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River North: DRIVE 2 Update #1

In the next two updates, we are going to be heading over to the TAXI development to check in at Drive 2. Back in January, when we first covered this project, it was just a steel shell that was not quite topped out. Now, the 60,000 square foot project is almost complete. In this update, we will be looking at the outside of the project and tomorrow, we will have a special ‘inside the infill’ edition of this project as we take a look inside!

Drive 2 is very similar to its neighbor Drive. In fact, they share the same height, facade, and have a level horizontal window line between both buildings. Here’s a fun fact about this project: Originally, there was supposed to be a single building spanning the entire length of Drive and Drive 2. Because of the economic conditions, the first 40,000 square foot ‘Drive’ was built. Fast forward to present day, there are two separate buildings. However, Drive 2 was designed in a way to look like it was broken off from the original Drive building! This is a very neat and subtle architectural element!

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Here are a couple more pictures of Drive and Drive 2 from the back side. From this prospective, you can clearly tell these buildings are twins. In the foreground of the first picture sits the tenant pool which is made from two shipping containers!

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Coming up next, we go inside Drive 2 to look at floor-plans and views from this exciting, new development!

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12 Comments

  1. Ty says:

    Maybe it’s must me, but the entire Brighton BLVD section of RINO feels like a giant fail. Not accessible to anyone except motorist, and even then it’s only mildly convenient. So many missed opportunities closer to the city, but I guess it must be cheaper to build stuff like this. It all seems very bizarre to me.

    • JerryG says:

      First, this development is not along Brighton Blvd; it is on the west side of the river along Ringsby Court. Much more difficult to access by pedestrians. For now. Second, while this group has done some great work, I am also a little concerned about this development. However, this development is still not at full buildout, so we will just have to wait and see.

  2. AntonU says:

    I heard there is to be a Commuter Rail stop at 38th and Blake. Could this project be focusing on TOD?

    • Jerry G says:

      This development is probably a bit too far away from 38th and Blake to be considered TOD. However, the city is building a pedestrian bridge over the rail line between 35th and 36th, and there is a plan to create a park along the east side of the river there by moving Arkins Ct to the Delgany St alignment. Great Divide’s future brewery will be across Delgany from it. With that park, there is also envisioned a pedestrian bridge over the river that would connect the TAXI development with Brighton Blvd, providing a decent pedestrian path between the station and TAXI.

  3. Kyle says:

    I think this development is great! Creative architecture and nice landscape do wonders. While this area is a little outside the central downtown neighborhoods, they are doing a great job making a nice community. With a future light rail station, new park and Platte River bridge, this area will become prime. Thank you Zepplin for making some fantastic lemonade with this neighborhood.

  4. Phil says:

    How do office people not fall out of the garage door windows? I don’t see any protective railings…

  5. Residente says:

    I just don’t really get it.. what’s the appeal of this area?

    • Randy says:

      It’s hip.

      It’s different.

      It’s live/work/dine/play in one spot.

      It’s close to downtown.

      It’s in RiNo.

      It will be in the middle of it all when other projects in the area come online.

      • Bryan says:

        all true! when this reaches it’s own critical mass, gets more connected and brighton is developed…very cool.

  6. Jeff says:

    As an Angeleno, this is exactly what I would want. Close to downtown, but removed enough that I don’t have to deal with brahs and hipsters at every turn. Sign me up if I ever move back to Denver.