Denver’s still trying to solve slot homes and put the “garden” in garden court

There’s a moratorium in place on this building type, and City Council might extend it until June 2018 as planners work out changes to development rules.

A "slot" development on 19th Avenue in West Colfax. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) slot homes; residential real estate; construction; development; fugly; west colfax; denver; colorado; kevinjbeaty; denverite
A “slot” development on 19th Avenue in West Colfax. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

This is a “slot home,” and a lot of people in Denver don’t think this is OK. Fixing the problem — if you agree there’s a problem — is going to take some more time.

These homes are often built under a provision in the zoning code called the “garden court form” that’s supposed to be for those U-shaped apartment buildings with a grassy courtyard in the middle. Instead, we’re getting a lot of these man-made box canyons, especially in West Colfax, Jefferson Park and Highland. There’s a moratorium in place on this building type, and City Council might extend it until June 2018 as planners work out changes to development rules.

However, this type of structure still can be built using other building forms — apartments or row homes — in many parts of Denver. It will probably be next year before changes to the relevant parts of the zoning code come before City Council.


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