The following is a “lowdown” on what’s been going on Downtown, and what you can expect to see happening in the near future. Sarah Nurmela, the Real Estate and Development Manager for Downtown Westminster gives us her take on all the upcoming activity:
Approved master plan for parks
“The first phase of parks work will begin in 2017 with the building of the Central Plaza and key streetscapes,” said Nurmela. “More than 20 percent of the developable area in Downtown Westminster is being devoted to public spaces and parks. When people come to our downtown, we want them to experience it through truly memorable public spaces.
Progress of streets and garage
“Streets and infrastructure will be completed by November. We have started building the garage and are making great progress. The parking garage should be completed by July 2017.”
Solera Salon and Grid Collaborative Workspace
“The first office project will involve approximately 115,000 sq. ft. in a 6-story building. Construction will begin in early 2017, with an expected opening in late 2017/early 2018,” said Nurmela “The multi-floor Grid Collaborative space will provide creative and adaptable work, conference and event space to individuals, small startups and established companies. A second-story Solera Salon will offer luxury salon suites for beauty professionals that will provide a full range of business services and amenities. The ground floor will have retail fronting onto the Center Park, Central plaza and 89th Avenue.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
“Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will open its third Denver area location in Downtown Westminster with a 10-screen movie theatre and restaurant—one of their largest movie houses in the country. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is known for its unique and community-oriented blend of movies, beer and food, combined with creative events for movie lovers.” The Alamo Draft House will also start construction in early 2017.
Sherman Associates will begin construction on a five- and six-story mixed-use building with ground floor retail and residential above. The project will include approximately 270 multifamily rental units including townhomes. The project will face onto the South Park and 88th Avenue, providing a significant presence for the first phase of development in Downtown, with construction set to begin early 2017.
“Longtime tenant, JC Penney, will remain at our downtown site and is reinvesting in their store, including an in-store Sephora – all part of an approximately $3 million improvement project,” said Nurmela.
“Even before all of this new construction starts to take shape, we will be activating the site this fall, with a series of events that will foster the sense of place and community that our Downtown will deliver once the buildings start coming out of the ground and the businesses and tenants start moving in. It’s an exciting time for Westminster.”