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New Union Station Project: 17W

DenverInfill is pleased to report that a significant new infill project is coming to Downtown Denver’s Union Station district: 17W.

Planned by Holland Partner Group, developers of the 21-story Platform at Union Station project currently under construction at 17th and Wewatta, 17W is a 640-unit residential apartment community that will cover the full block bounded by 17th, Wewatta, 18th, and Chestnut diagonally across the intersection from Platform. Here’s a Google Earth aerial showing the 17W site:

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The 17W development will include approximately 70,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, one level of underground parking, and two levels and a mezzanine of above-grade parking. The total number of parking spaces, as well as the allocation of parking between the residential and retail uses, has not yet been determined. Three 10-story towers containing the residential units will rise above the retail and parking podium for a total of 13 stories that fully maximizes the site’s 140-foot height limit. As shown in the rendering below, a swimming pool will likely be located on the podium deck, but the full set of building amenities to be offered has not yet been finalized.

Thanks to Adam at Holland Partners, here are two renderings of 17W. In the first one, the 17th Street Promenade is in the foreground with Chestnut Place to the left and Wewatta Street to the right. The second one is viewed from approximately the Wewatta Pavilion, with the 17th Street Promenade to the left and Wewatta Street to the right.

Please note: these renderings are conceptual in nature and the project’s design and facade elements will definitely evolve as the project moves through the design development phase of preconstruction. For now, however, these images give us a general idea as to the form and scale of the project. The Eisen Group is the architect.

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2014-06-12_17W-Rendering-2

If all goes as planned, Holland Partners will begin construction first quarter of 2015, with the first of the three towers finished by second quarter 2017 and the entire project completed and open by 2018.

We are looking forward to providing DenverInfill readers with future updates on this exciting project as it moves toward construction in the coming months!

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21 Comments

  1. Jeffrey says:

    Now we’re talking. This looks like a terrific development! I want to live there!

  2. John Skrabec says:

    I heard that “Fresh Grocer” just might be a Whole Foods. True?

    • Ken Schroeppel says:

      Well, we’ll just have to wait to find out. There are several possibilities.

  3. BALLPARK RESIDENT says:

    Nice looking building. FTR; this is the height that Alta should be. And Denver is going to go from having zero downtown full scale grocers, to two within blocks of each other within a year. This whole scenario was nearly unthinkable ten years ago, but glad to see it’s coming to fruition. There’s nothing like grocers and schools to keep people living in the city.

    Now, if we ever get a notice that a Target might land in the CBD somewhere, we’ll have a place to get all of our daily requirements.

    • Jim Nash says:

      This full-block retail below-housing above mixed-use can be repeated along North Broadway, with pharmacies, movie theaters, restaurants, hardware, clothing stores, nightclubs, cafes, everything people have to drive to in the suburbs now. Further north along Brighton, big boxes, mixed with housing. And walkable schools. But it starts with grocery stores you can walk to. A turning point for Downtown living.

  4. Keith says:

    Not bad, perfect scale for this lot. This, the Platform, and 1601 Wewatta will all cover up the eye sore that Cadence turned out to be!

    Now we just need to see what goes up on the lots to the West and East of this one.

    • notacritic says:

      eye sore? how so Keith?

      • Keith says:

        No offense intended. It’s just uninspiring and rather bland looking, and the wall at the base of the south end is a bit of an eye sore. I’m sure the interior is nice.

        • Kevin says:

          The south wall will be covered by the building being built next to it. It’s designed that way. Same with the wall on the south side of platform 21. That’s how development in the city works.

  5. Richard says:

    Any possibility of the grocery store actually being a City Target? I know at one time one was discussed for the long-rumored Block 162 at 16th & California but this may be a better location since there is already a grocery store two blocks away. Whole Foods would make for a nice anchor for the Market Station redevelopment when that happens.

    • Jeffrey says:

      We need both a Target and a Whole Foods downtown. Whether or not there is another grocery store just a couple blocks away is not too relevant in my opinion … Cherry Creek has a Whole Foods and a Safeway within a couple/three blocks. Point is there needs to be choice and variety. I would think this particular location (17W) would be great for shopping/shoppers (Target or Whole Food or otherwise) — people can buy stuff and then easily carry it to their light rail ride home after work.

      Having said this, we also need small grocery stores around downtown. A small version of a Whole Food or Sprouts or something would certainly be welcome in the Lodo part of town. Again, if we want to encourage a walking lifestyle, then grocery outlets need to be close enough for people, including (yes) an aging population, to easily carry the stuff they buy back to their homes.

    • Kyle says:

      I agree completely. The target would be perfect here since the King Soopers will provide the grocery. The Market Street Station would be a great choice for the Whole Foods.

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    • Nanette says:

      Just walked past the “gardens” pictured above (by bus station skylights) and they are in need of serious water. How can all those plantings be untended at this point in the project? Much of it is dying. Any suggestions on who to call?

  7. Rob says:

    Isn’t the project a few blocks north, at 20th & Chestnut, supposed to have a full service grocery in it as well? A day late and a dollar short…

  8. jeff says:

    Whole Foods and King Soopers are a VERY different product. While there are people who shop at both, many WF customers probably do not shop at King Soopers.

    What’s so great about Target? Their grocery is weak at best. You can get laundry detergent, TP, other basics at the grocery. Most of their other stuff is cheap imported junk.

  9. Bobby says:

    Pool area looks pretty cool!!

  10. Downtown Resident says:

    I sure hope this skin is not more precast.