“The words “car-free living” in green letters figure prominently on a brochure advertising a micro-apartment complex planned for the Five Points neighborhood.
Under Denver’s current zoning code, the developer may not need to provide parking for any of the complex’s 56 units. So will the parking-hungry area just have to absorb more vehicles, or are Denver residents ready to go car-free and rely on alternative transportation?
“I really foresee Denver is heading that way,” says Doug Gaddis, president of Gaddis Property Management Inc., which wants to replace the now-closed Espino’s Tires at 31st Avenue and Stout Street with micro-apartments.
The units would be in two buildings across the alley from each other — one facing Stout before it curves into 31st , and the other on Downing Street. Both lots are under 6,250 square feet and would qualify for a small-lot parking exemption under Denver’s zoning code.
The project would be an “upcycle” build, according to Gaddis, using shipping containers — or “superstructures,” as he refers to them — for the base, with additional materials on the exterior approved by the Denver Landmark Preservation Commission, since the complex will be in the Curtis Park Historic District. The development is slated to go through the commission’s design-review process on March 15, then through the city’s permit process; Gaddis is hoping to complete the project in late 2017.”
Van Deventer, Mathew. Westword 2 March 2016.