Six city blocks of Denver's River North Arts District (RiNo) adjacent to the 38th and Blake transit station will soon get a planned mixed-use development called Giambrocco, featuring a mix of existing adaptive repurposed and new buildings near transit options.

Denver-based Tributary Real Estate, in partnership with Charles Street Partners from Boston, has been working with OZ Architecture, a RiNo-based design firm, to develop the master plan and primary residential and retail building designs for Giambrocco. Gensler is leading the concept design for the creative office buildings, a boutique hotel, and adapting an existing building into a marketplace concept. Wenk & Associates has brought a new vision to the extensive streetscape and landscape design, creating one of the most collaborative architectural neighborhoods in Colorado.

A rendering of the proposed project.
A rendering of the proposed project.

Today, this area is home to a working mill, art galleries, manufacturing, auto-body shops, residences and offices. As the culture-rich RiNo district continues to redevelop, Giambrocco will retain the wild nature of the eclectic vicinity to maintain a sense of place and character. The existing 1940s buildings represent the area's industrial, food processing and warehousing past, while new construction respects the historic buildings and compliments their origins.

Accessible to the airport, the suburbs or other Denver neighborhoods via the 38th and Blake light rail stop, Giambrocco offers a lively mix of offices, housing, artists-in-residence, retail, service, restaurants, food incubator opportunities, parking, and even a hotel. The new neighborhood will welcome pedestrian activity in the walkable streets, with food truck festivals, movie showings, outdoor retail pop-up opportunities, alleyway and intimate plaza performance spaces, public art galleries, outdoor exhibitions and more.

The neighborhood is expected to include:

  • More than 500,000 square feet of Class A office space with parking that can be converted to offices over time.
  • 350 market-rate and affordable apartments spread throughout the development.
  • Live/work art studios sprinkled throughout the parcels to activate the street.
  • Retail strategically located in "hot spots" that serve the surrounding neighborhood.