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Central Platte Valley: Parkside Apartments Update #1

Holland Partner Group recently broke ground on their Parkside Apartments project at the corner of 19th and Little Raven—the final site within the Riverfront Park neighborhood to be developed.

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Infrastructure to support Riverfront Park got started in 1999 with work on Commons Park, Little Raven Street, and the Millennium Bridge, which was dedicated on April 22, 2002. The first three condo buildings clustered next to the Millennium Bridge opened around the same time as the bridge. With the final parcel now under development, the entire Riverfront Park Master Plan will be built out by 2018—a twenty-year time span. To learn more about the history of the Riverfront Park development, check out this ULI case study report.

Here’s one more image showing the Parkside Apartment’s construction fence with the Riverfront Green and Confluence projects under construction beyond.

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Parkside Apartments will bring 161 new residences to Downtown Denver.


Lower Highland: Alexan LoHi Update #1

Construction activities are underway at the Alexan LoHi site at the corner of 32nd and Tejon in Lower Highland.

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A fence surrounds the existing building on the site and the surface parking lot that covered the back half of the parcel has been removed.

Alexan LoHi will add 106 homes to the neighborhood plus 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail/restaurant space.

We’ve updated our Project Map to reflect the project’s new status as Under Construction.


Union Station: 16 Chestnut Update #5

Goodbye grassy dirt lot, hello 16 Chestnut!

Excavation is currently underway for the 19-story office building.

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Have a great weekend DenverInfill readers!


Union Station: Union Tower West Update #8

This week’s posts were very facade-centric here on DenverInfill. We observed new facades on SkyHouse, the Le Meridien / AC Hotel, Dairy Block, and the 16th and Wewatta Hotel and Office Complex. To wrap up the week, we are going to visit one more ‘new facade’ in the Union Station neighborhood at the Union Tower West project.

The brilliant glass facade is almost complete reflecting a great shade of blue and silver. The new facade element is the parking garage screening. Silver translucent metal panels will line floors two, three, and four around the entire building.

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The silver panels fit in nicely with the rest of the facade and will stand out on a clear day.

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Union Tower West is shaping up to be a great looking project from the glass facade to the broken up massing. Next time we visit this project it will be complete!


Union Station: 16th & Wewatta Hotel/Office Complex Update #8

Didn’t we just do an update on the 16th & Wewatta Hotel / Office Complex? In our previous post we promised that we would revisit this project as soon as the facade started going up on the office building. The time is here to go back and check out the new facade going up.

With only dusk renderings of the project, it was hard to decipher the color of the brickwork. Present day, we have an answer: grey. When these photos were taken, it had just rained so the bricks are wet making them appear darker.

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Here are two views from under the commuter rail canopy. It was a bleak, overcast afternoon so I’m sure the grey brick will contrast nicely against a blue sky!

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There are a lot of new facades going up all over Downtown Denver. Stay tuned for one more!


Lower Downtown: Dairy Block Update #9

It’s been a couple of months since we last visited Dairy Block, and a lot has happened on the project site since then! All of the structures have topped out, the facade is starting to go up and the tower cranes have been taken down.

Let’s start out with an overview look on the Wazee Street side. The office portion of the project is receiving a red brick facade that’s progressing quickly.

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Here are two more ground level views of the office building from both Wazee and 18th Street.

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Swinging around to the 19th and Wazee intersection, the grey brickwork for the hotel, now known as The Maven, has started to go up.

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The Blake Street building is the furthest along with the facade and street level nearly complete. The architects, Shears Adkins Rockmore, did a great job integrating the new with the old.

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Dairy Block is looking sharp with the brickwork, and different facades at each corner. I can’t wait to see the final product!


Central Downtown: Le Meridien/AC Hotel Update #6

The 20-story, 488-room, Le Meridien / AC Hotel is trekking right along. The structure is rising quickly with the facade now following behind.

The structure is now up 14-stories with six more to go! This is roughly going to be the same height as the Hyatt House / Hyatt Place just down the street. From what we can see now, white paneling will be used on the interior facing units with a blank wall facing northwest.

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Dark red brick will go up on the 15th street side. This facade should go up fairly quickly as it is all prefabricated brick panels.

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I suspect we should see this project top out by the fall.


Upper Downtown: SkyHouse Denver Update #6

As we saw in our tower crane census and our most recent update, SkyHouse Denver, a 26-story, 354-unit apartment tower, has topped out and is nearing completion.

The one element that has remained a mystery, from a materials standpoint, is the parking structure. Parking structures can take many different forms; some remain uncovered while others are enclosed with tasteful materials. This particular garage is going to be clad in brown brick, which is a huge plus.

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Work is still underway on the parking garage but the final concrete pour should be around late September.

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The blue-green glass facade on the tower is nearly complete with the exception of a few panels on the top floor.

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From an aerial perspective, we can clearly see how much of a gap this project fills in. Even one block in this area of downtown makes a difference as it’s riddled with surface parking lots.

SkyHouse is currently leasing with the first move-ins starting in October, which is when we will come back for a final update!


Central Platte Valley: The Confluence Update #13

The Confluence is quickly climbing onto the Denver skyline. The tower is now officially halfway up at 17 stories. For today’s post, we are going to look at the project from both a ground level and aerial point of view!

From various perspectives, such as Speer Boulevard and the Platte River, the Confluence already has a tall presence.

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In our last update, we mentioned that the mixed glass and paneling started to go up. Present day, the glass curtain wall is starting to climb on the southeast side of the tower.

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For quite some time, there were two tower cranes to help build the project; one for the low-rise structure and one for the tower. The tower crane for the low-rise structure has been taken down as it has recently topped out.

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How about some aerials? Here are four different elevations of The Confluence. Here we can see the small footprint of this tower and how much of an impact it’s going to make when it doubles in height over the next few months.

 

 

17 stories down, 17 stories to go!