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Friday in Denver: Denver Urban Gardens food access program sells out, Lego-inspired pop-up bar coming to Denver and more

Steven Bonifazi
Brown Palace Hotel and Spa in Downtown Denver, Colorado.(Andrew Coop/Unsplash)

By Steven Bonifazi / NewsBreak Denver

(DENVER, Colo.) Greetings, good morning and a happy Friday to you and yours, Denver Rounderuppers!

Once more, welcome back to another Friday edition of the Denver Daily Round-Up, a daily synopsis of the Mile High City's top stories. Hopefully, everyone can get out and enjoy the warm and sunny weather this weekend before an arctic front moves in Monday through Wednesday.

The third week of February has come and gone, and the weekend is just hours away. Once again, it's been a busy 24 hours in the Mile High City, so before the last day of this work week ends, take a closer look at some of Denver’s most newsworthy events this Friday:

1. Pandemic shopping drives demand for Denver’s distribution center space

An industrial real estate report from Yardi’s commercial real estate listing platform CommercialSearch shows that demand for industrial real estate has increased nationwide and in Denver in the last 10 years.

Today, the biggest projects are regional distribution centers operated by e-commerce driven mainly by an increase in online shopping brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, NewsBreak Denver's Margaret Jackson reports. PrimeWest Vice president of Industrial Development Megan (Turner) Kranichfeld said earlier this week during an Urban Land Institute (ULI) Colorado conference that large industrial space with at least 1 million square feet is now the standard in the Mile High City.

In the last ten years, Denver has added 46.7 million square feet of industrial space.

2. Denver Urban Gardens food access program sells out; other ways to start growing vegetables

Gardeners in the Mile High City are prepping for the start of the growing season despite snow on the ground.

Brittany Pimentel, equity and food access director with Denver Urban Gardens told NewsBreak Denver's Matt Whittaker that the local nonprofit sold out of 1,500 garden kits this week available through its Grow a Garden program. The program opened Feb. 1 and is a pay-what-you-can initiative geared towards helping families, seniors and groups get started on growing their vegetables.

Set in place since 1997, the Grow a Garden program was previously an income-qualifying program. However, in 2020, DUG put a sliding pay scale in place so that the program was more accessible to more people including seniors who make up 30 percent of participants.

3. Denver-based Latino organization launches program for entrepreneurs

Local Latino organization, the Latino Leadership Institute has launched a new program that aims to aid minority entrepreneurs in moving from high potential to high growth.

The program, called the Latino Entrepreneur Access Program, will work to provide assistance to sustained, profitable revenue growth, encourage workforce expansion and open the economic potential of Latino and Black and Indigenous people of color-owned businesses through access to capital from public and private financing sources, NewsBreak Denver's Margaret Jackson reported.

The program's curriculum, which starts this summer, will span six virtual sessions with business experts on topics including growth, preparing capital investment proposals, hiring and keeping talent and advancing sales and market reach.

Applications will be taken starting March 1.

4. A Lego-inspired pop-up bar comes to Denver
The Block Bar coming to Denver will have more than one million blocks.(Hidden)

The Brick Bar, a traveling Lego-inspired bar with over 1 million Legos, is headed for the Mile High City.

NewsBreak Denver's Brittany Anas reported that the geeky bar experience will come to Denver on April 1-2 and will take over The Watering Bowl located at 5411 Leetsdale Dr. Tickets cost $22 for a 90-minute session.

Lego-lovers can partake in building competitions, a brick-made wishing well and a table built out of over 22,000 Legos for ping pong relays. Children ages 5 and under can receive free entry prior to 6 p.m. when the bar becomes a 21 and up venue.

Local Housing Listings

  • 23 Newton St., Denver, 80219: $295,000, $1,213 estimated monthly. Single-family. 2 beds, 1 bath, 513 sq. feet. Find more information here.
  • 20000 Mitchell Pl., Unit 3, Denver, 80249: $479,300, $2,315 estimated monthly. Single-family. 3 beds, 3 baths, 1,522 sq. feet. Find more information here.
  • 4958 Durham Ct., Denver, 80239: $520,000, $2,354 estimated monthly. Multi-family. 4 beds, 3 baths, 2,014 sq. feet. Find more information here.
  • 3528 N Columbine St., Denver, 80205: $725,000, no monthly estimate listed. Single-family. 3 beds, 2 baths, 1,700 sq. feet. Find more information here.
  • 378 S Downing St., Denver, 80209: $975,000, no monthly estimate listed. Single-family. 4 beds, 2 baths, 1,916 sq. feet. Find more information here.

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