Brighton Urban Renewal Authority (BURA) has played a critical role in attracting new business and development to the city. Here are a few highlights.
Founded in 1887, Brighton has one of Colorado’s oldest historic main streets. In 2006, BURA brought together business leaders and other city organizations to transform this area through business support, economic development, marketing and special events. For more information about the Downtown Initiative, contact Gary Montoya at 303-655-2217 or email Gary Montoya.
Platte View Landing Apartments, Brighton Village and Hughes Station now provide hundreds of much-needed affordable apartments for families, seniors and individuals. Prior to that, these rundown areas of downtown were home to nobody.
The Armory at Brighton Cultural Center and the Anythink Brighton Library provide year-round local and regional activities, events and performances in a previously blighted square city block. Not far away, Main Street Creatives provides studios and exhibit space for artists as well as community arts classes.
BURA helped fund 40 downtown façade projects, helping fill empty storefronts with new boutiques, restaurants and specialty stores. Several office condominiums, once an eyesore, are now a welcoming presence at the main Highway 85 gateway.
A former vacant hospital is now Brighton Learning and Resource Campus, home to numerous educational and healthcare nonprofit organizations as well as Front Range Community College.
Brighton Pavilions is an award-winning lifestyle center anchored by a 12-screen AMC Theaters Showplace, Lone Star Steakhouse and a 240-space Regional Transportation District Park-N-Ride. For many years, this property was a blighted drainage area.
Lacking convention space, Brighton lost out on significant economic activity over the years. But this will change with a new upscale hotel and conference center at the south end of downtown. Year-round conferences and meetings will create new jobs, local spending and tax revenues for the city.