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Cherry Creek: 245 Columbine Update #1

It’s time to wrap up ‘Cherry Creek week’ where we have visited new apartment, condo, and office developments. All of these projects are bringing more people to live and work in Cherry Creek helping make it a great, thriving, urban district. Now you might be asking, where are the visitors going to stay? Fear not, a new hotel is underway!

245 Columbine has gone through many changes since we first announced the project back in May 2013. It first started as a 7-story, 90,000 square foot office building. Then it went through a big design change with ground floor retail, and a residential component.

Now, 245 Columbine has broken ground as a 7-story, 155 room botique hotel run by Sage Hospitality. The hotel will feature 5,900 square feet of ground floor retail, a rooftop pool deck, and a below-grade, speakeasy style bar. Designed by JG Johnson Architects, here are some updated renderings courtesy of BMC Investments.

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As a refresher, an abandoned post office stood on the 245 Columbine site leaving quite the eyesore. Here are a couple photos of the building back in 2013 when it still stood on the site.

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Since then, the old post office has been torn down and excavation is now underway for the two floors of underground parking. This is what the project site looked like last weekend.

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The density going up in the Cherry Creek neighborhood, all the way up to Colorado Boulevard, is incredible. Our ‘Cherry Creek week’ only covered a portion of the projects going up in the area which means there will be another week coming up soon! Stay tuned!


Cherry Creek: 250 Columbine Update #4

250 Columbine is the only project under construction in Central Denver that features high-density condos. Given the current demand for condos and for-sale housing in general, 250 Columbine already has 80% of the 80 units under contract.

Another component of 250 Columbine is an 8-story, 70,000 square foot office building. The glass and stone facade is almost complete on the office portion, with work still underway on the residential side. From both a distance and up close, this project makes a significant impact in Cherry Creek North.

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Because of the zoning in Cherry Creek, 250 Columbine steps down to three-stories along Third Avenue. Here is a picture of the project at Third Avenue and Columbine Street.

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Seeing a condo project in the works is always exciting. Now, we only need about 100 more of these to keep the housing shortage at bay here in Denver! Cherry Creek week keeps trekking on. Stay tuned for an exciting announcement tomorrow!

 


Cherry Creek: Steele Creek Apartments Update #4

For our next leg of ‘Cherry Creek week’, we are going to visit the Steele Creek Apartments, going up on the intersection of 1st Avenue and Steele Street. Since our last update, this project has really started to shape up.

The 12-story, 250-unit apartment building makes quite the statement on the east side of the Cherry Creek neighborhood, with a brilliant glass and brick facade. One concern from our last update was how the base was going to be treated. Let’s take a look at some before and after photos.

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As you can see, this is a great improvement!

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Here are some additional photos around the project. One easily forgotten element of the Steele Creek Apartments is the 8-story portion that goes along 1st Avenue. This adds some great density along a street that is lined with parking lots.

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The Steele Creek apartments are another huge win for the Cherry Creek neighborhood!


Cherry Creek: 1st and Steele Apartments Update #2

For our next ‘Cherry Creek week’ update, we are heading a block east to look at the, now rising, 1st and Steele project. As a refresher, this is a 12-story, 185-unit apartment building.

The underground parking is now complete and the concrete strucutre has started to rise above street level. As of this weekend, workers were working on the second floor.

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The 1st and Steele apartments are going up across the street from 88 Steele Creek, another 12-story apartment project which we will be visiting in our next update! The scale of the two buildings will be very similar, adding some great density to First Avenue.

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Now that this project is above street level, we should see it rise fairly quick. Stay tuned!


Cherry Creek: 100 Saint Paul Update #4

It’s been a few months since we’ve had ‘Cherry Creek week’ here on DenverInfill. As you may know, Cherry Creek is going through a significant boom bringing in over 250,000 square feet of office space, 80 condo units, over 500 apartment units, and 150 hotel rooms. To kick off an infillicous week, let’s start off with 100 Saint Paul, an 8-story, 149,000 square foot office building.

Since we last visited this project, it was a steel shell in the making. Now, the glass and stone facade is nearing completion with the building coming together very nicely. Along Saint Paul Street, 100 Saint Paul offers 14,000 square feet of ground floor retail with a terrace for tenants on top.

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Here is a view of the project from 1st Avenue looking east. Talk about a huge impact! If you don’t remember what this site looked like before, head on over to our announcement post.

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100 Saint Paul is a significant project for Cherry Creek. Not only does it bring more office tenants to the neighborhood, it also has a remarkable impact along First Avenue, which is densifying quickly. We should see this project wrap up within the next couple of months.


West Colfax: Mile High Vista Final Update

This Past weekend, the City of Denver celebrated the opening of the new Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Library in the West Colfax Neighborhood. This library is one of three components of the Mile High Vista Project that I first introduced in 2013. Here’s a photo of the project as it stands today.

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I realize that I’ve been a bit behind on posting about this project (the first component a 7-story workforce housing project south of the library opened last fall -more about that later) but last fall I took a job as City Planner for the City of Evans and have moved to Northern Colorado. Anyway, I made it down for the grand opening celebration last Saturday and thought it would only be fitting to give everyone an update.

The new 25,000 SF library is a very modern, colorful and highly textured addition to a very busy Colfax intersection. While the form of the building is basically a rectangular box the colors and textures really make it stand out within the neighborhood. Neon signage incorporated into the Facade ties back to the historic Colfax “car culture” of the ’50s and ’60s and the colorful horizontal lines speak to the “speed of travel,” not just of cars but also of information. Here are two closer views of that colorful facade.

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With two entrances, one at the corner of Colfax and Irving and the other on the east side facing the parking lot, it is open to both walk-up and drive-up traffic; perfect for a neighborhood that is transitioning from a car-only neighborhood to one that’s more walkable and transit-able.

Inside the library is very open, modern and glassy. There’s a lot of natural light (especially from the north side facing Colfax) and bright modern colors are used throughout the building. Reading rooms open to views of downtown, the mountains, and the Cheltenham Elementary School grounds diagonally across Colfax from the Library. If you’d rather escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, there is a interior courtyard on the second floor where library users can sit outside during the warmer summer months. Here’s a shot of a lower level reading area along Colfax and the main stairway to the second floor.

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One other cool feature; the Building is designed to meet LEED Silver standards and the building is designed to educate the public on the sustainable features of the building. This mural in the main lobby, begins the conversation.

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Now a little update on the Workforce housing project.

The “Avondale Apartments” which opened last Fall contains 70+ units of affordable housing plus amenities, and some rentable office space on the lower two levels.  The building is quite modern and almost minimalist in its color and material palate. It serves as in interesting counterpoint to the more richly decorated library. (Side note: I took these pictures last October, so I apologize for them looking warm and sunny while we still have snow on the ground.)

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This building met LEED Gold standards (an amazing feat for an affordable housing project) and includes a rooftop solar array (sadly invisible from the street). While the 7-story building dwarfs the 2-story library, it blends in just fine with the four 8-story apartment towers built in the ’60s that currently exist to across the street to the south. This photo shows the new building in relation to the older towers.

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The last component of this project, which has yet to be realized, is a retail pad just east of the Library along Colfax to be developed by the Urban Land Conservancy. The following picture shows the site from inside the library. Development of this parcel will help create even more of a street wall along Colfax and bring some needed retail and potential office space to the West Colfax corridor. Unfortunately, it might also block a portion of this great view of Downtown and Mile High Stadium from the second floor of the Library.

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Speer: Speer Boulevard Apartments Update #2

After over a year of uncertainty, we here at DenverInfill have finally come across renderings of the Speer Boulevard Apartments going up at the 6th Avenue / Grant Street / Speer Boulevard intersection.

The Speer Boulevard Apartments will provide the Speer neighborhood, just south of Capitol Hill, with 211 apartment units in a six-story building with the ground floor dedicated to retail. Here are two renderings of the building, courtesy of Gables Residential.

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I think we can all agree this is much better use of land than what was there before, a gas station!


Speer: Speer Boulevard Apartments Update #1

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.

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The construction timeline is still unknown however, we suspect this project will be complete around late Fall 2015.