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Block 162

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Street elevation photos were taken in 2004/2005.

Block Address Ranges:

1500 (Even): California Street

600 (Even): 16th Street Mall

1500 (Odd): Welton Street

600 (Odd): 15th Street

 

Parking Lots / Vacant:
75%

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Evan Makovsky purchased the entire block from numerous property owners over the course of 2007 and early 2008. His long term plans include the construction of a high-density mixed-use project. Makovsky is currently developing a vision for the block. No formal plans have been announced yet but it is anticipated that some time in 2008 or 2009, those plans will become finalized and made public.

The two buildings fronting California Street, the old Republic Hotel and Bank of Denver buildings, were demolished in 2007 shortly after the aerial photo above was taken to make way for the future development. (Both appear in the 2005 street elevation photos above). Both buildings were mostly vacant and in disrepair. The two buildings facing 16th Street, the Steel (Fontius) and McClintock buildings, are both part of the Downtown Denver Historic District.

The story of Block 162 is a long saga of neglect and blight and hope and restoration. Home to the building commonly known as the "Fontius" (for the shoe store that one occupied a ground-floor space), the building stood vacant and in disrepair for 20 years. The owners refused to sell or make any improvements. Finally, after months of negotiations, developer Evan Makovsky was able to obtain the property, as well as eventually the rest of the parcels on the block.

In 2007, a complete restoration of the Fontius (now known as Steel) building began with completion in 2008. For more on Block 162's past, present, and future, visit the DenverInfill Blog and check out the Block 162 links along the left sidebar, or read the in-depth Westword article by Joel Warner: Evan Almighty.

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