From an illegal pot grow to Lyft: Steam on the Platte’s tenants shift as Denver neighborhood undergoes major face-lift

Sunday, 12 November 2017, 09:44:30 AM. Sun Valley, flush with bond money and $30 million in federal grant funding, is set to undergo a face-lift unlike any other Denver neighborhood. The mixed-use Steam on the Platte project shows the p…
Looking to cement a physical presence in an urban market where its app already lives in countless phones, Lyft didn’t want to open its first Denver permanent driver-support center in just any old place. “It was really important to me that we locate close to the heart of Denver, close to most of our drivers,” said Gabe Cohen, general manager for the tech-based ride hailing company’s Rocky Mountain region. Convenient access to highways and thoroughfares was a must. But for Cohen, a Denver native, locating somewhere at the forefront of the city’s growth, where innovation and inclusiveness were embraced, also mattered. He found what he was looking for in a previously abandoned warehouse at the corner of West 14th Avenue and Zuni Street. There, in a three-story, red-brick building that housed an illegal pot grow, developers believe they have created something that will serve as a means of commercial propulsion for the city’s next revitalization frontier: the Sun Valley neighborhood.  Renovated over the past two years, the building, at 1401 Zuni St., is the first piece of Steam on the Platte. The $65 million, mixed-use project is expected to bring in a restaurant and/or brewery, new condos and additional office space in what eventually will be five buildings on 3.2 acres nestled between the reinvigorated South Platte River and Interstate 25. Named for the still-cooking steam plant to its south that evokes memories of the property’s heavy industrial past, the project from partners...Read more
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