DURA In the News: April 2019

Denver Health plans to open an urgent care facility just off the 16th Street Mall this summer. (Libby Flood)

Denver Health to open urgent care facility near 16th Street Mall

Denver Health plans to open an urgent care facility just off the 16th Street Mall this summer.

The health system announced last week that Denver Health Downtown Urgent Care will open at 1545 California St. It will occupy 4,770 square feet, according to a zoning permit application.

The facility will provide same-day, walk-in medical evaluation and care, including X-rays, EKGs and some onsite laboratory testing, according to the health system. It will be headed by the clinical leadership team that also runs Denver Health’s Adult Urgent Care center on Denver Health’s main campus at 777 Bannock St. in Lincoln Park.

In a news release, Denver Health cited rapid population growth downtown as the reason for the new facility. Other urgent care centers in the area include Concentra Urgent Care, located at 1730 Blake St. in Union Station, and ZipClinic Urgent Care at 1 S. Broadway in Baker.

The facility will be located within the former Denver Dry Goods Company Building, a historic department store that once was marketed as the largest department store west of Chicago. The department store closed in 1987 and was redeveloped by Jonathan Rose Cos. in collaboration with the Denver Urban Renewal Authority. The $48.2 million redevelopment wrapped up in 1999.

The 350,000-square-foot building now includes 115,000 square feet of retail space, 28,700 square feet of office space, 66 for-sale residential units and 51 rental units.

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Dangers Of Lead In Old Paint Cause Denver Family To Take Action After Scary Blood Test Results

While Denver is seeing an influx of duplex and multi-family home construction, the city says nearly 70 percent of the homes were built before 1978. For many families, this can present a fun fixer-upper opportunity but it can also present some serious health hazards. The Denver Urban Renewal Authority (DURA) and Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) are helping Denver families identify and remove lead-based paint hazards in their homes as part of a new, federally-funded grant program to protect children from exposure to lead-based paint.

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In hotel-crazy Denver, transformation of historic Emily Griffith campus into lodging, retail space begins

The lives of countless young people were transformed on the campus of the historic Emily Griffith Opportunity School in the heart of Denver in the decades after it opened in 1916. Now, work is underway to transform the long-empty collection of buildings into a hotel the owner and developer says will maintain recognizable links to its educational past.

Denver Public Schools sold the campus, which takes up the city block that spans the 1200 blocks of Glenarm Place and Welton Street, to Denver-based Stonebridge Companies for $25 million in 2017. The opportunity school’s legacy lives on through Emily Griffith Technical College, headquartered at 1860 Lincoln St.

The Longfellow School building was repaired and equipped in 1916 to house original Emily Griffith “Opportunity School.”

Stonebridge secured a multi-million tax reimbursement deal with the Denver Urban Renewal Authority in the fall as it prepared to embark on a $97 million redevelopment effort on the campus. Last week, the company finally broke ground. Officials say the project will preserve the recognizable brick exteriors of former school buildings but replace the classrooms, offices and facilities with more than 250 hotel rooms and 48,000 square feet of retail space.

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Developer breaks ground on $96.5M luxury hotel project at historic Emily Griffith school site

When the first guests walk through a new hotel that’s now under construction at 1250 Welton St., they’re going to be met with very subtle reminders that the historic building they’re staying in was once home to a school run by one of Colorado’s great educators.

The fitness center, for instance, will resemble a classic gymnasium. The extremely wide hallways that students used to walk are going to be preserved. And etched in stone above the main entrance is the world “opportunity.”

“It’s a pretty monumental undertaking,” said Chris Manley, chief operating officer of Stonebridge Companies, the developer that’s transforming the historic Emily Griffith campus into a mixed-use property complete with a luxury hotel and retail space.

And construction officially begins today.

Developers broke ground on the 2.5 acre site Tuesday afternoon. If all goes according to plan, the 250-room hotel, along with 37,500 square feet of retail and office space, would open at the end of 2020 or in early 2021. Stonebridge purchased the property from Denver Public Schools in 2017 for $25.3 million.

The adaptive reuse project will see the Welton Street side of the campus rehabilitated into a 140,000-square-foot hotel with 6,000 square feet of office space. The Glenarm Place side will be converted into a parking structure with 120 spaces along with the office and retail space. Development plans show that the alley between Glenarm and Welton will be transformed into a pedestrian-friendly space. ‘

The project is estimated to cost $96.5 million. The Denver Urban Renewal Authority (DURA) is providing $21.8 million in tax reimbursements. Stonebridge is seeking federal and state historic tax credits. With a construction budget of $37 million, the owners would be eligible for $7.4 million in federal historic tax credits and up to another $2 million in state historic tax credits, according to officials with Historic Denver.

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