Ascent Union Station Update #1

The last of the parcels in the Denver Union Station redevelopment area on which an infill project has been proposed is now under construction.

Currently breaking ground is Ascent Union Station, a 14-story apartment building that will complete the development of the block that is home to the Elan Apartments/King Soopers grocery and provide an additional 142 homes for Denver residents in a walkable and transit-rich area. Greystar is the developer.

Yesterday morning, workers were busy moving materials onto the site and getting ready for excavation:

With construction of Ascent Union Station now underway, the only parcel in the Denver Union Station district that is undeveloped and without a proposed project is at the corner of 19th and Chestnut. That property, owned by Focus Property Group, will be targeted for development after Focus completes their Hilton Garden Inn project next door.

We have updated our DenverInfill Project Map to show Ascent Denver Union Station as “under construction”.

By | 2017-09-18T19:08:38+00:00 April 14, 2017|Categories: Infill, Residential, Transit-Oriented, Union Station|Tags: |17 Comments


  1. Citizen Kane April 14, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Great! Now that all the parcels have been developed, maybe they can tear down Alta and try again. What an effing waste.

    • TFH April 15, 2017 at 10:51 pm

      Honestly, I can see that happening within the next ten years. There is a condo building in downtown LA that was built in the mid 2000s at 4-5 stories tall that is going to be replace by a 20+ story residential building.

    • The Globalizer April 22, 2017 at 10:35 am

      Amen. It’s a total eyesore in this neighborhood; it feels run down already. Bring on the density!

  2. Randy April 14, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Any updated renderings of the project? The last one had far too many parking spaces above ground for this site.

  3. Tony April 15, 2017 at 11:10 am

    What about that triangle parcel across 19th st with the old warehouse on it? What is being developed there? Or is anything going to be developed there?

    • Ken Schroeppel April 15, 2017 at 10:46 pm

      I think you’re referring to the Xcel Energy Steam Plant. That’s not going anywhere, but maybe they’ll pretty it up a little bit one of these days.

      • Ronan April 17, 2017 at 2:32 pm

        This is a great point. With the Hotel Indigo building, The Ashley, and now this going up, the steam plant continues to get uglier each day. It’s also really loud – I feel badly for people with balcony’s that face it.

        That and the power station just north of the Hilton Garden Inn could use a facelift.

        • GC April 18, 2017 at 9:08 am

          Why should Xcel Energy spend one penny to “beautify” the property? It was there long before a single building was erected behind Union Station. Get over it folks!
          If you don’t like the looks of those Xcel properties then don’t buy/rent in the Union Station area.

          • Ronan April 18, 2017 at 1:35 pm

            The entire Union Station neighborhood has been undergoing an extensive overhaul. It’s almost unrecognizable from where it was, what, 5 years ago? 10 years ago? Just because you were somewhere first doesn’t mean you have zero accountability for changes that occur around you. I’m not holding my breath expecting Xcel to do anything, but I do have an opinion on it. And, whether or not you think they should, Xcel already participates in beautification efforts across Denver Metro.

            The Excel Steam plant is a massive, loud eyesore in the middle of a community that gets a ton of traffic (from locals, tourists, and business travelers). It’s perfectly reasonable to hope that it will be improved. Even a modest effort at the property would go a long way. And the “if you don’t like it, don’t move there” is such a ridiculous opinion to have. If you don’t like one element of the community don’t live there? That’s laughable.

          • GC April 18, 2017 at 6:26 pm

            How about I move in next door to you and then demand you improve your property? How does that grab you?
            People, and businesses, have something called property rights.
            You might take that into consideration when you sit and pass judgement on others.

          • Ken Schroeppel April 18, 2017 at 9:46 pm

            I think there could be a reasonable compromise here. Xcel has had no reason for decades to make their property look nice given the surrounding industrial/railroad uses. Now that Xcel is surrounded by a new high-profile part of downtown, if I were them, I’d probably want my property to look a little nicer. Maybe something better than a chain-link fence. How about a nicer fence with art on it? I don’t think anyone says they need to spend millions on making a beautiful building, but some sprucing up would be reasonable.

  4. Keith April 16, 2017 at 7:56 am

    What about that tiny building just to the northeast of this parcel?

    • Ronan April 17, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      I was wondering about that, too. It’s about to be a two-story dispensary. I think The Green Solution is going in there.

      This neighborhood is about pretty much full at this point. There is (some) land to the north of The Huron. I’d be curious to see what the long-term plans for the old union station building on Wewatta/21st. That’s a decent chunk of land right now that includes an unused one story building and some Rockies gameday parking.

  5. Richard April 18, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    There is still the empty lot at 19th & Chestnut. No proposals have been announced for that site which is the last one in the Union Station development.

    Union Station North has a few sites left: 21st & Wewatta (old Amtrak building), 29th & Fox and 31st & Fox.

    • Matthew April 19, 2017 at 11:21 am

      29th & Fox is currently under development as the Stor-All storage warehouse. It takes up a decent chunk of that entire block of Fox.

  6. Matthew April 19, 2017 at 11:20 am

    So happy. Maybe now we can get a sidewalk on that side of the street, finally.

  7. Tanner May 12, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    We are actually doing the structural concrete scope on this project as well as a number of others on this site. If you would like some insider info on your updates we would love to assist! This is going to be a really cool project!

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