The Denver Housing Authority started demolition of the La Alma Lincoln Park housing project last week as part of a major phase of redevelopment at the former South Lincoln Homes site.

Within three weeks, six two-story buildings, totaling 38 residential units, will be demolished at the West 10th Avenue & Osage Street light rail station.

Built in 1953, the buildings are now functionally obsolete, according to a release from DHA. Concrete will be salvaged and recycled and interior appliances reused. The work is being completed by Boulder-based Deneuve Construction.

"I'm kind of glad they're rebuilding the neighborhood with everything that's wrong with the buildings, like the pipes don't work," said Darlene Antrim, who has lived in the neighborhood for eight years.

"The kids couldn't play on the playgrounds because they were breaking down and it wasn't safe."

Many residents have chosen to stay at South Lincoln during the redevelopment by relocating into vacant units. Others have moved to comparable DHA homes or neighborhoods, the DHA said.

"We are intentionally phasing this project so that people can live here during the redevelopment and maintain their connections to community services, schools, family and friends," said Ismael Guerrero, executive director of the Denver Housing Authority, in the release.

"Residents have been integrally involved in the redevelopment planning and can also experience its transformation into a vibrant, culturally rich, sustainable new neighborhood."

Infrastructure and development for this phase is scheduled to start in mid-March and conclude next summer, according to the DHA. West 10th Avenue will get all new sewer, water and utilities.

Four new mixed-income, mixed-use buildings with 93 residential units will be built to LEED Gold standards and will include rooftop solar panels.

This $22 million phase of demolition and construction is estimated to create 300 jobs, with approximately $47 million in local spending through contracts, materials, equipment and labor.

Financing comes from DHA, private bank loans, low income housing tax credits, federal HOPE VI funds, and HOME funds from the City of Denver and State of Colorado, according to the DHA.