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UP in talks to sell Burnham Rail Yard to Colorado DOT


Union Pacific Railroad and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) have reached a preliminary agreement for the sale of 59 acres of the Burnham Rail Yard south of downtown Denver, according to local news reports.

The High Performance Transportation Enterprise, a CDOT-owned entity, earlier this week approved a nonbinding term sheet that would set a purchase price of $50 million, according to a Colorado Public Radio (CPR) report.

The term sheet is the first step toward a contract, which could be finalized later this year.

The Burnham property is key to a number of transportation projects in Denver, including adding capacity on the Regional Transportation District of Denver's light-rail network and expanding Interstate 25.

“We believe this a good opportunity for Union Pacific and CDOT, allowing the agency to address congestion issues on I-25,” UP spokeswoman Kristen South said, according to the CPR report.

UP closed the yard four years ago. In July 2019, UP released a request for qualifications to solicit interest in redeveloping the property.