The Stasko Agency took a tour of the project's models and encountered light-filled, modern units, offering outdoor space - a rarity in downtown apartment buildings. Check out the photos below.
|The view from one of Cadence's corner units|
|An open kitchen and dining room provide space to entertain|
|A bedroom in one of the model units|
Cadence is offering studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, ranging from 553-square feet to 1,081-square feet. Units will rent for an average of $1,892 per month and Cadence has already secured leases for one two-bedroom unit and several one-bedroom units. The LEED Gold registered building will offer a number of green amenities as well as a rooftop pool, indoor parking, rooftop fitness center, a lobby-level lounge complete with a kitchen and bar. The rendering below offers a peek at what the finished lobby will look like.
The opening of Cadence leasing center isn't the only exciting news Zocalo has shared recently. The company announced last week that Director of Real Estate Susan Maxwell has become an equity partner in the Zocalo. We congratulate Susan and look forward to announcing the opening of Cadence in the near future.
Little Man Ice Cream attracted a record turn-out for its 4th Annual Hula Hooping Contest September 8th. This year's contest, held at Highland's Hirshorn Park, featured Denver elementary school students battling by age group in a variety of categories. Lucky winners walked away with passes to Elitch Gardens and the Downtown Aquarium as well as tickets to Justin Timberlake's upcoming concert at the Pepsi Center and free ice cream for a year!
The goal was to get the kids moving on a hot day and encourage exercise at a time when physical activity among children is on the decline. (Less than half of Colorado school children ages 5 to 14 get the federally recommended 60 minutes of physical activity a day, according to data from the Colorado Department of Health and Environment). Proceeds from the event's $5 application fee benefited physical education programs at Denver's Brown, Edison, Sandoval and Valdez Elementary schools and North High School. We're excited to share that $875 was raised for the schools through the event.
The media also took note of Little Man's unique effort to get the masses moving. The contest was featured as one of 5280's Best Picks, in the North Denver Tribune, and YourHub, as well as on Fox31 and 9News' weekend broadcast. You can watch a clip of young hoopers showing off their skills, here.
The response to the event was so strong, we can't wait to see the how many kids turn out next year. Until then, enjoy these photos from the competition.
You may be surprised to find out that one of the metro-area's newest brewpubs is located in Wheat Ridge, not LoDo, and that Denver's northern neighbor is also home to one of the region's premiere bike shops. Once a sleepy suburb, Wheat Ridge is now becoming a hub for unique businesses,
thanks to a slew of economic development efforts.
|Teller Street Gallery & Studios, one of Wheat Ridge's new businesses.|
Using a combination of tax rebates, grants and loans, Wheat Ridge has attracted a net 35 new businesses since 2011. The Stasko Agency began working with the city this past spring, helping to shine the light on Wheat Ridge's "open for business" agenda and its efforts to revitalize a stretch of 38th Avenue from Wadsworth Boulevard to Sheridan Boulevard.
|Right Coast Pizza opened on Wheat Ridge's "main street" in 2012.|
We're pleased to say that media outlets are starting to take note of Wheat Ridge's initiatives. The Denver Business Journal highlighted the city's business growth last month, while the Wheat Ridge Transcript examined the success the city has had in luring businesses from Denver. You can read that article here. The North Denver Tribune and the Colorado Real Estate Journal both turned the lens on Wheat Ridge's revival on 38th Avenue, an area city officials have dubbed the "Ridge at 38."
In addition to spurring business expansion through a slew of economic incentives, Wheat Ridge has also lured entrepreneurs by expanding community offerings. The list of programming includes cruiser crawls, a Wines and Dines event, an annual Wheat Fest to highlight the city's agricultural roots and the Mid Century and Modern Home tour, which is slated for Saturday, September 7.
|The interior of one of the homes that will be featured in this year's Mid Century and Modern Home Tour|
If you haven't visited Wheat Ridge recently, we encourage you to make the trip. In the coming months, we'll also be spreading the word about the city's growing housing options. So, stay tuned for more updates!
If you're an entrepreneur looking for capital to grow your business, we've got good news. In September, Denver-area business owners will have the chance to impress a panel of angel investors at an event modeled after the ABC show, Shark Tank. Sponsored by a group of Southern California investors, The Guppy Tank bills itself as more of a funding opportunity, rather than a competition among entrepreneurs vying for cold hard cash.
In fact, Darrin Ginsberg, founder of The Guppy Tank, views the unusual funding model as a way of "jump starting the economy and spur the growth of local businesses." The Stasko Agency has been working with Darrin and his firm, Super G Funding, LLC, to spread the word about The Guppy Tank, which is slated to provide up to $500,000 in equity investments and loans to as many as 10 Denver-area entrepreneurs on September 12 at Galvanize, a co-working space for independent firms.
|Darrin Ginsberg promoting The Guppy Tank to media outlets|
The Guppy Tank is searching for businesses that have been operating for at least a year and employ less than 75 people. Entrepreneurs must also have a clear-cut plan detailing how they plan to use potential funds and how those funds will advance their businesses. To participate, interested business owners should fill out an online application at www.guppytank.com by September 8.
Denver's Guppy Tank will mark the first time Super G Funding has held an event outside California. The Denver event will also be open to the public, who will get to see eager entrepreneurs make their case for funding. In addition to much-needed capital, business owners who win funding, will also have the opportunity to work with the "Guppies' to gain guidance on how to best grow their businesses.
The Guppy Tank has already captured the attention of the Denver Business Journal, which wrote about the event in its July 20 edition. Click here to read a preview of the article.
Help us raise awareness about this innovative event, by urging your entrepreneurial friends to apply.
|AIA President Mickey Jacobs addresses the conference attendees|
The Stasko Agency was lucky enough to be a part of the action, promoting Swinerton Builders, a construction management company that served as one of the primary sponsors of the conference. Swinerton is one of the companies leading the "design-build" trend, which pairs architects with construction firms in collaborative partnerships. Swinerton Vice President and Division Manager Scott Conrad was interviewed on 9News about the trend.
Design Build arrangements often result in faster builds and lower costs. Swinerton and architecture firm Gensler recently completed two projects in Denver using design-build, including parking structures for RTD's West Rail Line and Invesco's Denver headquarters.
Check out the Swinerton website to find out more about how the company is leading new and innovative trends in construction and to see what projects they're working on in Colorado. And take a peek at the photos we captured at the AIA convention.
With apartment vacancy rates in the metro-area at just 4.6 percent, new rental properties are in deep demand. And that might explain why 2020 Lawrence, an 231-unit apartment project that began welcoming residents since last December, is already half-leased. The Stasko Agency has been promoting 2020 since the project broke ground at 2020 Lawrence Street in 2011 and we're proud to see the community become such a huge success.
The LEED Gold registered project will "officially" celebrate its grand opening Wednesday, May 15th with tours, music and cocktails and food provided by Ballpark neighborhood eateries. The festivities will kick off at 5:30 p.m. and will last until 8:30 p.m. The celebration will also give the public a chance to enjoy the view from 2020's amenity-filled rooftop, which features a dog park, lounge area complete with hot tub and fire pit; and a fitness center. The rooftop will also eventually house a greenhouse that will is expected to produce 15,000 pounds of food annually.
|An evening view from 2020 Lawrence's cozy rooftop lounge|
The greenhouse is just one of many "green" features that separate 2020 from other downtown apartment communities. The 10-story building is the first to offer composting and an electrical vehicle charging station, available free of charge for residents. Tesla Motors will have one of their Model S Performance vehicles on display at the grand opening and representatives from the company will be handing out passes for attendees to schedule test drives. The building also features a solar array that generates power for the community, reducing the amount of carbon pumped into the atmosphere by roughly 50 tons per year. Overall, 2020 Lawrence residents are expected to spend 50 percent less on their utility bills than they would living in a similar non-LEED building.
|A look inside one of 2020's two-bedroom units|
Legislators and community leaders got a closer look at 2020's sustainability efforts at two recent forums. And the development's grand opening has also gained coverage in Inside Real Estate News and YourHub. 2020 has also been featured in Confluence Denver, the Colorado Real Estate Journal, MultifamilyBiz.com and Out Front Colorado.
If you'd like to see what all the hype is about, join us for the grand opening! Simply RSVP here. Parking is available at 21st and Arapahoe or on the street in front of the building. Hope to see you there.