Loft project planned for Simpiches’ 2nd floor

       “Simpich Lofts” will be the name of a four-unit residential development on the second floor of two joined buildings now owned by the Simpich family in the 2400 block of West Colorado Avenue.
       The roughly 5,500-square-foot project at 2411-2413 W. Colorado Ave. will involve builder Dan Robertson and real estate agent Janelle Walston, who have previously collaborated on downtown loft developments. Walston also worked on the recent loft conversion on the top two floors of the Old Waycroft Opera House building (Meadow Muffins is on the first floor) at 25th Street and Colorado Avenue.
       “Being involved in such a historically significant building and with the nationally recognized Simpich name is a huge draw,” Walston enthused. “It's an awesome opportunity. We're excited to be partnering with them on this project.”
       Plans call for the upper floor to be bought from the Simpiches. City approval will be needed for a special use variance (changing the second-floor use from commercial to residential), but Walston expects no serious problems, based on her experience with past loft projects and understanding that the city is “interested in creating urban housing,” she said.
       Creating the lofts will start with gutting the upstairs space, then installing new plumbing and electrical. Each unit will have two bedrooms, with as much natural brick exposed as possible. One of the features will be a common patio above the alley - a former employee “break” area during the 1978-2007 Simpich manufacturing period - with a nice view of the mountains, she said.
       The anticipated sale price per unit will be under $300,000, Walston said.

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