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Ballpark: Legacy 22nd Final Update

Back in late 2012, DenverInfill annonced a new project that was going to carry on the task of helping fill in the Ballpark / Arapahoe Square neighborhood. As we all know, these two neighborhoods are cursed with large parking craters that ultimately hurt Downtown Denver’s urban fabric. With 2020 Lawrence wrapping up, Legacy 22nd, now known as Point 21, started to take off. Below, you can click through the links and read through this project’s story; from exisitng buildings on site to construction activity to, now, the final product.

New Ballpark Project: Legacy 22nd

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Summer 2013: Downtown Denver Hole-in-the-Ground Census

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Point 21 rises a total of six-stories and provides the Ballpark neighborhood with 212 apartment units. Let’s start off with a photo showing the project from Larimer Street. This is a great example of what an urban neighborhood should contain: a great street, in this case Larimer Street, sporting healthy ground floor retail with residential units lining the streets behind.

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Point 21 takes the entire half block along Lawrence Street with a very large setback in the middle, where the amenity deck and parking ramps are located. On both corners of the block, this project appears to be two buildings eliminating the visual of a large, overbearing street wall of apartments.

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New projects around the Ballpark and Arapahoe Square neighborhood have tapered off for the time being but I would expect another wave to commence soon, given Downtown Denver’s hot rental market. Welcome to Ballpark, Point 21!


Capitol Hill: MOTO Apartments Update #2

Swinging back to Capitol Hill, let’s take a quick look at the intersection of 8th Avenue and Sherman Street where the MOTO Apartments have started to rise. To refresh your memory, this is a 64-unit apartment building rising a total of six-stories.

Here are some pictures of the progress! Most of the wood framing is complete along with the base. Within the next few weeks, we should start to see the unique facade go up. Head on over to our first update for a rendering of this project.

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With Capitol Hill, as a whole, almost completely built out, there are still voids in its fabric scattered throughout the neighborhood as you get closer to Broadway. Luckily, this problem is starting to get rectified with projects such as this one! MOTO is expected to open within the next couple of months.


Two Tower Cranes Go Up Around Downtown Denver!

You read that right! It’s the weekend of cranes and we, here at DenverInfill, had our cameras ready to document two great, geeky events.

Going up right in the heart of the Union Station neighborhood, a red tower crane has been erected at the 17|W site.

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In an area of Downtown Denver that has been longing for some new density, Central Business District scores a yellow tower crane at the SkyHouse Denver site.

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What an exciting weekend for construction! The next tower crane we will see go up any day now is over at Alexan Uptown, where a red base has been sitting on site for a couple weeks.


Cheesman Park: The Amaranth Final Update

Formally know as the ‘Residences at the Gardens’, The Amaranth is now complete. As a refresher, this is a 7-story 156-unit apartment building at the intersection of 11th and Gaylord. Here is the coverage we had on DenverInfill for this project. It’s always neat to see the progress that has been made over the past 24 months!

New Cheesman Park Neighborhood Project: Residences at the Gardens

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Now for a final look of The Amaranth. The Cheesman Park neighborhood has an interesting mix of density; from single family homes to towers rising over 20-stories. The Amaranth is right in the middle of the two, setting a great example of how density should be built in the central neighborhoods. The building rises four-stories with a three story setback making this project blend in very well with its surrounding density. Here are some overall and street level shots of the completed project.

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Thanks to Mike Gerber of MGL Partners and Melanie of Greystar, we were able to get an inside look! The lobby features a large and open community space along with the leasing office.

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The finishes in the apartments are very similar to what we have seen in other recently completed projects: high ceilings, hardwood floors, high end appliances, and very functional floorplans.

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We, here at DenverInfill, always like a good rooftop view. Luckily, The Amaranth features a 7th floor amenity deck that looks over the Botanic Gardens. Here are a few pictures of the rooftop deck.

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The Amaranth is now open with residents already moving in. For more details and leasing information, head on over to their website.


Lower Downtown: Z Block Update #2

There’s more good news for Z Block, the office/hotel project slated for Wazee Street between 18th and 19th Street.

In our Update #1, we reported on how the development was reconfigured to include a hotel component and we presented several new renderings. Today, we’ve got two more exciting things to share with you about Z Block, but first, here’s a reminder of how nicely this development by McWhinney, Sage Hospitality, and Grand American fits in with its historic neighbors (image courtesy of Shears Adkins Rockmore):

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The big news is that Z Block has scored an anchor tenant for the project: Prologis will be moving is Operational Headquarters from northeast Denver to Z Block, taking the top two floors of the office portion. Prologis is a global leader in industrial development and the company’s decision to move to LoDo is another huge win for Downtown Denver. There have been a number of high-profile corporate relocations to Downtown announced recently (like Liberty Global’s HQ move from Douglas County to the Triangle Building); let’s hope this trend continues!

With all the positive momentum this project has, it’s not surprising to see that the site is being readied for construction. This photo from today shows the small 1930s-era building on the property being removed; it’s a non-contributing structure to the LoDo historic district.

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Even better, how about this photo showing that we officially have one fewer surface parking lots in Downtown Denver!

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Finally, how about an extra-big, whole-block panorama bonus photo:

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Z Block should be completed by late 2016.


Union Station: Union Tower West Update #1

The Union Tower West project announced back in October 2014 has broken ground!

Union Tower West, located at the corner of 18th and Wewatta adjacent to the new Union Station Transit Center, is being developed by Portman Holdings and will feature 100,000 square feet of office space and a 180-room hotel. The ceremonial groundbreaking party was held on April 9.

The hotel will be operated by the InterContinental Hotels Group as part of their Hotel Indigo brand, according to this press release. The Hotel Indigo Denver will be the first Hotel Indigo location in Colorado, and represents the third upscale hotel brand to announce a first-in-Colorado location in Downtown Denver in the past few months. The rendering below, courtesy of project architect John Portman & Associates, hasn’t changed much since our October post, except the Hotel Indigo logo now appears on the side of the building.

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I stopped by the site today to see if any construction activity has started since the ceremonial groundbreaking six days ago and, indeed, found a bulldozer pushing around a pile of dirt while two construction workers nearby were setting up some equipment. It’s not much, but it’s a start!

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Union Tower West is scheduled to be complete late 2016.

 


New Westwood Project: Terraza del Sol

By Jose Esparza

Mi Casa Resource Center, a 38 year-old resource center based in Denver with a mission to advance the economic success of Latino families, has partnered with Gorman & Company, Inc., a real estate development firm with a vision for strengthening neighborhoods through strategic investments, to provide 42 mixed-income housing units with the entire first floor being occupied by the offices of Mi Casa. The mixed-use development will infill a 56,190 square foot vacant lot at 3116 W. Alameda Avenue. Here is a Google Earth image showing the project location one block west of the Federal and Alameda intersection:

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One of the unique aspects of the Terraza del Sol building is how it will incorporate a second floor Futsal court and playground. This is just one of the many ways Gorman was able to take community feedback and incorporate it into the design to create a building that gives its residents more than just a home.

The two renderings below of Terraza del Sol are courtesy of the project designer, Shopworks Architecture.

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The construction of Terraza del Sol is expected to begin late summer or early fall 2015 with the hopes of opening its doors in late 2016.

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Jose Esparza came to Denver in 2011 to study Urban Planning. He attained a BS in Architecture from the University of Michigan and a MURP from the University of Colorado Denver. Currently, Jose is Executive Director of West Community Economic Development Corporation, a 501c3 non-profit in west Denver, and serving on the Mayor’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee.


Capitol Hill: 701 Sherman Update #1

Back in August, we announced a new Capitol Hill project that was going to have a huge impact at the intersection of 7th Avenue and Sherman Street. At the time, we had no information on when the project was going to break ground, who was building it or who was managing it.

The size of the project, since our announcement, has remained the same; 8-stories, 105 apartment units. Today, we have some more information for you. First off, here is a new rendering courtesy of Craine Architecture. Managed by RedPeak, 701 Sherman…

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…is now under-construction!

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Head on over to our announcement post to see what was on the site before it was cleared. What exciting news for Capitol Hill!