The Rossonian Hotel in Five Points, Sept. 6, 2017 in Denver.

The king of Park Hill may soon hold court inside the crown jewel of Five Points.

Palisade Partners, owner of the storied but dormant Rossonian Hotel, unveiled its plans Monday to re-open the historic building as a 41-room boutique hotel complimented by a basement jazz club and ground-floor restaurant and lounge. The eatery/bar/venue will be named Chauncey’s for Denver basketball legend and project partner Chauncey Billups.

“We’re really excited. He’s a hometown hero. One of his passions has been to continue to contribute to the neighborhood,” Palisade president Paul Books said of Billups, whose hardwood exploits include a star-studded career at George Washington High School and the University of Colorado and two stints with the Denver Nuggets. “From the beginning, he’s just been a fantastic guy.”

Billups’ was not the only name dropped Monday. Around the time Palisade bought the Rossonian for $6 million in August, it also spent $1.7 million on two other parcels on the 2600 block of Welton Street. In coordination with the Rossonian retouch, the southern corner of the block is slated for construction of a nine-story mixed-use building that will be anchored by the first non-Washington, D.C.-area location of Busboys and Poets, a combination restaurant, bookstore and event space named in honor of the black poet (and former busboy) Langston Hughes.

Books credited project partner Haroun Cowans and previous Rossonian owner and longtime Five Points developer Carl Bourgeois for starting the dialogue that got Busboys and Poets involved. Once open, the business will host inclusive programming with a “strong African American base,” he said.

The nine-story building will also house two floors of office space, a fitness center (for use by Rossonian guests) and more than 100 apartment units. That will include micro apartments available at lower prices and some two bedroom apartments that could be rented out on a bedroom by bedroom basis, Books said. His goal is to attract people from a variety of backgrounds and income levels. Palisade has built or partnered to build 40 income restricted apartments along Welton Street in recent years. Gentrification has been a hot-button subject in the historically black neighborhood during Denver’s latest growth spurt.

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Source:: The Denver Post – News


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Denver hoops star Chauncey Billups to open restaurant, jazz club in Five Points’ Rossonian Hotel, developer says

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