first $22 million phase of construction is estimated to create 300 jobs, with approximately $47 million in local spending through contracts, materials, equipment and labor.”
Groundbreaking comments were followed by a community open house at Tapiz Apartments at 11th Ave and Osage, a new 100-unit affordable LEED apartment community.
Denver’s West High School marching band led a colorful parade throughout the west Denver neighborhood leading to the Tapiz Apartments.
“Today, we are in the heart of one of Denver’s many culturally rich neighborhoods, bringing a mixed-use, family friendly community adjacent to the light rail and the Santa Fe Arts business district,” said Mayor Hancock. “This nationally recognized redevelopment project is truly a stunning model of sustainable living in Denver that exemplifies how together we are delivering a world class city where everyone matters.”
The Tapiz Apartment building also hosts a wide variety of programs for the community. A new state-of-the-art kitchen and café for Youth Culinary Academy, where nearly 100 youth have graduated from this successful program, going on to jobs in the culinary industry. The Osage Café is open to the public and located on 11th Ave. and Osage.
The Connections@Tapiz is a new community center offering job training, health and wellness programs and social activities for residents.
The Tapiz building is also a new permanent space for Arts Street, a nonprofit that provides classes and multimedia design instruction to more than 2,000 under-served youth each year.
Tapiz is one of Denver’s greenest buildings, with rooftop solar photovoltaic, geothermal and gray water recycling systems. The 100-unit, LEED-Platinum building was named one of the “100 Recovery Act Projects Changing America” by HUD.
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