E tu Cableland? Denver’s diminishing status as the cable capital of the world will take another hit if Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper’s plan to sell Bill Daniels’ former home, which is known as Cableland, comes to fruition.
Daniels, one of the original “cable cowboys,” donated the 19,500-square-foot mansion to the city of Denver in 1998, according to a story in The Denver Post. (Check out the amenities of Cableland in the Post’s sidebar.) Daniels, who was known as “the father of cable television,” passed away in 2000.
Hickenlooper, who is running for governor, said yesterday that his administration would like to sell the mansion and use the proceeds to pay for college scholarships for graduating high school students in the Denver area.
In theory, the mansion was supposed to serve as the residence of the city’s mayor, but Hickenlooper and other mayors mainly used it for special events.
During yesterday’s press conference, Daniels Fund President and CEO Linda Childears said using the money from the sale of Cableland aligned with Daniels’ vision when he established the foundation. The foundation also had set aside money for the upkeep of Cableland.
The property, which was assessed at $5.4 million in June 2008, will need to be appraised prior to the sale, and Denver’s city council still needs to give its stamp of approval.
The city and the Daniels Fund have been discussing the sale for the past two years, and the foundation’s board recently agreed that the Denver Scholarship Foundation could use the sale proceeds.
So add Cableland to the list of legendary cable names in Denver, including TCI, MediaOne and that “other” AT&T, on the RIP headstone.
Heck, even Comcast CTO Tony Werner’s former employer, Qwest, will have a much lower profile in the Mile-High City after it’s sold to CenturyTel. On the plus side, that obnoxious blue Qwest sign that former CEO Joe Nacchio insisted on lighting up LoDo with will probably get switched off.