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New Lower Highland Project: LoHi Central

The densification and revitalization of Denver’s Lower Highland district continues with LoHi Central, a 14-unit townhome project planned for 17th Street between Boulder and Erie Streets. Here’s the project location:

The project will be developed in two phases, with seven townhomes in Phase 1, scheduled to begin construction in late spring 2013, and seven more townhomes in Phase 2 following that. Here are two renderings: one of the 17th Street view, the other of the alley view:

The project architect is Kephart and the renderings were created by Visualize Graphics.

For more information about LoHi Central including floor plans, pricing, and additional renderings of the interior spaces, please visit the project website at: www.lohicentral.com 

 

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21 Comments

  1. Jim Nash says:

    Beautiful! An ideal location for urban home buyers. “North Denver” lives!

  2. Corey says:

    I would love to see the triangular block just north of the park redeveloped. At 17th and Tejon I believe. Currently, there are 3 small run down houses on the block. The shape and location of the block lends itself to an awesome building design.

  3. mike says:

    That look is so played out and is becoming nausiating. What a shame there is little inovation from the developers and architects.

    • Chris says:

      Its true, this cluster townhouse design is popping up everwhere. There is another one with the same footprint going up behind Linger right now. This one looks pretty nice. Tejon 10 is the worst with the most squares and L-shapes crammed in a single elevation).

    • Alex says:

      I think the look fits in perfectly at that location. In fact, when I looked at it I thought “Yep, that’s a LoHi townhouse”. I see nothing wrong with fitting in with the area, in terms of style.

    • nate says:

      The building is so close to the sidewalk a dog could piss on the window. Where are the trees and landscaping???

      • Dan says:

        So.
        And why does it HAVE to have trees???

        • Ted says:

          Who says it won’t have trees? That rendering clearly shows two green patches of “Tree Lawn” space on either side of the driveway. Denver’s tree lawn rules state that the trees belong to the property owner and are theirs to maintain. Maybe the developer is just leaving the space empty for now. Or not rendering in the trees for the sake of showing the building. There is no reason the HOA couldn’t decide to plant trees there.

          Last time I checked too, urban neighborhoods typically build to the “zero-lot line.” Please don’t tell me people are going to start asking for ridiculous suburban style setbacks in urban neighborhoods!

  4. carlospolis says:

    I agree with Mike, it’s becoming nausiating and starting to look cheap. Also, the brown and the beige has to go away.

  5. SC48 says:

    The look may be repetitive, but this is a great use of space and it’s nice to see property being developed close to downtown that includes more than just 600 sq. ft. rentals. We need properties in/close to downtown that can accommodate families too, not just recent college grads and empty nesters, if we want to see downtown Denver develop into a truly diverse urban area.

  6. Joey F says:

    Hey Ryan and Ken–
    On a different topic, have you been in contact with the developers of the Speer and Washington development? Is a rendering and a post in the works? I’ve seen the elevations and site plan from the City. It’s an unusual building and a really interesting and important location. Awesome bike access. The elevations describe metal panel cladding as one of the materals. Could be very cool. The owner/developers, based on serious internet research, are a wealthy family out of Seattle. Since it’s down the street, I’ve been watching. The construction to date has been progressing incredibly slowly, surprisingly so. But they’ve got strong firms working on it. Would love to know more, including the name of the architect, so that I can look at their other work. Thanks, Joe Fowler

  7. Jim Nash says:

    Right, SC48 — we need more housing variety like this, to attract more than just young urban singles. This project brings baby strollers and retirees back to the sidewalks, too!

  8. Randy says:

    Apparently, it can’t be that bad. 3 of the 7 units are already reserved, and the price has gone up by at least $30K on each unit.

  9. Kirk says:

    After seeing this article on Denverinfill, we contacted and met with the developer to discuss the project. We have been shopping around in the Highlands for a while. The developer (Mike I think) actually told us we could not reserve any of the units because he had received so many inquiries as a result of this article. Just goes to show you how many people read this great blog!

  10. bryan says:

    This project looks great – great density, great use of the land (way better than the current conditions) and it is appropriately scaled, if not shorter than it could be.

    Maybe this project represents a tipping point of wanting a new look and feel to arise…but people are dog-piling on this one! I think this is a great design less one element – the stone work on the first floor…if it’s done right (small stone, little chinking) it can look GREAT…but if it is a pre-fab tilt up…it will look bad from day one.

    I’m betting we get high-quality here based on prices and the LoHi look will continue to evolve – yeah for the market!

  11. Michael says:

    MORE UGLY SQUARE BOXES… small budget devlopers looking for a quick buck ad, i saw nothing of the sort in Chicago on a recent trip.. much more innovative None of the new stuff takes into consideration ANY of that areas past. Knock down, Throw up, quick sell… Sad Thank God they wont let that happen anymore in Curtis Park. New development has to fit in with the rich history of its surroundings. I am shocked how many of you are “OK” with these boring boxes Well at least now it matches the square box skyline CMON Denver, we can do better

  12. Andy says:

    I agree with Mike. This “contemporary” style is losing the contemporary feel. The density of this project is great and befitting of the neighborhood. However, what I can never understand is why city planners allow curb cuts & driveways for lots that are served an alley! This project essentially has a through road slicing through the block. The project would benefit from placing the parking in the rear and maybe even utilizing the above parking space as terraces or even landscaped terraces.

  13. nate says:

    You guys must work for the developers! The style is played and treees are very good!!!