Developers want to stack six stories on a more than 100-year-old building along 16th Street Mall and create a nearby two-story hotel that currently houses a popcorn shop and a pot shop.

Can. 15, 2017, 12:53 pm

Developers want to stack six stories on a more than 100-year-old building along 16th Street Mall and create a nearby two-story hotel that currently houses a popcorn shop and a pot shop.

The project, which was filed with the Denver Landmark Preservation Commission last month, is being circulated by Johnson Nathan Strohe. The commission is expected to weigh the Denver architectural firm’s plan at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday during a public meeting in the Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office Building, Room 4.F.6.

A call to Johnson Nathan Strohe was not returned immediately on Monday.

The Denver community planning and development staff recommend that the Landmark Preservation Commission move the project forward. If the project is approved, Johnson Nathan Strohe must return to the commission with more details on his project planned for the historic Downtown Denver neighborhood.

The first details show that the architectural office is proposing to demolish the so-called “Popcorn Building” in Champa St. in 1555. The one-story building, which houses City Pop and Native Roots, was built in 1936 and replaced by a two-story hotel.

Directly northwest of the “Popcorn Building”, Johnson suggests Nathan Strohe, six stories above the Dr. Foster Addition Building on 16th St. from 1910. This would bring the building, originally constructed in 1911, 12 stories up to the level of the existing AC Forster building on 16th Street. The iconic pencil-painted “Pencil Coal Stack” is expected to be removed for the project, as the plan shows.

University building

The university building, originally named after the well-known developer AC Foster from Colorado, was designed by Fisher & Fisher Architects in 1910, the plan says. “It was one of the first buildings in Denver after a city ordinance passed that allowed more than nine stories to be built.”

The AC Foster building extension was designed by AC Foster’s brother, noted Denver surgeon Dr. John Foster, commissioned.

“The AC Foster Building was donated to the University of Denver in the 1920s, which used it as an income generating good and thus became its current reference as a university building. The university sold the property in 1980. During the economic downturn in the 1980s, the property was returned to the bank, which decayed the building. It was last bought by the current owner in 1991, ”says the plan.

The records indicate that the building is owned by Naiman Family LLC and 910 Associates Inc. real estate companies.

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