Two new towers with hundreds of apartments and a grocery store might soon come to four acres of green space at 6700 East Union Avenue, near the Belleview Station light-rail stop, in southeast Denver.
Belleview Station is a planned community under construction that serves as a residential gateway between the companies working out of the Denver Tech Center and the rest of the city. The area — a walkable, transit-oriented development with luxury housing, hip restaurants, offices, a yoga studio and trendy shops — is filling in.
The architects at the global firm Gensler have submitted concept plans that are currently waiting to be reviewed by Denver Community Planning and Development, which is backlogged with proposals for new projects. No zoning changes are required for these plans to be approved.
According to the plans, one tower would be 19 stories; the other would have 20. In total, the development will include an impressive 705 apartments and 950 parking spaces — hardly a sign that residents are expected to be car-free and take advantage of the nearby light rail and bike lanes.
Once Community Planning and Development reviews the plans, the department will either approve them, offer feedback for revisions, or turn them down. Assuming they are approved, construction could begin within the next year.