Jim Bershof and members of the design team for Aria Apartments attended the Grand Opening Celebration at 52nd and Decatur Street in Denver, CO. The Aria Apartments, are the first phase of Denver’s newest urban infill, mixed-use, mixed-income, green community located in North Denver. Aria is on the site of the former Convent of the Sisters of Saint Francis and is specially designed for urban-minded people of varying ages who value a healthy and simplified lifestyle in a location about eight minutes from downtown.
The project is an inter-generational community with housing for a wide variety of people in varying stages of life, including families, single person households, young couples, college students, and empty nesters.
The site was planned with sustainability in mind. The Apartments aim to achieve LEED for Homes, Gold Rating and will meet Enterprise Green Communities Standards. The apartments have a 65 KW solar array to help reduce energy costs and produce about 91,000 KW of renewable energy each year. This is equal to the CO2 emissions produced by about 10 average homes.
A portion of the 17.5-acre site has been set aside for community gardens, providing residents and commercial tenants an opportunity to grow much of their own produce. A garden already in place produces fresh vegetables for sale at nominal cost, with the remainder donated to Warren Village and area food banks. The developers expressed their gratitude for the support of Mayor Hancock, the Denver City Council and DURA in implementing the garden project.