S*Park at 26th and Lawrence, first announced in 2016, will deliver 91 condo units within the next few weeks. And up next, the project will soon break ground on eight townhomes at the site.
The mixed-use development consists of seven buildings centered around one central green space that takes up two blocks between Lawrence and Arapahoe Streets. It offers a private internal park, gated yards, underground parking, community gardens and a greenhouse.
The condos range in size from studios to three bedrooms and start in the upper-$200,000s.
An Austin-based sushi restaurant, Uchi, will open a location under the greenhouse. Ground floor retail will also include Lacuna, a yoga studio.
There remains 3,500 square feet of retail that is not officially filled – but Alpert said the tenants would be “very like-minded” to the community, valuing sustainability and zero-waste lifestyles.
Phase II of the project, eight three-bedroom townhomes, will break ground adjacent to the condos.Those are expected to finished in late 2019 or early 2020.
Westfield Partners, under Curtis Park Group LLC, purchased the land from Denver Housing Authority under the stipulation they would develop it into for-sale housing.
The rooftops all have solar panels and the residents will have access to the greenhouse and gardens.
But sustainability is only one important aspect of the project – the other is ownership.
“As dynamic as this area is, we need people to invest and stay put and call this home,” said Jonathan Alpert, a partner at Westfield. “The difference between being a visitor and living somewhere is that if you live somewhere and own it, you put your roots down.”
That, Alpert said, is likely to makes one’s engagement in the community much stronger.
He said that one of his biggest concerns for Denver is that the low supply of for-sale options is that the city will become too transient.
The community space aspect of the project was very intentional, for that reason. Alpert said the developers wanted residents to engage with each another.
Alpert said he looks forward to elevating the neighborhood and bringing life back to the site, which was a vacant lot before Westfield broke ground on it.
Tres Birds Workshop was the architect and Milender White was the general contractor. Westfield also worked with the Curtis Neighborhood group.
In previous reporting, TreeHouse Real Estate was listed as the broker on the development. It is now Liv Sotheby’s.