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US (CO): Centennial council members support rooftop greenhouses

Rooftop greenhouses spanning across approximately two acres may become one of several new developments at “The District” in Centennial, a mixed-use district along the Interstate 25 corridor near the Dry Creek Light Rail Station.

During a presentation to Centennial City Council on Oct. 3, multiple council members expressed support for the greenhouses, which would be part of a building encompassing a proposed nine-story hotel, two-story recreation center, ground floor retail, and restaurants. 

“‘The District’ is planned to be a vibrant, mixed-use community that spans 36 acres and will offer 2.5 million square feet of office space, a 150-room hotel, 1,800 residential units, and more than 30,000 square feet of retail,” said Jenna Campbell, a senior planner with the city. 

The area was formerly known as “The Jones District,” Campbell said. According to the staff report, it is regulated by the “Jones District Regulating Plan” and the “Urban Center zone district.” The land has been split into parcels, several of which are under construction or site plan review for future development, according to the staff report. 

The proposed building, including the hotel, recreation center, and ground floor retail, is planned for “Parcel 3,” according to the staff report, and the applicant proposed building commercial agriculture greenhouses on the approximately two-acre roof of the building. 

“Most of them operate on a hydroponic growth system that uses running water instead of soil to nourish the roots of the plants and allows for greater efficiency of space, and also allows for year-round growing,” Campbell said about these types of greenhouses. 

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