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The Denver City Council unanimously agreed on Monday evening to rededicate 32 acres of land on the Green Valley Ranch as mixed-use space, a move that would bring food and jobs.

The site will have many things once it is developed, said Mark Goldberg, president of Goldberg Property, which is developing the area with CP Bedrock. But perhaps most importantly, it will be a Costco that will bring new ways to shop for groceries for the people of the area – a long-standing food wasteland.

The giant retailer will also create about 200 jobs, Goldberg promised, paying an average of $ 24 an hour.

Several people spoke out in advance of the council’s vote on the rezoning request for the move. Lawrence Murray, a Montbello resident, said the project will provide an economic boost to the region and a chance not to lose those opportunities to Aurora in the south.

In addition to Costco, which will anchor the new development, Goldberg plans even more retail space, seating and faster dining options. They are also planning a city center that will be “very walking distance”, an amphitheater, fire pit, seating and even open space.

Construction of the Costco is expected to be completed by the end of July 2023, according to a schedule set by city officials.

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Affordable housing

Colorado lawmakers have four months to figure out how to spend $ 400 million in federal dollars on affordable housing and propose new state guidelines to alleviate the crisis as the state’s population continues to grow.

The Affordable Housing Transformational Task Force – comprised of Democratic and Republican lawmakers and state housing and economic development officials – met on Thursday. A sub-panel of experts will assist the committee and will include non-profit housing and homeless representatives, interested parties and others in the development and real estate sectors.

Members of the meeting expressed concern about skyrocketing prices across the state, from the mountain areas to the greater Denver area.

The task force reviewed data from a Harvard University report published in July on the state of housing in the country. It found that the sales of existing properties from September 2020 to February 2021 were still on average higher than the previous year, despite a pause in some home sales in May 2020. Sales of new single-family homes rose even faster in 2020, reaching their highest level since the peak of the real estate boom in 2006, the report said.

A presentation by the Housing Department of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs found that housing production has declined by 40% over the past decade due to a decline in construction workers and contractors and a change in the types of homes being built. While Colorado has diversified its economy, housing construction has not kept pace, impacting housing for workers and seniors and permanent supportive housing for people with homelessness.

“I am encouraged by the willingness of the Task Force members to delve deeply into the need for access to housing – regardless of party affiliation, we all recognize that the Coloradans need us to act,” said Vice Chair Senator Julie Gonzales. a Democrat from Denver.

Erie GOP representative Dan Woog said he looked forward to focusing on how to address the housing shortage, but also warns that the state should introduce so many subsidies that more people become homeless , come here.

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Buck v. Big tech, again

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Colorado GOP Rep. Ken Buck speaks during a House Justice Subcommittee on Antitrust Law hearing on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 in Washington. (Almond Ngan, Pool via AP)

US MP Ken Buck is working with a Democrat again to contain the power of big tech.

The Windsor Republican has teamed up with Georgia Democratic MP Hank Johnson to introduce the Open App Markets Act. The bill would allow iPhone and Android users to install third-party app stores on their phones, weakening the dominance of Apple and Google stores.

“For far too long, companies like Google and Apple have held app developers in a stranglehold who are forced to accept the terms of these monopolists in order to reach their customers,” Buck said in a statement.

The problem, as Buck sees it, is that Apple and Google control 98% of the app market. As a result, they can charge app makers for intra-app transactions. This is most common with iPhones, which don’t allow third-party app stores. Androids are less restrictive.

Apple has warned that the bill would allow “sideloading,” the downloading of apps from websites or other places that are not app stores. Apple claims this could lead to malware and other security concerns. The company told CNBC that it is ensuring that all apps on iPhones meet strict privacy and security guidelines by only allowing its own app store on iPhones.

“This bill is a finger in the eye of anyone who has bought an iPhone or Android because the phones and their app stores are safe, reliable and easy to use,” said Adam Kovacevich, CEO of the Chamber of Progress, an industry group that Partly funded by Apple and Google, said last week.

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