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DENVER — A dark gray Jeep Compass was stolen during an armed carjacking on Tuesday morning, the Denver Police Department said.
The incident happened at the Denver Denzien apartments in the 400 block of South Cherokee Street near the Alameda RTD light rail station about 9 a.m.
Police said the Jeep was taken by a white male suspect in his 40s. No other description was released.
The Jeep has a Colorado license plate of DDO-486.
It’s not known if there were any injuries.
Anyone who sees the vehicle is asked to call 911.
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Focus Property Group, Ascent Living Planning Denver Community
Property investor and developer Focus Property Group and senior living owner and operator Ascent Living Communities are teaming up to open a senior living community in Denver’s Hilltop neighborhood.
The property, which is yet to be named, will have more than 200 independent living, assisted living and memory care apartments on three levels. Planned amenities include a fitness and yoga center, an aquatics center and multiple restaurant options, such as a bistro and al fresco dining.
The architecture of the forthcoming community is inspired by the design of nearby neighborhoods and the urban lifestyles of the residents. The three floors of residences will be organized around three internal courtyards, and many of the apartments will come with fireplaces, balconies, and glass walls overlooking mountain views.
Focus Property Group acquired the site, a former milk processing and distribution center, in 2016. Ascent Living Communities is co-developing, operating and managing the community. Construction is scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2019, with initial move-ins planned for summer 2020.
Hord Coplan Macht is designing the project, studioSIX5 has been tapped for the interior design, and Catamount Constructors is the general contractor.
Oxford Senior Living to Expand Communities in Texas, Oklahoma
Oxford Senior Living plans to expand two of its communities located in Grand Prairie, Texas; and in Owasso, Oklahoma.
The senior living provider is set to break ground later this year on a $5 million expansion at its Oxford Glen Memory Care community in Texas. In Oklahoma, work is expected to begin this summer.
Plans for the Tulsa and Grand Prairie expansions are very similar, according to Oxford. Each community will add about 30,000 square feet and up to 40 assisted living apartments, plus a secure courtyard and additional amenities.
LK Architecture is the architect for both projects.
Construction: In progress
CA Senior Living Breaks Ground on Community Near Pittsburgh
CA Senior Living, the senior housing investment and development division of Chicago-based CA Ventures, has started work for a new senior living community in McCandless, Pennsylvania.
The project, Atria McCandless, is a 179-unit independent living, assisted living and memory care community slated to be operated by Atria Senior Living. Amenities include a pool and spa, fitness center, salon, multiple dining venues, activity rooms, an outdoor walking path and a patio with plenty of seating and a bar.
Independent and assisted living apartments will have stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops and tile backsplashes. Most will also offer in-unit laundry, and floor plans include studio, one- and two-bedroom options ranging in size from 410 to 1,052 square feet.
Pre-leasing for the community is scheduled to begin in October 2018, with an anticipated fall 2019 opening.
Abby Development Starts Work for Arkansas Community
Abby Development, a developer, owner and operator of senior housing communities, has broken ground on Ridgemere, a 92-unit luxury independent living, assisted living and memory care campus in Conway, Arkansas.
The “resort-style” community will have amenities such as a stocked fishing lake with walking trails, multiple landscaped courtyards with water features, a movie theater, pharmacy and general store, beauty salons, libraries and rehabilitation center.
The community’s independent living cottages will have a mix of two- and three-bedroom floorplans, with an average size of 1,485 square feet. On the assisted living side, residents will be able to choose from studio, one- and two-bedroom floorplans. The memory care wing will have private and semi-private studio floorplans in a secure building.
Work Underway for Expanded PACE Center in Michigan
United Methodist Retirement Communities (UMRC) recently held a groundbreaking event for a new addition to double the size and capacity of the existing Huron Valley PACE Day Health Center in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
PACE, which stands for Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly, is an alternative to nursing home care designed to meet the social, medical, and supportive needs of low-income adults 55 and older. The project is made possible, in part, by a $1 million capital grant from Maryland-based funder, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.
New in the resource center
Buckner Community in Texas Completes $29.8 Million Expansion and Renovation Project
Buckner Villas, a faith-based Buckner Retirement Services community in North Austin, Texas, recently completed a $29.8 million expansion and renovation project.
The expansion added 69 one- and two-bedroom apartment homes to its GreenRidge independent living area, as well as 70 underground parking spaces. Workers also enlarged the dining room, extended the bistro, added a theater, broadened the salon and spa, built a larger meeting space and updated the interior design throughout.
The community can now serve up to 138 additional seniors, Bucker announced. The project included work from Hill and Wilkinson, Barbara J. Vessels Interiors and D2 Architecture.
LifeSpire CCRC Set to Open New Dining Venues in April
The Chesapeake, a LifeSpire of Virginia continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Newport News, Virginia, is slated to open newly updated dining venues with cook-to- order options and new menu offerings on April 9.
The new options will let residents choose from a number of dining venues, including an updated formal dining room, a bistro, a pub and a cafe.
This is the first phase of a $10 million renovation project. THW Design and contractor GC Construction, worked with The Chesapeake on the renovations, which began last September.
Other noteworthy projects:
— Purchase College is seeking to open a new senior living project with 339 units and 46 villas on its campus in Purchase, New York.
— Oaks Senior Living and Lotus Park Senior Living are teaming up for a new assisted living and memory care development in Aiken, South Carolina.
— A 101-bed assisted living and memory care community is in the works in Macomb Township, Michigan.
— Great Falls, Virginia, could get a new 62-unit assisted living and memory care community.
—Sugar Loaf Senior Living has announced it intends to build a 70-unit property next to one of its communities in Winona County, Minnesota.
— A former “spy house” in Washington, D.C., could be demolished to make way for a new CCRC.
— Fortress Ventures is constructing a $31 million community with 140 assisted living, independent living and memory care units in Fort Myers, Florida.
— An elementary school building in Hager City, Wisconsin, could become a senior living community with 16 units.
— Local officials in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, have given their blessing to plans for a 42-unit senior living project.
— Tradition Senior Living has broken ground for a new 23-story senior living highrise in Houston.
— A new assisted living and memory care community is set to open in Bossier City, Louisiana, this summer.
— Work is expected to begin in April for a new assisted living and memory care community in Swift County, Minnesota.
— A new 74-unit senior apartment community has opened in Vineland, New Jersey.
Written by Tim Regan
Denver fashion designer Duane Topping at his Wheat Ridge workspace, March 8, 2018. Topping, who runs Toppings Designs with his wife, took up sewing and fashion design after he retired from the U.S. Army in 2012.
Denver Fashion Weekend started 10 years ago as what 303 Magazine editor-in-chief Brittany Werges called “a crazy, creative avant-garde hair show.” Those early fashion weekends weren’t all that inauspicious when you take into account the Mile High City’s old reputation.
“For a long time, I think people really thought of Denver as just a yoga pants town,” Werges says. “But there are a lot of creatives here creating really beautiful clothes… We’ve had a lot of great sold-out shows, and we felt the city was really ready to embrace it.”
This year marks the first time ever the event stretches to a week long. Say goodbye to fashion weekend and say hello to the new Denver Fashion Week: a string of nightly networking events, industry workshops and runway shows featuring big names and local designers. Conveniently, they get to keep their DFW acronym.
Also for the first time, the city has thrown some money into the effort. Denver Arts & Venues, the city’s cultural agency, provided funding and venue space for the fashion week’s workshops. Industry pros lead these training sessions for designers and models, teaching them how to grow their brand and business. Arts & Venues program administrator Lisa Gedgaudas says the city invested in Denver Fashion Week because they see it as a “well-primed step in supporting our fast-growing fashion” scene.
A New Growing Scene Vs. A Lost Industry
“I love the Denver scene,” says fashion designer Duane Topping. “But I think it would definitely benefit from more industry.”
This will be the third time Topping participates in a DFW event. He taught himself how to sew after retiring from the military in 2012 and eventually started Topping Designs with his wife. He says his first DFW show, last spring, was his big break.
303 Magazine editor-in-chief Brittany Werges at the Velvet Wolf boutique in Aurora, March 2, 2018.
“This fashion business exploded overnight and what turned out to be something I could do in my basement suddenly turned into a full-on business,” Topping says.
He believes the lack of nearby textile mills, skilled sample makers and a variety of places to buy high-quality fabric and oddball supplies are significant roadblocks for high fashion designers in Denver. Topping has started making trips to Los Angeles to buy his materials.
There used to be more of a textile industry here, though it was never a behemoth. Famed fashion designer Oscar de la Renta actually had his skiwear line designed and made in Colorado in the 70s. Those iconic Frostline outdoor gear kits were manufactured in Broomfield. Most of those factories closed between the 80s and 2000s, as companies started manufacturing overseas.
The textile industry contributed 0.2 percent to the state’s overall Gross Domestic Product in the 1970s, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. That has fallen to about 0.1 percent over the last 10 years. And the industry, in the 70s, accounted for an average of just over 3,900 jobs, about 0.3 percent of the state’s employment. Over the last decade, that number has fallen and the textile industry accounted for 0.1 percent of total employment.
The other missing piece are the long gone great retailers, says Carol Engel-Enright of Colorado State University’s Department of Design & Merchandising. She says “that part of the story is often left out.”
Denver fashion designer Khiember Luangphithack works on her creation for the Paper Fashion Show, an affiliate event of Denver Fashion Week, at Denver Design Incubator, March 13, 2018.
Denver’s 16th Street Mall used to be full of major department stores. But in the 80s, around the time of the state’s oil shale bust, retailers took a hit.
“I think Colorado lost its boom economy,” Engel-Enright says. “We had discount retailers moving in and people became more price conscious.”
Besides working as the internship coordinator for CSU’s Design & Merchandising, Engel-Enright is also involved in an initiative to support the garment and sewing industry in rural parts of the state. Rural Colorado Apparel Manufacturing originated around 2014. It has supported manufacturing centers in Wray and Julesburg with training and education.
Bringing back that industry would help other businesses in the region grow, says Jack Makovsky, executive vice president of Ralph’s Industrial Sewing in Denver.
“Everything in the world is sewn,” says the 47 year fashion industry veteran. “Whether it’s your furniture, whether it’s your drapes, your clothing or the seat belts in your car.”
Engel-Enright adds that supporting this industry “matters a lot for small businesses.”
“It’s one thing to have an idea, but another thing to get that small batch, get your products out to the market and test the market,” she says. “You cannot go straight to Asia [for manufacturing], and then try to figure out this business.”
Executive vice president of Ralph’s Industrial Sewing Jack Makovsky with Denver fashion designer Mona Lucero, who runs the Fashion Association of Denver, at the Denver Design Incubator, March 13, 2018.
The continued development of design programs at schools like CSU and the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design — even some high schools — might eventually supply a skilled workforce for that infrastructure.
For now, the Denver fashion community is finding workarounds.
Makovsky is also the chairman of the board of Denver Design Incubator, a nonprofit that Engel-Enright helped establish around 2010. It’s like a co-working space for designers. There are classes and a library full of binders with information about resources. Makovsky says the incubator also connects designers with industry professionals, such as pattern and sample makers.
In a nod toward Duane Topping, Markovsky says you “don’t have to go to New York and LA, we can do it right here.”
Denver Fashion As A National Player?
Ultimately, it comes down to the challenge of selling clothes. Smaller fashion businesses have a tough time meeting price points at boutiques. And runways shows aren’t always set up to draw buyers — but that’s changing.
Massif Fashion Week, coming to Denver in May, has focused on attracting buyers. Director and co-producer Kevin Alexander says they started Massif Fashion Week in 2015 after traveling to fashion weeks in New York and Paris. They give priority to buyers, “such as boutiques and fashion blogger to attend our showcase rather then making it a big party,” Alexander says.
Designers pay to showcase their lines at Massif because the “fashion industry is a business,” Alexander says. “But, at Massif Fashion Week, we provide our designers with a platform that comes with professional services, such as agency-represented models… [and] runway videos and photos of their full collection.”
With the expansion of Denver Fashion Week, 303 Magazine’s Brittany Werges says they also hope to introduce more buyers to local fashion designers: “We’re really trying to connect as many people in the fashion industry as possible.”
There have been Colorado fashion designers that have made a name for themselves nationally.
You may know Denver-born Mondo Guerra from his stint on season eight of “Project Runway” and when he won the first season of “Project Runway: All Stars.” Guerra has since grown his brand beyond TV appearances and moved to New York in 2016.
Fashion designer Rachel Marie Hurst fits model Linsi Bowers at her Glendale studio, March 18, 2018. The looks are part of Hurst’s new plus-size line, which debuts at Denver Fashion Week.
Mona Lucero, who runs the Fashion Association of Denver, says that people sometimes laugh when she tells them she’s a fashion designer based out of Denver. But people are figuring out how to better sell and market themselves online, which Lucero says could open the door for Denver to make a splash on the national scene.
“I know a lot of people who are doing great stuff here and eventually they won’t laugh anymore,” Lucero says.
Even with the obstacles, many Denver fashion designers are committed to staying in Colorado. Some want to be near family, while others enjoy the lifestyle. Mostly though, they have faith in the Denver fashion community.
Despite showing her clothing at New York Fashion Week when she was 26, designer Rachel Marie Hurst says the runway shows at Denver Fashion Week “solidified my career.” She’ll debut her plus-size line this year and says she’s been putting in long hours to get it done. The new collection is “all about sleeves” — which she says is one of her obsessions.
“I love how they layer, how you can do like two pieces, and give a different look for the same outfit,” Hurst says.
She treats her small Glendale studio as a sacred place, and a source of her inspiration. That attitude carries over to DFW and the Denver fashion scene too.
“You can be in love with something and still think that there needs to be a little bit of work done,” Hurst says. “We’re growing, learning, failing and succeeding together. I think Denver is onto something big.”
Denver Fashion Week runs March 18-25, 2018. The fall fashion week runs Nov. 4-11.
Ibashi-I performs his stretching routine on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder on Wednesday. For more photos go to dailycamera.com. Paul Aiken Staff Photographer March 7 2018
Well-known Pearl Street Mall contortionist Ibashi-I is in a bind that he is going to need some help escaping.
Ibashi-I, known to many simply as “Bashi” — given name Mitford Theodore Brown — is facing the prospect of homelessness by the end of this month.
The house in north Boulder where he has a room is being sold, and the half- dozen tenants who live there need to be out by March 31. Continue reading “Boulder mall favorite Ibashi-I latest victim of city’s housing crunch”
Barbecue from the Chicago-based BBQ Supply Co., opening soon in Denver.
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First there was Au Feu, a Montreal smoked meat shop opening at Zeppelin Station’s upcoming food hall. But now, owner Jared Leonard is bringing two more of his Chicago-based restaurants to Denver. The reason, he says, is because his family fell in love with Colorado. Continue reading “Chicago Chef Brings Hot Chicken, Barbecue to Denver”
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Inland Real Estate Acquisitions, LLC announced today that it negotiated and closed the purchase of Ashford East 88, a 322-unit multifamily property located in Thornton, Colorado, a northeast suburb approximately 10 miles from downtown Denver. Mark Cosenza, senior vice president of Inland Real Estate Acquisitions, LLC, completed the deal, with assistance from Brett Smith, assistant vice president and associate counsel of The Inland Real Estate Group, LLC, Law Department, on behalf of an Inland affiliate. Continue reading “Inland Real Estate Acquisitions, LLC Closes the Purchase of a Colorado Multifamily Property – Chicago Business Journal”
When the founders of Movement Climbing + Fitness, Mike and Anne Moelter, first approached Hank Grant and Justin Riley of Rayback Collective in 2017, they had a vision of a community space like none other in Colorado. The idea was to marry some of Colorado’s most beloved activities under one roof — a space where Denver dwellers can stay fit, stay caffeinated, eat, drink, socialize and thrive.
FOLLOWING THE KIDS KIPP, one of the largest charter school networks in Denver, is considering expanding into the suburbs outside of the city, in part to follow students who have moved. Chalkbeat
DISTINCTIVE Two Colorado high schools are among eight in the nation recognized as Schools of Opportunity by the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado. Chalkbeat
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