Fort Collins developer Les Kaplan has begun renovations on the former Maytag building in Midtown, hoping to capitalize on a 700-bed student housing project being built next door.
The 12,500-square-foot property, located at 1801 S. College Ave., will feature a double façade, facing both College Avenue and the Choice Center Apartments, a complex being built with CSU students in mind. The remodel was designed by Vaught Frye Larson Architects.
“The location is on a roadway that sees over 50,000 cars a day, has high visibility and easy access,” Kaplan said. “And it will have the added benefit of the Mason Corridor very soon.”
The Mason Corridor is being built to accommodate the new MAX bus system, expected to begin operations in 2014.
Kaplan said 2,000 square feet on the south side of the building will be occupied by a Subway, with doors scheduled to open in April.
The 2,000 square feet on the north side, Kaplan said, will likely be home to a restaurant or bistro with an 18-square-foot patio. The plans include a sliding glass garage-style door, integrating the two eating areas and creating an open and outdoors-like atmosphere regardless of where patrons are seated.
The middle of the building will be used for retail, most likely a cell phone, computer or related electronic retailer.
Kaplan couldn’t yet name prospective tenants, but ensured that the space was already being looked at by potential leasers.
Kaplan purchased and renovated the former Kelly-Moore building in 2010 (now home to Full Cycle) and also owns the Chuck E. Cheese building at Prospect and College Avenue.