It’s been nearly two years since the Kmart at 200 W. Belleview Ave. shut down as part of a round of 28 closures nationwide. The property has sat vacant as it fell victim to the “retail …
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It’s been nearly two years since the Kmart at 200 W. Belleview Ave. shut down as part of a round of 28 closures nationwide. The property has sat vacant as it fell victim to the “retail apocalypse,” or the closing of a large number of brick-and-mortar retail stores in the country.
But the vacant Kmart site will soon transform to The Hive on Broadway — a place that will aim to offer dining and retail options along with self-storage.
At a Sept. 16 Englewood City Council meeting, council approved a zoning change on second reading that will clear the way for the project to be developed. The applicant, the William Warren Group, sought the zoning change that would allow for self-storage in part of the building to provide financial stability to market the rest of the redevelopment. The William Warren Group, a real estate company, owns the self-storage brand StorQuest.
“We’re excited to be part of the Englewood community. I think we can say it’s been a well-thought-out process to get to the point where we are with the design that was approved,” said Jon Suddarth, vice president of The William Warren Group. “It will be a great amenity for the community once everything is open and operating.”
The area was previously zoned for uses like restaurants and retailers, but not self-storage units. Developers have plans to improve the site’s building and parking lot while adding new landscaping and lightning and design aesthetics.
Suddarth says he is hopeful that The Hive on Broadway will be open toward the end of next summer.
Before the vote, Councilmember Laurett Barrentine questioned whether the zoning change would create a pathway for residential units. Councilmember Dave Cuesta said denying the zoning change would’ve increased the likelihood of residential projects.
“It has been clearly stated by our attorney, the applicant’s attorney (and) our community development folks that (developers) would need to go through another process if they wanted to put in residential,” said Cuesta.
“To me the pragmatic approach, the right thing for the neighborhood, is to pass this,” he added.
Englewood City Council approved the zoning change 4-2 with one abstention by Councilmember Amy Martinez. Barrentine and Councilmember Rita Russell voted against the change.
“I particularly want to challenge (the developers of the project) to make us very proud. We’re going to be watching and we’re going to be excited with you,” said Englewood Mayor Linda Olson at the meeting.
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