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Lake Steam Baths to be included in redevelopment, new owners say

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The Lake Steam Bath neon sign dates back to the 1920s when it opened. (Helen H. Richardson/Denver Post)

The new owner of the Russian Baths along West Colfax Avenue confirmed Tuesday that it plans to redevelop the facility it operates, but said it would incorporate the business into the new project.

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Tyler Weston

Tyler Weston said he and Scott Kilkenny are members of the entity that purchased the Lake Steam Baths business and property at 3540 W. Colfax Ave. early this month for $2 million.

They purchased the property as Boom Car Wash LLC, but Weston said the long-term plan was not to move from body washing to car washing. and is simply the entity you choose to use in your transaction.

“It’s not a car wash,” said Weston.

According to Weston, the plan is to build up to five floors of apartments on the 0.38-acre site. The large public bath is on the first basement floor.

“It’s going to be a really great long-term situation,” he said.

But things aren’t going to change anytime soon. Weston and Kilkenny have not yet submitted their development plans to the city, and it will take some time to obtain the necessary city approvals.

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Scott Kilkenny

“We will leave the bathhouse alone for the next few years,” said Weston. “It will probably take years to get permission.”

Weston said Lake Steam will be closed for a year and a half while a new project is built. He added that he has been visiting sento for years, calling it a place to “get out of the world for a few hours.”

“It’s the perfect place to check out after a stressful day,” he said.

Lake Steam Bath opened in June 1927. The business and real estate have been sold by Amy Hyman, who has run the Lake team since her husband Hannon passed away in 2015. Hannon’s grandparents founded this business. west of Denver.

Hyman told BusinessDen that it was “terrifying” to take over the business after her husband’s death, and that COVID posed extreme challenges to Steam Lake, which was forced to close for weeks in the spring of 2020.

“We’re very fortunate to have reached the other side of the pandemic,” Hyman said, thanking the community for their support.

Hyman put the property up for sale in mid-2020 with Win King of King Commercial Real Estate. She said she just didn’t have the “money or strength” to keep the business going, and she praised Weston, whom she didn’t know personally until the offer was brought to her.

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Amy Hyman (right), former owner of Lake Steam Bath. During the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo of the BusinessDen file)

“He has a great vision for this property,” Hyman said. “I did everything I could for this business.”

Elsewhere in town, Weston said he has 14 townhomes under development along Federal Boulevard and eight more on Delaware Street near Evans Avenue. He and Kilkenny also purchased a hydroponic farm in southwest Denver. last year.

Meanwhile, Hyman still owns a small estate in West Colfax. The sale to Weston and Kilkenny did not include his 6,250-square-foot parking lot across from Lake Steam Baths.

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