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New Cherry Creek Project: Marriott Moxy Hotel

More hotels are coming to the Cherry Creek North neighborhood! Along Joesphine Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenue, Marriott is bringing an international hotel brand new to Denver. The Moxy brand is millennial focused, boutique hotel concept geared towards the budget savvy traveler. This will be one of the first ‘budget friendly’ hotels to come to the Cherry Creek area.

Let’s start off with a Google Earth aerial of the site. Just like our post yesterday, the aerial still shows an existing building on the project site. The two story retail building has since been demolished.

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The Marriott Moxy hotel will rise a total of eight stories and provide a total of 170 hotel rooms. Vision Hospitality Group will be running the hotel with GE Johnson behind the construction. Designed by JNS | Johnson Nathan Strohe, here is a rendering courtesy of the Denver Business Journal.

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The project site is cleared and ready for excavation. The white building behind the project site is the 245 Columbine hotel which is nearing completion.

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Construction is already underway and will take 14 months to complete. Opening for the hotel is expected around mid-2017.


New Cherry Creek Project: 235 Fillmore

With the popularity of Cherry Creek on the rise, we can expect more infill going in around the neighborhood. Directly across the street from Civica Cherry Creek, a new office project has been proposed and site work has already begun.

The new office building, located between 2nd and 3rd Avenue on Fillmore Street, will be filling in a fairly small parcel. When you look at the aerial, you will see there are existing buildings on site. A two-story retail building, named the Cherry Creek Plaza, stood on this site, and has been demolished.

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Back in April, I snapped these photos of the demolition wrapping up. Present day, the site is cleared ready for excavation to commence.

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While we don’t have any final renderings of the project, we found some plans submitted to the city, thanks to the good folks at BusinessDen. Here is what we currently know about 235 Fillmore:

The project will consist of 55,100 square feet of office space along with 9,000 square feet of retail. It crosses two zones, C-CCN-5 and C-CCN-7, meaning it will rise three-stories towards 3rd Avenue and seven-stories towards 2nd Avenue. The project is required to have 104 parking spaces; 105 spaces will be provided underground. Judging by the documents submitted to the city, this project will look a lot like 100 Saint Paul, with the step down in height and mostly glass facade.

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As soon as we receive more information on this project, including official renderings, we will post it here. Stay tuned!


Cherry Creek: 3300 East 1st Avenue Retail Addition

As we all know, Cherry Creek is going through a significant infill boom with apartments, hotels, and office buildings going up all over the neighborhood. Along with the boom, there are also a few great minor projects that are underway which we will be focusing on in this post, primarily a project on 1st Avenue and Cook Street, the same block as the Alexan Cherry Creek project.

In any great urban neighborhood, the street level is the most important aspect given that’s where the pedestrians are. These new immaculate, glassy buildings have the potential to be a total failure if there are blank walls along the street, or small parking lots occupying the corners. Luckily for the Cherry Creek neighborhood, that’s not the case.

Developers in Cherry Creek are actively pushing retailers and projects to the corner to help improve the urban form of the neighborhood. Two very recent examples are the Room and Board on 2nd Avenue and Detroit Street and the Restoration Hardware on 1st Avenue and Fillmore Street. The Room and Board expanded to the street corner, supplanting the surface parking lot next door and the Restoration Hardware was extended from the Cherry Creek Mall and pushed to the street edge along 1st Avenue.

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1st Avenue, with wide roads and complicated intersections, is a bit messy to pedestrians but that’s not stopping anybody from making it a better street for those on foot. Built in 1980, 3300 East 1st Avenue was built with parking and easy automobile accessibility. Present day, the parking structure that was built with this building is being replaced by an 8-story apartment project, and the office building is now receiving a ground floor retail addition.

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Along with the retail addition, new curbs, sidewalks, and landscaping are also going in, drastically improving this stretch of 1st Avenue.

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A neighborhood that was once automobile oriented is slowly turning into a multi-modal corridor. Now all we need to work on is some dedicated transit to serve this area better!


Cherry Creek: Coda Update #4

It’s always great watching a project get slowly unwrapped. Back in January, when we updated Zocalo’s Coda in the Cherry Creek neighborhood, most of the building was wrapped up in tarps, plastic and scaffolding. Slowly but surely, as the facade is nearing completion, everything is coming down to reveal this project’s true colors.

The back side, facing east, is still wrapped up but we can see some colors peeking through the plastic. If you look closely, there are red brick-like materials going up near the top.

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The front side is where this project really stands out and excels. The 10-story glass curtain wall is very prominent and defines the west side of the building.

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Talk about an incredible improvement along Steele Street. Two 12-story buildings have redefined the street wall and have added a significant amount of density to the Cherry Creek neighborhood.

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To wrap up, here are two more photos of Coda. In the first photo, 100 Saint Paul and the Steele Creek Apartments rise the same height as Coda, making this area a nice cluster of brand new, high density development.

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Coda is expected to open this summer which is when we will visit it next for a final update. The Cherry Creek boom keeps on trekking along!


Cherry Creek: Civica Cherry Creek Update #2

Back in March we provided updated renderings and information for the Civica Cherry Creek project; going up at 2nd and Fillmore Street. As we all know, the iconic Wizards Chest will be demolished, however, they have found a new location on 4th and Broadway in the Baker neighborhood.

For this update, we are going to take one last look at the existing structures that sit on this project site. As a disclaimer, these photos are a few weeks old and the project site has changed.

Edit: 05/09/2016 6:50pm – As of today, the project site still remains the same as the photos below.

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A stretch of single story office and retail buildings will also be replaced by the 112,000 square foot project.

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As a refresher, this is the building that will replace the existing structures. The retail space will not be lost in the neighborhood as 11,000 square feet of retail will be provided.

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The Cherry Creek North neighborhood is urbanizing quickly and is truly becoming Central Denver’s second urban center. Given that work is already underway for Civica Cherry Creek, we will have a second update, with current photos, in the near future.


New DenverInfill Feature: Denver’s Future Skyline in 3D!

We are excited to launch a new feature here at DenverInfill: Denver’s future skyline in 3D!

Thanks to Google Earth and the new way they’re rendering buildings in three dimensions, and thanks in particular to the newest member of the DenverInfill team, Ryan Keeney—starting today we will periodically feature a collection of views of the Downtown Denver and Cherry Creek skylines with the massing of buildings, proposed or under construction, added in.

The buildings have been color coded to match our DenverInfill Project Map, where yellow is residential, orange is office, red is hotel, and blue is civic/other. We will add a new “3D Future Skyline” link on the right sidebar below the Project Map box so that you’ll be able to quickly access the current and previous versions of our 3D Future Skyline images. We plan to issue a new collection of 3D Future Skyline images on a quarterly basis or perhaps more frequently, as needed.

A few important caveats to note about the buildings modeled in 3D in these images:

  • Each 3D object represents a simple massing of the building that has been extruded to the planned height of the structure. In most cases, buildings have step-backs and other architectural treatments that reduce the mass and scale of the building, particularly on the upper floors. Therefore, the three-dimensional space these buildings occupy in model form is going to be greater than they will in reality—an “objects will appear larger than they really are” situation.
  • Similarly, building footprints typically have small setbacks here and there from the property line, as opposed to the simple rectangular footprint used in most of our models.
  • The 3D model-making tools in Google Earth are fairly crude, so the purpose of our new 3D Future Skyline images is to convey a general sense of how Denver’s urban core is growing and densifying, not necessarily to show a specific building in three-dimensions. If you want to see what a particular building will look like, read the blog posts for that project.
  • Uses within a mixed-use building are colored with a very “broad brush” you might say, with ground floors and other parts of buildings that are planned to have other uses, like retail or parking, colored as one of the primary uses found in the building.
  • Google updates their imagery on a fairly regular basis (annually, it seems of late), so at some point in the future, when Google next updates their 3D imagery and a project has been completed, we will remove the 3D model of the building from our database because its physical representation will appear within the Google aerial background.
  • Buildings shown in 3D are only those planned or under construction for which we have published a DenverInfill blog post. There are many projects “in the pipeline” or recently announced that we haven’t yet profiled on DenverInfill, so those project aren’t in our 3D model yet.

OK, let’s get to the images! Each is presented in 2400-pixel HD glory, so click, zoom, and enjoy!

Downtown Denver looking north:

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Downtown Denver looking south:

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Downtown Denver looking east:

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Downtown Denver looking west:

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LoDo and Union Station districts up close:

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Central Business District up close:

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Downtown Denver high-level overview:

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Cherry Creek district looking northeast:

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Cherry Creek district looking southeast:

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That’s a lot of urban fabric-repairing going on!

As I mentioned, the credit for our 3D models goes to our new DenverInfill team member, Ryan Keeney. Ryan is a masters student at the University of Denver studying Geographic Information Science, urban form, and multi-modal transportation. When Ryan moved here from Indianapolis in 2015, he was amazed by the magnitude of infill occurring in Downtown Denver and was excited to witness its impact on the vibrancy of the city, so modeling urban development for DenverInfill allows Ryan to engage his technical skills while also contributing to the energy of Denver’s growth and revitalization. In addition to keeping our 3D Future Skyline files up-to-date, Ryan may also start reporting on new infill projects in the DU/South Denver areas on the blog. After graduation, Ryan’s goal is to start a GIS career in urban or transit planning. Thank you, Ryan Keeney, for your excellent contribution to DenverInfill!

I hope you enjoy DenverInfill’s 3D Future Skyline images as yet another way of experiencing the profound way in which the Mile High City is urbanizing and creating a more walkable, compact, and thriving urban core.


Speer: Country Club Towers Update #3

Let’s head over to the Speer neighborhood and check in on the twin 30-story towers that will define the South Central Denver skyline. Since the tower cranes went up in September, the Country Club Towers are now starting to go vertical!

As we described in our first update, this site is incredibly hard to access. So, we are going to start with some ground level photos and finish with aerials. All of the underground and foundation work is now complete and the podium for the west tower is now up to four-stories.

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Here are two more photos of the podium for the west tower going up.

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The podium for the east tower just broke ground level and is also starting to go vertical. The shared podium should top out this summer.

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Hard to follow the ground level photos? I completely agree. Queue the aerial photography. Here are four elevations looking east over the project site. Hopefully this helps you decipher what is going on from what we described above.

 

 

Now that these towers are out of the ground, we should start to see them rise fairly quickly. These will make a huge impact from both a skyline and street level point of view.

As a fun little bonus, how tall will the Country Club Towers be exactly? Just a few feet shorter than the Rocky Mountain Tower, also known as the ‘Darth Vader’ tower, that sits in Glendale. However, Denver scores two towers around the same height.

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How exciting!


Cherry Creek: Civica Cherry Creek Project Update #1

After some much needed time off, it is time to get back to the infill! Back in October, we announced a new office project going up in the Cherry Creek North neighborhood. Work on this project has not yet begun but today, we have some refined renderings to share with you. Thanks to Seth Ivanoff of Schnitzer West for providing these great renderings.

First, let’s start off with the exterior of the project. The south end will rise seven-stories, stepping down to five-stories on the north end to comply with Cherry Creek’s zoning. Civica Cherry Creek will also provide four levels of underground parking.

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The facade will be comprised of mostly brick and glass with a limestone base and copper accents. Total square footage is around 112,000 with 11,000 of it dedicated to ground floor retail. A rooftop deck for office tenants will also be incorporated on the five-story portion of this project.

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Moving to the interior of the building, here are some renderings of the lobby and the second floor great room, which is another common area for the office tenants.

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A fence is currently up around the project site, meaning demolition and excavation is on the horizon. Our next update on this project will cover just that.


Central Downtown: 999 17th Street Update #4

One and a half months ago, we observed a new tower crane going up at the 999 17th Street site in the heart of Downtown Denver. Now, construction is in full swing with a second tower crane up and foundation rapidly going in.

Before we get to the pictures, let’s clarify something about the name of this project. You may have seen it referred to as 1776 Curtis Street elsewhere, which is, in fact, the address of the 28-story apartment tower. However, both the city, and Shea Properties refer to it as 999 17th Street. Because both the office and residential component are finishing at the same time, and to remain consistent with official sources, we will refer to this project as 999 17th Street until its completion.

Now on to the photos. Many years have passed since we have seen any tower crane activity in this part of Downtown Denver. Seeing two red tower cranes here is a refreshing sight!

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Looking in on the project site, we can see that foundation work is underway along with ramps for the parking garage, which will be shared between the office and residential buildings.

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Looking at the site from slightly higher vantage point, it’s very clear that 999 17th Street is filling in a huge void in the densest part of Downtown Denver.

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Here is a closer view of the parking ramps and one of the cores that will service the parking garage. The garage will rise a total of six-stories.

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What an exciting project to watch go up in Central Downtown!