Provided by Zocalo Community Development
On the site of the surface parking lot at the corner of 17th & Newton, Zocalo Community Development seeks to build a project of community impact that achieves a mix of housing types and is affordable to a broad spectrum of Sloan Lake and Denver residents, both current and future, while striving to be sensitive in its physical and visual impact on the neighborhood. Our plan replaces the existing 1959/78 “Planned Unit Development” (PUD) zoning plan that provides for a total of 515,400 square feet of hospital, medical office buildings, and multi-unit residential towers, with a revised PUD – capped at the same 515,400 square feet – that retains the existing Sloan Lake Medical Center and allows for the construction of Zocalo’s proposed program of up to 170 market-rate residential units, 185 Affordable rental units (supported financially, in part, by the adjacent market-rate units), approximately 5,000 square feet of retail/restaurant space at the corner of 17th & Newton, 12,000 square feet of office space (to house Zocalo’s future office space) and sufficient off-street structured parking to accommodate each use. Additional community benefits include a public gathering space at the corner of 17th & Newton (outside of the retail space), Affordable units reserved for households making 50% of Area Median Income, three-bedroom Affordable units, targeted for families with formerly homeless schoolchildren, and up to 6,000 square feet of community-serving retail or event space. The replacement PUD for which Zocalo is applying is a highly detailed and prescriptive zoning document that will be presented to and voted on by Denver Planning Board and City Council.