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Montbello gets new grocery store

Brothers Chris and John Leevers have obtained the financing they need for the $10.5 million redevelopment of the old Chambers Place shopping center in northeast Denver’s Montbello neighborhood.

The brothers received a $4.9 million bank loan commitment from Wells Fargo that covered about half of the total project cost. They searched for more than two years for the additional permanent financing for the property. Ultimately, Colorado Enterprise Fund filled the gap by assembling and coordinating three non-profit investors that are providing $3.5 million in a shared second mortgage: Colorado Enterprise Fund, $1 million; Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, $1.5 million and The Colorado Trust, $1 million.

The project will improve retail access to fresh and health foods, increase healthy eating and active living and encourage economic development in a formerly vacant retail center in a lower-income neighborhood.

“The community really needed this project to once again have access to healthy food,” says Ceyl Prinster, president and CEO of Colorado Enterprise Fund. “Chambers Place is an exciting model of mission-driven lenders collaborating on an impact investment resulting in improved health and economic vitality to an under-resourced community.”

The property is a shopping center that originally was anchored by a Safeway store that abandoned it more than four years ago, with other tenants departing soon after.

The Leevers, who own the Chambers Place property, are part of a fourth-generation grocery family. Their company, Leevers Supermarkets Inc., is 100percent employee owned with nearly 200 members and about 65 percent minority ownership. the company generally operates under the name Save-A-Lot, which is the anchor tenant in the redevelopment.

The Save-A-Lot will provide healthy food at affordable prices, sometimes as much as 40 percent lower than mainline grocery stores. The entire project is expected to create more than 80 jobs. Other tenants will include a Planet Fitness and a DaVita clinic. The center also has a well-established high-quality child care center, Early Success Academy, which is owned by long-time Colorado Enterprise Fund customer Diana Gaddison and serves many families in the area.

“The project model of a grocery store that creates quality jobs and has a wide variety of fresh food optoins at affordable prices, combine with the overall health, fitness and family orientation of the tenant mix, is the gold standard of impact we want to see in a project like this.”

Civitas to lead design for 5280 Loop

The Downtown Denver Partnership has selected urban design and landscape architecture firm Civitas to lead the design effort for the 5280 Loop, a project that will transform how the public right of way is used in downtown Denver.

The 5280 Loop will link neighborhoods and connect people by bringing underused streets into the downtown experience and uniting urban life with Colorado’s outdoor culture.

Denver-based Civitas’ outcome-based approach also attracted nationally known public health expert and HealthxDesign founder Rupal Sanghvi to join the team.

“Given the scale of what’s happening economically in Denver and the openness of the city to exploring how to achieve healthier outcomes, the 5280 Loop has the potential for impacting a population of some magnitude,” says Sanghvi, who was intrigued by the project’s prospects of serving as a model for “thinking more upstream” in promoting health through the physical shape of how we live, work and play.

The partnership and the project team are asking the community to help reimagine just over five miles of center city streets into a uniquely Denver amenity that prioritizes people, culture, nature and health. The 5280 Loop will promote active modes of transportation and connect many vibrant and diverse neighborhoods and civic destinations through the great urban outdoors. A conceptual design plan will be completed by September 2018.

“Cities around the world are rethinking the traditional definition of a street to go beyond just moving vehicles,” says John Desmond, the partnership’s executive vice president for urban environment. “The 5280 Loop will be Denver’s answer on how to transform a network of our streets into iconic shared spaces that will continue to move people and connect neighborhoods. At the same time, they’ll promote community and celebrate the urban experience in an authentically Denver way.”

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Nursing moms have privacy at all downtown sports venues

Nursing moms now have a quiet place to breastfeed or pump at all of Denver’s downtown pro sports venues as a result of UCHealth’s partnerships with the Colorado Rockies and Denver Broncos. 

The new Mamava nursing suites are being installed in the main concourses at Coors Field and Sports Authority Field at Mile High. UCHealth's recent purchase and installation of the air-conditioned lactation suites makes Denver the first city in the country to offer nursing suites in all downtown professional sports venues. UCHealth also purchased and installed the lactation suite located in the concourse at Pepsi Center, home to the Colorado Avalanche and Denver Nuggets.

“UCHealth’s commitment to improving lives extends beyond the doors of our hospitals and clinics,” says Manny Rodriguez, UCHealth chief marketing and experience officer. “our investment in nursing suites with our partners at all of Denver’s downtown professional sports venues makes it easier for nursing moms attending events — from games to concerts — to live extraordinary lives doing what they love, with their loved ones.”

The sports teams collaborated with UCHealth to provide the clean comfortable spaces to nurse in private. The lactation suite is a self-contained, mobile pod with comfortable benches, a fold-down table, an electrical outlet for plugging in a breast pump and a door that can be locked for privacy. The 4-foot by 8-foot pod is intended for individual use but has plenty of room for mothers with diaper bags, babies and other children in tow.

Ubergrippen climbing gym opens in northeast Denver

The Ubergrippen Indoor Climbing Crag has opened at 8610 E. 21st. Ave.

The 20,733-square-foot building, designed by OLC Architecture, features 16,000 square feet of indoor climbing surfaces and 40-foot-tall climbing walls designed at build by Vertical Solutions. There’s also a 3,000-square-foot fitness area with cardiovascular and strength-training equipment. 

Ubergrippen was created by 10-year Stapleton residents Jake and Kim Crine, who quit their full-time jobs to take on the venture.

The pre-engineered metal building was provided by Varco Pruden Buildings and installed by Lefever Building Systems. The project also includes the development of 73 parking spaces, bicycle and skateboarding racks and an outdoor bouldering rock. 

Built by White Construction Group, the building is designed as a place for the surrounding community to gather for youth programs, exercise and yoga classes, and a retail space. 

Ubergrippen offers daily and monthly memberships.

JCC renamed Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center

In an effort to recognize the contributions real estate developer Michael Staenberg has made to support the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center (JCC Denver) over the last few years, the center has been renamed the Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center. 

Staenberg contributions to the JCC include thousands of hours of support and millions of dollars. He has provided the JCC with guidance to create cost savings and has also offered a vision for the JCC to work toward, positioning it for a successful future in the Denver community.

“It is an honor to be included in the JCC’s new name and, particularly, to have my name alongside Bob Loup’s, who was such an integral part of the JCC’s success for the past 47 years,” Staenberg says. “It is my belief that giving money is one way to provide support for an organization, but being generous with your knowledge, time and vision, like I have been fortunate enough to provide, can make a real difference. I am proud to support the JCC in these ways.”

The JCC is currently finishing up renovations to the interior and exterior of the building at 350 Dahlia St. and in the parking lots.

Paleo restaurant opens near 15th and Platte streets

Just BE Kitchen, a paleo, gluten-free and grain-free kitchen has opened at 2364 15th Street between Denver’s LoDo and LoHi neighborhoods.

Chef Carrie Baird has created a menu that features items from local purveyors like Neiman Ranch, Rocky Mountain Eggs, Frontier Natural and Red Bird Chicken. Menu items include the Meatzza featuring a sausage base rather than pizza dough. Breakfast is served all day and includes grain-free breads, cookies, and pastries made in-house, as well as a breakfast burrito wrapped in a house-made almond flour tortilla and filled with scrambled eggs. Menu entrees range from $8 to $13.

Just BE Kitchen’s coffee bar features coffee from Copper Door Roasters and Method Roasters.  A liquor menu complete with grain-free spirits is in the works and will launch later this spring.

“We want everyone to feel nourished and cared for when they are here,” says Jennifer Peters, one of the restaurant’s operators. “We want our guests to be able to have a mindful moment at Just BE Kitchen and feel like they are doing something good for their minds and bodies. Food is the vessel for the experience we want to create because food is at the heart of well-being.”

Just BE Kitchen is open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. for breakfast and lunch. 

Tom Coohill to attend Plate of the Union

Chef Tom Coohill, owner of Coohills restaurant in Lower Downtown, has been tapped to represent Colorado at the 2017 Plate of the Union Farm Bill Summit on April 26-17 in Washington, D.C.

Coohill will join chefs and food industry leaders from around the country to review and discuss food policies surrounding the 2018 Farm Bill on April 26. The group, led by the agricultural advocacy organization Plate of the Union, will report its findings and recommendations to the House and Senate on April 27.

“Because of our commitment to locally sourced and farm-fresh ingredients, Coohills is a natural fit for this important outreach campaign,” Coohill says. “It’s an honor to be able to participate in this component of the democratic process, and I look forward to assisting in the promotion of healthier food for this country, which will result in healthier communities and a healthier environment.”

Every five years, Congress is tasked with passing the farm bill, which affects things such as how food is grown, what it costs the consumer, the safety of drinking water and whether all Americans have access to healthy, affordable food.

Plate of the Union is a food advocacy organization with a mission of encouraging U.S. agriculture to focus on organic and sustainable practices with positive impacts on land and water.

Economic summit to address housing, food, entrepreneurship

Housing, food access, youth opportunities and entrepreneurship are among the issues that will be discussed at the inaugural Far Northeast Denver Economic Summit, a free event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 20 at the Evie Garrett Dennis E-12 campus, 4800 Telluride St. 

The collaborative, grassroots event is a joint project of the City and County of Denver and a range of stake holders from Montbello and surrounding neighborhoods. A keynote speech on economic mobility will be presented by Dr. Jared Bernstein, a former chief ecnomist in the Obama Administration. The day also will include a community resource fair. 

“Our goal for the summit is to spur a bold conversation about economic opportunity, inviting the voices and perspectives of area residents and business owners, and also provide information on available services and tools,” says Amy Edinger, interim executive director of Denver’s Office of Economic Development.

The event will include three breakout sessions and a complimentary lunch. Spanish translation will be available on site. Sign language, CART services or other disability-related accommodations may be requested at oed.milehigh@denvergov.org or (720) 913-1999.

Frontiere strikes deal with HelloFresh

Denver-based Frontiere Natural Meats has struck a deal with HelloFresh, the world’s leading meal kit delivery brand.

Under terms of the agreement, Frontiere will provide HelloFresh with with about 7,000 pounds of all-natural ground beef and sweet Italian sausages made with chicken and pork on a bi-weekly basis for inclusion in its meal kits delivered on the West Coast. Beginning in April, Frontiere beef and pork will be featured in HelloFresh boxes shipping to Colorado, including the metro Denver area. 

“HelloFresh has made a name for itself with its ease of use and inclusion of locally sourced, high-quality products,” says Josh Viola, vice president and co-owner of Frontiere. “We’re quite pleased to be counted among the outstanding HelloFresh suppliers and to offer our all-natural meat products to their many customers.”

Frontiere operates its business in accordance with all-natural/organic requirements, ensuring livestock are fed a vegetarian diet of only natural grains and nutrients and never administering growth hormones or stimulants. 

“We’re thrilled to add Frontiere Natural Meats to our growing network of suppliers,” says Uwe Voss, chief operating officer of HelloFresh US. “The company’s high-quality natural products, along with their efficient and automated packing operation — which is optimal for our business model — really attracted us to the partnership. We look forward to continuing to deliver our customers the freshest and best-quality product possible every week with the addition of Frontiere Natural Meats.”

Smart-pill drug delivery firm joins Catalyst HTI

A company that’s developing a smart-pill drug delivery and monitoring system is the latest tenant to join Catalyst HTI in RiNo.

Veloce Corp. joins a community that will include national healthcare organizations like Kaiser Permanente, Anschutz Medical Campus and American Osteopathic Association, as well as health-tech startups like CirrusMD, BurstIQ and Telespine.

“We’re thrilled to be joining the Catalyst HTI community,” says Robert Niichel, CEO of Veloce. “Moving our offices to the building should help us acquire funding, forge partnerships and meet clients. It will also enable healthcare providers to learn about our SmartTab drug delivery and monitoring system.”

SmartTab will deliver active ingredients to specific areas of the human body at specific times or in response to a monitored physiological condition. The system will interface with custom or current wearable monitoring technology. It has the capability to deliver a wide range of active ingredients and interact with the Internet of Medical Things to optimize patient care.

“Our SmartTab platform achieves a level of precision in drug delivery that was previously impossible,” Niichel says. “With SmartTabs, providers can monitor the efficacy of treatment regimens and ensure medical compliance, which can be a costly and often deadly problem.”

After being spun out of Nano Pharmaceutical Laboratories in 2015, Veloce was accepted into StartUp Health’s investment portfolio, which contains nearly 200 health-tech startups. Veloce received a patent for its drug delivery and monitoring system earlier this year.

Regis joins Catalyst HTI

Regis University will join the health-tech innovation campus Catalyst HTI, slated to open in RiNo in 2018.

As a higher education partner, Regis' College of Computer & Information Science (CC&IS) will bring its expertise in health informatics, data science and cybersecurity to Catalyst HTI, collaborating with other health-tech industry leaders such as Hitachi Inc., the American Diabetes Association and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus to transform the digital health environment.

"Regis is proud to be a partner in this new kind of health-tech venture at Catalyst HTI," says CC&IS Dean Shari Plantz-Masters. "It signals we are involved in helping solve problems within our society, which dovetails so well with the Regis mission of educating and inspiring our future leaders to have a positive effect on the world."

Catalyst HTI is an industry integrator, bringing together relevant stakeholders in health-tech innovation -- from single-person startups and Fortune 500 companies to nonprofit organizations and healthcare providers -- to build a community in which collaboration and integration lead to accelerated innovation within the industry.

"We are thrilled to have Regis University as a member of our community," says Mike Biselli, president of Catalyst HTI. "Regis is a leader in cybersecurity and the protection of health-care information. The College of Computer & Information Science's ability to attract industry leaders to join its faculty will help us accelerate our health-care innovations."

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

Healthcare crowdfunding platform joins Catalyst HTI

A healthcare-focused crowdfunding platform is the latest tenant to sign on with Catalyst Health Tech Innovation, an industry integrator that’s bringing together relevant stakeholders in health-tech innovation.

Seattle-based angelMD is will lease space in the 300,000-square-foot building under construction on the west side of Brighton Boulevard between 35th and 36th streets.

"We are looking forward to working with Catalyst HTI to accelerate digital health innovation in Denver and across the country," says Tobin Arthur, founder and CEO of angelMD. "Our partnership will be a valuable asset to drive change in how individuals, especially medical professionals, invest in the innovation taking place throughout the healthcare industry."

As one of the fastest-growing technology markets in the United States, Denver is becoming a favored location for many startups from across the country, including those in health IT. Denver has attracted a new and innovative culture that combines favorable cost of living, availability of talent and a great quality of life.  AngelMD’s goal is to tap into the innovation culture and add to the growing tech economy in the city.

"AngelMD will find the Denver community welcoming and engaging," says Mike Biselli, president of Catalyst HTI. "This is the perfect environment for them to thrive, and we are excited to embed their innovative investment marketplace operations within the Catalyst HTI community."

AngelMD connects medical startups, physicians, investors and industry through a digital platform that leverages the strength of its growing network of experts. It enables startups to create profiles in the site and develop exposure to potential investors, customers and acquirers.

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

Catalyst HTI to break ground Oct. 20

Koelbel and Co. will break ground Oct. 20 on the 300,000-square-foot office and retail building in RiNo that will be the new home of Catalyst Health-Tech Innovation (HTI).

Catalyst HTI will bring together private enterprise (startups to large companies), government, academic and nonprofit organizations with healthcare providers and payers to accelerate innovation and drive change for the healthcare industry. The organization's goal is to transform Colorado into the top digital health cluster in the nation by 2020.

Office sizes in the new building at 35th Street and Brighton Boulevard, which will be built in two phases, range from a single desk to 30,000 square feet.

When it opens in the first quarter of 2018, Catalyst HTI will offer a 3D Printing and Idea Lab, a software and business academy, incubators, accelerators, venture funding, a primary care clinic powered by Kaiser Permanente, as well as onsite restaurants, a workout facility and event and meeting spaces.

The space is 40 percent pre-leased. In addition to Kaiser Permanente, Catalyst HTI will be home to the American Diabetes Association, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, the Medical Group Management Association, Prime Health and CirrusMD.

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

Denver Sports Recovery celebrates expanded space with special package

Denver Sports Recovery is offering a special package to celebrate the grand opening if its expanded space at 2242 W. 29th Ave.

The deal includes five massages or fascial stretch treatments for $300. The offer is available through Sept. 9.

Denver Sports Recovery (DSR) offers professional-grade recovery tools and services, including fascial stretch, joint injury treatment, cupping and muscle activation techniques. 

With the 1,600-square-foot addition, the center has a total of 3,600 square feet of space, enabling it to partner with several other companies, including NeuraPerformance, Onus iV Hydration and Invincible.

"We're thrilled that this expansion will provide us with ample space to continue offering top-of-the-line equipment and practitioners to our clients," says Andria Hassler, DSR co-owner and certified fascial stretch and soft tissue therapist. "The expanded space allows for more privacy, as well as additional treatment and recovery options. we have introduced several new tools into the space, and we are excited to offer a wholly unique experience in  Denver."

The expanded space includes additional private treatment rooms, a spacious area for self-myofascial release and floor exercises, dedicated areas for both NeuraPerformance and Onus iV Hydration's treatment services, an infrared sauna and a whole body cryosauna.

Denver Sports Recovery's cryosauna is a single-person treatment chamber that is recommended to clients suffering from fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, stress, fatigue and muscular discomfort. One session lasts from 60 seconds to three minutes. It exposes the person inside to a temperature of 256 degrees below zero Fahrenheit, which causes a natural anti-inflammatory response and the release of endorphins to flush toxins and provide a surge of energy.

The infrared sauna uses an exclusive heating technology of full-spectrum near-, mid- and far-infrared wavelengths. Infrared light has the ability to penetrate tissue, which produces many healthy benefits. Most programs last 20 to 45 minutes with temperature settings of 110 to 130 degrees.

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

DEFINE body & mind coming to LoHi

DEFINE body & mind will open its first Denver studio in the city's LoHi neighborhood this summer.

The company specializes in balanced fitness, offering barre, cycling and yoga-infused classes. It's goal is to help people become their best mentally, physically and emotionally. DEFINE's complete exercise routine incorporates cardio, yoga and Pilates that everyone can do.

"After having been a client of DEFINE in Texas, I made the move to Denver to open my own studio and expand the concept in an already active market that was lacking an all-inclusive body and mind experience," says Mallory Martindale, owner of DEFINE LoHi. "I am beyond excited to join the community and introduce the DEFINE concept to the people of Denver and LoHi."

The 1,925-square-foot studio, which will be located at 2420 17th St., also offers its own line of foods and juices and has created a co-branded retail line by partnering with athletic apparel brands like Splits 59, Under Armour and DEFINE Your Inspiration. 

Classes, which will be offered from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., include:
  • DEFINE body: a balanced 60-minute class of strength and flexibility that incorporates Pilates, yoga, ballet and core strengthening to target all the major muscle groups
  • DEFINE mind: a soothing class focused on gaining flexibility, refreshing the body and calming the mind.
  • DEFINE revolution: a 45-minute indoor cycling class that incorporates the DEFINE body class onto the bike, combining the principles of isometrics with cardio-blasting cycling.

"Unlike a lot of gyms where clients keep to themselves, we offer and atmosphere that builds community among clients, where everyone can feel relaxed, energized and encouraged," Martindale says. "Our clientele reaches all demographics and ages, both male and female, who come to DEFINE for different reasons."

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.
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