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Nancy P. Anschutz Center wins Distinctly Denver Award

November 14, 2014

The Nancy P. Anschutz Center, home of the Jack A. Vickers Boys and Girls Club, took home the 2014 Distinctly Denver Award at last night's Mayor's Design Awards Ceremony. Norris Design collaborated with Oz Architecture on the project.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver worked with The Anschutz Foundation to obtain a $5 million grant for the center. While the Jack A. Vickers Boys & Girls Club will take the majority of space at the center, additional partners will also serve the community from the building.

A community consortium led by The Denver Foundation's Strengthening Neighborhoods Program, the City of Denver, the Holly Area Redevelopment Project (HARP) and the Urban Land Conservancy worked together to vision the future for the Holly Square shopping center, which was devastated by a gang-related arson fire in May 2008. The Piton Foundation also made a sizeable financial commitment. The new Nancy P. Anschutz Center will be a welcomed neighbor to the residents of the community.

"This is a group of people that recognizes the past but has its site set on the future," Boys & Girls Clubs President and CEO John Arigoni told those gathered at the center to celebrate its grand opening.

The burned out Holly Square property was purchased by the Urban Land Conservancy with support from Denver's Office of Economic Development in 2009. The ULC oversaw the demolition of the burned structures on the 2.6-acre site.