Former gallery space at Colfax and York will become a bakery, ice cream shop and exercise studio

“It’s just a great little jewel box on a corner.”

2260 E. Colfax Ave, March 26, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) commercial real estate; colfax; denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty;
2260 E. Colfax Ave, March 26, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The nearly 90-year-old building that sits on the corner of Colfax Avenue and York Street has been vacant ever since Abend Gallery moved downtown in May of 2017 — windows papered over and little sign of movement.

But now, there’s movement. And actual signs about the future.


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.


Former Green Door Furniture building on Tennyson almost ready for sale after fire damage repairs

The antique furniture store was severely damaged by a fire in November 2016.

The former Green Door Furniture building on Tennyson Street, Feb. 23, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) food; nightlife; berkeley; tennyson; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado;
The former Green Door Furniture building on Tennyson Street, Feb. 23, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Green Door Furniture — the antique furniture shop and Tennyson Street staple that burned in November 2016 — is still a few steps away from full restoration.

Once that’s done, building owner Richard Alfred Stewart has intentions of selling.


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.