Rockies’ “West Lot” project to bear name of team’s late president

Keli McGregor’s initials, KSM, have been emblazoned on a marker hanging at Coors Field since September 2010, a quantity of months after the Colorado Rockies workforce president’s untimely loss of life from points from a unusual virus.

On Thursday, Rockies principal proprietor and CEO Dick Monfort launched that isn’t the one monument to McGregor in LoDo anymore. Now, he has a whole metropolis block named for him.

McGregor Square is now the name of the mammoth mixed-use development the Rockies are developing all through the highway from Coors Field on the positioning of the earlier “West Lot” parking area. Monfort, at a naming ceremony held on the membership stage of the stadium, acknowledged that he had wrestled with an accurate name for the project for higher than a 12 months, bringing in expert consultants and speaking with shut associates.

“We wanted it to be something with character. We wanted it to be fun. It needed to have style and class. Needed to be a strong presence. And it needed to be one of a kind,” Monfort acknowledged, contemplating once more to the night time time he chosen the name. “So I wrote ‘one of a kind’ about 100 times and it came to me.”

The authorities choked up when he invited McGregor’s partner and 4 children onto the stage to reveal a McGregor Square sign.

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“I’ve been very close with his family, and it’s special to them. It’s special that it’s called McGregor Square,” he acknowledged later. “It’s a rightful tribute to a really great guy, a guy I learned a lot from.”

Daniel Brenner, Special to the Denver Post

Rockies proprietor and CEO Dick Monfort, correct, speaks at a info conference Thursday Coors Field. (Photo by Daniel Brenner/explicit to The Denver Post)

Many members of the McGregor family attended Thursday, collectively along with his father. One of his daughters, Taylor, is now the sideline reporter for the workforce’s AT&T SportsNet TV affiliate. She spoke about how people dealing with the loss of life of a cherished one seek for points that carry them nearer to the actual particular person they misplaced. For her family, it’s the Colorado Rockies group. McGregor Square will now be a long-lasting imprint reminding his family of his sturdy moral character and the emphasis he positioned on making people actually really feel important and valued, she acknowledged.

“It’s a place for us to come remember who he was,” she acknowledged.

The naming event had moments of levity, too. Monfort, whereas thanking the varied patrons inside the three-building project that is anticipated to carry a 176-room resort, 112 condos, an office tower and 75,000 sq. toes of bars to LoDo by Jan. 1, 2021, cracked that he was sorry if he left anyone out, nevertheless he’d nonetheless like their study.

Aside from the model new enterprise and residential precise property, McGregor Square might be residence to a 29,000-square-foot public plaza and a workforce hall of fame anticipated to be loaded with video screens, virtual-reality platforms and totally different experience. Monfort is comfortable about what McGregor Square can carry to the neighborhood 12 months ’spherical.

“The trick is, ‘OK, what do we do in the offseason?’” he acknowledged, tossing out ideas like turning the hall of fame video shows into choices with reference to the National Western Stock Show when it’s occurring in January or doing explicit choices with reference to the historic previous of the LoDo district.

Officials with the project’s construction and design workforce from Stantec had been available Thursday. They acknowledged the resort might be an unbiased concept operated by Denver agency Sage Hospitality, which runs distinctive Denver lodging such as a result of the Crawford and the Oxford. A leasing workforce with the Laramie Company, moreover based totally in Denver, is at work trying to find retail tenants for McGregor Square.

The Rockies’ first residence night time time sport of the 2019 season is scheduled for Saturday. Fans within the exact seats might be ready to see the purple-lit cranes serving to to assemble the project rising above the upper decks.

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