Thornton’s old mall is a toxic hazard and threatens neighbors — and the cleanup is years in the making

Source:, May 14, 2021
By: Bruce Finley

Colorado’s tradition of prioritizing environmental compliance over punishment played out again this week as Thornton officials pressed for cleanup of a shopping center north of Denver that’s tainted with asbestos and toxic chemicals.

For more than a decade, leaders in Thornton, a booming bastion of relatively affordable housing, have been trying to encourage redevelopment of the Thornton Shopping Center, which opened in 1955 on 20 acres. They see the site as the commercial heart of their community and, like suburban counterparts nationwide struggling with increasingly dilapidated malls, seek a modern mixed-use replacement. Read more.

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