Today we visit the West Colfax neighborhood where the planning board unanimously approved plans for a 50-unit, mixed-use development across from Sloan Lake. The project will span three blocks along Sheridan blvd at the intersections of 17th St, W Annie Pl and 16th St.
Considering the volume of new development seen in this area lately, it comes as no surprise that the planning board approved the project without hesitation.
Not everyone is a fan of the project. Multiple members of the neighborhood voiced their opinions and expressed how the wave of new development is damaging the surrounding community.
Feivel Gallard, a 30-year West Side Denver resident expressed that the project is “totally out of scale”. Feivel states that the project is not appealing to families and will take more single family homes off the market, driving home prices even higher than the current historic levels.
Ruth Krausz, born and raised in West Colfax stated that “this isn’t Brooklyn” and complained that the project will only make parking worse.
Joel Unger, a 50-year West Colfax resident indicated that 60 parking spaces for 50 units is not an adequate plan for parking and stated that the developer “left out the helicopter landing pad because there’s no way to access this property by vehicular traffic”
Despite the community outcry, the planning board decided that this project adheres to the Comprehensive Plan 2040, West Colfax plan 2006 and the Blueprint 2019 plan which are intended to promote a more pedestrian friendly area through diverse development.
We’ll revisit this project at groundbreaking. We anticipate more proposed development in West Colfax for years to come.