Forest City announced they will build a 399-unit, mixed-use apartment building called the Mint Town Center just north of Founders Green in the 29th Avenue Town Center. The five-acre parcel is bounded by Founders Green (29th Avenue), Roslyn and Syracuse Streets, and Martin Luther King Boulevard. In remarks to the Zoning and Planning Committee on September 8, Lee Ferguson of Forest City said construction is likely to begin this fall, either in November or December.
The label “Mint” was selected by Forest City for two reasons: as a continuation of its vegetation-based project theming (e.g., Botanica, Aster) but also to denote that this project will be Forest City’s highest end apartment product in Stapleton. Features will include:
- Centralized structured parking
- Elevator-served units
- High end interior finishes
- Community amenities such as a half-acre courtyard, swimming pool, spa, business center, rooftop deck, fitness center and “Zen” garden
Amenities for the public will include a public bathroom on the west side of the project facing the Sam Gary Library that will be leased to the Master Community Association. The bathroom will be operated during MCA-sponsored events.
The project will also include 8,000 square feet of ground floor retail on the Founders Green and Roslyn frontages, highlighted by a high-end, sit-down restaurant at the southwest corner of the parcel. The restaurant will include “robust” amounts of outdoor seating. Also on-site will be the 4,000 square foot Stapleton Leasing Office, to be relocated from its present location on Roslyn Street.
The Mint will be similar in height to The Grove age-restricted residential project across Syracuse Street, although much larger (399 units versus The Grove’s 151 units). Ferguson said the mass of the building would be articulated by three different “architectures”: a five-story façade facing Founders Green featuring lots of glass as elsewhere in the Town Center; east and west, four-story facades of more verticality with faux wood paneling and individual, “urban stoop” entrances for ground floor residences; and a four-story MLK façade with a more traditional masonry (brick) elevation.
Sixty-two per cent of the units will be either studios or one-bedroom, with 35 percent of the units at two bedrooms and the remaining at three bedrooms. The average size of one-bedroom units is 740 square feet and will rent for approximately $1500 a month. Two-bedroom units will average 1100 square feet and $2200 in rent.