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Downtown Westminster to include office development

Downtown Westminster to include office development

The City of Westminster will be adding its first office development in Downtown Westminster. The city is partnering with Schnitzer West, a well-established developer focused on urban-suburban markets in the Seattle and Denver regions, to build 650,000 square feet of office on two sites in the Downtown. The office sites will be located on the east side of Downtown Westminster, close to U.S. 36.

Design of the first office building will include ground floor retail with six to seven stories of office above. The building will be located on the 105-acre redevelopment site, which is already home to Westminster’s Alamo Drafthouse and 600 residential units that are open or under construction. Coming in early 2020 is the 125-room boutique Origin Hotel, along with Tattered Cover Bookstore, located at the hotel entrance.

“Adding an office user to Downtown Westminster takes it one step closer to a true, sustainable downtown by ensuring a consistent daytime population of employees,” said Westminster Mayor Herb Atchison. “The addition of office space will also attract more amenities for workers and residents, including retail, restaurants and service businesses.”

The redevelopment of the former Westminster Mall into a new downtown for the city is just one of the approaches toward smart growth.

“While the city is focused on areas of change, they remain focused on areas of stability,” said John Hall, Economic Development Director. “We are taking an urban approach to some of our new growth, and still maintaining more than 30% of our land for open space, and parks.”

Westminster is 33 square miles in area. Currently, approximately 200 acres are dedicated to strategic redevelopment, including Downtown Westminster and Westminster Station TOD, home of RTD’s B Line commuter rail.

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