Forum Real Estate Group has already created some changes on the 13-acre Kmart site at Monaco and Evans. This summer the Plum Creek Garden Market operated a pop-up selling plants, and more recently Fluid Truck Share has been on-site as well as Covid-19 testing. They are hoping to continue the Santa Claus Shop tradition and host Christmas tree sales this winter. Beyond the interim uses, we now have a sense of what is planned long term for the development they are calling Blūm (“bloom”) at High Line. The Forum team and the City of Denver held a zoom community meeting in May to share details and obtain feedback from neighbors.
Some overarching design themes were improving the sense of place and breaking up the mega block to bring a pedestrian scale to the area. While the first goal seems easily attainable, the second will take significant transformation at a busy intersection. Here are some of the pieces of their concept.
South Development – Townhomes You’ve likely seen the demolition of the CDOT Holly site is well underway. This will soon be complete and horizontal improvements (utilities and paving) are expected to begin in late October. One noticeable improvement will be a 7′ wide landscape buffer along Holly between the street and a new 8′ wide sidewalk. Lokal Communities is the owner, developer and architect for the southern portion of the site which consists of 198 for-sale 3-story townhomes. Two garage parking spaces per unit will be provided.
Irina Avsukevich and Nicole Libertelli, proud owners and artists of The Factory, a Virginia Village hair salon, are awash in meaningful numbers. The two stylists have been working together for more than a decade creating beautiful, hip cuts and color. This year, on October 1, the team celebrated one year of being in business, which began with a whirlwind 30-day turnaround from purchase to service.
Raising the bar at Cook Park The design process is underway for upgrades at Cook Park which will include improvements to the playground, basketball court, and walks. The playground was identified as needing improvements as it is one of the older playgrounds in the Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) system and does not meet current DPR standards. The basketball court is adjacent to the playground and was included in the scope of park improvements as it is in poor condition, with a cracking surface. The walks have been identified by community members and maintenance and operations teams as deteriorating, unsafe, and in need of major repair/replacement.