The city hopes to promote a resilient and sustainable community
The City of Durango has reinstated its Design & Development Awards for 2020-21 after a 21-year hiatus. In doing so, the city recognized eight organizations in various categories.
The public was invited to nominate local businesses, non-profit organizations and public facilities in eight categories through April.
The Design & Development Awards began in 1983 and ran until 2001, city planner Savannah Lytle said in an email to The Herald of Durango.
Durango brought the program back to highlight the positive aspects of design and development in the city, she said.
“The intent of the program was to highlight how good design and development adds units to the housing stock, improves quality of life, creates a sense of place, and builds a resilient and sustainable community,” he said. she stated.
Lytle said exceptional development can add housing stock in innovative ways to reach those who need it most.
“For example, the winner of the outstanding housing development award was Espero Apartments,” she said. “Espero is Durango’s first property built exclusively to serve those who earn 30% (of the region’s median income) and below, have been homeless and live with a disabling condition.”
She called Espero Apartments an “innovative partnership” between BluLine Development and Southwest Housing Solutions.
The city also pursued the Design & Development Awards because it values creating a sense of belonging within the community, Lytle said. A sense of place is important to the health and sustainability of a community because it represents residents’ relationships with the place they call home.
“It’s our story about a place,” she said. “If we create a positive sense of place that the community can identify with and feel a sense of belonging, that creates an attachment to place. The place is considered valuable and we want to ensure a sustainable future for it.
Lytle said the nominees were reviewed by various community development boards and commissions, which selected the winners.
The Design Review Panel selected winners in the categories Outstanding Bump-out, Outstanding Signage, Outstanding Outdoor Commercial Patio, and Outstanding Commercial/Mixed-Use Design.
The Creative Economy Commission selected the winner in the Outstanding Mural category.
And the Planning Commission selected winners in the Outstanding Sustainability Project, Outstanding Housing Development and Outstanding Community Benefit categories.
An image gallery of the winning organizations can be viewed on the city’s website at https://bit.ly/38fZTxG.
Winners and nominees
Exceptional bump out
Winner: Maria’s bookstore
- Maria’s Bookstore
- Cafe Hermosa
- Lone Spur Cafe
Exceptional outdoor commercial patio
Winner: Trade Union Social Center
- Trade union social house
- Zia North
Winner: “Simple Pleasures” by Mariah Kaminsky at the Southwest Center for Independence
- Durango Public Library
- Sage Farm Fresh Eats
- Southwest Center for Independence
- Cyclerie Durango
Winner: Durango Botanical Gardens, Annette LeMaire and Bryan Saren
- Durango Botanical Gardens
- Cafe Hermosa
- Free tacos
- Mild to wild
Outstanding commercial/mixed-use design
Winner: Durango Herald, RMBA Architects
- Zia North
- Office of Reynolds Ash + Associates
- Herald of Durango
Outstanding housing development
Winner: Espero Apartments
- Espero Apartments
- Jameson Court
Outstanding Sustainability Project
Winner: Good Food Collective
- Durango Public Library Botanical Garden
- Good Food Collective
- Mountain College
Outstanding Community Benefit
Winner: Animas City Night Bazaar/The Hive
- Animas City Night Bazaar Passegiata/La Ruche
- Durango Fire Station #3
The Historic Preservation Council recognized two for the categories Outstanding Historic Preservation Sustainability Project and Outstanding Contribution to the Maintenance of a Historic Structure.
Carol and David Grenoble were recognized for their outstanding contribution to the maintenance of a historic structure, for their property located at 1001 East Third Ave. And the First Presbyterian Church was recognized in the category “Outstanding Historic Preservation Sustainability”.