In February 2014, CU regents approved sale of their former health sciences campus to Continuum Partners. On December 8, 2014, Denver City Council approved Tax Increment Financing for the project. Their plan envisions retail, residential and office space on 25-acre Denver property. Visit the Continuum Partners website to learn more about the project: www.9thandcolorado.com and also see the CU website for additional background information.
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Here are the concept plans we have received (most recent on top)
Here is what we learned at the December 4, 2018 Community meeting held by Continuum Partners:
Thanks to Civic Assn member Kevin Murray for great note taking and help with this update.
- Block 2 AMC Theatre – 10 theatre with restaurant and bar service in theatre and 950 seats total (95 seats per theatre). The movie theaters will be on the 2nd floor above 1st floor pubs, restaurants, and service-oriented retail. Projected opening March 2020.
- Block 3 is a For Sale Townhome project with 35 units (2 and 3 story “high end”) that include 2 car garages for each unit. Developed by CIM Group and expected to break ground in 1st Qtr of 2019.
- Block 4 is a 7 story Parking Garage (716 parking spaces). Commercial/Retail with Office Space on the south side of the parking structure facing the new 8th Place. The opening of this parking structure will allow other parts of the development to begin to open. Main entrance to the garage is off of Albion Street, diagonally across from the theater. No parking fee. Planners are making use of graphic design (colors) to signal to public where parking will be located thru out the project. Projected opening November 2019.
- Developer reiterated there will be 100 on-street parking spots with meters thru out project.
- Block 7 is actually 3 discrete buildings: the existing parking structure at 11th and Colorado anchors this block along with the (rental) apartment building called Theo on Block 7 South which includes retail space on the ground floor. There will be rental townhomes lining the east side of the parking structure and across the pedestrian access on Block 7 East will be a new 8 or 9 story (rental) apartment building named Milo. Projected opening November 2019.
- Block 9 is a 17 story For Sale Condo project that is a joint venture of CIM (capital partner) and East West Partners, another local developer. Although not discussed in any detail at this meeting, in previous discussion it was described as 250 unit high end condominiums. Concept design and application: 9th Block Concept Development Plan (Amendment No. 1), Zoning Use Permit
- After a great deal of thought, the Continuum team decided the “Research Bridge” over 9th Ave cannot be repurposed. Demolition will begin Jan 2019 and will take approximately 4 months. 9th Ave will be totally closed from January through March. RTD buses that currently go along 9th will be rerouted to use 8th Ave. The decision will require a rethinking of Blocks 5 & 8 in terms of design & placement. The purpose of these blocks will still remain Commercial/Retail and Open Space/Park.
- Still no decision on how the Nurses Dorm will be repurposed but likely 1st floor retail and offices on the 2nd floor.
- Block 10 is Greystar Overture, a 55+ Active Adult residential community. 208 units and projected to open in 2020. You can see a concept plan for this community here: Area10-2018023841
- The Public Art portion of this redevelopment is already in progress on the buildings in Block 7. Daisy Patton’s work is being applied to the exterior of the parking structure. Kevin Sloan’s work will also be installed later at an unspecified location. May 2019 Update: See and learn more about the public art aspect of this development here.
Here is what we learned at the April 19, 2018 Community meeting held by Continuum Partners:
- The entire project will be completed by the end of 2019.
- There will be approximately 60 retail/commercial tenants. 45% of the tenants have been lined up and some will be announced in the next few weeks.
- There will be a 10 screen,”high-end” multi-plex movie theater in the block between Albion and Ash along 8th Ave.
- There will be a new parking structure with the capacity for 715 cars located along Colorado Blvd. between 9th and the new street called 8th Place. This parking structure will have its main entrance diagonally across from the multi-plex theater.
- There will also be 100 on-street parking spots with meters. There will be no surface parking lots.
- The residential core of the project will be on the north portion and the retail/commercial portion will be on the south portion of the project. The current plan has 802 apartment units, 48 townhome units, 0 hotel rooms (no longer part of the project) and 250 condominium units.
- It is still not determined how the “Bridge” over 9th Ave or the “Nurses Dorm” will be used.
- The first rental building will be available this spring. This building is located directly south of the existing parking structure at 11th and Colorado.
- There will be an “Over 50″ community/apartment building. You can see a concept plan for this community here: Area10-2018023841
- The only office space will be located along 8th between Albion and Colorado.
- The townhomes between Ash and Bellaire along 8th Ave are still part of the plan.