Last week OZ’s Design Committee led a walking tour through the RiNo neighborhood where we have a series of adaptive reuse projects in various phases right in our backyard. The tour, organized by OZite Radek Wakulik, gave employees a chance to better understand the work that their colleagues are doing.
We started at the future site of Movement Climbing & Fitness at 32nd and Walnut which will be home to the transformation of a former warehouse into a rock climbing gym and yoga/fitness studio along with a drink & eat venue that will host a variety of food trucks and provide much needed outdoor seating & entertainment in the RiNo community. Afterwards, we headed straight down Walnut Street to the site of the former Gold Star Sausage Co. warehouse. The building is made up of 5 different sections built at various stages from the 1930’s and on. It will open its doors to a variety of design based tenants that will add to the thriving art scene in RiNo. The iconic Gold Star signage will remain intact as this landmark location undergoes final renovations.
Once we had our fill on the remnant scents of sausage we headed over to 28th and Blake where plans are underway to convert a long standing manufacturing plant into a social hub including a restaurant, underground tavern, retail, and outdoor experience. Our last stop was The Bindery at 29th and Blake which is now home to an advertising agency, an architecture firm, two interior design showrooms, and the RiNo Art District HQ. Along the way Radek and fellow OZites Rick Petersen, Steve Cummings, Jeff Swanson, Amy Keil, Cody Storey, & Jen Holmes, along with owners and developers, shared the visions of the projects’ designs and way that the spaces are being preserved and utilized in this growing and exciting neighborhood.