New Cherry Creek office development poaches downtown oil company

A rendering of 260 North, a mixed-use building being constructed in Cherry Creek. Photo courtesy of Elevation Development Group.

Cherry Creek’s newest office building, which broke ground at 260 N. Josephine St. last month, has lured an oil and gas office from downtown.

Denver-based Elevation Development Group is building a six-story, mixed-use building at the southeast corner of the intersection with 3rd Avenue. Elevation Principal Brent Farber said the building — branded 260 North — will have 11,000 square feet of retail space on the first floor and 55,000 square feet of office space on the five upper floors. There will be three levels of below-grade parking.

The top four office floors each will have a private deck, making the building resemble a staircase.

“It’s such a highly visible site that we wanted to have a highly visible design,” Farber said.

Wichita-based Lario Oil Co. leased the 11,600-square-foot fourth floor. Lario plans to move its Denver division office there from 1675 Larimer St.

Lario President Ryan O’Shaughnessy said the company is still in the middle of its lease for the Larimer location.

“We really liked the layout, getting to have our own floor,” O’Shaughnessy said. “The patio was a big selling point.”

He said the firm plans to sublease its office on Larimer Street.

“Our usage of the outdoor space will go up by leaps and bounds (at the new building),” he said.

Newmark Knight Frank brokers Andrew Blaustein, Matt Davidson and Josh Pons represented Lario in the lease. Blaustein said oil and gas companies have located their offices in the Central Business District for decades.

“The tradition started in the 1980s, when a lot of the buildings were built in the upper downtown,” he said. “They were built to accommodate the oil-and-gas boom in Denver.”

O’Shaughnessy, however, said that while meeting colleagues from other firms for a working lunch is still a regular occurrence, the way people communicate now has mitigated the need to be within walking distance. And Cherry Creek isn’t that far, he said.

“It wasn’t as if we were moving to the Tech Center,” O’Shaughnessy said. “It’s still a five-minute drive if you have a meeting.”

O’Shaughnessy also said the new office location will give many employees an easier commute, and that Cherry Creek feels safer than downtown.

Elevation’s Farber said leases also have been signed for 260 North’s third and fifth floors, although he declined to identify tenants.

The new structure is being built on the site of a former rug store. Sarkisian Properties, the real estate company headed up by the owners of the former shop, brought on Elevation as its development partner and has equity in the new building.

Open Studio is the architect behind 260 North. GE Johnson is the general contractor.

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