As I mentioned in our previous post, a low elevation aerial point of view gives us the ability to really see how much impact a project is going to have on a particular site, in real time. For today’s update for the Speer Boulevard Apartments, we are going to take a look at the site from above.
The Speer Boulevard Apartments site has been buzzing with activity over the past few weeks. Excavation for the project is complete and a tower crane is now up at the site. Our announcement post on this project covered some very vague details and while there are no official renderings of the building, we do have some information. The Speer Boulevard Apartments will rise a total of six stories over 305 parking spaces and will provide the neighborhood with 221 apartment units. Here is an aerial with the project site outlined.
The construction timeline is still unknown however, we suspect this project will be complete around late Fall 2015.
Today I have a quick update for you on the 149,000 square foot office building going up at East First Avenue and Saint Paul Street. Since our update in May, this project has gone from a large hole in the ground to a climbing steel structure that has now risen five-stories. 100 Saint Paul will top out at a total of 8-stories.
That’s it for this round of Cherry Creek updates! Next week we will head back to Downtown Denver and look at all of the great infill going up there!
When the Cherry Creek boom took off early last year, the Steele Creek Apartments project was the first large scale building to get off the ground. Since then, the 12-story, 250-unit building has topped out and is starting to shape up.
Here is both a street level perspective, taken from First Avenue and Steele Street, and an upper vantage point of the building. The blue glass facade has started to go in along with the brick on the east side of the building. The podium looks a little daunting at the moment however, there will be some treatment for the blank wall, as seen in the rendering.
The back side of the project was a little more difficult to see in the rendering. The 12-story building is accompanied by an 8-story building along First Avenue which shares the same facade materials as the taller portion of the project.
As you saw in our last update, Cherry Creek is densely filled with low and mid-rises. In that environment, even a 12-story building has a pretty large impact. Here is the project looking down Steele Street from around Virginia Avenue.
The Steele Creek Apartments will be complete in March 2015, making it the first large project to wrap up in the Cherry Creek neighborhood during this new wave of development.
Since our last update in May, 250 Columbine has made significant progress, including the office portion of the project topping out! As a refresher, 250 Columbine is contributing 70,000 square feet of office space and 80 condo units to the Cherry Creek North neighborhood.
Topping out at 8-stories, this project is beginning to make its mark on the Cherry Creek skyline. The residential portion is still rising with two-stories to go.
250 Columbine occupies the entire eastern half of Columbine Street between Second and Third Avenue. While it looks like one long building from the corner, I was surprised to find out that the office and residential components are split with ample space between them.
Last but not least, I have a very special bonus for you. Back in early August, Shawn Murry of CloudBase Aerial Imaging gave us this spectacular aerial of Cherry Creek to use for this update. Shawn specializes in low altitude aerial photography and filming for land planning, real estate development, and other industries. For more information, please visit CloudBase at www.cloudbaseheli.com.
Not only can you see how large of an impact 250 Columbine has but also how dense the Cherry Creek neighborhood is with a great spine of density leading up to Colorado Boulevard. Seems like somewhere an enhanced transit corridor should belong!
250 Columbine, Denver’s only condo project in the works, is already very close to selling out and has an expected delivery of early next year. For pricing and more details about 250 Columbine including a webcam, head on over to the project’s website.
The Speer and Washington Apartments started out as a very unknown project back in May 2013. We had very limited details about it and a couple of line drawings hinting at what this building was going to look like. However, this project came with a couple of great yet unexpected elements. As construction was in full swing and the structure started to rise, we expected to see wood framing, like any other five to six-story apartment project. Instead, to our surprise, steel framing was going up! Before we take a look at the completed project, feel free to visit our previous coverage on it:
New Speer Neighborhood Project: Speer & Washington Apartments
Speer: Speer & Washington Apartments Update #1
Another unexpected element of this project is the facade. From copper paneling to large bricks and setbacks, this building is very unique and adds a great amount of character to Speer Boulevard and Washington Street.
The majority of the parking is underground, which is accessible on Washington Street. Along the alley, there are also a few parking spots for residents and guests.
Also along Washington Street, you will find all new landscaping and stoops for private entrances to the units.
The main pedestrian level entrance to the building is along Speer Boulevard, which has also been landscaped with wild grasses, and new trees.
The Speer and Washington Apartments add 107-units to the neighborhood which translates to another 150 or so more people moving to Denver. This project exceeded my level of expectation and overall is a great contribution to the Speer neighborhood!
At 245 Columbine, in the Cherry Creek North neighborhood, sits an abandoned post office, waiting for redevelopment. It was originally proposed as a 7-story office building however, this project has been completely redesigned as a 7-story, 150-room luxury hotel. This change was in response to a lawsuit filed against the city by the Cherry Creek North Neighborhood Association who were unhappy with the land use and development of this site; which has has no activity since our update in May 2013.
There are currently no official renderings for this project but we do know some details: BMC Investments and Sage Hospitality are the developers, wanting to develop an independent, botique hotel with Kilpp Architecure, the original architect for the office building, designing the new building. Mortensen Construction is the general contractor and are expecting to break ground in the fall. We will keep you posted as soon as we get more information on this project!
EDIT: Here is a preliminary rendering of 245 Columbine, courtesy of JG Johnson.
Recently, a new high-rise project has broken ground in the Cherry Creek neighborhood. Back in December, we announced the 1st and Steele Apartments getting developed by Zocalo Community Development, the same developers of Cadence, 2020 Lawrence, and Solera. This is a 12-story, LEED-Gold building, that will provide the Cherry Creek neighborhood with 185 rental units. Here’s the rendering for a refresher.
Currently, site excavation has commenced for the underground parking structure. Here are a couple of pictures I snapped on the way home today. Across the street, in the first photo, is the Steele Creek Apartments project, also rising 12-stories.
The intersection of First Avenue and Steele Street is going through an incredible transformation. Around the 1st and Steele Apartments, there are two other major projects currently under construction: a 12-story apartment building, the Steele Creek Apartments, and an 8-story office building, 100 Saint Paul. That’s 149,000 square feet of new office space and 435 residential units getting added to this one intersection. That’s pretty incredible, especially for Cherry Creek! Completion for this project will be around the 3rd or 4th quarter of 2015.
For our last update in our Cherry Creek series, we are going to look at the first complete project since the boom took off in this neighborhood. The Adolph Coors Foundation building was a relatively quick build; containing 2 floors of office space, totaling 27,000 square feet, above 10,830 square feet of ground floor retail. Our only coverage on this project was the announcement post which can be found below:
New Cherry Creek Project: Adolph Coors Foundation
Here are some ground level pictures of the project. The street level of this building has been done very well with floor-to-ceiling windows, which are very inviting to the pedestrian.
For being three-stories, Davis Partnership, the project’s architect, did a great job with adding setbacks, making this building not a typical box. The facade of this building is also very well done with stone and metal paneling.
The Adolph Coors Foundation was one of the first buildings to kick off in the Cherry Creek boom; also one of the first to finish. Cherry Creek is beginning to transform into a very pedestrian friendly, urban district making this a very exciting time for this neighborhood!