Denver Post

Margaret Jackson

BOULDER--Bancroft Capital has inked the largest lease in Boulder in the last 15 months.

National Ecological Observatory Network Inc. (NEON) agreed to 45,500 square feet in Bancrofts building 1685 38th St. for five years. Its the largest lease since Gilead Sciences signed a 65,000-square-foot deal in December 2009 at another Bancroft building at 3333 Walnut St.

NEON, a project sponsored by the National Science Foundation, was created to enable understanding and forecasting of the impacts of climate change, land-use change and invasive species on ecology.

NEON will use the space for research and development as it starts its five-year project of building out its national network of observatories.