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Students to have another housing option next year

Another by-the-bed student rental high-rise is being built on the east side of University Boulevard.

The 354-bed Asbury Green Student Housing recently commenced work at 2400 E. Asbury Ave., with expectations that the six-story “high-end student housing” project will be open by fall 2009.

The building is the third non-University student rental housing project in the area. University Lofts, a five-story, 97-bed building, opened at University Boulevard and Evans Avenue in September, and Vistaloft, an 11-story, 289-bed development on University Boulevard just north of Asbury Avenue, is projected to open this fall.

Asbury Green is being built by Kiewit Building Group for MacKenzie House, a residential development company. The building will have two parking levels and four residential levels offering four-, three-, two- and one-bedroom apartments plus studios, says Chris Kelner, project manager for construction manager Kiewit. The location is a 1.4-acre tract south of Asbury Avenue between Josephine and Columbine streets.

The building site includes the former Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity house, a 12,500-square-foot, 1960-vintage brick building that is owned by the University of Denver and in the process of being sold to the developer.

The property has not yet transferred, but work has already begun to mitigate asbestos at the site and to prepare the former fraternity for demolition.

Phi Kappa Sigma members presently occupy quarters across the street at 2455 E. Asbury Ave.

Kiewit is a company involved in multiple aspects of construction work, including highways, tunnels, bridges, hospitals and buildings. Kiewit was lead contractor in the $1.67 billion T-Rex project that expanded Interstate 25 and built the southeast light-rail line to Lincoln Avenue.

MacKenzie House specializes in student housing, senior campuses and apartment and town home projects in Colorado, Missouri and Arizona.

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