. And public transit will be facilitated by two light rail stations. This is truly a one-of-a-kind project – the largest in downtown Denver – spanning 62 acres and expected to take up to 25 years to complete. Restoration of the river is now underway. Construction of the first residential and commercial offerings will soon follow, and commercial opportunities are now available.


Here you’re in the epicenter of Denver’s most dynamic new zone of growth. Currently home to Elitch Gardens, The River Mile is Denver’s new downtown neighborhood. Adjacent to the Central Business District and every other major destination in the city: LoHi, the Pepsi Center, Larimer Square, the Auraria Campus, Empower Field at Mile High, the Denver Children’s Museum, the Downtown Aquarium, Confluence Park, and Union Station with its direct rail connections to Denver International Airport in one direction and Winter Park Ski Resort in the other.

The South Platte River is a story of transformation. From a long-neglected part of an industrial landscape to a newly rediscovered and revitalized natural resource "for fish and for fun." Before the first building foundation is poured, the river is being revitalized along The River Mile and far beyond. It’s a major commitment by the developer Revesco Properties, in partnership with The Greenway Foundation, The City of Denver, and other environmental experts to reaffirm the importance of the South Platte as an essential part of the regional ecology – as an active watershed, wildlife habitat and recreational amenity for all. The restoration will add 27 acres of waterside parks and open space, and it will help to energize this new downtown neighborhood emerging at the river’s edge.


To live in the heart of downtown Denver is to be surrounded by a rich assortment of cultural and educational opportunities. The River Mile is designed to extend this idea into the neighborhood with public art interwoven throughout. It will feature a riverside recreation center – plus Denver's own, unique interpretation of Meow Wolf. Educational offerings will range from a new, on-site elementary school to the extensive resources of the Auraria Higher Education Campus next door. The River Mile is poised to become a cultural and social hub for those venturing out to, or returning from, Denver’s other nearby attractions.


For visionary businesses, retailers, entrepreneurs and urban dwellers alike, The River Mile represents an opportunity like no other. A chance to be a part of history – to be among the first to participate in the next exciting step in the evolution of Denver. Commercial opportunities are available now. The first residential offerings are expected to become available in 2024.


Check out this video with the vision for the project.

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