by Megan Yonke
Residents of the West Colfax neighborhood are in for a treat! If GO Bond funding is approved this November, plans to give Paco Sanchez a facelift will move forward. The City officially broke ground on all the planned renovations on July 27th, and I stopped by to take a brief look at what is planned. The first phase of the renovations include a play structure that I am certain will be beloved by the children of the West Colfax neighborhood.
I arrived a little late to the official ceremony but briefly caught the address delivered by Nettie Moore and then Councilman Lopez, followed by the customary dirty-shoveling activity by City officials and youth from Girls’ Inc.
At the event, both Girl’s Inc. and the Corky Gonzales library had information tables, and families from the throughout the neighborhood were there in the hot sun, excited for what is to come.
Interested in learning more about this project? See the recent Denverite article: https://www.denverite.com/denver-getting-started-multi-million-dollar-play-bonanza-paco-sanchez-park-32097/
I am excited to hear thoughts from my neighbors!
The Lakehouse will formally break ground on June 5th!
We in the West Colfax community treasure living at the “water’s edge” of Sloan’s Lake. We walk, run, bike and socialize with our neighbors at that edge on a daily basis. Our views around the Lake are about to change as we welcome new neighbors. When the Lakehouse receives its certificate of occupancy in July 2019 (targeted date), this real estate product will be an architectural and programmatic gem of the City of Denver. Twelve stories at its maximum height and stepping down toward the Lake, this Well-certified building will feature a fitness center and yoga studio, as well as a rooftop garden and juicing bar. There will be two floors of underground parking. Our new neighbors will pay handsomely for these high-end amenities, as well as interior finishes that some residents are procuring all the way from Italy.
The two new residents I spoke with, coming from Iowa, are excited about their condo at the Lakehouse serving as their forever home in retirement. At the groundbreaking ceremony on May 24th , there was much jubilation about the uniqueness of the Lakehouse project in Denver. Attendees of the ceremony included the who’s who of the Denver real estate development world, as well as new owners of the condos. Nava Real Estate Group pulled out all the stops to celebrate. When they first arrived, attendees first marveled in the sales office over the model building and the showcase of high-end finishes, while having an opportunity to chat about the project with the construction team at GW Phillips and architecture team at RNL. A marching jazz band called all attendees to attention to launch the formal event. Attendees were first welcomed by Trevor Hines, CEO of Nava Real Estate Development, followed by Denver City Councilman Albus Brooks. Coucilman Brooks applauded the project team for taking risks in building condos, as well as supporting the building of affordable for-sale townhomes across the street, part of the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance. Condo projects in the City of Denver are rare, because of the history of condo-defect law in the State of Colorado, but the Lakehouse Project has proven that high-end condos can be built. As project stakeholders grabbed hard hats and shovels and began the ceremonial dig, the team lit off fireworks in the background. We are excited to welcome our new neighbors and hope they will get involved in the WeCAN organization.
- The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema held a media tour and ribbon cutting ceremony on May 8th. Phil Sparr, from WeCAN's Business Outreach Committee, was on-hand to attend and report.The ribbon cutting attendees included: acclaimed author James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential), Walter Chaw (Alamo Denver VP of Operations), Hannah Medoff (Alamo Sloan's GM), Dave Kennedy (Alamo Sloan's Owner), and longtime neighborhood resident Nettie Moore.Mr. Ellroy opened a bottle of champagne with a saber to commemorate the opening and then Mr. Shaw led a tour. There are 8 theaters ranging in size from 48 to 196 seats and a full service bar/patio, Barfly, which will host poetry readings, musical acts, and various community events and is dedicated to West Colfax's beat poetry past.Mr. Shaw expressed his hope that the community will make the theater their own and help guide its future programming.The theater and Barfly are located at 4255 W. Colfax Ave. and are both open for business.