Manhattan Phase II Update #2

It has been a while since I have done an update on this project; last April that is. It is overdue for an update and is nearing completion. I apologize in advance for some of the lighting in these pictures. That winter sun casts a lot of shadows.

The project has reached its full height and the facade is starting to show. On the left you can see a little bit of the complete facade. But, most of the building is still wrapped in scaffolding.


The little rotunda on the top is showing which definitely gives this project more character. On the right, looking down the alley, you can see more of the almost-complete exterior. The brick makes it stand out a little more given what’s around it. (Glass House and The Manhattan)


Speaking of The Manhattan, in the shot on the left, you can see it as a nice backdrop to the second phase. When I was walking down the alley to get to the other side I ran into this mock up which gives you a rough idea of what each unit is going to look like on the outside. Neat!


Today, I give you two bonus pictures. On the left is the site where the new AMLI Residential project is going to go. That will add a lot to this area and is a very exciting sign for this area. On the right, you have a nice canyon that was created because of this project. It’s always nice to see these areas turn dense and look very urban.


This area is going to explode with infill this year and it is a great step in the right direction. I recommend you read the 2011 Retrospective if you haven’t yet and see what’s going on in this next year. I have made a nice long list of sites I’m going to have to keep up with for DenverInfill and it is very exciting.

By | 2017-02-03T06:04:48+00:00 January 28, 2012|Categories: Central Platte Valley, Infill, Residential, Urbanism|Tags: |5 Comments


  1. Andy January 29, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Thanks for the update. The project is looking good. I think the rotunda shown in the schematic drawings will be really nice once it takes shape. By the way, I cannot find your contact email anywhere on the site. How can I email you?

    • Ryan Dravitz January 29, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      You can reach me at Thanks!

  2. Dan January 29, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Thanks for the update, Ryan.
    Glad to see they are using brick on this one. I don’t think you can ever go wrong using brick.

  3. Justin January 30, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Maybe I missed it, but is there no ground floor retail for this project? Is that common for Denver in this area? Where would the neighborhood shops and restaurants be for the projects in this area? Sorry, I am not from Denver so I do not know much about the character of this particular urban neighborhood.

    • Ken Schroeppel February 1, 2012 at 6:46 am

      Justin, there is no ground floor retail on the project. The ground floor retail for the Riverfront Park development is clustered around the Millennium Bridge. Directly across the railroad tracks from Riverfront Park, via either the Millennium Bridge or the 18th Street Ped Bridge, is the Union Station redevelopment area, which will have substantial retail and commercial uses.

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