Developers propose a 25-story building across from the Mercury Cafe, at the El Paso-Los Angeles Limousine Express site

The plans include retail, office space and 646 residential units.

The Los Limousines building at 2215 California St. May 19, 2022.

The Los Limousines building at 2215 California St. May 19, 2022.

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Denver’s Mercury Cafe, whose future was uncertain until a new ownership group took over, isn’t going anywhere. But the landscape around the classic two-story restaurant and venue has been changing fast.

The latest plot eyed for development is across the street from the Merc, at the El Paso-Los Angeles Limousine Express bus stop at 2215 California St., where, for years, busses have taken Denverites to Mexico.

On Wednesday, a developer submitted concept plans to the city to bring a massive mixed-use building to the site.

The Los Limousines building at 2215 California St. May 19, 2022.

The Los Limousines building at 2215 California St. May 19, 2022.

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If approved, the new structure would boast 25 stories and a three-level podium. The towering building would include a whopping 646 residential units, 396 parking spaces, offices, retail and services, according to plans.

The owner of the property is 2215-2243 California Street LLC, which is registered to a company based in Chicago.

As for the fate of El Paso-Los Angeles Limousine Express? When asked about the possibility of a new development, a representative said she had not heard any word of changes.

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