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April 24, 2013 - Balfour Luxury Retirement Breaks Ground Downtown

What: Balfour at Riverfront Park Groundbreaking & Zengo After Party

Where: Downtown Denver, 15th and Little Raven Streets

When: Wednesday, April 24 2013

Time: 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Host(s): Balfour Senior Living

Master of Ceremonies: Michael Schonbrun

President(s): Michael Schonbrun

Speaker: Governor John Hickenlooper, Dick Kreck, Paul Washington, Michael Schonbrun

Entertainment: Andrew Hudson Band

Music: Jazz

Event Coordinator: The Buzz Factory / Devany McNeill

Blacktie Photos by: Lorenzo Chavez

 Michael Schonbrun shows off the architectural model of Balfour
Michael Schonbrun shows off the architectural model of Balfour

Balfour Luxury Retirement Community Breaks Ground

In just a few years Riverfront Park has been transformed into an urban mecca for business leaders, young professionals and families and now for active seniors seeking luxury comforts and amenities in the heart of downtown.

On Wednesday, April 24 about 300 people gathered near the corner of Little Raven and 15th Streets for the official groundbreaking ceremony of the Balfour at Riverfront Park, a $74 million luxury senior living community in downtown Denver scheduled to open in the summer of 2014.

Balfour Senior Community founder and CEO Michael Schonbrun was on hand with Governor John Hickenlooper, Denver Economic Development Director Paul Washington, and former Denver Post columnist and author/historian Dick Kreck.

Kreck described the Moffat Depot's history and Georgian revival architecture. In fact, the station is one of only two stations remaining in Denver. Washington praised the unique retirement community concept and Hickenlooper reminisced about his tenure as Mayor and expressed gratitude for partnerships that helped develop the city's urban core.

Downtown Denver provides an ideal location for a generation of seniors who want to enjoy the city's exciting urban lifestyle, said Schonbrun. Besides Riverfront Park across the street, he said, the facility is located within 5 minutes of arts/cultural centers, restaurants, museums as well as health care and medical facilities.

With a surname resembling the famous Austrian palace, it's appropriate that Schonbrun oversees the sophisticated and elegant 275,000-square-foot, 5-story project. As unofficial host and master of ceremonies, he walked toward a blue wheelbarrow filled to the rim with ice, where a gigantic bottle of champagne sat comfortably chilled. After uncorking the oversized bubbly, he and the others gathered to toast to the building's success.

Guests walked a block over for an after-party at trendy Zengo Restaurant, where they were treated to sumptuous signature treats featuring Latin American-inspired hor d'oeuvres such as arepas and churros and delectable desserts from Gateaux Pastries. 

With microphone in hand, Schonbrun and wife, Susan, unveiled an architect's model of the luxurious complex encased in plexiglass. The crowd gathered around as he pointed to key components and amenities planned. Later, Susan Schonbrun emphasized the keen attention to detail that will ensure first-class accommodations. No detail has been overlooked, she said, including the architecture, interior design, high-end decor, custom furnishings, and an on-site chef.

The evening was filled with the chatter of movers and shakers representing sectors of the creative and business class including architects, realtors, designers, investors, financiers, health care executives and city and state officials. Career expert and musician Andrew Hudson and his band- mates Tony Black and father and son Freddy Rodriguez Sr. and Junior entertained the crowd with contemporary and classic jazz hits. 

When it opens next summer, Balfour at Riverfront Park will feature nearly 200 apartments; three dining rooms; a rooftop bar and art studio; a fitness center and spa; an indoor swimming pool; hydrotherapy pool and yoga studio. It will surely attract a long line of retiring baby boomers and their parents seeking assisted or more independent and active lifestyles. 

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