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!
Staying in the Cherry Creek neighborhood for a while longer, let’s head on over to East First Avenue and Steele Street to check in at the Steele Creek Apartments. Back in January, this project was just a hole in the ground with some foundation work going in. Now, six months later, another tower crane is on site, and this project has begun to go vertical.
The concrete structure has risen four-stories out of a total twelve. The impact this building will make, and is currently making, at the intersection of East First Avenue and Steele Street, is phenomenal. It will appear a little out of place when it tops out, but that won’t last long with 100 Saint Paul under construction and another 12-story tower proposed across the street.
Here is a more overall view of the project taken from the East parking deck at Cherry Creek Mall. You can fully see the great impact this building is making from this vantage point!
This development is a great step in helping fully utilize the land in Cherry Creek North making it become another great, dense urban neighborhood.
Along with the significant amount of residential development going up in Cherry Creek, there is a notable amount of office space under construction. Construction has commenced on 100 Saint Paul, one of the largest office projects under construction in Cherry Creek. Excavation has been taking place and there is now a giant hole in the ground.
Paired with the hole in the ground is a new red tower crane! That makes a total of seven tower cranes in the Cherry Creek neighborhood alone, leaving quite the impressive sight!
Here is a view inside the hole. 100 Saint Paul will feature two underground levels of parking with eight floors of office on top. The size of the site is also worth a mention; it is very large, taking up almost the whole block between 1st and 2nd Avenue along Saint Paul.
100 Saint Paul will be adding 149,000 square feet of office space, along with 14,000 square feet of retail, to the Cherry Creek neighborhood. For more details on the project, including renderings, head on over to our announcement post.
Next up on our Cherry Creek tour: The Residences at Fillmore Plaza. This is a very unique project due to the fact that it is being built on top of an existing parking garage! Since our previous update, the new structure has topped out and we are able to see some of the materials that will be used for the facade.
Here are two ground level photos of the project. The facade is comprised of glass curtain walls on the corner, and metal paneling throughout the rest of the building. Each unit will also feature a balcony facing north.
This project now brings the existing structure up to 8-stories with the southern portion of the garage still used for public parking. Here are some views from a neighboring parking garage.
The Residences at Fillmore Plaza will be adding 26 apartment units to the Cherry Creek neighborhood and are expected to be delivered by this summer.
Today we are going to kick off Cherry Creek week! A full week dedicated to all of the great infill development going on in the Cherry Creek neighborhood! Our first stop will be at 250 Columbine: an 8-story, 80,000 square foot office and 80-unit condo development. Last time we checked in at 250 Columbine, it was still a hole in the ground.
The two floors of underground parking have recently been completed and the southern portion of the office building has started to go vertical, breaking street level. Here are some above views of the project.
250 Columbine is introducing something very unique to the Cherry Creek neighborhood and Denver in general: high density condo units. While this may not be a current trend in development here in Denver, it is always nice to see new condo units! For additional information on 250 Columbine including pricing and floor-plans, head on over to their website.