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Arapahoe Square: 2020 Lawrence Update #4

The red crane has been taken down quite some time ago on 2020 Lawrence but the development itself is starting to really take form. As it is still a labyrinth of scaffolding, some elements are beginning to show.

I always forget how large this project is. A city block long, 10-story apartment building makes quite the presence and I’m sure once all the scaffolding is down it will be quite impressive. You can see some of the masonry work on the lower floors. Looks very similar to the bricks used in 2020 Lawrence’s neighbor, Solera.

 

And now to the back side of the development. You can see that a lot of the bricks are set in the back as well as some balconies starting to take form. As the back may not be as interesting as the front, we can only hope there will be another development taking up the lot behind 2020 Lawrence.

As a little bonus, one thing that goes slightly unnoticed; building logos. Last year I did a post over at DenverUrbanism about the new CenturyLink signs. I caught another new logo on 1125 17th Street while taking pictures of 2020 Lawrence. Here is an element that contributes to a more subtle change on our skyline.

2020 Lawrence is a great anchor development for the Arapahoe Square district. We can only hope this is the first of many like it that will shape and change this neighborhood.

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6 Comments

  1. Devin Reams says:

    Worth noting, the DaVita and ReadyTalk logos are now up on their buildings as of a few days ago, too.

  2. Kyle says:

    Word on the street is that the new building that is suppose to go in the southeast corner of 15th and Little Raven (a retirement community building I think) is finishing up construction documents now and construction will start in a few months. Currently there is a parking lot and open grass area. I’ve noticed a construction trailer and it looks like they have been pot-holing in the parking lot. I wonder what the folks at The Promenade will think? Are there any renderings?

  3. Ryan Nee says:

    Kyle: Ken wrote a blog post about it back in Ye Olde 2007 which includes renderings. The project seemed to die and resurface several times from then to now.

    I vaguely recall some Promenade people being upset at the time, but I can’t remember if that amounted to anything real. Hopefully they did enough homework when they bought their condos to discover that the pretty grass was owned by someone who would eventually want to put a building there.

  4. Ryan Nee says:

    As a followup: I re-read the blog post I linked to above and Ken gave a great explanation of the neighborhood vs. developer architectural showdown.

  5. Kyle says:

    Thanks Ryan! That is an interesting read. A friend of mine who parks at that lot said he got a letter saying the parking lot will be closing September 15th. I am glad to see a relatively different demographic being brought in compared to what the area is typically catered to.

  6. Kyle says:

    Another side note, there is a new sign in a retail spot in the EPA building that says “Office Depot Coming Soon!”