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The historic Derby Downtown District is an important part of Commerce City’s identity – both past and future. Longtime residents recall its heyday as a bustling activity center during the 1950s and 1960s, while current residents and business owners see its vast potential to once again become an important community hub. Revitalizing the district, re-establishing it as a destination and enhancing its visibility are just some of the goals of the Derby Master Plan.

Lighting and Signage Plan
Derby district logoThe city is currently working on a plan to upgrade both street lighting and signage elements in the Derby Downtown District. Improved lighting will make the district safer and more welcoming, wayfinding signage will help direct visitors to destinations in Derby, and both will contribute to the area’s unique identity within Commerce City.

We want to hear from you!
Complete the online survey
and/or attend the following events to share your ideas and make sure the lighting and signage plan reflects the community’s vision for Derby.

Community Workshop #1 – Project goals and direction
Wednesday, June 7
6 – 8:30 p.m.
Commerce City Small Business Resource Center
7270 Monaco Street

Community Workshop #2 – Preliminary designs
Wednesday, July 12
6 – 8:30 p.m.
Yellow Rose Event Center
6490 72nd Place

Community Open House – Final design plan and next steps
Thursday, August 17
5 – 7 p.m.
Commerce City Anythink Library
7185 Monaco Street

Visit the project Facebook page to join the conversation and learn more about the project.

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It is the spirit of the 1950s architectural era, perhaps most clearly expressed through the Save-a-Lot grocery store, in which city council and the community decided to base Derby’s revitalization. Since 2005, the city has implemented several programs and to support redevelopment.

There are 130 individual properties which make up the Derby area, which has a triangular shaped layout with ample angle parking bordered by 72nd Avenue, Highway 2, and Magnolia Avenue:

  • 60 residential
  • 64 commercial properties
  • Three parks
  • Three churches

Planning Documents
The approved Derby Sub-Area Plan and Derby Planned Unit Development create the foundation for future redevelopment projects. Here you can find the Derby Business District Urban Renewal Plan.

Design Standards and Review Process
The approved design standards enhance the best aspects of the 1950s while also representing and including other complimentary styles and cultures.

The Derby Review Board ensures changes to the built environment meet with the intent of these guidelines. Detailed information on the design review process can be found in the following documents:

Commercial Catalyst Program
The catalyst program was created as an incentive to encourage business and property owners to update building facades, signage and landscaping. To date, the city has committed $245,000 in commercial catalyst funds.

Capital Improvements

  • Revitalized Joe Reilly Park
  • Implemented $1 million of intersection improvements at 72nd Place / Monaco Street

Ordinance 2043 revising Section 2-3002 of the Commerce City Revised Municipal Code establishing the Derby Review Board. Introduced January 5, 2015 and passed on February 2, 2015.

Become a Part of Derby
Consider purchasing a piece of property to redevelop. Find all available properties in Economic Development's real estate list.

History of Derby
One of the original railroad towns in the Front Range, Derby ultimately combined with Irondale and Adams City to officially form Commerce City in 1952. It is remembered by many as Big D, which was thought of as the downtown of the community. It is still often referred to as the heart and soul of Commerce City. Derby’s history reflects a typical small town community.

Most of the original buildings which remain in Derby were built between the 1950s and 1970s and are representative of the various architectural themes which were prevalent during those decades. There is, however, an abundance of buildings in the core of Derby (in the area of 72nd Place and Monaco Street) which are distinctively illustrative of their 1950s construction. The term Googie has been adopted to refer to this period style of architecture, art and signage.