New Project: Curtis Street Lofts

At 21st and Curtis Street in the Arapahoe Square neighborhood, a small apartment project named Curtis Street Lofts has been planned. This is a 4-story building supplying Arapahoe Square with 12 rental units.

This may be a small building but, it is taking up a crucial corner on 21st and Curtis Street adding density to an area that needs some serious densification. There is an existing structure on site which you can clearly see that it doesn’t really contribute to the urban feel of downtown (unlike the giant 2020 Lawrence in the background).

Here are some elevations and a rendering of the Curtis Street Lofts courtesy of Sprocket (click to embiggen). For the construction/planning enthusiast, head on over here for the official development plan submitted to the city.


This is another great win for the Arapahoe Square neighborhood. Slowly but surely lots are disappearing making this the next greatest urban neighborhood of Downtown Denver!

By | 2016-12-18T05:54:37+00:00 February 6, 2013|Categories: Arapahoe Square, Infill, Residential, Urban Design|Tags: |5 Comments


  1. MikeB February 7, 2013 at 8:24 am

    I can’t quite tell from the elevation but I’m assuming the parking is at grade on the first floor?

  2. SC48 February 7, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Good news. For a second, I thought the building that’s coming down to build this is the one Old Curtis Street bar used to be in, since I recently read that that building was sold. Glad that one isn’t coming down (at least not yet), since I think that one does add something to the urban fabric. Given all of its financial troubles, maybe the US Postal Service will sell its surface parking lot facing Champa and we can get a nice infill development on that block too.

  3. Rob C February 7, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    MikeB, looks like there is a parking garage at grade according to the plans.

  4. Freddie February 8, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    I can just picture how much this relatively insignificant little building, mostly due to it’s corner location, will add to the appearance of density and street-wall continuity, etc., at that intersection. Little buildings like this can make a big difference.

  5. Brent February 10, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Excellent. Remember how we all used to argue about whether we’d rather have 20x 5-10-story buildings or a few tall towers? And the urbanists among us naturally voted for the low rise fillers. Well, I’ll take that a step further now and say I’d rather see 250 smaller 5-10-story buildings than the 20 large monolithic ones we’re now getting.

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