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Infill Construction Photos!

Thanks to Vicki H. who’s been sending me photos from the center city districts east of Downtown for a couple of years now, today we’ve got a bunch of infill construction updates!

First, the Park Avenue Apartments (formerly Uptown Apartments) project at 19th and Washington in the Uptown district (Project #20):

Also in Uptown, the big East Village redevelopment project has finally moved across to the southwest side of Park Avenue, with that project’s “Block 4″ now starting construction next to Benedict Fountain Park (Project #1):

Speaking of the East Village redevelopment project, on the other side of Park Avenue in the Curtis Park district, construction of “Block 3″ is nearing completion (Project #8):

I dig the architecture.

Also in Curtis Park are two new projects I don’t have on DenverInfill yet! First is a 6-unit townhome project at 22nd and Emerson:

and a condo/townhome project of some kind at 25th and Washington. This project is right up against The Point project and nicely completes the block. At the corner is a historic Denver Fire Department station:

In the Capitol Hill district, the new Argonaut Liquor (Project #10) opened two days ago at Colfax and Clarkson! Here’s the new building:

Finally, a new project not yet on the City Park West district page is the new Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, located at the corner of 19th and High. Construction has recently begun:

Do you live or work near an infill project that I haven’t posted a photo of recently? If you’d like to be a contributor to DenverInfill, please send me an email (feedback “at” denverinfill “dot” com) with the photos or a link to where I can download them. Please just make sure they are higher-resolution, well-composed photos (no camera phones or shots taken through the car windshield, etc.) to maintain the high quality of this website. I will greatly appreciate it!

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13 Comments

  1. binford says:

    Looks good. Uptown apts are yet another addition to several blocks of 4-5 story residential development. That part of town is slowly taking shape.

    Argonaut is a good display of what the new form-based code on E Colfax looks like in action…any idea what is happening to the old building? Parking? Would really like to have seen more streetscape improvements such as trees.

    Oh, and that new hospital looks suburban. Why do we have zoning in the area if it allows stuff like that? The new code can't arrive soon enough.

    Thanks for the updates.

  2. Anonymous says:

    This is a little off topic, but I've just heard that the Rockymountain news is up for sale, and if a buyer doesn't come forth soon, the News will close. Seeing that a buyer is unlikely at this point, its almost certain that it will happen.

    *sigh*

    Just another sad loss in the Mile High.

  3. toast2042 says:

    I wonder if the Park Avenue apartments will help the commercial/retail spaces below the apartments to the west. The east end of those spaces are pretty sad/empty.

  4. lifter baron says:

    There are a couple projects downtown I would love to see where the progress is at.. 21st & Market & 18th & Blake and the few others in that area…

    Thanks for the updates on the others though!

  5. RTD Watch says:

    I would also like to know what is going to happen to the old Argonauts building. It's not very attractive, so I wouldn't mind at all if they scraped it and built something nice right on Colfax. A good mixed unit building with some underground parking would be perfect.

    I am pretty sure there will be trees planted in front of Argonauts. Trees are a required streetscape improvement and there are already large tree grates in front of the building. I am assuming they are just waiting until spring to plant them, because plating trees in winter is not really a good idea as cold and/or frozen ground does not allow tree roots to properly develop.

  6. beyonddc says:

    Argonaut looks good. I can haz 50 moar plz?

  7. binford says:

    ^ 50 more liquor stores on Colfax? Sounds scandalous.

    If there are tree grates, then I'm pretty satisfied.

    The old argonaut is a prefab concrete box, so I doubt it'll be missed, and won't be surprised to see it go. Replacing it is a different story.

    I'm thinking the best outcome would be another building fronting Colfax next door to share all the parking in the rear…but the location of the door on the new building (which would probably face the current argonaut parking lot if the code actually allowed that) worries me. Also, any new buildings on the old argonaut site would mean that the new store would have more window frontage facing the alley than the sidestreet.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I think the fact that the facade on the new Argonaut faces the interior of the block, plus the fact that Argonaut clearly still owns the land under the old store, would indicate that they are planning the whole site to be a parking lot. It's unfortunate for all of us urban lovers, but property rights allow them to do this. Oh well, at least it's an upgrade from what used to be there.

  9. Anonymous says:

    its all been rezoned to mainstreet (1 2 or 3) so the old store,when redeveloped, will be required to have parkgin in the back or underground, and there are glass / glazing requirements for the frontage on colfax.

    MS is fantastic zoning!

  10. SC48 says:

    I remember someone who worked there saying that the old building would be knocked down and would become parking. Doubt that person was authoritative on the subject, but maybe Argonaut got the parking grandfathered in somehow prior to the mainstreet zoning laws taking effect… I agree though that it would be a shame if it just became another surface lot.

  11. beyonddc says:

    50 more contextual buildings like it. I'm not too worried about what goes on inside.

  12. Saint says:

    Yeah, where they planned that front door looks like they can only have plans for a parking lot where the old Argonaut is. Why didn't they just put the front door on the front?

  13. Anonymous says:

    anyone know of a website for the park avenue lofts? I would love to take a look at the floorplans and amenities that will be available.