Since Zeppelin Development completed the original Yellow Cab building redevelopment in 2000, the TAXI site in the industrial zone of Northeast Denver has become home to hundreds of new economy entrepreneurs. Tenants at TAXI include graphic design firms, architecture firms including award-winning 4240 Architecture, and creative startups like Craftsy.com, an online education site focused on knitting and quilting. TAXI also continually provides an inspiring and creative environment for events. This past summer, over 50 events took place at TAXI including the Urban Land Institute, National Real Estate Editors, City Council of Salt Lake City, Early Childhood Education Conference, National Water Conference, any number of charitable organizations, food trucks, and a multitude of small groups who seek out TAXI for stimulation.
TAXI is a community that understands the importance of providing spaces to live, work, and play. In addition to creative office spaces and “crash pad” residences, amenities such as a fitness center, early childhood education center, pool, salon, plazas, gardens, coffee shop, and two restaurants contribute to TAXI’s daily livability.
The spirit of creative collaboration and place-making that began at TAXI has since created a ripple effect throughout RiNo. The River North neighborhood has seen increasing reinvestment along the Brighton Boulevard corridor and Larimer Street. Film studios, galleries, restaurants and cafes have sprung up in former warehouses, auto garages, and manufacturing plants in recent years. Additionally, Zeppelin Development is building an indoor artisan market on Brighton Boulevard called The Source. Housed in a brick 1880s iron foundry, The Source will include a butcher, cheese counter, coffee roaster, brewer, and other craft food producers and purveyors all within a soaring industrial space.
Zeppelin Development is actively working with the city and other interests to realize lateral pedestrian and bicycle connections between TAXI, Upper Larimer, and Brighton Boulevard in order to help stitch the neighborhood together and allow the broader community to take advantage of The Source and TAXI’s on-site services. Collaboration with RNOs such as RiNo Neighbors, the RiNo Arts District, and others is prioritized as well in these and other efforts towards exporting TAXI’s successes and making the neighborhood truly livable.
As new properties are developed at the TAXI site, an increasing critical mass of high-tech firms and creative economy businesses that prioritize community and livability for their employees are transforming RiNo into Denver’s creative epicenter. TAXI is committed to continually pushing the creative place-making envelope.