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City Council clears $1.8 billion deal for Denver International Airport

Staff Writer |
The vast spaces beneath Denver International Airport’s signature tented roof will be in for massive changes after the City Council signed off on a $1.8 billion, 34-year public-private partnership contract for the terminal.

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The Great Hall contract — which combines a terminal renovation with 30 years of private management of new concession spaces — marks Denver city government’s first major public-private partnership at a city-owned building, infusing both private money and management into a public project, The Denver Post reports.

Before the council’s 10-2 vote at 1:12 a.m., its members probed DIA officials and representatives of Ferrovial Airports, the lead private partner, about financial aspects of the deal.

They also focused heavily on labor issues for the terminal’s current and future concession workers and on city contracting rules for minority and disadvantaged businesses that Ferrovial must follow.

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