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Downtown Denver: Aloft Denver City Center Update #3

Let’s head on over to Central Downtown Denver and check in at the aLoft project going up on 15th and Stout Street. As a refresher, the aLoft hotel will rise six stories and provide Downtown Denver with 140 new hotel rooms.

As of this weekend, the structure has gone up two stories; which is already twice as tall as the building that used to stand on this site! The parcel, of 12,500 square feet, has quite a small footprint but the aLoft will feature all of the standard amenities, including a fitness pool / spa.

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The building will be comprised of a one-story podium with five-stories of timber structure above. Here are some pictures of the project from a neighboring parking garage. There are currently three surface parking lots that are around this project. The aLoft is a great step in the right direction, but wouldn’t it be great if these other lots got developed as well?

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This project is already having a very positive impact on the 15th Street corridor. We should see this project complete later this year.

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15 Comments

  1. Bennett says:

    Is Aloft being built where a hotel by Oz was proposed?

  2. dcvolp says:

    Any idea why there is no Hilton in Denver?

  3. BallPark resident says:

    Big step in the right direction! That Burger King that used to be there was the antithesis of a good urban street presence. Let’s hope that block 162 (caddy corner from this hotel) will soon be going vertical with a large development (please make it a Target /office and residential combo!!) and the lot across from the convention center has got to be something soon. That’s just too good a space to sit empty.

    On a side note; that huge urban billboard has always had a Chicfilet ad of some type, but there isn’t a Chicfilet restaurant anywhere close to downtown Denver. Weird..

    • mckillio says:

      There’s a Chick-Fil-A on the 16th Street mall near Cleveland, it’s in the foot court below street level.

  4. Ryan says:

    There is a Chick Fil-A in the food court of Republic Plaza

  5. Jeff says:

    Is it weird that a national hotel would build a quasi-midrise with wood construction? Seems like noise will travel more easily room to room and floor to floor.

  6. Mark B. says:

    I agree with Jeff: the construction method seems weird for a national brand hotel in a downtown setting. But I like the scale of this building, particularly since it shares the block with The Spire, a very large presence. If the lot on the other side of the strip club eventually gets developed with something, there will be three distinct buildings on this side of Stout, making for a more interesting streetscape compared to a full block devoted to one thing.

    I started coming downtown on the bus when I was about 12 years old (in 1974), and the stop where I usually got off was right at this corner. The two corners that are currently parking lots were parking lots then, too, so they’ve been a blight on the landscape for at least 40 years.

  7. JSPending says:

    Now… let’s see those other parking lots develop… please…

  8. Rob says:

    Does anyone know why the Aloft building seems to be lacking an elevator shaft? Aren’t elevator shafts normally one of the first components to be built?