Booming development is hardly new in the metro area or Littleton itself, but the type of development taking place downtown — scrape-offs of old houses for dream homes or multi-family projects, reuse of historic buildings for more bars, restaurants or other attractions, and even controversial senior living projects — has people in the area taking notice.
“Development in Littleton as a whole is busier than it’s ever been and particularly in downtown,” community development director Jocelyn Mills said. “I think in Littleton specifically, based on our great Main Street and the downtown and the character of that, that contributes to the desirability and has, I think, really enhanced people’s interest in wanting to be here.”
ViewHouse founder and president Francois Safieddine said he was attracted to the city by its family-friendliness and wide open view corridors to the west. The establishment will join another well-known Denver bar brand, The Tavern, on the west end of Main Street. Across the street from the ViewHouse, the former Valley Feed and Lawn Center Company building at 2679 W. Main Street was recently leveled to make way for a proposed three-story office and retail building. The initial plans for that were granted a certificate of historic appropriateness last month.
The downtown area is a far different place today than the one Greg Reinke remembers from even a dozen years ago when he said space on Main Street was leasing for $3 per square foot. Reinke is the owner of haunted house/costume shop/adventure store and president of the Historic Downtown Littleton Merchants Association. He relocated his business to 5665 S. Prince St. with his brother, Chris, in 1999. Reinke credits the efforts of the association, which was founded in 2001 and launched a series of events to raise interest in the area, and creation of the Main Street Historic District, founded in 2005 to offer incentives for property owners willing to preserve the area’s historic buildings, for setting up the area for the success.
“We have a whole group of people who are here now besides the mom and pops that have been here for years,” Reinke said of more recent additions with name recognition like The Tavern and ViewHouse. “Littleton has really become something. It has a night life. It’s awesome. It’s only going to get better.”
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