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New Cherry Creek Project: The Rollnick Hotel

Let’s end the week with new infill! The booming Cherry Creek North neighborhood is getting yet another hotel, in addition to the nearly complete 245 Columbine hotel.

Stonebridge has plans to build a 200 room hotel, named the Rollnick Hotel, at the corner of Second Avenue and Milwaukee Street. Here is an aerial with the project site outlined.


The Rollnick Hotel will rise eight stories and have two levels of underground parking. Ground floor retail, along Milwaukee Street, will also be included in this project. Here is a rendering courtesy of Gkkworks, the project’s architect.


It would appear that construction has already commenced seeing that the Rollnick Building isn’t standing anymore. A fence is also up around the existing surface parking lot, which will get torn out to make way for this project.


The construction time-frame is still unknown, but it looks like this project is already well underway!

Cherry Creek: 250 Columbine Final Update – Part 2

Moving forward from an awesome Broncos weekend, we have some infill to catch up on! We are going to briefly head back to Cherry Creek to look at another great infill project on the brink of completion: 250 Columbine. But didn’t we already do a final update on 250 Columbine? Back in October, we only covered the office building as the residential portion was still under construction.

Let’s start by looking back at all of our posts mentioning 250 Columbine.

New Cherry Creek Project: 250 Columbine

Cherry Creek: 250 Columbine Update #1

Cherry Creek: 250 Columbine Update #2

Cherry Creek: 250 Columbine Update #3

Cherry Creek: 250 Columbine Update #4

Cherry Creek: 250 Columbine Final Update – Part 1

250 Columbine was a unique project from the start because it contained 80 condo units, which are a very rare sight around Denver. For a couple of years, this was the only new condo project under construction in Central Denver. With Council Bill 15-0811 passing, hopefully we will see more condo units go up in the near future.

How about some pictures. The residential units sit down Columbine Street towards Third Avenue with the office building fronting Second Avenue.

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At street level, this project is great. It has good massing, and an ample supply of ground floor retail. Towards Third Avenue the building steps down to three stories, from seven, to comply with the Cherry Creek zoning.

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Here are two more views of 250 Columbine from Third Avenue. The red crane in the background is for the 245 Columbine hotel.

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250 Columbine was one of the first projects to break ground after the initial wave of development in Cherry Creek was announced. It’s great to now see it complete! Lastly, to prove how high the demand is for condo units in Central Denver, there are only three units left for sale in this building.

Cherry Creek: Alexan Cherry Creek Update #1

Back in July, we announced a new 8-story, 164-unit apartment building that was replacing a single story parking garage in the Cherry Creek neighborhood. Since the announcement, construction is now underway for Alexan Cherry Creek.

Excavation for this project is complete and work for the foundation and underground parking structure has begun. Judging by the size of the hole, there will be three levels of underground parking which will be shared with residents and the offices around this project.

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There is also a top-slewing tower crane on site that will be there for most of 2016.


A lot of work still has to be done to get this project out of the hole. Once it is out of the ground, we will swing back around for its next update!

Cherry Creek: Coda Update #3

Density is the new trend over in Cherry Creek North. Rising to 12-stories, the same height as its neighbor the Steele Creek Apartments, Coda, formally known as the First and Steele Apartments, is making its mark in the neighborhood.

The structure has topped out with the facade working its way up. Coda will feature a prominent glass curtain wall, which you can see is well underway, along with paneling and more glass features around the rest of the building.

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Here is one additional view of the front of Coda from East 1st Avenue and Steele Street.


There is a lot of new density and glass going up in this corner of the Cherry Creek neighborhood. Here is an early 2014 and present day shot from the same vantage point.

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Even a 12-story building can have a huge impact on the street level. Looking down Steele Street, and west down First Avenue, we can clearly see that this project provides some great density.

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Coda will provide Cherry Creek North with 185 apartment units and is expected to complete mid-late 2016.

Cherry Creek: 245 Columbine Update #2

I will admit, I let 245 Columbine slip through my project tracking as it has been almost a year since our last update. As you can imagine, a lot has happened since last March: excavation, foundation, tower crane install, underground / above ground floor structure, and topping out. That leaves us with one last element which we will cover in this update, the facade.

Let’s start with the project details, since it’s been a while. 245 Columbine is an 8-story, 155-room boutique hotel that will be run by Sage Hospitality. It will feature 5,900 square feet of ground floor retail, an underground speakeasy style bar, and a rooftop deck and pool. Designed by JG Johnson Architects, here is an updated rendering of this project.


Now for some current photos. The structure has topped out, work on the facade is underway, and the tower crane is still up, probably not for much longer.

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Here are two additional views of the hotel. It’s very hard to see anything because the building is completely wrapped in scaffolding.

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245 Columbine is expected to open around April. We will check back in around then to see the final product!

New Westwood Project: Westwood Crossing

By José Esparza

Westwood Crossing is a new, mixed-use community to be located at 3390 West Alameda Avenue at the southwest corner of Irving Street in Denver’s Westwood neighborhood. The project will include 98 affordable apartments and 5,109 square feet of ground-floor office or retail space within a four-story building. The project site is outlined in the Google Earth aerial below:


Westwood Crossing will be constructed only one block away from the Terraza Del Sol project already underway and being developed by Gorman & Company, Inc. The two projects will bring dramatic change to the commercial area along Alameda between Federal Boulevard and Morrison Road.

The commercial space will be available to non-profits providing services to residents and the community. The spaces could also be leased to small business, insurance brokers, CPAs, attorneys, architects, artists, etc. Of the 98 apartment units, 22 units will be one-bedroom, 57 units will be two-bedroom, and 19 units will be three-bedroom apartments.

The renderings below are courtesy of the project architect, Lewis Himes Associates.

Corner of S. Irving and W. Alameda Avenue:


Commercial spaces at the western end of the building along Alameda:


Notable amenities include a physical fitness center, a great room with large screen television, a community kitchen, a kids’ playground and temperature-controlled storage units for residents.

Westwood Crossing is designed to meet the Enterprise Green Community criteria, which will result in lower energy costs for residents and a healthy living environment.

McDermott Properties has developed over 2,813 affordable apartments and concentrates its activity on Colorado’s Front Range, with projects ranging from Brighton to Colorado Springs with a concentration of projects in the Denver metropolitan area. Westwood Crossing will be managed by ComCap Asset Management, a company affiliated with McDermott properties.


José Esparza came to Denver in 2011 to study urban planning. He attained a BS in Architecture from the University of Michigan and a MURP from the University of Colorado Denver. Currently, José is Executive Director of West Community Economic Development Corporation, a 501c3 non-profit in west Denver, and serves on the Mayor’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

New West Highland Project: Alexan West Highlands

By Matt Levesque

A new project, Alexan West Highlands, is starting construction on the southeast corner of West 38th Avenue and Lowell Boulevard. The project is being developed by Trammell Crow Residential and is slated to include approximately 322 units, 33,780 square feet of retail/office space and 500 parking spaces. The project broke ground this summer following the demolition of the two small office buildings and parking lot that occupied the property. The structure will be five stories in height along West 38th Avenue, stepping down to four stories on the south side of the development along West Clyde Place.


Here are a few renderings of the project, courtesy of Shears Adkins Rockmore, the project architect:

38th and Lowell corner:


Clyde Place corner:


Interior courtyard:


This is a view of the construction site for Alexan West Highlands from the intersection of 38th Avenue and Lowell Boulevard.


Moving dirt to make way for the 5-Story Alexan West Highlands.


The units are planned for a late 2017 delivery.


Matt Levesque is a resident of Sunnyside and has diversified experience in government, real estate, and information technology industries. He is an advocate for building a better city through the development of walkable communities and smart urbanism.

New West Highland Project: Highland Place

By Matt Levesque

Highland Place has added 68 residential units residential units to the popular West Highland neighborhood. The Highland Place project is located at 3372 West 38th Ave (38th Avenue and Julian Street) and is outlined on this Google Earth aerial photo:


Here’s a view of Highland Place from the intersection of 38th Avenue and Julian Street.


This project was completed in early 2015 and is currently leasing. The project, designed by Kephart, includes two stories of apartments located above 11,200 square feet of retail space and two levels of parking. Built on just under an acre, it includes 68 units averaging 640 square feet and 127 parking spaces for residents and shoppers. The unit mix is 20 studios, 38 one-bedrooms, and 10 two-bedrooms. This development replaced a stand alone restaurant and parking lot.


Matt Levesque is a resident of Sunnyside and has diversified experience in government, real estate, and information technology industries. He is an advocate for building a better city through the development of walkable communities and smart urbanism.