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Capitol Hill: MOTO Apartments Update #1

Last month, we posted an update on a project that was already underway and had very little information out about it. Recently, DenverInfill has obtained information on the MOTO Apartments, formally known as 820 Sherman, going up in Capitol Hill, thanks to the good folks at Gensler.

According to the press release, the MOTO (Middle of Town) Apartments will feature 64-units in a six-story building over 61 parking stalls and 3,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. Amenities include a specialized bike room, and upper deck containing a pool and community courtyard. Here is a rendering, courtesy of Gensler Architects.

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Two tenants, Black Eye Coffee Shop and Proper Barber Shop, have already been announced to occupy the ground floor retail which is great news! Completion for this project is expected Spring 2015. For more information on the MOTO Apartments, including floor-plans, head on over to their website.


Downtown Denver Office Projects: September 2014

Similar to our series of updates on Downtown Denver’s multifamily residential projects, let’s take a summary look at Downtown Denver’s new office projects.

Projects included in the map and table below are those that are new construction projects with an office component that have been completed, are under construction, or proposed since January 2010 and located within a 1.5-mile radius of a geographic central point (17th and Arapahoe) in Downtown Denver. Projects outside of the green circle but within the extent of the Google Earth aerial image are not shown. A project is included in the Proposed category if a development application has been filed with the city or if the project has otherwise been made public to some degree. The gross office square footage figures listed are approximate and the number of floors listed is for the entire building, not just the office portion in the case of mixed-use projects.

Here’s our Downtown Denver New Office Projects map for September 2014. Click to embiggen:

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Here is a summary table to accompany the map. Click here to download both the map and table in PDF format.

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Nearly 1.5 square feet of office space has been developed in Downtown Denver since the start of the decade, and almost another one million square feet is currently under development. The Proposed projects that are most likely to break ground next are 1881 16th Street and 1401 Lawrence (probably before the end of the year) and 1144 15th Street is reportedly scheduled to start in May 2015. At the end of the 2nd Quarter 2014, the Central Business District office vacancy rate was a little over 12%.

Edit 2014-09-14, 9:25 PM: Updated exhibits with corrected square footage information.


Prospect: Residences at Prospect Park Update #2

The Prospect neighborhood has started to become a very tightly knit urban area with street-walls of residential buildings at every turn. With very few empty lots left, the Residences at Prospect Park take up what was one of the largest dirt lots in the neighborhood.

This building, which will top out at five stories, is impressively long with a span of around 750-feet. To put things into prospective, that’s 36 feet longer than Republic Plaza, Denver’s tallest building, if it were laying down and double the length of projects such as 2020 Lawrence, and Legacy 22nd. Here are some recent photos of the project. Because of the size, there are a total eight stairwell/elevator cores going in.

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The Residences at Prospect Park will contribute 296-units to the Prospect neighborhood and has an expected delivery of early 2015. The last time we visited this project was over a year ago so in case you need a refresher, make sure you visit our announcement and updated rendering posts!


Union Station: The Platform Update #8

The tallest tower under-construction in the Union Station neighborhood has recently topped out at 21-stories and is making quite the statement in both the neighborhood and on the Denver skyline.

Over the past few weeks, workers have been busy installing the panels making quick and steady progress. After seeing these photos you might be wondering why there is a 13-story blank wall facing an open lot. Fear not, it will soon be covered up by the 16th and Wewatta Hotel / Office Complex! The 12-story, 200-room Kimpton Hotel will rise to the exact height of The Platform’s blank wall.

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At 240-feet, The Platform may only be 33.6% the height of Denver’s tallest building but it still makes a very large impact. Visually, this tower brings a unique color palette to the Denver building scene: white and grey paneling, a mix of colors we have yet to see elsewhere around the city.

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Here is one last view of The Platform with the commuter rail tracks front and center.

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The Platform has an expected delivery of early 2015 making this the last construction update before we wrap it up in a final update. See you then!


Union Station: The Triangle Building Update #5

Steel builds are, personally, one of the most exciting to watch. Instead of the core and structure going up together, the core rises first and the steel structure follows. These kind of builds also give us great insight to the height of the building early on in the construction process.

The Triangle Building is a steel build where the core is almost topped out at 10-stories with the steel structure starting to climb. With this, we now have a decent idea on the height of this project.

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Due to the larger floor-to-ceiling heights in office buildings, the 10-story Triangle Building will be roughly the same height as Cadence, which is 13-stories or 140 feet tall.

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The Union Station Neighborhood is starting to sport a skyline of its own and The Triangle Building will be a significant part of it!

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Given the quick nature of steel construction, the structure will only take a couple months to top out. By then, we will truly be able to see the triangular shape of this building. Stay tuned!


Upper Downtown: Hyatt Place/Hyatt House Hotel Update #4

Great progress is being made at the intersection of 14th Street and Glenarm. Since our last update in May, the dual branded Hyatt House / Hyatt Place has started to rise quickly. As a refresher, this hotel will be providing 346-rooms to Downtown Denver and will rise a total of 21-stories.

Given these photos are a little over a week old, the structure is now up around five-stories. Even at this height, it’s already having a great and positive impact to the streetscape.

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Here are some shots of the project along the street level. As you can see in the left photo, there are no buildings 21-stories or taller along the south side of 14th Street; this is going to make a fairly prominent statement to this end of the skyline. Only 19-stories to go!

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The Hyatt House / Hyatt Place is a great project for many reasons: it allows the capacity for more visitors staying in Downtown Denver and it vastly helps repair the urban fabric of Upper Downtown. I am very excited to see this building topped out!


Golden Triangle: 8th and Broadway Update #1

Ten months ago, we announced a new project going up on the corner of 8th Avenue and Broadway, taking up a large L-shaped parking lot and single-story 7-11. Since then, the project has broken ground, and the parking lot is completely gone with a hole in the ground.

The seven-story building has started to break street level, and a tower crane is now on site. Because of the building height, we should expect this to be a concrete structure. Here are some pictures of the site, right before the rain came! The picture on the left is from 8th Avenue and Lincoln, the right from Broadway between 8th and 9th Avenue.

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The 8th and Broadway project will contain 200 rental units with 240 parking spaces, and 4,420 square feet of ground floor retail. What a huge improvement to this intersection!


New Capitol Hill Project: 701 Sherman

Capitol Hill has block after block of tightly knit density, but as you move closer to Broadway, craters, or surface parking lots, break up the urban fabric. However, this is starting to change as another underutilized lot is going away in Capitol Hill! Just down the road from 820 Sherman, another residential project is proposed for the corner of 7th Avenue and Sherman Street! Here is a map with the project site outlined.

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Present day, the site consists of a small single story office building surrounded by surface parking to the north and west. This lot is clearly in need for an upgrade.

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How does an 8-story, 105-unit building sound for an upgrade? Here are two perspectives of 701 Sherman courtesy of Craine Architecture.

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Currently, there is no word on when this project is expected to break ground nor is there information on who the builder is. We will keep you posted as soon as those details come around!