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In order to qualify as an urban renewal district, the commission must show that the area is blighted.

Under Colorado law, the following conditions are characteristics of a blighted areas:

1. Slum, deteriorated, or deteriorating structures;

2. Predominance of defective or inadequate street layout;

3. Faulty lot layout in relation to size, adequacy, accessibility, or usefulness;

4. Unsanitary or unsafe conditions;

5. Deterioration of site or other improvements;

6. Unusual topography or inadequate public improvements or utilities;

7. Defective or unusual conditions of title rendering the title nonmarketable;

8. The existence of conditions that endanger life or property by fire or other causes;

9. Buildings that are unsafe or unhealthy for persons to live or work in because of building
    code violations, dilapidation, deterioration, defective design, physical construction, or
    faulty or inadequate facilities;

10. Environmental contamination of buildings or property; or

11. The existence of health, safety, or welfare factors requiring high levels of
      municipal services or substantial physical under-utilization or vacancy of sites, buildings, or other improvements.

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