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Perlmutter Successfully Passes Amendment To Allow New Development In Commerce City
Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) successfully included an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 that would allow mixed use development on nearly 1,000 acres in Commerce City near the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. The amendment removes deed restrictions on land that were put in place after the closure and cleanup of the Arsenal in the early 1990s. Commerce City purchased the land in the early 2000s but have not been able to develop the land due to restrictions prohibiting development of transportation infrastructure, housing and commercial development.
“This is an important amendment for the future of Commerce City,” said Perlmutter. “Following an environmental review, Commerce City will be able to move forward with development plans and continue to grow its local economy.”
Formerly a U.S. Army chemical weapons manufacturing site, the land purchased by Commerce City has been cleaned up and nearby land was established as a Wildlife Refuge. The amendment would allow restrictions on the deed to be removed or modified if a risk assessment conducted under federal environmental law proves that the property is safe for residential housing.
Perlmutter’s amendment was included as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 which passed the U.S. House of Representatives on May 18, 2016. Similar language is being sponsored by Senators Bennet and Gardner in the Senate.