DENVER – The Boulevard at Lowry, a 140,000-square-foot commercial mixed-use redevelopment project in the heart of Denver’s revitalized Lowry neighborhood, officially broke ground today. The infill development will serve as the centerpiece and the only commercial development at Boulevard One, the 70-acre parcel that represents the last new neighborhood to be developed at Lowry. The groundbreaking of the milestone project coincides with the 25th anniversary of the beginning of Lowry’s transformation from the former Air Force base.
Confluent Development, a Denver-based real estate investment/development firm, and Kelmore Development, a Centennial-based commercial real estate development, management and investment firm, serve as the project co-owners and co-developers. Brinkman Construction is the general contractor and Open Studio Architecture designed the project.
The 1.5-block infill project situated on more than five acres at the northwest corner of E. Lowry Boulevard and Pontiac Street, will feature restaurant, retail and office space, including a restaurant sitting on the community park across Lowry Boulevard.
“The design and materials in the project are an acknowledgement of the modern elements within Boulevard One, but also pay tribute to the deep and honorable history that is rooted in the Lowry neighborhood. With strongly programmed pedestrian thoroughfares and an integrated multimodal hub, occupants and residents will find the Boulevard easily accessible, while the vibrant outdoor spaces and wonderful patio and office level views will make it hard for them to want to leave,” said Nick Kitaeff, development director for Confluent Development, during the ceremony.
Marking its first Denver proper location, natural foods grocer Lucky’s Market will serve as the project’s anchor tenant occupying 25,000 square feet. The Boulder-based grocery store chain which offers affordable options for everyday foods and specialty choices currently has a presence in 11 states nationwide including five Front Range locations in Fort Collins, North Boulder, South Boulder, Wheat Ridge and Longmont.
“Entering into Denver proper marks a significant milestone for Lucky’s Market and we look forward to being an involved partner in this vibrant new community in The Boulevard at Lowry,” said Ben Friedland, vice president of marketing for Lucky’s Market. “We are proud to grow into such an important market within our home state and bring more fresh, local and specialty foods to Denver residents.”
Logan House Coffee Company will also occupy 1,750 square feet of space. The Denver-based, premier coffee roaster prioritizes sustainable practices and offers its organically grown and fairly traded coffee in recycled wine bottles.
“As the sole commercial development within the Boulevard One neighborhood, this project plays a key role in cementing Lowry as a premier neighborhood in the metro area for decades to come,” said Marshall Burton, president & CEO at Confluent Development. “It is an honor to support the final stages of the 25-year-long process that has gone into Lowry’s redevelopment. We are proud to provide our expertise and resources alongside Kelmore Development to this historic redevelopment.
Lowry Redevelopment Authority (LRA) is the master developer for Lowry. LRA oversees the redevelopment of the 1,800-acre mixed-use Lowry site, which is nationally recognized for its sustainable development efforts.
The infill development is anticipated for completion in the fourth quarter of 2020.
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