In 2008 before the recession, Shea Properties announced plans for a two-tower mixed-use project on Block 109—specifically, the half block facing Curtis between 17th and 18th streets. At that time, the project consisted of a 24-story office tower at the 17th Street corner and a 31-story combination hotel/condominium tower on the 18th Street corner. We did two blog posts on the project which you can read here and here. Unfortunately, the project was put on hold due to the financial crisis later in 2008 and the great recession that followed.
It appears the 999 17th Street proposal may be coming back. Davis Partnership Architects, the firm that designed the 2008 version, has recently published new design versions of the project on their website. While still a two-tower design, the program and scale of the project has changed somewhat.
Under the new design, the 18th Street corner features a 28-story, 360-unit apartment tower, and the 17th Street corner features a 9-story office tower with a striking angular glass design. Both towers include ground-floor retail and a seven-level parking garage anchors the center of the block between the two towers. An amenities deck is located on the 8th floor above the parking garage.
Here are some renderings from the Davis Partnership website:
Apartment tower at 18th and Curtis:
Office tower at 17th and Curtis:
Amenities deck above the parking garage:
As of today, no development application for this project has been submitted to the city. The fact that the design has been updated since the recession, however, may indicate that the project could be coming back as an active proposal in the near future. Let’s hope! This would make for an excellent addition to Downtown Denver and remove a half-block surface parking lot in the process!