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New Golden Triangle Project: EnV

Before the great recession, you may have recalled a project that was in the works named 1000 Speer. The 20-story residential tower went through several design concepts; however, the project never got off the ground. Today, I am happy to announce that a new version of 1000 Speer, now named EnV, has broken ground!

The parcel for EnV has a very unique shape due to the diagonal of Speer Boulevard. The building will sit on the square portion of the parcel with green space filling in the rest.

EnV will provide the Golden Triangle with 224 luxury rental units in a 16-story, 187-foot tall building with 5 levels of above ground parking. This project will also feature 4 town-home units facing Cherokee Street. The building’s main amenities, such as the pool and recreation center, will be located on the 6th floor. Here are a couple of renderings of the project looking north and northwest from around 9th Avenue. The project architect is Page Southerland Page, out of their Denver office.

 

Here is an additional view of EnV from the Sunken Gardens Park across Speer Boulevard looking towards Downtown Denver.

Before construction began, the Montessori Academy of Colorado occupied part of site with a surface parking lot along Speer Boulevard. This new building will be huge improvement and will have a very positive impact along Speer Boulevard.

 

Snavely Group is the developer for EnV and site demolition has already begun to make way for the 16-story building. Within the next couple of weeks we will head down to the site and see what progress has been made for EnV’s first construction update!

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  1. Bob Schnautz says:

    Ken & Ryan,
    Great job keeping abreast of infill projects, and your map is awesome!! Suggestion: All design professionals appreciate some recognition of their work – especially when their drawings are published.

    Speaking of the Golden Triangle you may be interested in a new infill project at the NW corner of 10th & Bannock – which we have designed, and submitted for building permit. Here is the developer’s website:

    http://www.ten10brownstones.com

    Best Regards,
    Bob Schnautz | Principal
    River Studio Architects
    2546 15th Street | Suite 200
    Denver, Colorado 80211
    V: 303.433.6078
    E: bob@riverstudio.us
    W: http://www.riverstudio.us

  2. Bob Schnautz says:

    oops, that’s the NE corner…

    • Eric says:

      Do they plan to tear down the existing structures on site? If so, which ones? Looking at the address/corner on Google Maps, and it seems a couple of nice older single-family homes might be at risk of being sacrificed…do you know how far north the site extends?

  3. Dan says:

    They have actually already torn down the existing structures and graded the site (by Thursday the buildings were gone).

  4. Darrel says:

    Please please, anything to help mute out the malplaced Beauvallion and Prado. Will be a nice addition to the neighborhood.

  5. Stosh says:

    I think I’m more excited about the 1010 Project Bob mentions! Are there really only 2 available? I’m glad at least 1 has an elevator but they ALL need elevators IMO. I sold similar Brownstones awhile back and most of the buyers in that price range were Boomers looking to downsize and move to the city from the burbs. People loved them, The only problem were all the stairs!
    Regarding EnV, I wish they were Condos, especially considering there is a shortage but Infill is Infill and progress is progress; I just hope we have enough renters to fill all the new Apartment towers.

  6. Stephanie says:

    I like the Beauvallion, In my opinion the building has character, a lot of round arches and detail.
    I wish the new construction in Denver paid a little more attention to those types of detail, not everything squared off, with bright colors. Just saying… I also hope they leave the trees at this site.

    • david says:

      I like the idea of the Beauvallion. But its cheap exterior material (stucco right?) makes it look like a bad movie prop.

    • Joey says:

      The Beauvallon was misguided both in terms of its intended market image as well as its design. It looks like a cheesy condo development in North Miami Beach. Round arches + stucco + pretentious marketing don’t = character.

  7. Django says:

    Rather substantial windows in this project.

  8. Rob says:

    I’d love to see the street level renders… its hard to tell what kind of curb appeal this deal has.

    Overall, not super impressed. It looks like a rehashed office tower to me… and is a bit too tall for this area, in my opinion. I always dream of a Golden Triangle filled with 4-8 story walk-ups and eccentric condos.

    • JerryG says:

      Rob,

      The only drawback to that sentiment is that, for good or ill, the Golden Triangle district is considered to be an extension of downtown, as far as parking is concerned. The row houses described above are not taking out parking but are replacing some 1-story structures. To replace a parking lot, lower density homes would probably have to be more expensive because the cost of purchasing the lot would be higher since the parking lot owner already has a decent revenue stream. The draft plan framework for the neighborhood indicates that, to be cost effective, structures that replace lots would have to be min 6 stories. Plus, past studies have indicated that taller structures are more appropriate at the edges of the neighborhood to better frame the broad ‘Grand Boulevards’ of Colfax, Broadway and Speer.

      http://www.denvergov.org/Portals/646/documents/Plans%20in%20Progress/Golden%20Triangle/Golden_Triangle_Draft_Plan_Framework_December_2013_Community_Workshop.pdf

  9. Dan says:

    Any idea why they dropped 4 floors off this building? We seem to have an aversion to height in this city – most new projects get shorter, not taller.

  10. Lee says:

    I overheard a conversation recently that a large retail development was about to be announced between 15th & 16th, and California & Welton. This is across from the Hyatt Regency and adjacent to the 16th & California RTD Station. Has anyone heard anything? Where would I go for substantiation?

    • Dan says:

      I believe that site has been mentioned as the possible location for a City Target, but I have also heard that deal possibly fell thru. Either way, Denver really need more/better retail downtown so I hope you are correct..

    • Corey says:

      That sounds like Makovsky’s development. They announced it was to include an Urban Target. However, I heard recently the Target deal fell through. I hope not! Either way, it sounds like they have grand plans for that block and I can’t wait to see their proposal.

  11. Susan Barnes-Gelt says:

    Too bad the corporate developer isn’t using a great design architect! Great site BUT from the product on their website, NO design, contextual relevance. Another muffin adjacent to Denver’s premiere urban boulevard. Too bad

  12. Neil Corman says:

    Thanks for the update, knew I could find out something here about it. Drove past this morning and demolition of the former building is pretty much done. Will be interesting to watch this sprout as I drive past the site almost daily.

  13. Jim Nash says:

    The spectrum of comments here about different buildings in the Triangle reflects the architectural variety in the neighborhood, that’s evolving very much like Capital Hill and Uptown. Distinctly urban. Around every corner, something different.

  14. lb says:

    beautiful building! i’m really excited to see a building of this caliber entering into the Denver real estate market.

  15. Looking forward to the changing of the landscape. Like Neil, this is usually a daily drive through this area.

  16. Daniel says:

    Just announced – the prominent, ground floor retail space at EnV, facing the corner of 10th Avenue and Cherokee St. will be a new yogurt and jello inspired dessert and coffee shop. Owners of new business, Gel-OC, are super excited to bring their culinary experience and emotional baggage to this exciting new development. Chef Emo’ Tional will bring fresh ideas and treats to this high intensity apartment community.

  17. PaulM says:

    It’s very interesting that the projects in the Triangle get preferential treatment with regard to zoning review; there is actual code dictating that GT zoning can take no longer 30 days, whereas others project zoning reviews could take months prior to approval

    We’d love to get some GT projects!

    Paul Minor
    Cornerstone Architecture, LLC
    4900 W. 29th Avenue
    Denver, CO 80212
    (720) 263-2676
    http://www.cs-arch.com

  18. George says:

    Hopefully there will be news forthcoming concerning all the blighted surface parking lots surrounding DPD HQ being developed along the lines of many of the other recent developments in the Golden Triangle. The eyesores along those blocks of 13th, Delaware, Cherokee, and other adjacent areas are among the most noteworthy in the central core of Denver.