City seeks developer for two sites along East Colfax

The City of Denver purchased the defunct strip club at 8315 E. Colfax Ave. (Thomas Gounley)

The city of Denver is seeking developers to build residential or mixed-use projects on two sites it owns along East Colfax Avenue, one of which used to house a strip club.

The city’s Office of Economic Development issued two requests for proposals last week: one for 7900 E. Colfax Ave., and one for 8315 E. Colfax Ave. and 1500 Valentia St., which are adjacent parcels.

The city paid $650,000 in April 2017 for 7900 E. Colfax Ave., which is currently a parking lot. A bar that previously was at the 0.7-acre site has been demolished.

In a news release, the city said it is looking for a developer that will “purchase the property and construct a successful permanent supportive housing project that serves residents who previously experienced homelessness,” and that “preference will be given to proposals that also deliver community-serving commercial uses.”

The city paid $1.3 million in October 2017 for 8315 E. Colfax Ave. and 1500 Valentia St., an 0.81-acre site that houses a 7,600-square-foot building, most recently used by strip club PT’s All Nude II.

Denver City Councilwoman Mary Beth Susman said earlier this year she wants to see the strip club’s sign be preserved, either as part of a new development or by relocating it to another site. Susman said in March that as part of that, she expects the sign will be modified, at minimum to remove the word “nude” and possibly more substantially, to reflect how it looked before the building was used as a strip club.

The city said in its news release last week it wants a developer to “purchase the property and construct a successful mixed-use development that includes affordable rental housing and commercial uses.”

At least 50 percent of the residential units must be affordable to households earning up to 80 percent of the area median income, which currently corresponds to $50,350 for an individual, or $64,750 for a household of three, according to the city.

Both sites are currently zoned E-MS-3, but City Council is expected to consider in November whether to rezone them as E-MS-5, which would allow development of up to five stories.

Development proposals must be submitted by Dec. 13.

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