Denver prepares for Elitch Gardens’ next ride in Central Platte Valley

Elitch Gardens first opened at its downtown Denver location on a cool May day in 1995

Mike Peak, a carpenter for Hensel Phelps construction, works on concrete forms for the Kiddieland Pond wall, at the new Elitch's. (Steve Groer/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/RMN-058-9021)
Mike Peak, a carpenter for Hensel Phelps construction, works on concrete forms for the Kiddieland Pond wall, at the new Elitch’s. (Steve Groer/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/ RMN-058-9021)

Elitch Gardens opened at its downtown Denver location on a cool May day in 1995, after seven years of planning and 11 months of construction.

Leaders at the time wanted to give the historic amusement park more room to expand than the center’s former home near West 38th Avenue and Tennyson Street in West Highland allowed. Two decades later, city officials are planning what to do with all the extra land around Elitch Gardens and Theme Park.


Affordable for whom? Why area median income matters for Denver’s housing projects

Affordable housing projects in Denver are not always actually affordable for everyone struggling home costs in the city.

The Tapiz at Mariposa apartment project, part of Denver Housing Authority’s Mariposa District redevelopment project in the Alma Lincoln Park neighborhood. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) lincoln park; residential real estate; denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty;
The Tapiz at Mariposa apartment project, part of Denver Housing Authority’s Mariposa District redevelopment project in the Alma Lincoln Park neighborhood. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Affordable housing projects in Denver are not always actually affordable for everyone struggling with home costs in the city.

Most of the projects dubbed “affordable” underway in the city are actually being targeted toward residents who make about 60 percent of the area median income — $32,580 for a single-person household or $45,360 for a family of three.


Larimer Square developer looks to add hotel, affordable homes, green roofs

Larimer Square developers plan to add two towers to the street that will include hotel rooms, condos, apartments and green spaces.

A rendering of two new buildings planned for Larimer Square. (Courtesy of Urban Villages)
A rendering of two new buildings planned for Larimer Square. (Courtesy of Urban Villages)

The steward of Larimer Square believes now is the time to plan for the next 50 years for the iconic area in downtown Denver.

The CEO of Larimer Associates, Jeff Hermanson, plans to work with the Denver-based real estate firm Urban Villages to add two towers to the street that will include hotel rooms, condos, apartments and green spaces. The team hopes to break ground on the multi-million dollar project by 2020.


Diamond Cabaret strip club says it’s the ‘cherry on top’ of downtown Denver

“We’re the cherry on top of everything that goes on for the convention center,” the Diamond Cabaret’s owner said.

Outside the Diamond Cabaret, Feb. 15, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) strip club; nightlife; denver; colorado; colfax; denverite;
Outside the Diamond Cabaret, Feb. 15, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The Diamond Cabaret is a downtown goer’s best friend, according to the owner of the Denver strip club.

“We’re the cherry on top of everything that goes on for the convention center,” said Troy Lowrie, CEO of VCG Holding Corp.


Tres Hispanic craft breweries underway with Denver Beer Co. leading pack

Denver Beer Co., Raices Brewing and Dos Luces are planned for Denver.

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A packed patio at Denver Beer Company in Highland. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Denver Beer Co. plans to unveil a new concept this spring that will honor the traditions, flavors and culture of Mexico.

Cerveceria Colorado will fill the space that formerly housed the Denver Beer Co. Barrel Room near Commons Park. Elsewhere in the city, Raices Brewing is close to finalizing a location and Dos Luces is underway along South Broadway.