New and unusual combination of grocery store and affordable housing proposed for denver neighborhood
Plans have now been announced for the construction of a unique dual-purpose, five-floor building in Denver’s River North Art District, otherwise known as RiNO.
The structure will house 30,000 square feet of grocery store space on its ground floor, with up to 200 affordable apartments on the floors above.
The project is set to go up in one of the oldest and most diverse neighborhoods in the city that is currently lacking in grocery store outlets.
Supporters of the project say a city block bordered by E.36th Street and E. 37th Street is the best location for the combined grocery store and apartments.
Through the efforts of Denver city council member Albus Brooks, whose 9th District includes the site in question, a small section of land that is currently a park has been acquired from the Colorado Department of Transportation for the project.
That property is located just off of Lawrence Street, which slices into a corner of the site.
Both the park and that section of Lawrence will, if all goes according to plans, make up a part of the development site.
If all of the needed permits for the project can be secured, work on the combined grocery store and apartment project could begin early next year.
Upon completion, the store and apartments will be run by the EXDO Properties, a Denver-based residential and commercial space management firm.
By Garry Boulard