Former Sports Authority warehouse in Baker bulldozed

A worker operates a backhoe at the site of the former Sports Authority warehouse in Baker on Sept. 13. (Eric Heinz photos)

The game clock has hit zero for the massive former Sports Authority warehouse in Baker.

The approximately 215,000-square-foot warehouse that spanned a full city block at 50 S. Kalamath St. was in the process of being demolished earlier this week.

Sports Authority used the warehouse as a distribution center for decades but closed it in the spring of 2016 shortly before the company liquidated.

A view of the property at 50 S. Kalamath St. as it appeared on Sept. 13.

Glendale-based Westside Investment Partners paid $16.5 million in 2019 for the vacant facility, along with two parking lots across the street — about 6.5 acres in all.

Westside is also spearheading the redevelopment of the 75-acre former Loretto Heights college campus along Federal Boulevard in southwest Denver. The firm also purchased the former Park Hill Golf Club property in 2019, which has prompted a fight over the future of the land.

Westside doesn’t plan to redevelop the former Sports Authority property itself, however. The company is under contract to sell to Houston-based apartment complex developer Camden.

The former Sports Authority warehouse is shown in this file photo taken before it was demolished. (BusinessDen file)

A site development plan submitted to the city in June calls for a five-story, 435-unit complex to be built at the site. The building would have about 4,500 square feet of retail space and 642 parking spaces, according to the plans.

Englewood-based Sports Authority was once one of the Denver area’s most prominent local firms, partially thanks to naming rights the company had for the Broncos stadium.

Not all vestiges of the company’s past have been completely eliminated. The Sports Castle building at 1000 N. Broadway, formerly a Sports Authority store, recently sold to an ownership group that plans to renovate and expand the existing structure.

A worker operates a backhoe at the site of the former…

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