58 / BUILDING DIALOGUE / September 2022 T he city of Denver is one of the fastest-growing U.S. cit- ies. Its growing economy, di- versity, climate and beautiful surroundings are attractive to a wide variety of people. Denver’s bur- geoning labor force is creating challenges for first-time homebuyers, just one of the reasons that we are seeing strong demand for rental housing. Recently completed, 19Nineteen Mile High is a new multifamily development near Empower Field that is now open and helping meet the need for housing in the Den- ver metro area. The 277-unit building in the Jefferson Park neighborhood offers a range of studio, one- and two-bed- room options and is full of high-end amenities for residents. Jefferson Park is a prime area that appeals to people who want to live within walking or biking distance of work, en- tertainment, retail and public transportation. According to the National Association of Realtors, half of respondents in a 2020 survey said they would prefer to live in a walkable community. These “15-minute neighborhoods,” where resi- dents can access everything they need within a 15-minute walk, are becoming increasingly popular. Our 19Nineteen Mile High Apartments development pro- vides residents with easy access to both downtown and to the mountains. It is also one of the first multifamily devel- opments where design and operational changes proposed during the pandemic are coming to life. The building, which features a green roof to reduce the urban heat island effect, was designed to be environmen- tally responsible. It is a candidate to achieve LEED certifi- cation, as well as Fitwel certification. Fitwel is the world’s leading certification system committed to building health New 19Nineteen Apartments Help Meet Demand for Housing in Denver Joe Swensson Director of Real Estate Development, Opus Recently completed, 19Nineteen Mile High is a new multifamily development near Empower Field.