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Denver architecture firm focuses on low-income projects
April 24, 2015 at 2:19 am 0
Creative high-end design does not usually go hand in hand with low-income housing, but Denver based architecture firm Shopworks has made it their mission to provide great architecture to low-income people. Denver native and North High School graduate Chad Holtzinger founded Shopworks in 2012 after honing his design skills with OZ Architecture for 13 years. he first worked on a low-income residential project for seniors at 38th and Tennyson while working for OZ. "The time came for me to forge a new path in 2012. The main reason why I wanted to design low-income projects was that the people that are typically associated with these types of projects are amazing. Our focus is urban infill projects that have the low-income and community components to them," stated Holtzinger.
Rendering of Terraza del Sol. Image courtesy Shopworks Architecture.

Rendering of Terraza del Sol. Image courtesy Shopworks Architecture.

Rendering of Terraza del Sol. Image courtesy Shopworks Architecture.

Rendering of Terraza del Sol. Image courtesy Shopworks Architecture.

Shopworks Architecture is housed in an unassuming building in Denver's LoHi neighborhood. Hotzinger's dad ran a heating and air conditioning business out of the building where the firm is now located. A mixed-use project has been unveiled by Shopworks with its design of Terraza Del Sol, a development that will feature 42 apartment units and 20,00 square feet of office and community space that will become the home of the nonprofit organization- Mi Casa. This project will be constructed at 3116 W. Alameda. The developer is Gorman and Co. with Deneuve Construction as the general contractor. Colorado market president Kimball Crangle of Gorman and Co. states, "Shopworks is an excellent partner on community revitalization infill projects. Their willingness to get to know the specific project site and neighborhood results in a project that fits its surrounding." Currently on the boards is a low-income residential project that is slated to take root at 1029 Santa Fe. "It is 58 apartments in the Santa Fe Arts District, and we’re re-using half of the Amick warehouse building with its funky art deco façade, and inserting a new structure between it and the new ballet building to the north.  We hope to break ground on this early next year," revealed Holtzinger.
Rending of 1029 Santa Fe. Image courtesy Shopworks Architecture.

Rending of 1029 Santa Fe. Image courtesy Shopworks Architecture.

Plans for another project designed by Shopworks is planned to take shape in Arizona once financing is secured. Holtzinger states, "the Encore project is a proposed affordable senior housing project north of downtown Phoenix, near the Roosevelt art district.  The program is 44 apartments, some live/work units at the first floor, and a small art gallery.  The site is adjacent to a historic farm house that may be redeveloped into a brewery.  This project is on hold pending funding through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program."
Planned Encore project. Image courtesy Shopworks Architecture.

Planned Encore project in Phoenix. Image courtesy Shopworks Architecture.

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Construction Updates
Stanley Marketplace makes progress
February 9, 2015 at 12:04 am 0
Rendering of the redeveloped Stanley Marketplace slated to open fall of 2015

Rendering of the redeveloped Stanley Marketplace slated to open fall of 2015

The Stanley Marketplace project located at 2501 Dallas Street in Aurora continues to make progress and is slated to open this fall. The project sits on the border of Denver's Stapleton neighborhood and Aurora. Stanley Aviation utilized the site as its headquarters where aircraft ejector seats were manufactured beginning in 1954. The company was started by Bob Stanley who was the first person to ever fly a jet aircraft when he was working as a test pilot in 1942. The vision for this adaptive reuse project is to convert the former Stanley Aviation property which has been sitting unused for years into a thriving urban marketplace. The 22-acre parcel and 100,000-square foot retail space will include:
  • A beer garden and restaurant operated by Denver restauranteur Kevin Taylor
  • Ample space for dining and retail
  • A community park
  • Indoor/outdoor event venue
  • Office space
The aim of the project is to create a mix of well-known and independent retailers. Stanley Marketplace has announced the addition of three new tenants: Tootsies the Nail Shoppe, providing manicures and pedicures, Kismet, a women's clothing and accessory store and Wax, a waxing salon presenting services for men and woman. Businesses from a wide variety of industries have expressed interest in the property. Tenants that are selected are done so by their relevance to Colorado and the Stapleton and Aurora community. The Stapleton-based firm Flightline Ventures consisting of Stapleton residents Mark Shaker, Lorin Ting and Megan Von Wald partnered with the City of Aurora to bring this project to fruition. “We’re incredibly excited to announce these businesses as the most recent additions to the Stanley family,” said Shaker. “Based on our research, the community definitely sees a need for their services, and we’re happy to welcome them to Stanley.” The City of Aurora also identified the need for a public gathering place in the area and made Flightline Ventures aware of the vacant property. The marketplace is part of a much larger redevelopment plan Aurora has for urban revitalization along the Westerly Creek corridor. "It's just thrilling to watch the pieces of this project fall into place," said Aurora City Manager Skip Noe. "The anticipation for the Stanley Marketplace continues to build in the community, and we are counting down to opening day."
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