Open House! Join us September 24th from 3-7 for The Brighton Buddhist Temple Redevelopment Open House

As you drive on the highway out of Denver, away from the city towards the towns surrounding, you may find yourself on US-85 heading towards a town called Brighton, Colorado. Just a hop, skip and jump away from Denver, or about a thirty minute drive, this small town has a lot of character as well as a lot of history. First established as a city back in the 1860’s, Brighton first possessed the name Hughes Station because of the Hughes Stagecoach Station that was built as well as the Boulder Valley Railroad. During that time, Hughes Station was a place for the railroad and fur traders to stop as everything was expanding west. In 1881, the City of Brighton was born, named after the birthplace of the founder Daniel Carmichael’s wife. From that point on, Brighton continued to grow and thrive as a city as it continues to do to this day.

When you first exit the highway into Brighton, you may take notice of a church nestled quaintly at the edge of town. Built back in 1938, the Buddhist church was first the idea of a Japanese man named Shunpei Momii. The church took two years to finish and was dedicated on February 18th, 1940 as the Brighton Buddhist Church with 160 members. From there, the church continued to grow and flourish but as the years passed, the membership started to decline as most of the members were in their 70s and 80s and many of their children and the generation below that married into other religions or left the area. Eventually when there was just not enough to keep the church going, it was sold to the Tri-State Buddhist Temple in Denver.

So here we are today with this beautiful Temple and some amazing plans. On August 4th of this year, the Temple was designated “Historic” by the city of Brighton. Because of that, Carolin Corogin with C2 Studio US, LLC ( Developer)  and I are working hard to preserve and reserve this special space. We are a group of women investors who strive to help nurture the city of Denver as well as the surrounding cities with the intention of keeping Colorado beautiful and preserving some of the great historic monuments. Additionally, we will be working with the BJAA Brighton Japanese American Association and other former members of the church to possibly have a ceremony prior to its rehabilitation.  We are sensitive to their culture, what they built and admire the beautiful building they hand-crafted, so we want to make sure they are involved if they would like to be.

Our plans for the church are simple; we want to make this a gathering place for all people, a spot where family and friends can enjoy time together. We are currently looking to put a brewpub in the location so if you know of anyone who is looking for a great location have them come check out the space on September 24th between 3-7 for our open house. We are going to have Dave Tamkin Singer/Songwriter from Boulder playing at the event along with Orange Crunch Food Truck serving the food.  We will also be serving some Colorado craft beers (Currently Seeking out Sponsors) at the event.  Bring your friends and family and see this building before we start a major renovation!

Shipping Container Architecture - We love all things modern and historic!

I have partnered up with a local Denver Architect, Carolyn Corogin and we have come together to form The ModCOR Group LLC.  We are a 100% woman owned Business and we will be redeveloping or developing in the Denver Metro area.  We love all things modern and historic and are looking forward to our first project together. 

I first met Carolyn three years ago when she wanted to look at a loft at the Walnut Loft or know as the  in RiNO.  It was a Penthouse loft that was a short sale.  She took one look at it and decided to make an offer.  It was the only property I showed her.  It was love at first sight!  We went under contract and thirty days later it was Carolyn's

Later on Carolyn decided that her Benjamin Moore loft was getting a little small as she works at home as a full time Architect, Visual Artist and Interior Designer.  She wanted another penthouse on a corner with two parking spaces and some views.  I looked for over a year to find Carolyn her larger perfect loft and I finally found her a gorgeous loft at the Cherokee Lofts in the Golden Triangle.   Unfortunately Carolyn did not like the way it was designed so she completely remodeled it from head to toe (pictures coming soon)  I just recently got the pleasure to see her loft now that it is complete and it's is absolutely stunning, a true master piece and work of art.  

Carolyn and I continued to stay in touch and worked on referring business to each other over the years.  At the beginning of this year we decided to become partners so we could start working on redeveloping, renovating and restoring old properties or possibly just building from scratch.  We met at the Source Downtown and just started talking about that project and what we liked and didn't like about it.  We though if only we could get our hands on a building like that we could really do something wonderful.  While we didn't find anything like the source we found a building that was just as unique and interesting, an old church in Downtown Brighton.    It was just what we were looking for and it was in a an area that has a lot of potential.  So we decided to to make an offer and go for it.

We are currently under contract on this old 1968 building in Downtown Brighton that has been vacant for about 10 years.  It's our understanding that this building was an old Buddhist Church.  Our plan is to redevelop this property into Retail and either a Tap Room , Brewery or Restaurant.  That plan is not set in stone as we still need to get through to the planning department and our due diligence to make sure this project makes sense.  This property is currently on the Historic preservation list so we will be working on getting it designated as well once we close.  This will allow it to be on the national historic preservation list.  We have also been told there is an old Pinyon Tree that sits on the property so we will be designing this project around this pinion tree so we don't have to cut it down.  Most of the trees surrounding the property will be incorporated into the project as well.  

Are designs will use sustainable practices and green building techniques.  Each of our projects will incorporate using old shipping containers as part of the architecture and design. I have included a couple photos of some shipping container projects in the Denver metro area.  One is the Starbucks on 104th and Bannock and the Cart and Driver, Huckleberry Roasters Building at 2500 Larimer.  

Stay tuned for more details on this project and we would love to hear your comments and feedback.  

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