Hartman Ely Investments
creating sustainable communities

fruitdale school lofts

​The Fruitdale School was originally designed by noted Denver architect Temple Buell in 1927 and is his oldest remaining school building. It served the City of Wheat Ridge and Jefferson County as an elementary school and community center until it was closed in 2007. This National Register historic property has remained vacant since that time while a variety of re-development plans have been investigated. 

The adaptive re-use of this landmark building is a public private partnership between Fruitdale School Partners, The City of Wheat Ridge and The Wheat Ridge Housing Authority that will create a unique residential community of 16 affordable rental apartments. Historic interior features such as huge operable windows, high ceilings, chalk boards and basketball hoops from the prior school will be features in the new lofts. The redevelopment also has the potential to be a catalyst for potential future economic development along the 44th Avenue corridor.
The entire property will be solar-powered and will have state-of-the-art energy efficiency features to minimize operational costs as well as to provide community education on sustainable development. The site will include a fruit orchard and other low-water-use edible landscaping, to emphasize the Fruitdale name and the Wheat Ridge community’s national leadership role with local food production. A free electric vehicle charging facility will be provided and parking will be shared with the adjacent Jefferson County School, to provide additional public benefits.
Fruitdale School Lofts continues a long term living story for Wheat Ridge and provides this historic landmark with a new purpose well-suited to the 21st century.
The redevelopment is financed with developer equity, tax credit investments, a Citywide Bank construction loan, loans from the City of Wheat Ridge, Wheat Ridge Housing Authority and Jefferson County Community Development and solar power production credits from Xcel Energy.
Hartman Ely Investments LLC is an equity investor, development manager and concept architect.
The Abo Group, Architect of Record
Palace Construction, General Contractor


Location: Wheat Ridge, Colorado
Project Size: 16,000 SF on 1.5 acres
Project Cost: $5,800,000
Architect: The Abo Group
Contractor: Palace Construction
Status: Complete
The Fruitdale Video Documentary
​(9 min version)
Full length 20 minute version follows
at end of this one.
Please contact our property manager, Pinnacle Real Estate Management at
303-733-0487 to become a resident  in this unique property. 
Original School Entry