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The Oxford Station area is about to get an artsy tinge as Opera Colorado’s offices relocate from central Denver to Englewood this fall.The organization that’s brought opera performances to Colorado for more than three decades is expected to move in late November to an office at 4121 S. Navajo St., near the Oxford-City of Sheridan RTD light rail station and just inside the Englewood city border.Here are a few things to know about the move.The lowdown on Opera ColoradoThe organization brings opera performances primarily at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in downtown Denver. Founded in 1983, it presents new works and “rarely performed productions” in addition to more commonly known operas, according to its website.It reports reaching more than 37,000 students and adults through its education and community engagement programs “throughout the Rocky Mountain region,” the site said.For the up-and-comingOpera Colorado’s Young Artists program allows singers making a foray into their careers to perform during an eight-month residency with the organization at schools and community centers across Colorado. It makes an annual tour on the Western Slope area of the state, its website said.A place making a comebackThe Oxford Station development area includes a recently opened apartment complex, which offers 238 apartment units. It sits on land formerly home to Martin Plastics, a that produced a variety of packaging supplies including Styrofoam packaging peanuts. Martin Plastics established its location on that site in 1954.Just a block from the light rail, it’s now what’s called a transit-oriented development, said Darren Hollingsworth, economic development manager for the city of Englewood.During the apartment construction, crews demolished the main buildings but left a brick-exterior, bow-truss style building, a design that was popular in the 1930s and 1940s. Based on its hardwood trim and exposed beams inside, development company Littleton Capital Partners deemed it viable for commercial or office space.It offers about 9,000 square feet of office space, 6,906 of which will house Opera Colorado’s new offices.“It’s a unique building and … a wonderful addition to the neighborhood,” Hollingsworth said.Art and administration under one roofPreviously, Opera Colorado ran business out of its office location and rehearsals took place at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and other locations in and around the Denver Performing Arts Complex. The move will combine the company’s office space with its rehearsal space.Staff and artists will have direct access to each other’s work, allowing for more “collaboration and innovation” within the nonprofit, Opera Colorado said in a news release.Positions with company comingThe move will relocate 12 existing jobs to the Englewood community, Hollingsworth said. The relocation will also allow Opera Colorado to add two new employees within six months of the move.Englewood’s economic development staff worked closely with Opera Colorado to identify a suitable office space, Hollingsworth said.“We are very pleased that Opera Colorado is moving to Englewood,” Hollingsworth said.
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