By: Pat Ferrier
FORT COLLINS, CO, February 16, 2013: Boundaries of the Downtown Development Authority continue to grow with the inclusion of 203 W. Mulberry St., the site of a proposed five-story apartment building and commercial space.
Brinkman Partners has proposed building Max Flats, 64 apartments near the corner of Mason and Mulberry streets. It is the first new residential project along the Mason Corridor that is adjacent to the city’s soon-to-be new MAX Bus Rapid Transit station on Mulberry.
The company will raze the existing one-story building that formerly housed King’s Auto and replace it with an L-shaped building with 100 bedrooms and a first-floor coffee shop or restaurant.
Max Flats will cater to professionals who work downtown and students who want to be close to campus and the “urban lifestyle Old Town has to offer,” according to Brinkman.
Including Max Flats within the DDA boundaries makes it eligible for tax assistance to help with infrastructure improvements including sewer lines that need to be moved. Brinkman plans to return to the DDA to request tax increment financing.
“We think of it as a bridge between Old Town and CSU,” said Kevin Brinkman. “A lot of our design integrates Max ... our sidewalk goes through it and the plaza opens to it. We think it sets an example for other projects.”