Cherry Creek North named recipient of 2011 Downtown Merit Award

International Downtown Association recognizes “The New North” streetscape project with prestigious national award.
Oct. 26, 2011 - PRLog -- DENVER – During its most recent annual conference in Charlotte, the International Downtown Association recognized the Cherry Creek North Business Improvement District (BID) with a 2011 Downtown Merit Award for its recently completed $18.5M streetscape project, “The New North”.

The self-funded project was among 11 qualified entries in the category of Public Space.  This category recognizes capital improvements that enhanced the urban design, physical function, or economic vitality of downtown and the community. “The New North” project was completed on time and under budget in 2011.

“The recently completed renovations have been warmly received by merchants, property owners and shoppers alike, and we are excited to receive a national honor like this from our peers that recognizes the great end results so many people worked so hard for,” said CCNBID President and CEO Julie Bender.

The BID commemorated the successful completion of the project on June 25, 2011, with a free grand opening celebration on the renovated Fillmore Plaza that more than 6,000 people attended.  “The New North” project includes new landscaping to beautify the area and conserve water, new lighting for safety and energy conservation, better identity and wayfinding signage, 20 new Art and Garden spaces and upgraded infrastructure.  It is the first major renovation to the area since 1989. The design and construction costs are paid for by the BID.  No City funds were used for the project.

“The Cherry Creek North BID’s project received the IDA Merit Award for delivering excellence in downtown management”, said David Downey, IDA President and CEO.  “Each year the IDA Awards Jury recognizes organizations that utilize best practices in our industry.  “The New North” is a shining example of excellent downtown management that delivers real results.”

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