As Cherry Creek North continues to boom, there are projects under-construction and coming online east of Steele Street as well. East 1st Avenue between Steele and Colorado Boulevard contains a very wide road with not a whole lot along it. However, this is beginning to change. Recently, UC Health announced that they are planning to build a new health care center up on East 1st Avenue and Cook Street, two blocks east of Coda.

Let’s start out with an aerial map with the project site outlined. Click on the image to get the full picture with more of the surrounding neighborhood.

According to UC Health, “Providers at the new building will offer primary and advanced care, including cancer care, women’s care, additional specialties, state-of-the-art imaging, and an outpatient surgery center.” This new 88,000 square foot building, designed by Davis Partnership Architects, will rise five-stories and be built by Swinerton Builders. Here are two renderings courtesy of UC Health.

As you probably observed with the aerial above, there are existing structures that will be demolished to make way for this project. The structures are a dated strip mall and an attached two-story building. Here is the site as of this last weekend.

Once demolition is complete, work will begin on the four-story underground parking garage, providing 257 parking spaces. This will result in one of the largest parking ratios in the entire Cherry Creek neighborhood. Construction is expected to begin in July and wrap up late 2018.