Controversial plans for redevelopment of "the street where Denver began" landed it on The National Trust for Historic Preservation's "America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places" list.

Larimer Square has been named one of "America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places."

The National Trust for Historic Preservation came out with its list this week, and the Denver location was singled out.

"It is threatened by an inappropriate development proposal that calls for partial demolition of several buildings, the potential construction of two towers, and weakening the groundbreaking ordinance that has long protected the famous square," the trust wrote on its website.

The development proposal in question is one proposed by Jeff Hermanson, president and CEO of Larimer Associates, and Denver real estate company Urban Villages, earlier this year.

But Hermanson and Urban Villages appear to be backing off from their original plan. BusinessDen reported Tuesday that they've “taken a step back from our initial concepts” and the plan for two taller buildings may be scrapped.

"While we agree that the block is endangered, it’s not as a result of development plans, but rather of time. The block is made up of buildings - some more than 120 years old - that need significant rehabilitation," Hermanson said in a statement. "While we initially shared a proposed vision for the block with some of the city’s leaders, we tabled all development talk soon thereafter in favor of a community-driven dialogue to explore solutions."

For the full story and to see other historical places that made the list, visit BizJournals



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