Amphitheater proposed for Pearl Place
Last Updated: 12:42 September 17, 2013
The plan was submitted in August, and the city sent out public notices to property owners within 600 feet of the development soliciting feedback.
Denver developers Dan Otis and Darren Fisk bought three parcels of land this summer for $11.15 million, with a fourth under contract. The four pieces of land total 4.33 acres and wrap around the Chase Bank at the southwest corner of 30th and Pearl streets. The parcels are home to a couple of strip malls, as well as D&K Printing and the Woodsongs music store.
In addition to the landscaped amphitheater that sits next to an irrigation ditch that runs through the site, the concept plan proposes a pair of four-story office buildings totaling 202,500 square feet, 6,000 square feet of retail space, and an 83,500-square-foot, 120-room hotel.
The two office buildings would be on the south side of the development and feature an amenity pavilion and rooftop terrace. The hotel and retail space would anchor the Pearl Street frontage. A north-south street would bisect the development. And there would be wrapped parking structures both below ground and above.
The most intriguing aspect, however, might be the amphitheater, which would be bounded on the north by Chase Bank and on the south by the ditch. Jessica Vaughn, a planner with the city, said the project is somewhat limited in where it can build on the site due to the ditch, though the plan calls for some improvements to the ditch banks and landscape along it.
Neither Otis nor Fisk could be reached for this story. However, Otis said at the time of purchase of the properties that the development would include a decent amount of green space and wouldn't maximize the amount of building square-footage allowed on the site.
"I think the open space program is a little higher quality than we usually see at concept," Vaughn said. "I was excited about that."
That said, Vaughn said the city also needs to learn more about what the intended uses of the amphitheater are going to be, whether developers view it as more of a public gathering and outdoor meeting or instructional space to serve the offices and hotel or whether they intend for large-scale live performances there. That is one of the things Vaughn said she submitted questions to developers about last week as part of the concept plan review process, though a response isn't due until Oct. 1.
"We're still up in the air until we hear more about how they plan to use it and what their intent is," Vaughn said.
The concept plan is scheduled to go before the planning board during a public hearing Oct. 24. The concept plan review is a more informal process through which the public and city officials can comment and suggest things developers should consider in moving forward with the more stringent and binding site plan review.
Vaughn said she's received no public input on the project so far despite the public notices.
The development is surrounded mostly by other businesses, except for a new apartment complex to the south, which is occupied by renters and not owners. To the east, another major apartment complex is going in. To the northeast is the Pollard Motors car dealership that will someday be part of the Boulder Junction development.
"Given the level of redevelopment in that area, I don't think it's that strange," Vaughn said of the lack of public response so far.
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