Following the announcement that downtown Denver’s beloved Blake Street Tavern will close on April 9, its landlord, Seattle-based Urban Renaissance Group is planning to add almost 300 apartments on the parking lots adjacent to the bar. That’s according to a formal site development plan recently submitted to the City and County of Denver.
On behalf of Urban Renaissance Group, Denver-based architecture firm OZ Architecture has submitted plans for a 5-story, 48-unit residential building with ground-floor retail and 2 floors of below-grade parking, to be built at 2325 Blake St.
OZ has also submitted plans to build an additional 237 units within a nine-story building, including three stories of below-grade parking, on the parking lots at 1551 Park Ave. West and 1561 Park Ave. West.
The Blake Street Tavern made the following statement regarding its closure via its Facebook page: “We appreciate everything the community has done for us over the last 20 years, we could never have done it without you guys. The relationships that have been built will be lifelong, and we hope that Denver can keep a piece of Blake Street in their hearts. We are grateful for all of the positive outreach.”
According to the plans, Urban Renaissance Group hopes to begin construction in early 2025 and finish it in late 2026. The development will not designate any units as affordable, and will instead pay the fee-in-lieu in order to comply with Denver’s new inclusionary zoning requirement.
The plans submitted to the city are yet to receive final approval and are subject to change.