Westside and Holleran Group are proud to be working together on envisioning what the Park Hill Golf Course property can be. Westside and Holleran’s values align around an equitable approach to development that includes the community every step of the way.
Music – A Great Connector
At a time when culturally historic neighborhoods are quickly gentrifying, a team of community-minded developers are joining forces to create a new model of equitable development that results in new opportunities and positive outcomes for communities.
The partnership between the Holleran Group and Westside Investment Partners is focused on creating inclusive and innovative ways to connect community and development.
How these civically engaged men met is more than a coincidence.
Norman Harris, a founder of the Holleran Group, was inspired to get into real estate development while working in the Five Points neighborhood which was undergoing gentrification. His family had owned apartments on Welton Street that housed low-income tenants and military veterans. Norman helped organize several large-scale festivals and concerts in the area including the Juneteenth Music Festival, Five Points Jazz Festival and the Truck Stop Food Rally – all focused on bringing business, life and activity back to the area anchored in the neighborhood’s rich cultural history. He helped form the Holleran Group in 2017 to expand efforts to build opportunities for property ownership and equitable outcomes for the local minority community.
Around the same time Norman was forming The Holleran Group, he happened to spend an evening with friends at Red Rocks enjoying A Tribe Called Quest Concert. There Norman met Kenneth Ho, through a mutual friend, singing to iconic songs of the 90’s.
More than two years later, the two re-connected at a Denver Foundation “Lunch and Learn” with Mayor Randall Woodfin of Birmingham, Alabama. The event’s theme: The Next Generation of Urban Opportunity. The presentation’s key message highlighted “equity equals opportunity.”
Kenneth, the son of Chinese immigrants, understands the importance of community inclusiveness. With extensive experience in city planning and community engagement, he joined Westside Investment Partners as a Principal in 2019.
For Norman and Kenneth this partnership is the culmination of two decades of hard work and a commitment to equitable outcomes for residents and businesses in neighborhoods with a proud heritage they seek to preserve.
Westside Investment Partners is based in Denver and was founded in 1998 by Andy Klein a Denver native and graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. The company has developed projects in Colorado Arizona, Nevada, and Texas and prioritizes a development process that lifts up communities and celebrates their histories. Kenneth Ho joined the Westside team as a principal in 2019.
As a first-generation Chinese American, Kenneth graduated with a degree in Urban Studies with a focus on Urban Planning from Stanford. Throughout his early career he realized there were real issues with how neighborhood planning was approached, including a lack of equity, inclusivity and local voice. He then returned to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to pursue a Masters of Regional Planning and an MBA to learn more about how to combine planning and economics to redefine the way development was done and create projects that supported healthy, vibrant communities.
Early in his career, Kenneth was involved in the redevelopment of the Gates Rubber factory which included one of the first Community Benefits agreements in the city and one of the most comprehensive affordable housing agreements of the time.
Kenneth recently served on the Mayor’s Housing Advisory Committee and on the Board of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, taking a leadership role in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programs. He has served on a number of boards and commissions including Historic Denver, Inc, the Urban Land Institute, the 2016 DPS Bond Community Planning and Advisory Committee, and the Denver Language School and spent five years as a member and Chair of the Denver Planning Board. Kenneth is a 2006 graduate of Leadership Denver and was part of the inaugural Colorado Civic DNA Fellows program.
Kenneth currently lives in Denver with his wife and two sons and a tortoise named Kiki. You can reach him at KHo@Westsideinv.com
Megan has over 15 years of public and private accounting, auditing and tax experience working in small to medium-sized companies. She has previously served as the controller and CFO for a construction and engineering firm in Colorado.
Megan has a degree in accounting and worked in public accounting for 5 years doing both audit and tax work for a regional firm that specialized in Construction Accounting. She then went to work as the controller and CFO for a high-end custom home builder followed by working as the CFO for a construction and engineering firm. Before coming to Westside Investment Partners, Megan worked with a land developer as the CFO on a large development near DIA. She has now been with Westside for almost 2 years, where she works on the Park Hill Golf Course as well as other development projects in the Denver Metro area.
Megan is a Colorado Native, who grew up in Arvada and attended college at Colorado Mesa University. She has played sports all her life, including soccer and softball, and used to coach youth girls softball. She has also volunteered over the years teaching budgeting and finance classes to teens and single mothers. Megan loves Colorado and the mountains and spends as much time there as possible – but also loves the beach. Her boys are her life, and she spends all her free time with them at the hockey rink. Megan also loves to travel, go to concerts and spend time with family and friends.
Co-Founder & Managing Principal
Andy was born and raised in Denver and formed Westside Investment Partners in 1998, with a desire to make a positive impact on the rapidly growing city and the people who lived there. Andy’s passion for helping others was cultivated early in life when he served as a camp counselor at Easterseals, a passion that has defined his approach to community building and development throughout his career.
Andy formed Westside with a simple principle – development with a conscience. Westside strives to develop projects that generate new opportunities and create communities that will stand the test of time.
As a Denver native and long-time resident, Andy is committed to investing in the next generation. He currently serves on the board of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, the University of Colorado’s President’s Leadership Class and the 2020 Leadership Denver class. He has previously served on the board of Children’s Hospital and Jewish Family Services. He is also the co-founder and primary sponsor of the Fall Feast, a group that puts on an annual event to provide job training, health care, clothing and other services for families in need.
Andy attended the University of Colorado on a scholarship and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He has been actively involved in real estate acquisitions and management since 1990, and prior to forming Westside, he worked for Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette, which was later acquired by Credit Suisse, in the DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners Group.
Since it’s founding Westside has acquired and sold over $2 billion in asset classes including office, retail, apartments, industrial, mobile home parks, and more. Westside has more recently focused on larger, master-planned community projects where they can have a greater impact including High Point at DIA, Loretto Heights, and Victory Ridge.
Andy is a single father of three teenage children. His hobbies include traveling and athletics. Andy is a competitive boxer who has competed both as an amateur in Golden Gloves and has fought professionally, where he was ranked as high as the 209th best heavyweight in the United States by BoxRec.
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Norman Harris’ love for Denver, especially the Five Points and Park Hill neighborhoods is five generations deep. Born and raised in Denver, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University.
From the age of 8, Norman worked for and with his grandfather, Norman Harris Sr. at Wise Harris Liquors, a family owned liquor store at 24th & Welton Street. There, Norman learned valuable lessons about business management, engaging with business professionals and the value of strong community relationships.
After graduating from Colorado State University, Norman started working as an investment professional and entrepreneur starting a t-shirt printing business and an entertainment company.
In 2012, Norman took his entrepreneurial spirit back to his roots in Five Points and led the rejuvenation of Denver’s Juneteenth celebration, attracting crowds that the celebration hadn’t seen since the late 1990’s. In 2013, Norman started working with the Five Points Jazz Festival, leading the celebration in reaching new heights in attendance and community participation. Since 2012, Norman has organized 28 large scale events which attract 10,000+ attendees each.
His experience in real estate was accelerated when his family was forced to sell their property on Five Points in 2016. He became motivated to create a real estate investment and development firm which is immersed in the values of hard work, trust, legacy building, sustainable wealth and equitable outcomes for the community.
Norman’s mission through his company Mile High Festivals and non-profit organization, JMF Corporation, is to define the cultural experience in Denver, Colorado and bring people together in harmony.
Wayne Vaden is the managing attorney of City Park Law Group, LLC, focusing on real estate, family law, estate planning and probate, civil litigation and commercial transactions. With over 30 years’ experience, Mr. Vaden acted as lead counsel in hundreds of proceedings, from small administrative hearings to complex trials in State and Federal Court.
Mr. Vaden worked for the law firms, Holme Roberts & Owen LLP and Baker & Hostetler LLP. He received his Juris Doctor (JD) from Arizona State University, College of Law, his Masters of Law in Taxation (LLM) from the University of Denver and his Bachelor’s Degree (BA) from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Mr. Vaden is a graduate of East High School.
Mr. Vaden’s experience includes working as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Colorado (Consumer Protection) and Senior Assistant City Attorney for the City and County of Denver (Employment Law).
From 2003 to 2007, Mr. Vaden was appointed by Mayor Hickenlooper to serve as the Denver Clerk and Recorder / Public Trustee / Election Commissioner. He served on the transition teams for both Mayor Hickenlooper and Mayor Hancock.
Mr. Vaden previously served as the Board Chairman for the Urban League of Denver, and served on the Board of Directors for several community organizations. Currently the head track and field coach at Northfield High School and Angel Flight Track Club, Inc., Mr. Vaden has coached for over 30 years, leading the Montbello High School – Lady Warriors to three consecutive Colorado 5A State Championships (2003 – 2005) and helping numerous student-athletes earn athletic scholarships to major universities.
Principal Portfolio Manager
As a polished, poised, servant leader with 15+ years of experience leading business transitions and transformations, Herman is well versed in Strategic Planning, Organizational Change, and Value Creation; realizing investments with budgets that exceed $60-80M annually. Herman stewards the team in meeting organizational commitments and ultimately our Investor & Community outcomes. Furthermore, he is noted for being a change agent with a knack for creating win-win solutions.
Growing up in Denver and having a father as a community activist, it didn’t take Herman long before understanding the importance of being socially, civically, and economically engaged. It was through a watchful eye that Herman also learned the importance of having a strong support system and qualities such as teamwork, empathy, & resilience.
Having grown up and attended nine different schools in twelve years, the sheer transition from household to household played a factor in life’s ebbs and flows early on. However, the one aspect that remained constant in Herman’s life was his connection to his community. Herman has now extended his father’s efforts and remains committed to progressing the work within the Park Hill community, assisting and guiding young men and women in tapping into their passions all while connecting them to resources that harness growth, create equity, and augment their leadership abilities.
While humble, Herman’s accolades speak for themselves. He has ascended in his profession and has been recognized as one of Denver’s Top 40 Leaders under 40 year of age, a Man of Distinction-Excellence-Leadership by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., a Wellington and Wilma Legacy and Leadership award recipient from the Urban Leadership Foundation of Colorado, an Emerging Leader from the Colorado Black Round Table, and has been recognized by the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, for his leadership within the community as well as within Corporate America. Herman attended and graduated from the University of Wyoming with a B.S. in Computer Science and a M.S. within E-commerce.
Marketing and Communications Managers
Erica joined The Holleran Group taking lead on digital marketing to engage communities both on and offline.
Having grown up overseas, in the south, and in a bilingual-multiracial home, she values intersectional spaces where individuals can engage with and honor their differences.
She received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, with a concentration in Public Relations, from Augusta University. She moved out to Denver in 2013 to lead teams of young adults on service projects with AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) where she fell in love with Colorado and nonprofits.
For the past seven years, Erica has worked with nonprofits in Colorado which grew her passion for social justice work. This work has included the Parkinson Association of the Rockies, a leadership studies undergraduate program at the University of Denver, and the Juneteenth Music Festival in Denver. In 2020, she directed the 12-hour Juneteenth production when the celebration pivoted to a virtual platform due to COVID-19.
She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Social Justice and Ethics at Iliff School of Theology. Utilizing her natural draw towards creative projects, she hopes to amplify social impact work through digital marketing strategies and developing creative content.
Westside Success Stories
Loretto Heights – Denver, CO
After Colorado Heights University had to close its doors in 2017, Westside was able to purchase the campus with plans to bring the community back to life. Westside immediately went to the city to begin a comprehensive community planning process to ensure the project reflected the spirit of the community.
After extensive outreach to local residents and an in-depth planning process, we decided to ask the city for less density than the property was zoned for to protect its historic nature. In the end, Westside was able to lay out a project that provided open space and much needed affordable housing, while preserving many of the historic buildings.
Throughout this project, Westside has remained as invested in the people of Loretto Heights as the campus itself. We have already hosted public safety trainings for Denver and Greenwood Village Police Departments, food halls to distribute food to kids on the weekends, holiday celebrations with free concerts for residents and countless other community organization and school events. Westside was also able to donate large amounts of dorm room furniture to families at a recent open house.
We are committed to making Loretto Heights a space that the community can gather and call their own, and we look forward to continue working with residents to make it a success.
Blue Vista – Longmont, CO
Westside purchased Blue Vista after the original developer defaulted on its bank loan. Westside worked with a local homebuilder to develop a land plan that included 25% affordable for-sale homes – twice what was required by the city. The result was 76 market rate homes and 26 permanently affordable for-sale homes owned by Elevation Community Land Trust. The affordable homes target families earning 65-80% of the Area Median Income (AMI).
50 S. Kalamath – Denver, CO
Despite significant marketing efforts, the warehouse at 50 S. Kalamath sat empty for nearly 4 years after it was abandoned by Sports Authority which went bankrupt in 2016. Westside recently re-entitled the derelict property with unanimous support from the local neighborhood organization. The Development Agreement for the property requires additional design guidelines for the eventual buildings on site. Westside also entered into a voluntary affordable housing agreement that requires seven times as many affordable units than city requirements. Addressing the pressing need for affordable housing for families, at least half of the affordable units will be 2 and 3-bedrooms. Westside is not receiving any city subsidies for the affordable housing on the site. In addition, Westside is adding 10% open space to the development that did not exist on this site when originally acquired. Westside hopes that in the coming years, a vibrant mixed-use development, providing a mix of housing, office and retail uses will replace what had previously been a neighborhood eyesore.
Learn more about Westside projects at www.WestsideInv.com