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Weitz breaks ground on $87 million development

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Denver-based Tryba Architects is the design architect for this phase of Aimco’s Fitzsimons 21.

Weitz recently broke ground on Apartment Investment and Management Co.’s latest phase at 21 Fitzsimons: 253 homes on the site of the former Fitzsimons Army Medical Center. The new development will be in close proximity to 21 Fitzsimons Apartment Homes, a 600-apartment-home community that Aimco acquired in 2014.

“By building our apartments in the heart of the medical and innovation campuses, Aimco’s vision is to bring a vibrant, inviting urban center and an enhanced sense of community to this dynamic environment,” said Aimco Chairman and CEO Terry Considine. “We appreciate the strong working relationships we have enjoyed with the city of Aurora, the University of Colorado, the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority and many other leaders who have transformed this site into a world-class hub of economic development and opportunity. We look forward to welcoming residents to experience a higher standard of contemporary apartment living.”

Denver-based Tryba Architects is the design architect for this phase of construction, which is expected to be completed in late 2020.

“The design inspiration is to create a special place that will become a warm, inviting destination to live, learn, work, relax and play,” said David Tryba, FAIA, founding principal of Tryba Architects. “A group of five buildings complement the scale, materials and design excellence of the immediately adjacent University and Hospital campuses south of Montview. The cohesive yet varied architectural expression, the ‘human scale’ of each of the development components and the care and craft in detailing will ensure The Fremont development becomes a lasting, memorable and ultimately enduring place to live on the Anschutz Medical Campus.”

Residents also will have the advantage of 7,000 square feet of dedicated indoor and outdoor amenity spaces, on-site retail and convenience to job centers with the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, the Fitzsimons Innovation Community of bioscience companies, Children’s Hospital and the new Veterans Affairs Hospital. The new site also is close to public transportation, Interstate 225 and the 14-mile, multiuse Sand Creek Greenway.

Published in the Nov. 21-Dec. 4, 2018, issue of CREJ.

Kris Oppermann Stern is publisher and editor of Building Dialogue, a Colorado Real Estate Journal publication, and editor of CREJ's construction, design, and engineering section, including news and bylined articles. Building Dialogue is a quarterly, four-color magazine that caters specifically to the AEC industry, including features on projects and people, as well as covering trends…