A sliver of city-owned property in downtown Denver is slated for micro apartments that are being promoted as a car-free community.
A partnership between Urban Villages and Jeff Hermanson
of Larimer Associates plans to pay $2.5 million for the quarter-acre site at 14th and and Court streets where they will build a 12- to 14-story micro-apartment on what now houses a free childcare center for families with Denver County or district court business.
"The project at 14th and Court has the opportunity to showcase the city’s commitment to new urbanism and the shared economy by creating a 100 percent car-free community that embraces the shared economy, heavily encouraging the use of bicycle and car-share services, as well as nearby public transit options," Hermanson says.
The neighborhood where the project will be located has few residential options and no restaurants, bars are gathering places, resulting in poor activation of Civic Center Park beyond working hours.
"The property sits at one of Denver’s most dynamic intersections," says Grant McCargo, CEO of Urban Villages. "Tucked in among some of the most iconic architecture in the city, the site is touched by a wide variety of user groups throughout the day. This activity is complemented by programming on Civic Center Park and at the McNichols Building, by the nearby art museums, the state capitol and the U.S. Mint."