Mickey's projects strive to make Denver work as a real city. One of his primary l goals is to create community in a dynamic urban area. Zeppelin’s projects encourage creativity, collaboration, communication, innovation and exploration.
In the words of the Denver Post's Doug Brown, " There is no doubt Zeppelin is a different kind of developer. Most of his projects have been urban gambles, not suburban sure things. Fledgling Zeppelin projects cause others to scratch their heads. He shoots for lifestyle. He talks about vision.”
Mickey has contributed to the evolution of Denver, serving on the steering committees for Downtown Denver, Central Platte Valley, Lower Downtown and the Golden Triangle. He co-founded and was the first president of the Lower Downtown District and served on the boards of the 16th Street Mall Management and Business Improvement Districts. He has received numerous awards for his civic leadership as well as for the quality of his developments.
Zeppelin is an urban pioneer and his portfolio of uber-urban places, have defined the cutting edge of Denver's urban revival for more than three decades. His first office at 1440 Market (1972), housed Café Nepenthes. The City Spirit Café & Bookstore was on the ground floor of his second office at 15th and Blake Street. City Spirit became a destination before lodo was LODO. Volker Lofts and The Right Bank building were catalytic to historic Lower Downtown's emergence as the city's hottest mixed-use urban district.
Zeppelin was also the first to discover the Golden Triangle, converting a former car dealership into the Cadillac Lofts, years before the Golden Triangle Neighborhood was counted among Denver's most sought after urban districts.
His newest urban adventure? TAXI a mixed-use development on 20 acres of former-industrial land, adjacent to the Platte River, at the intersection of LoDo and Riverfront. TAXI is the centerpiece of what Zeppelin considers the city’s most promising emerging neighborhood – River North. The site is steeped in history and characterized by strong visual forms – the River, unobstructed mountain views, the City, cement plants, flourmills, stockyards and the urban grittiness of Denver’s old industrial core.
Kyle serves on the board of River North Neighbors, working with area residents and businesses to insure the continued vitality of this emerging urban district. He plays an instrumental role in distinguishing River North as an innovative, high tech job center for the city - promoting features like bridge connections and light rail stops, River reclamation and the creation of a WIFI system throughout the corridor.
As the director of sales and marketing for TAXI 2’s fully-occupied 100,000 sf mixed-use building ((2007), Kyle represents a new generation of Denver developers. Among the innovative concepts pioneered by Kyle at TAXI is the New Workplace—architecturally unique, open plan, interactive workspaces reflecting the more democratic, way people work today. Additionally, Kyle’s Crash Pad a well designed, yet moderately priced urban living space, offers urban dwellers an innovative live-work option. Kyle works with a team of design and construction professionals to develop new products and ideas that capitalize on TAXI's culture of collaboration and interaction - the longstanding trademark of Zeppelin Development. It is under Kyle’s leadership that a new mixed use “edge” is being created in downtown Denver.
Kyle directed the design, construction and leasing of TAXI’s newest addition – the 30,000 sf FREIGHT building. The transformation of this mid-Century brick warehouse into flexible workspace is anchored by a 6,000 sf early childhood education center. Occupied my tech businesses, designers, a cracker company and food distributor – the newest addition to the TAXI site adds 16 businesses to the development.