A San Francisco developer wants to build a block-sized development in RiNo

The company, Carmel Partners, is working with the prestigious Denver architecture firm Davis Partnership.

3300 Blake Street in Five Points' RiNo Art District. Nov. 17, 2021.

3300 Blake Street in Five Points' RiNo Art District. Nov. 17, 2021.

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San Francisco developer Carmel Partners and the Denver-based firm Davis Partnership Architects  have submitted plans to the city to build a twelve-story building with 495 rental apartments and first-floor retail space in RiNo.

The project would take over the block from 33rd to 34th streets, between Blake and Walnut streets, which Carmel Partners spent $27.5 million acquiring, reported BusinessDen.

If the proposal is approved, the first two floors would serve as the base of the building and include 545 parking spots.

On top of the base would be a five-story 194,000 square foot L-shaped building with around 219 units with outdoor space, and a 303,620-square-foot ten-story tower with a roof deck that would have around 266 units.

While the area near the 38th and Blake RTD station is zoned for five-story buildings, developers are allowed to build higher if they incorporate affordable housing.

Denver’s Davis Partnership has been behind some of the city’s most prominent recent buildings, including The Art, a Hotel; the Freyer Newman Center at the Denver Botanic Gardens; and the Prism. The plans for the firm’s new RiNo project, the Train, suggest the company would pay homage to the area’s industrial past and its hyper-urban future, mixing brick on the bottom two floors with glass above.

Carmel Partners is a San Francisco-based multifamily developer with a growing presence in Denver including the 417-unit RiNo project Drive-Train, at 3299 Brighton Boulevard. The developer has also purchased sites on Brighton Boulevard across from the Pepsi Processing Plant and at 3300 Arkins Court.

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