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Westwood: Westwood Crossing Update #2

By José Esparza

If you have driven by the corner of West Alameda Avenue and Irving Street in West Denver, you probably have seen very large piles of dirt being moved around. Behind those dirt piles, contractors have been very busy since breaking ground a few months ago on constructing Westwood Crossing, a project that will include 98 affordable apartments and about 5,000 square feet of ground-floor office or retail space within a four-story building.

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View of Westwood Crossing under construction looking northwest, July 2016.

The asbestos in the four houses on the site was abated and houses demolished. The residents moved into new homes under McDermott Properties’ relocation program.

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View of Westwood Crossing under construction looking northeast, July 2016.

Earth work is now completed. The rains of April and May slowed this phase of the project down, but concrete is being poured and the walls built for the podium.

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Concrete wall for the building podium under construction at Westwood Crossing, July 2016.

On the east side of the property, along South Irving Street, you can see the first floor being constructed which is where the leasing offices will be located. Due to the slope of the site, the podium is at street level with Alameda Avenue and one-story high looking north from West Nevada Place.

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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.


Cherry Creek: Civica Cherry Creek Update #3

Back in May, we reported that demolition of the existing buildings for Civica Cherry Creek, a five / seven story, 112,000 square foot office project, was about to begin. Now, the site has been cleared and excavation is now underway.

First, let’s start with an overview of the site looking west. As you can see, the existing buildings have been completely demolished.

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Here are two photos looking at the front of the project from Fillmore Street.

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Construction should be fairly quick as Schnitzer West LLC, the developer, is expecting the project to be complete by next summer.


Cherry Creek: Alexan Cherry Creek Update #3

It’s always exciting when a project starts to rise above the street level. Usually after this point, given there is no above ground parking, the structure rises at a quicker pace and progress is easy to follow. Alexan Cherry Creek is now at this stage of construction!

With the three levels of underground parking now complete, the eight-story building is starting to make its way up. The site was bustling with activity so here are two photos of the project from the street.

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As a refresher, the 8-story Alexan Cherry Creek will add 164 apartment units to the Cherry Creek neighborhood.


Visualizing the Cherry Creek Boom From an Aerial Perspective

As we all know, Cherry Creek is currently going through a very large boom adding hotels, retail, apartments, condos and offices. Since the neighborhood is fairly small, in regards to land size, it is easy to map out from a low elevation aerial perspective. This is where my drone comes in handy!

Let’s begin with some numbers. From when we started reporting on the boom back in 2013, there are 626 Apartments, 80 Condos, 524 Hotel Rooms, 351,000 square feet of office space, and 194,600 square feet of retail getting added to the neighborhood. This does not include proposed projects. That’s a lot of development for Cherry Creek!

Now to the aerial. Each colored dot represents a project that is either under construction or complete; this visual does not include proposed projects. RED is retail, BLUE is office, GREEN is hotel, and YELLOW is residential.

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Here is the same aerial with the project labels removed.

Finally, for those who like a clean aerial, here is the original panorama.

With the compact size of this neighborhood, it will be fun to explore various aerial perspectives in the future as the boom rolls on. Stay tuned for a lot of infill coming your way this week!


New Cherry Creek Project: 210 Saint Paul

Back in October 2015, we announced that another wave of development was coming to Cherry Creek North with BMC Investments taking charge. One of the sites we mentioned is 210 Saint Paul which is going to be used for “condo-quality” apartments.

Today, we have some information on 210 Saint Paul. An 8-story, 76-unit apartment building will replace a 25,000 square foot mixed-use retail and office building which BMC Investments recently acquired . Here is a Google Earth aerial with the project site outlined.

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As you can see in the aerial above, there is an existing building on site. Moving down to the street level, here is what currently sits at East 2nd Avenue and Saint Paul Street.

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Designed by 4240 Architecture, here is what is going to replace the old office and retail building. This new 8-story building complies with Cherry Creek’s new zoning code, and will also feature around 11,500 square feet of retail space and two floors of underground parking.

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The construction time-frame is currently unknown however, Saunders Construction will be the general contractor for 210 Saint Paul.


Cherry Creek: 245 Columbine Update #3 (Inside the Infill Edition)

Happy Friday! Today, we have a special post for 245 Columbine, now known as the Halcyon Hotel Cherry Creek. Thanks to Zach Porter and Nancy Kristof of Mortenson Construction, DenverInfill was able to get a peek inside the project just before completion.

As a refresher, the Halcyon Hotel is the first hotel to go up in Cherry Creek in this current boom. It features 154 rooms in an eight-story building. For this tour, let’s start out with the rooftop and work our way down through the building.

Cherry Creek always offers nice perspectives of the Denver skyline with a great mountain backdrop. It was a little hazy on our tour but there was still a great view. As you can see, the rooftop pool features this spectacular view.

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This rooftop is utilized to its fullest extent. The east side of the roof features a bar with ample seating.

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Even with the haze, the unobstructed view from this rooftop is great! Here’s a panorama; make sure you click to embiggen!

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This project has many unique features. One of them is the cutout in the middle. This is to provide natural light to the interior rooms and hallways of the hotel.

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Moving inside, the first stop is the presidential suite. This room offers great views, two stories of living and sleep space, as well as a very large private terrace. This room is still under construction but is going to shape up nicely.

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Here is an average guest suite, which is everything you would expect in a hotel room. The finishes in the rooms have an antique feel with a modern spin.

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And the bathrooms are really nice.

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Some of the rooms also feature balconies that will be separated by large planters upon completion of this project. The second photo shows the unique facade that is used throughout the project. The metal cutouts make the project stand out in Cherry Creek.

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Moving right along, the Hotel Halcyon will have large conference spaces along with a fitness center.

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In addition to the rooftop bar, there are two more restaurants/bars. The Departure Lounge features an aviation-themed fiberglass centerpiece over the bar and a ground-floor retail pad outside of the hotel will be occupied by an Italian restaurant.

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Here is the progress of the front desk lobby.

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The Halcyon Hotel doesn’t feature any parking ramps. They connected the new garage to an already existing parking garage and installed a firewall to close in case of fire. This is some awesome engineering right here.

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This project is shaping up nicely on the outside!

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The hotel is expected to open in mid-August. Once it’s open, we will visit it for a final update. Stay tuned!


Cherry Creek: Marriott Moxy Hotel Update #1

Today we have a quick update on the Marriott Moxy hotel going up in the Cherry Creek North neighborhood. Since we announced the eight story, 170-room hotel, excavation has commenced and present day, there is a very large hole in the ground.

From the looks of it, the Marriott Moxy will have two levels of underground parking. The second picture was taken from the roof of the Hotel Halcyon, aka 245 Columbine, which we will have an exciting post on tomorrow!

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The next steps for this project will be the foundation work and, more than likely, a tower crane in the near future.


Denver’s 3D Future Skyline: July 2016 Update

Back in April, we announced a new three-dimensional feature that provides us with a better visual of all the infill going in around Central Denver. Here is a short description from our announcement post:

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.

With the Downtown Denver Non-Residential and Residential project posts back in late June, it’s fitting to revisit the 3D future skyline.

Our first post featured the 3D skyline from a higher elevation overview perspective. Since there are many perspectives and elevations to share, we are going to explore the future skyline mostly from a lower elevation in this post. Let’s get to it! Make sure you click each image to embiggen.

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 northeast:

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Downtown Denver looking southeast:

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Denver Union Station up close:

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Cherry Creek looking west:

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Central Denver high-level overview from River North to Cherry Creek:

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It is truly amazing how many projects are proposed and under construction around Central Denver. A huge thank you Ryan Keeney for keeping these models up to date so we can visualize all of this infill!


Cherry Creek: The Rollnick Hotel Update #1

Another hotel kicks off in the Cherry Creek North neighborhood! Replacing an old office building, the Rollnick Hotel is going to contain 200 rooms in an eight story building. This is the third hotel in Cherry Creek that is under construction.

As with all new projects, drilling and foundation work are the first steps. Excavation will go down two stories for the underground parking structure.

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Once these hotel projects are complete, Cherry Creek will have an additional 525 new rooms; assuming no more hotels are announced in the next year or so.