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Oasis Brewing was once one of Colorado’s sweetheart microbreweries in Boulder – sporting an Egyptian motif with larger than life palm-leaf fans and hieroglyphs on the taproom walls. The brewery enjoyed a decade-long run in that famous location near the intersections of Broadway and Canyon. But as more and more microbreweries emerged, they pinched on Oasis’ success forcing the breweries’ closure. In 2014, Oasis’ owner George Hanna was talked into resurrecting the brewery by his son and son-in-law, banking on the microbrewery’s still notorious brand of beers.

That dream has taken nearly four years to realize, because Hanna hadn’t found a location suitable for the business’ relaunch. So, they spent the last few years creating contract brews for a few other breweries, such as Prost and Crazy Mountain. The search took Hanna back to Boulder, then back to Denver, and finally the West Highland neighborhood. That’s where he found the Beth Eden Church building (built in 1931) that has stood vacant since about 2007 and was supposed to have date with a wrecking ball. Caving to irate neighbors, RedPeak Properties decided to save the church, but not before a nasty court battle ensued over the zoning of the property the church was located on.

“We were anxious, but also patient, to find the right spot. I don’t think we could have done any better,” says Oasis co-owner and longtime Boulder restaurateur George Hanna. “I love the space. It makes me smile every time I walk in here.”1

Details Surrounding the Beth Eden Church Building Lawsuit & Rezoning

Oasis Brewery Rises from the Ashes after Zoning Dispute | Denver Zoning Issues and Dispute Attorney

Oasis Brewery Rises from the Ashes after Zoning Dispute | Denver Zoning Issues and Dispute Attorney

The following details about the long zoning dispute over the Beth Eden Church and Highlands Square were gathered from local news reports:2

The Oasis Brewer, which is located on the first two floors of the old church building, will include a seven-barrel brewhouse, a spacious taproom, and a patio for with space 50 people.

Contact a Denver Zoning Issues and Disputes Attorney at Downey & Associates, PC

If you have a development project that is hitting roadblocks because of zoning issues or constituents opposed to the project, contact the experienced Denver Zoning Issues and Disputes Attorney at Downey & Associates, PC. To set up a free, initial consultation, call us today at 303-647-9399 or use the message form on the right-hand side of the page.

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1“Oasis Brewing Will Rise Again Inside Historic Highlands Square Church” published in Westword, April 2018.

2“The City Takes Blueprint Denver Back to the Drawing Board” published in Westword, March 2016.

3“The City Takes Blueprint Denver Back to the Drawing Board” published in Westword,

 

 

 

For decades, it seems the Denver skyline has remain unchanged, until recently that is. With a torrent of people flocking to live in the Mile High City, Denver has seen an unprecedented building boom for residential and now high-rise commercial space. There have a been a handful of new additions to the Denver skyline, but none as significant as the 1,000-ft. tall, 90 story, $400 million skyscraper planned for 650 17th Street, which is also the building’s proposed name. If approved Six Fifty 17 will become the most visible crown jewel of Denver’s downtown skyline.

“Transforming a skyline — especially in a city with as much history and progressive spirit as Denver — takes powerful collaboration between global and local talent. I can confidently say that GRC has accomplished this with 650 17th Street,” said Mike Ursini, managing director of Greenwich Realty Capital (GRC), which is a New York-based real-estate developer.1

Plans and Details about Six Fifty 17

Will Six Fifty 17 Be Denver’s Newest Mixed-Use Crown Jewel? | Denver Property Tax Appeal Attorney

Will Six Fifty 17 Be Denver’s Newest Mixed-Use Crown Jewel? | Denver Property Tax Appeal Attorney

The following details and plans about Six Fifty 17 were gathered from news reports and the building’s website at sixfifty17.com:

Red Tape and Legal Hurdles Facing Six Fifty 17

The following are some of the municipal hurdles that Six Fifty must pass before it can become reality:

Contact a Denver Real Estate Lawyer at Downey & Associates, PC

The last thing a developer wants to happen with a large construction project of this magnitude, is to have it scrutinized by planning boards and possibly even not approved for some type of unforeseen zoning or building code violation. The Denver Real Estate Lawyer at Downey & Associates, PC. has the experience to oversee many of the legal and transaction hurdles facing large development projects of this size and scope. Our Denver real estate lawyer can also oversee:

To schedule a free, no-obligation initial consultation, call 303-647-9399, or contact us via email using the online message form available on this page.

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1“Massive Proposed Skyscraper Would Change Denver Skyline” published in Our Community Now, Oct. 2017.

If you have been a Denver Metro area resident for more than five or ten years, you can attest to the fact that Denver’s housing situation has become a big issue. Well, it seems everyone and their dog wants to move to Denver from all corners of the nation, which begs the need for high-density, affordable housing in the downtown area. At the center of this issue is how Denver will spend $150 million in funds approved in 2016.

The Denver City Council put together an extensive plan called "Housing an Inclusive Denver," which details how some of that funding will be allocated.1

What are the Different Funding Plans?

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The following Denver Council has driven affordable housing project plan funding information was gathered from local news stories:2

Can the Public Sue the City for Mismanaging a Public Housing Project?

Well, anything is possible in terms of impending lawsuits against the City of Denver over the affordable housing plan. Below is a list of valid concerns citizens have raised over the affordable public housing plan:

Contact a Denver Business Attorney at Downey & Associates, PC

Do you have a group of concerned citizens that want to sue a government entity? Is so, perhaps you should consult with Denver Business Attorney Thomas E. Downey. Since 1983, Thomas Downey and the other legal professionals at Downey & Associates, PC, have been providing legal representation to clients for all kinds of business-related matters, including government litigation, contract negotiations and corporate conflicts.

To set up a meeting with our Denver business attorney today, call (303) 813-1111 or email us using the contact form on this page.

From our law offices in Englewood, we serve clients throughout Colorado and the U.S.

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1"Denver's New Affordable Housing Plan Details How It Might Spend Its $150 Million Fund" published in the Denver Post, Sept. 2017.

2“Denver’s $150M tax-and-fee plan for affordable housing heads to full City Council for debate” published in the Denver Post, August 2016.

Everyone knows there’s big money in black gold (oil) and companies’ eager to get at this natural resource don’t take too kindly to the roadblocks they hit along the way. In this particular case (State of Wyoming et al v. Jewell et al [No. 16-8068]), a federal judge in Wyoming is getting a little bit of push back from the federal government as well as some legal professors about one of his controversial rulings blocking federal rules surrounding hydraulic fracturing on government ground.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) disclosed rules in 2015 that mandated that drilling companies disclose the materials they inject into the ground to free up oil and gas. The rules were put together as a result of public concern that fracking could pollute or contaminate underground water.

Details and Claims Concerning the Wyoming Federal Judge’s Controversial Ruling

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The following details and claims were gathered from local news reports:1

What is Next for Wyoming’s Fracking Regulation Ruling?

Many legal pundits thought that since Obama personally filed a brief, along with that of a large number of reputable law professors, that it would have ensured an overturning of the ruling. However, new developments could redirect the ruling, including:2

Contact a Denver Business Attorney at Downey & Associates, PC

Has your corporation or industry been hindered by a wrongful court ruling? If so, contact Denver Business Attorney Thomas E. Downey. Since 1983, Thomas Downey and his legal team at Downey & Associates, PC, have aggressively sought justice for all kinds of business-related matters, including contract negotiations, workplace accidents, and corporate conflicts.

Our Denver business attorney is experience handling complex corporate matters and un-judicious court rulings. We are up to the challenge of filing court appeals and fighting out long-drawn courtroom battles to achieve the best possible outcomes for our clients.

Why wait, call our Denver business attorney today to find out how we can assist you at (303) 813-1111 or by emailing him using the contact form on this page.

From our law offices in Englewood, we service clients in Colorado as well as throughout the U.S.

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1“Feds, law professors say judge wrong to block fracking rules” published in The Denver Post, August 2016.

2"Former DOI Honchos Urge 10th Circ. To Hear Frack Rule Case" published in 360 Law, June 2017.

Acquiring real estate is a lot like dating, and then getting married. You get the opportunity to check the place out and see if you like it, then you seal the deal. But, just like getting married, many investors tend to find out about some skeletons in the closet that can turn out to make your life difficult.

We’ve all heard stories about some of these ghosts and goblins hiding in the most unsuspecting places. For instance, one investor acquaintance of mine picked up a lot that was prime for development in the perfect location of a town, but the only problem was there was an old fuel tank buried underground on the back of the property. The cost to evaluate the environmental impact, and then remove the tank made the investment look pretty terrible, actually.

Mistakes to Avoid When Inking Commercial Real Estate Deals

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In this blog, we’ll look at five of the most common mistakes made when making a real estate deal:

Contact a Denver Business Attorney at Downey & Associates, PC

Real estate transactions and property disputes involve risks, which is why you need Denver Business Attorney Thomas E. Downey, who is trusted, knowledgeable, and experienced. Since 1983, Thomas Downey and the legal team at Downey & Associates, PC, have been providing attentive and knowledgeable legal counsel on how to handle your real estate matters.

Working with our team, located in Englewood, you’ll save money, time, and worry. Our aggressive professional advocacy team handles the following types of services: business and commercial disputes, antitrust litigation, real estate matters, personal injury (both plaintiff and defense), product liability, property tax, employment law, and OSHA/MSHA conflicts.

To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, call (303) 813-1111 or by emailing us using the contact form on this page.

The Grove development project seems to be taking fire from every direction. First, the project developer threatened to file a $30 million lawsuit against the city for its attempts to halt the development plans. Now, nearby neighbors are up in arms over the scope of the project - and its potential impacts on their community.

“Fight the Grove – Save Our Historic Neighborhood,” yard signs put up by local residents read. They are reportedly fed up with alleged zoning violations and a development project that some are saying is too big and out of place for the historic Bemis neighborhood.

As a matter of fact, some residents are taking their fight straight to City Council to see if they can stop the developer, Zocalo Community Development, from starting construction.

Details and Allegations Surrounding the Neighborhood Lawsuit

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The following details the allegations and events surrounding the neighborhood dispute over the Grove mixed-use development project:

Do the Neighbors Have a Case?

Based on the available facts and court documents, it seems that the city and developer may have rushed into this development and overlooked the need for (or importance of) public input with regards to this development project.

What remains to be determined, however, is whether:

If so, the neighbors may have grounds to sue and seek monetary damages. As more news about this contentious issues becomes available, we'll report the latest details to you here, in future blog.

Until then, tell us your opinions about this project and the dispute surrounding it on Facebook & Google+

Contact a Denver Real Estate Attorney at Downey & Associates, PC

For experienced, effective representation in any real estate or development dispute, contact Denver Real Estate Attorney Thomas E. Downey. Since 1983, Thomas Downey and the other legal professionals at Downey & Associates, PC have been providing individuals and businesses in the Denver Metro Area and throughout the U.S. with the highest level of legal service for their business litigation, development conflicts, property tax and real estate legal issues.

Our dedication to our clients, coupled with our extensive experience handling complex matters of real estate law, means that our clients can always trust that we will aggressively protect their rights and help them achieve the best possible outcomes to their sensitive legal matters.

Call (303) 813-1111 or email us using the contact form on this page for a thorough case evaluation and clear advice about your best options for proceeding.

From  offices based in Centennial, we serve clients throughout Colorado and the U.S.

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The Grove senior-living, mixed-use development project in downtown Littleton got pretty heated at a recent City Council meeting, and which council members considered putting an immediate halt to it.

This city also faces a potential $30 million lawsuit from the project developer, Denver-based Zocalo Community Development, if the council decides to vote to withdraw the project development plan and the building permits.

Why Is City Council Considering Shutting Down the Project?

The following details of the Grove development project were provided by local news reports and court documents:

What Will Happen Next?

It’s highly unlikely that the Grove mixed-use development project will be shuttered. Mostly due to the fact that the city would be facing an impending lawsuit if they did.

Not only would the city be libel to pay for damages, but the move to pull permits could expose “council members individually and personally to financial liability,” according to the Grove’s attorney.

Littleton’s City Manager Michael Penny said he reviewed the project and concluded that the project in its entirety and found that “…it met the applicable land use and zone codes.”

Penny added that “there’s no provision for the Council to get involved, and no language in the code for the Council or staff to send the matter to the Board of adjustment, which hears appeals.

Contact a Denver Real Estate Attorney at Downey & Associates, PC

For experienced, effective representation in a real estate or zoning dispute, contact Denver Real Estate Attorney Thomas E. Downey. Since 1983, Thomas Downey and the other legal professionals at Downey & Associates, PC have been providing individuals and businesses in the Denver Metro Area and throughout the U.S. with the highest level of legal service for their real estate litigation, property tax and real estate legal issues.

Call (303) 813-1111 or email us using the contact form on this page to schedule an initial consult with Denver Attorney Thomas Downey and find out more about how he can serve you.

From offices in Centennial, Thomas Downey serves clients throughout Colorado and the U.S.

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