The World Trade Center in New York brings sorrowful memories, but there’s reason to celebrate Denver’s own World Trade Center. WTC Denver, a longtime resident at 16th and Broadway, will soon find an expansive new home in Globeville.
“Throughout its history, WTC Denver has trained over 35,000 participants in the various aspects of international business,” according to Mile High CRE. It’s also “one of the most active members since 1987 of the World Trade Centers Association,” which has 320 locations in 100 countries.
The new campus will be located at Fox Park near the intersection of I-70 and I-25. It will encompass 41 acres and include a cultural center, an International Exhibit Hall, a boutique hotel, performing arts theater, conference center, restaurants, retail, art galleries, 3,400 residential units, and 2,240,000 square feet of office space. In addition, “the Denver Botanic Gardens will design and maintain 14 acres of public parks and open space, an outdoor amphitheater, and a nursery on-site,” notes WTC Denver’s website.
Owned by Vita Fox North L.P. and Pure Development, the project is scheduled to break ground this year and open at the end of 2022 with various elements to be phased in after that.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock lauded the coming center. “The new World Trade Center Denver at Fox Park will create a Denver International Welcome Center and transit-oriented community that will further connect us to the global economy,” he said. “By showcasing the best of Denver on a global scale, we will create local opportunities to drive economic success in all our communities.”
The organization is currently working out of temporary offices at 2640 E. 40th while the new development is under construction.