About Us

Zocalo Community Development is both the developer and the general contractor of RiverClay. Zocalo's mission is to build high-quality, high-performance, attainably-priced homes in centrally-located urban Denver neighborhoods. Our goal is to make ownership available to those who often have been "priced-out" of downtown living. RiverClay was completed Summer of 2008. RiverClay's neighboring development, Zocalo Condominiums was completed and occupied in September, 2006. It is located just one block from RiverClay.

RiverClay was brought to you by the following principles:

David Zucker, Managing Member:  David arrived in Denver in 1990. The first condo project on which he worked was the Lofts over the Wynkoop Brewery where he lived until 1995. Since the Wynkoop, David has been involved in historic conversions like the Downtown Denver and Downtown San Diego Courtyards by Marriott which utilized the Historic Investment Tax Credit. In Denver, David was one of the first developers to work through, develop and sell deed-restricted, for-sale units at Silver State Lofts, a program that has become codified in the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance.

David received his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 1990. He is chairman of the board of directors of community jazz station KUVO and is Co-Chair of the Downtown Denver Partnership’s Housing Council. He received an appointment from Colorado Governor Ritter to the State Housing Board. He sits on the University of Denver's Burns Real Estate Research Council where he is co-chair of the school’s Affordable Housing Conference. He has an appointment to the Mayor's Task Force on Affordable Housing and is a LEED Accredited Professional. David received the Affordable Housing Leader of the Year Award for 2006 from the Denver chapter of the Enterprise Foundation.

Chris Achenbach: Having started his career as the designer and builder of strawbale homes, sustainability has long been a priority for Chris. Both a licensed architect and contractor, he oversees the design and construction of Zocalo’s developments. This architect led design-build approach maximizes value, streamlines decisions, and is fundamental to the delivery of high quality sustainable projects. In addition to managing the construction of Zocalo, RiverClay, and Solera, Chris has been the architect and contractor for numerous other mixed use and adaptive reuse projects in urban areas.

Chris received a degree from the University of Vermont and a Master of Architecture degree at the University of Colorado. He is Co-Chair of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Sustainable Communities Committee, sits on the ULI Executive Committee, and has served on the Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver Sustainable Building Task Force and the Denver Mayor’s Development Advisory Committee. Design awards include the University of Colorado 1st Place Award for the design of “An Affordable Alternative-Materials House,” and the Rocky Mountain Masonry Institute Honorable mention for the design of “An Affordable Masonry Home

Sarah Harman: Sarah is a Realtor and Employing Broker with Powerhousing® Real Estate. Sarah founded Powerhousing as an empowerment-oriented residential real estate practice focused on education, empowerment and advocacy in Metro Denver. Ms. Harman has extensive experience representing new-construction multi-family housing and has proven expertise in selling affordable deed-restricted properties under Denver's Inclusionary Housing Ordinance (IHO).

A graduate of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Denver program, Sarah has served as President of the Board of Directors of Hope Communities, a not-for-profit provider and developer of service-enriched housing for low-income individuals and families and is a board member Dumb Friends League and Art Students League of Denver. Sarah holds an MFA from the University of Colorado.

John Gagnon: John is a registered Architect with over twenty years of architectural experience in all areas of architecture, including commercial, residential, multifamily, governmental and institutional projects including extensive experience in design/build project delivery. John is responsible for technically-advanced designs, including the design and construction coordination of the tensile fabric roof structure, lighting, pre-cast, glass and steel curtain-wall systems for the Denver International Airport facility.

For the three years, John was Principal Architect for Samuel Engineering, Inc. a diverse multidiscipline Architectural and Engineering firm based in The Denver Tech Center. John's recent career has been focused on building of a high performance architectural staff and the development of an active commercial division focusing on multifamily and commercial oriented projects.

RiverClay Condominiumns

This sixty-unit condominium has one of the largest residential photovoltaic arrays in Denver; enough to power, light and cool nearly 80-percent of the building’s common areas and parking. Based on energy modeling, the typical residence is 38-percent more energy efficient than a comparable non-LEED residence. Units range from 795 to 1,882 square feet and provide some of the largest balconies in central Denver. The balconies serve not just as a wonderful amenity to the residents, but act as a solar shade, reducing summer cooling requirements.

Located in Denver’s Jefferson Park
neighborhood, across from a six-acre
park, RiverClay is Colorado’s first
LEED-certified residential condominium
building, certified
at the Silver level.


2240 Clay Street
Denver, CO 80211

Six stories of sophisticated living with spectacular views of the downtown skyline to the east and seven acres of city parkland to the west, RiverClay creates a unique new opportunity for buyers seeking high-quality, high-performance yet affordably-priced residences in a convenient Central Denver location.