1) Brookfield Submits Plan for Almost 500 Additional Residences in Central Park
Brookfield (previously Forest City), the developer of Central Park, has submitted a proposal to the City to develop 492 residences on 39.67 acres at the southwest corner of Central Park Blvd. and I-70. The proposal is under consideration by the City, but has not yet been approved. For years, the area called Centerfield, located between the train station and the highway, has been marketed as a campus style office park.
Jim Chrisman, senior vice president at Brookfield, says before the pandemic they hadn’t even considered developing that land for residential. The pandemic effect of more people working at home is part of the reason for the shift to residential, but the specific goal of the project is “to provide an opportunity for those that can’t afford to buy a single family home to still be able to live in one.”
The proposal divides the land into three sections. The single family homes will all be rentals, with Brookfield as the landlord. As proposed, it will include 267 two-story, two- and three-bedroom units with 1,107 to 1,244 square feet. Driveways will provide two-car tandem parking for each home. Architectural design has not been determined; the provided renderings of homes are to illustrate the density. Single family homes in the rest of Central Park have a density of about 7 units per acre. These rental homes will have a density of 14.9 units per acre. Chrisman says, “We have maximized the density for this product while still providing parks and greenway amenities.”
The 87 townhomes will probably be for-sale units, as other townhomes in Central Park are, says Chrisman, though at this proposal stage, final decisions have not been made. The townhomes in the proposal are shown as two- and three-bedrooms from 1,000 to 1,300 square feet.
The 138 income-qualified one- and two-bedroom rental units in the proposal range from 520-870 square feet.
2) Exchange at Blvd. One in Lowry Announces New Tenants Including Clark’s Market
The Exchange at Boulevard One in Lowry, located at Quebec and Lowry Blvd., is now 65% leased, including Clark’s Market, a co-anchor to the previously announced small-format Target. Clark’s, which was founded in 1978 in Aspen and now has multiple locations in Colorado mountain towns, will offer natural, organic and gourmet products. Included will be a bakery, fresh fish and meats freshly cut by Clark’s butchers. The deli will offer prepared meals, specialty cheeses, stone-fired pizza and gelato. If licensing permits, the Clark’s team says they hope to serve beer and wine within the grocery store, with cup holders in the carts and, in the liquor store, offer samples of new wines. The new store will also have bar stools that will be a gathering place “where strangers become friends.” The goal is for shoppers to “slow down and enjoy the experience.” The new store will be at Lowry Blvd. and Pontiac, a block west of the Target.
Along with Clark’s Market, five other new tenants have been announced: Pacific Dental Services; I Scream Gelato; F45 Training; Mountain View Pain Center; and Blue Sky Nails & Lash. These join the previously announced tenants: Target, SCL Health, Sushi Ronin, MOD Pizza, YogaSix and Logan House Coffee. The initial phase of the Blvd. One project broke ground in April 2019 and is expected to be completed this spring.
3) Central Park Garage Sale Sat., May 22
Online registration for the garage sale on May 22 is now available, along with sale information, at www.CPgaragesale.com. A map and list of participating homes will be posted on the website the Friday before the sale. Registration is free, with the event sponsored annually since 2006 by Diana and Michael Kearns, The Kearns Team at Realty One Group Premier. Questions? Email CPGarageSale@KearnsTeam.com.
4) May 15 Public Celebration on the New Section of I-70 before Opening to Traffic
Walk along the new lowered section I-70 before it opens to vehicles! This portion of the highway will become an outdoor museum for the day with 25 stations installed throughout the lowered section for visitors to learn more about the history of Colorado, the Globeville Elyria-Swansea neighborhoods, the origins of the interstate system, and the Central 70 Project. Registration is required at c7it.ly/central70event
Here’s the full press release from CDOT:
The Central 70 Project to host a free public event on the new lowered section of I-70 in Denver. The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will take place before the new lanes are open to motorists
DENVER – The Colorado Department of Transportation’s Central 70 Project, in partnership with Kiewit Meridiam Partners and other local sponsors, invites the public to attend More Than an Interstate: Inside Colorado’s Largest Transportation Project. Visitors will learn more about the history of Colorado and the Globeville Elyria-Swansea neighborhoods, the origins of the interstate system, and the need for the Central 70 Project.
More Than an Interstate is a free, one-day exhibit on the new lanes on I-70. This event invites Coloradoans everywhere to not only learn about the history of the Central 70 Project but also to be a part of it. This once-in-a-lifetime event will allow visitors to walk more than a half-mile on these new lanes of I-70 and see how crews expertly maneuvered around the I-70 viaduct to build out the lowered section and new bridges above the interstate before the Mile High Shift, which will move all six lanes of I-70 traffic off of the viaduct and into the lowered section of the highway prior to the viaduct demolition this spring. This shift will occur in late May.
Exhibit elements will be available in English and Spanish. Food truck purchases will be available. All current COVID-19 guidelines from CDPHE and DDPHE will be followed.
Registration required at bit.ly/central70event
When: Saturday, May 15, 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.
Where: Northeast corner of 46th North Avenue and Brighton Boulevard
Denver, CO 80216
Parking is available at the National Western Complex, Lots J & K
5) New Pet Licenses Have a QR Code
When you license your pet in Denver, you now get a Pet Hub ID tag that has a scannable Quick Response (QR) code. The barcode stores all your pet’s important information, like owner contact, medical records, microchip, and dietary restrictions. Information can quickly be updated from your phone. If your pet is lost, anyone with a smartphone can scan the QR code and see your pet’s information. Purchase a license online at PetData.com or in person at 1241 W. Bayaud Ave. For more information on licensing visit https://www.denvergov.org/Government/Departments/Animal-Shelter/Services/Pet-Licensing.
6) Park Hill Methodist Church Offers Safe Space for Unhoused Neighbors
Park Hill United Methodist Church, in partnership with Colorado Village Collaborative (CVC), will host a Safe Outdoor Space for up to 45 tents from June 1 to Dec. 31, 2021. The goals are to mitigate the impacts of Covid-19, provide safety and connect occupants with resources, and reduce the impact of unsanctioned camping. It will have the capacity to serve 50 people and will welcome couples, singles, pet owners, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, and more. No guests will be permitted. Resources provided will include bathrooms, sinks, trash, meals, water, laundry, showers, electricity, internet and tents.
To learn more join one of these Zoom webinars or visit ColoradoVillageCollaborative.org:
Thursday, May 13, 7-8:30pm, Zoom Webinar ID: 880 2814 6600, Dial In: +1 253 215 8782.
Saturday, May 15, 10-11:30am, Zoom Webinar ID: 880 5896 9887, Dial In: +1 253 215 8782