Industry Denver Accelerates River North Revitalization

By Liz Munn

If you’ve been to the River North (RiNo) neighborhood lately, you may have noticed that INDUSTRY at 29th and Brighton Boulevard is buzzing with activity. Located in the former Denargo Market area that once housed over 60 food vendors and wholesalers circa WWII, 3001 Brighton Boulevard is now the anchor for an ambitious redevelopment project that brings office spaces, restaurants, and residential living to the nine-acre site.

Here is a photo of the revitalized warehouse building taken from the other side of Brighton Boulevard:

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The interior features 120,000 square feet of shared office spaces that range in size from a single desk to 5,000 square feet. The development took place in two phases, with every space leased before construction was even completed. The lessees are predominantly creative-tech companies, such as Uber, who is the anchor tenant for Phase 1 of the development. Companies share a café, dining area, a few kitchens (one of which always has a keg on tap), common areas and conference rooms.

Here are a few photos of the building’s shared spaces:

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The building’s original skylights were restored, allowing abundant natural light to brighten what could have been a shadowy and cavernous warehouse space.

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Industry’s north-east side currently houses Tengu, a noodle shop. Two more restaurants, The Griffin and Will Call are currently under construction and slated to open for business within the next couple of months.

Though the redevelopment of the former market is almost complete, construction is far from over at the Industry site. Phase III is currently under way, a building that combines three floors of parking with two floors of office space, expected to be complete by early 2015. Eventually, the parking lot that currently sits to the north of the building will be razed and replaced with townhomes.

Here is a rendering of the completed development, courtesy of Industry:

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Check the DenverInfill blog in the future for updates as the new infill phase at Industry gets underway.

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Liz Munn grew up in the shrinking city of Cleveland, Ohio, holds a B.S. in Sustainability from Washington University in St. Louis and is currently a Master of Urban and Regional Planning candidate at the University of Colorado Denver. She is pursuing a professional career in urban development, with a special interest in brownfield revitalization, infill and adaptive reuse projects.

By | 2014-11-06T05:29:00+00:00 November 6, 2014|Categories: Adaptive Reuse, Historic Preservation, Revitalization|Tags: |7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. eracer November 6, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Thanks for posting this update on Industry, it’s such cool retrofit, definitely one of my favorites around town. You didn’t mention that the site to the west (not the Salvation Army) is potentially going to be brownstones.

    • Ken Schroeppel November 6, 2014 at 10:06 am

      Thanks for your comment. We’ll be covering the new-construction phases at Industry on DenverInfill in the near future. Stay tuned…

  2. Roy H November 6, 2014 at 10:18 am

    any more info on those townhomes that will be built? Would love to get in on a pre-construction purchase.

    • Ken Schroeppel November 6, 2014 at 10:45 am

      I would contact Industry directly and inquire.

    • eracer November 6, 2014 at 3:14 pm

      Or Koelbel & Co, I believe they are developing the residential around Industry.

  3. Tyler November 9, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    I absolutely love this building and have always loved it since it was a dilapidated looking warehouse that was oozing with potential. I’m so happy they have not only made use of the current structure but have enhanced it greatly, particularly in its interaction with Brighton Boulevard. This just goes to show that there is not a single building out there that can not be adapted for reuse, whether considered historic or otherwise and whether its current use is valid or not. I think it is safe to say that Industry is a shining example of why tearing down buildings is rarely the best option. (Perhaps the developers doing Z Block could learn from Industry and reconsider tearing down the 4 buildings in their development). But ultimately, I hope Industry serves as a model for what to do with the rest of Denver’s cool warehouse style buildings, particularly in the RiNo neighborhood.

  4. Steve November 19, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    It’s been a long time since the old Red Owl grocery warehouse looked that good!

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