Sustainable community nearing completion near Denver

Sustainable community nearing completion near Denver

Vita, a LEED gold-designed mixed-use residential rental apartment community in the Denver metro area, is nearing completion. 

The sustainable 159-unit apartment community, designed for people 55 years old and older, was developed by Denver-based Zocalo Community Development and designed by KTGY. Vita, which will welcome its first residents in May after nearly two years of construction, provides quick access to walking/biking trails, art galleries, antique shops, specialty shops, clothing boutiques and restaurants and bars in downtown Littleton, Colo., reports MultifamilyBiz.

The community is also situated one block from a light rail station, providing transportation to downtown Denver and Denver International Airport.

Vita is a combination of nearly 11,000 square feet of neighborhood-serving retail and restaurant spaces, as well as 159 luxury apartments that include one guestroom and live/work units on the ground floor. 

Vita’s one- and two-bedroom floor plans range from 701–1,520 square feet and feature designer finishes, Energy Star stainless-steel appliances and kitchens with gas ranges. 

Currently pursuing U.S. Green Building Council LEED gold certification, Zocalo incorporated a number of green features designed to ensure Vita’s long-term efficiency and sustainability, including a photovoltaic solar array to generate power that is given back to the energy grid; high-performance sink faucets, showerheads, and dual-flush toilets, which use 34 percent less water; and low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints, adhesives, sealants and carpets with no added urea-formaldehyde.

The development also incorporates low-E, high STC (sound transmission class) windows to reduce noise pollution and heat gain but let the light shine. High-efficiency LED lighting is used throughout the complex.

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