A full “face-lift” is planned for the 2800 block of Fairfax in Park Hill. The redevelopment project, Park Hill Commons, is currently in the permitting process with the city of Denver and opening is anticipated for spring/summer 2018. Situated outside of the proposed Park Hill Historic District, the project will initially include the entire east side of the block. City Councilman Chris Herndon says he’s excited about the redevelopment. “The look is a definite improvement over what exists there now,” says Herndon, adding it creates a new neighborhood “sense of place” and an affordable housing option in Park Hill.
Touted as “A Gathering Place,” the project will include 22 micro apartments, 21 townhome units, 10,000 square feet of space for small office suites, 6,200 square feet of retail space and 8,500 square feet of restaurant space. To complete the live/work/play/shop concept, the project also includes a 15,625-square-foot park. Addressing neighbors’ concerns about parking, space is available for 96 cars within the new development and an additional 80 cars on the street.
“The park is designed to be a focal point for residents, shoppers and office tenants. Adults seated on the patio of a restaurant can enjoy their meal and supervise their children playing in the park at the same time,” says HM Capital’s Ben Maxwell, project lead. In addition to the grassy area, the park will feature amenities like stroller and bike racks, a water feature, a climbing rock for kids, plenty of bench seating and a sandbox.
The Studios at Park Hill Commons micro apartments, for those who don’t require a large living space, are expected to rent for $850 to $950 per month. Townhomes at Fairfax Row will be available for rent or sale, yet to be determined. A two-story design ranging from 1,400–2,000 square feet includes a garden-level garage, an outdoor rooftop deck, nine-foot ceiling heights and solid mahogany doors imported from Brazil.
Maxwell says the response has been overwhelmingly positive following a neighborhood meeting of about 100 people in early February 2017.
This is a long-term project, emphasizes Maxwell, with careful consideration given to supporting local, community-based businesses, which he hopes will consider locating at Shops at Park Hill Commons. “We’re not going build out too quickly—we want to take time to consider what we’ll do after this first phase,” says Maxwell. “Engaging the surrounding NE Denver neighborhoods, including Stapleton and City Park, is all part of the plan.”
Sandy Thompson of the Zaga Neighborhood Design architecture firm and landscape architect Ariel Gelman of Connect One Design are working with Maxwell on this project.