Glazed, chocolate or apartments? Baker’s Dunkin’ Donuts could be gobbled up to fill a housing hole

The 366 Broadway site could house 72 homes instead of the doughnut chain.

Dunkin' Donuts at 366 Broadway.

Dunkin' Donuts at 366 Broadway.

Kyle Harris / Denverite
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In recent years, transplant doughnut shops have signaled big changes in Baker and the surrounding neighborhoods. And where they have risen, new apartment and condo buildings have, too.

The opening of Portland’s Voodoo Doughnuts; Evansville, Indiana’s Parlor Doughnuts; Temple City, California’s Winchell’s Donut House; and Kansas City, Missouri’s LaMar’s Donuts were all followed by massive developments.

But no donut shop in the country sells more than Quincy, Massachusetts-born Dunkin’ Donuts. For many East Coasters who have moved here in recent years, the company — which invested mightily in the Denver market in 2013 — has been a mainstay for coffee and sweets.

Now, the Dunkin’ Donuts at 366 Broadway is being eyed for residential development, perhaps cannibalized by its own sticky-sweet success.

Davis Partnership Architects submitted concept plans to the city for the site, which has been owned by 366 Broadway, LLC, since 2013. If approved, the project would include five stories with 73 units and one parking space per unit. There would also be bike parking.

The 65-foot apartment building would replace the current Dunkin’ Donuts, which would shut down for good, as there is no commercial, mixed-use or restaurant space in the plan.

Neither Dunkin’ Donuts nor Davis Partnership Architects responded to Denverite’s inquiries about the possible project.

Correction: This story originally misidentified the state Parlor Doughnuts was from. We regret the error.

 

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