Last week, Westword posted a column by art and architecture critic Michael Paglia that set off a storm. The property called Carmen Court, with six condos, is quite impressive. It has a great history, and a charming and powerful style. A developer wants to scrape this complex to build an apartment building for senior citizens. So Carmen Court is certainly endangered. Carmen Court was built in 1925, and the trees reflect that.
So I drove by 900 East 1st Street, to check the place out.
What makes this potential demolition so difficult to swallow is Carmen Court’s distinctive appearance and history. The owners of Carmen Court filed for a Certificate for Demolition Eligibility with Community Planning and Development, or CPD. The owners are represented by the major law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. The owners are represented by that high-powered law firm. Also, Paglia’s column notes that three homes near Carmen Court have already been given demolition certificates.
This does not sound good.
And the major development firm — Hines — has been involved in the creation of several buildings in Denver.
This is concerning.
Also, Paglia mentioned that there were people who were willing to take on the rescue work, so to speak, coming up with the funds and finding a way to save Carmen Court.
A story today posted in BusinessDen, has named the people who have stepped up to the plate and become involved. They have until May 26 to get an application submitted to CPD detailing the history and importance of Carmen Court. The three neighbors are Sarah McCarthy, Desiree Maikranz, and D. Erik Maikranz. Sarah McCarthy is sort of a common name, but I will go out on a limb and speculate that this is the Sarah McCarthy who has been involved in preservation issues here for years.
After submitting the application, and if it is approved by Community Planning and Development (I’m rolling my eyes here), it will go before the Denver City Council. That’s where things get tough. City council members don’t like to get involved in what is considered a rogue nomination to save a building that an owner doesn’t want to deal with.
I wish the people taking on the work goes well. We will see how this goes. Here’s a big salute to those neighbors.