Cycling: Cruise, new Denver development, features free bikes, bike-themed artwork
Add this to the growing list of signs that Denver is becoming more of a bike city: A local developer is now promoting a new apartment building as a bike-themed project. That means free bikes for tenants, bike-themed artwork in the interior, bike storage and even a bike repair room. And the motivation behind Dan Scheutz's project is pretty simple: This guy really likes bikes.
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The site in City Park West, at 1899 Gaylord Street, was formerly a University of Denver building that sat vacant for several years before the Nichols Partnership bought it.
Courtesy of Dan Schuetz Exterior of 1899 Gaylord Street
Schuetz was biking by the site when he had the idea for a conversion.
"I was literally riding down the street.... It was a little bit blighted...and it was for sale," he says. "It's not a great building for an office building, but it's a fantastic neighborhood to live in."
The building featured a unique structure, with bay windows that created natural separations for apartments, he recalls.
Construction began about a year ago and he is now pre-leasing the building's apartments -- 61 total, including a mix of studio spaces and one-bedrooms.
"I like to ride my bicycle everywhere. I'm a bicycle nut," says Schuetz, 38. "I like all aspects of cycling...and I figured I could incorporate bikes into the project. I wanted to make it a place that might appeal to cyclists."
That's why everyone who signs a lease will get a free cruiser bike, he says.
Continue to read more about the Cruise development.