The grocery development is at the border of historic residential neighborhoods and a fast-changing industrial area and the complex would rise up to five floors; it’s unclear how many floors the grocery would fill. Councilman Brooks noted, “Land use is the most powerful position that we play in the city. It’s the most immediate way we can impact our communities.”
Feinstein, and Denver-based development partners Elevation Development Group and Kentro Group, ultimately want to build an approximately 30,000-square-foot retail space intended for a grocery store on the 2.6-acre site, along with 200 residential units.
Local developer Kentro Group has agreed to include at least 150 below-market apartments and 150,000 square feet of commercial space in a development at the former Colorado Department of Transportation headquarters at 4201 East Arkansas Ave.
The company will include 150 units of affordable housing as part of the deal
“Great real estate, great neighborhood,” Balafas said. “And we think there’s a need for a great restaurant there.”
The Kentro Group is preparing a plan that would create the kind of mixed-use development that is more common in the city center, with at least 150 below-market apartments and enough retail to fill a large city block. A proposal that would go before the Denver City Council this year would allow buildings to reach eight floors on parts of the Arkansas property, which is in Virginia Village.
“We’ve been eyeing this site for a long time. It’s just a rare piece of property that’s 13 acres in the middle of the city,” said Jimmy Balafas, Kentro Group co-founder.
It’s the kind of development that the city government has been trying to encourage.
Sixteen development projects were held up this month as the standard of how buildings can excel in architecture, design and place-making.
The 2017 Mayor’s Design Award went to a variety of projects including a tiny home village, boutique shops, a coworking space and a food hall. An awards ceremony for the projects was held earlier this month.
Kentro Group also sees opportunity in Colfax Avenue. The Denver-based firm is behind the Colfax Collection building where Tacos Tequila Whiskey, The Three Lions and other popular retailers are located.
The ribbon cutting was a big event for Englewood because the former fitness center building had been empty for more than 10 years. It was a more-than $6 million project to construct the 14,600-square-foot Rite Aid.
“Retail is dead. Long live retail!” While headlines about the retail industry are screaming, this exclamation represents a turn of phrase first used to communicate the continuity of royal power.
Our guide this week is Jimmy Balafas. He is the president of the board of the Colfax Business Improvement District (CBID), which runs for 24 blocks from Colorado’s Capitol complex to East High School.
Jimmy Balafas. is the president of the board of the Colfax Business Improvement District (CBID)
Kentro Group bought a retail and office building at Seventh Avenue and Colorado Boulevard anchored by popular breakfast spot Snooze last week for $7.1 million. The retail strip’s tenant list includes Snooze, Anthony’s Pizza & Pasta and a UPS Store.