1801 Arapahoe Revitalization Update

There have been a lot of questions about what’s going on at 18th and Arapahoe Streets. After doing a little bit of research this building has been gutted and turned into modern apartments. Originally known as Skyline Park Apartments, built in 1973 and used for senior housing, it has been renamed to Skyline 1801 for anybody to rent. Check out a before shot from the original DenverInfill site here.

There’s no boring paint job here. The use of pastel-like colors are very uncommon on this side of Downtown Denver but make the building stand out a lot more.


In addition to the paint job, railings have been installed in place of the old balcony barriers. This gives the building a much more open feeling from the outside as well as the inside.


With all the new infill happening around downtown, it is also very important to modernize and restore the older properties for a greater looking and functioning urban core.

By | 2016-12-18T14:10:02+00:00 September 13, 2012|Categories: Central Downtown, Residential, Revitalization|Tags: |8 Comments


  1. Jeffrey September 13, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Wow, this is a big improvement. I like the idea of holding on to old, seemingly boring, buildings and fixing them up in intelligent ways.

    • mckillio September 13, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      A building where I own a unit just had the inside redone and the outside repainted, it’s almost like a new building.

  2. Dan September 13, 2012 at 9:34 am

    What an improvement!!
    Now if they could just do something about that empty corner…

  3. Ted September 13, 2012 at 11:14 am

    It really would be nice to see them do something about those empty corners. Not sure what you could realistically do with the corner facing 18th, but on 19th is a parking lot large enough to accommodate new development. Hopefully the new owners are open to selling off this small part of their parcel, as it is the building’s orientation on the site moreso than its aesthetics that make it less than ideal from an urban standpoint.

    Also, is there any info on the ground floor retail? It looks like that has all been renovated as well and the 7-11 is gone. Is there any additional retail square footage now? This, more than anything, will transform the way that this building interacts with the urban environment.

  4. David September 13, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Lipstick on a pig. Took it from a 3 to a 5.

    • Alan September 14, 2012 at 11:48 am

      I totally agree. It reminds me of the cheap apartment buildings built in Las Vegas and Miami in the 90’s.
      They could at least choose a more sophisticated color pallate and intelligently choose to paint the recessed balconies a different colour. It just a big mass of pastel yellow with some mint green and gray thrown in.
      There’s so much you can do with this building and the developers really missed the mark.

  5. Chad September 13, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    I work on 18th and Lawrence and can see this building outside of my breakroom from up above. It was hideously ugly before, but now it looks modern and fits in well. I’m glad they decided to improve it.

  6. Daniel September 13, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    This is owned by The Broe Group. Apparently they bought the note and waited for the HUD conditions requiring affordability to release. They relocated all the tenants, and took extreme measures to keep it on the DL until the project was empty and ready for fix up. Interested to see if/who they land on retail, if they keep at all. Also, no offense to the park, by why brand with Skyline?

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