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New Lower Downtown Project: 14 Wynkoop

Seattle-based Unico Properties continues to expand its presence in Denver’s urban core with a proposed mixed-use project, 14 Wynkoop, located along Cherry Creek between Wazee and Wynkoop streets.

The 14 Wynkoop development site is outlined in yellow on the image below and consists of two parcels. The parking lot along the Wazee Street side measures 12,500 square feet and was bought by Unico in February 2016. The surface parking lot on the Wynkoop side measures approximately 10,000 square feet and is part of the parcel that includes the adjacent building at 1430 Wynkoop that Unico acquired in October 2015. Unico has also requested an alley vacation which adds about another 1,500 square feet, putting the total project footprint at approximately 24,000 square feet.

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According to documents submitted to the Lower Downtown Design Review Board (LDDRB), the proposed development will include 73,000 square feet of office space on floors 2 through 4, 40 residential units on floors 5 through 8, 15,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, and three levels of underground parking containing 142 storage spaces for automobiles. The 8th floor is a residential penthouse level that is quite a bit smaller than the other floors in square footage, as it is stepped back significantly on all four sides. The image below shows 14 Wynkoop’s three building elevations. All of the following graphics are from the project’s August 4 submittal documents and are courtesy of OZ Architecture, the project architect.

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14 Wynkoop was informally discussed at the November 5, 2015 LDDRB meeting, but the Board will take up the project formally for the first time at their August 4 meeting. The first step in the LDDRB process is reviewing the project’s proposed mass and scale. City staff have put forward a “denial” recommendation for this first review, which is not unusual. It’s fairly common for a project to require multiple rounds of review with the LDDRB before receiving approval.

Here are several conceptual renderings for the proposed development. Keep in mind that these designs are preliminary and only address mass and scale, not necessarily materials or other design details. The design will definitely be refined in the coming months as part of the historic district design review process.

View from near the Downtown Children’s Playground across Cherry Creek:

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Wazee Street view:

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View from across the other side of the Wazee bridge over Cherry Creek:

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Wynkoop Street view with 1430 Wynkoop on the left:

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This is good news for Downtown Denver! Another big surface parking lot will be eradicated and replaced with an urban fabric-healing building that brings people and economic vitality to the edge of Cherry Creek.


River North: Modera River North Arts Update #1

The proposed Modera River North Arts project has broken ground in the RiNo district. Here are a two shots from a few days ago:

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Located along Blake Street between 28th and 29th Streets, Modera River North Arts will add 183 new homes along the soon-to-be-converted Blake Street with bi-directional bike lanes and within a short distance of the 38th and Blake transit station.


Lower Highland: Riverview at 1700 Platte Update #2

In our May 2016 Update #1 on this project, the old Empire Staples building on the site was being demolished. Two months later, excavation for the project’s two underground parking levels is underway. Here are a couple of photos from this past weekend:

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The building in the photo is the side of the recently completed Nichols Building.

Riverview at 1700 Platte will bring additional office space and ground-floor retail to booming Platte Street. As a reminder, here’s what the new building will look like, courtesy of Tryba Architects:

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Riverview at 1700 Platte is slated for completion in late 2017.


Arapahoe Square: Renaissance Downtown Lofts Update #1

Another new housing development in Downtown has moved to under-construction status; this time, it’s the Renaissance Downtown Lofts project by the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. As we reported in our initial post, this new infill project will bring 101 affordable housing units to the Arapahoe Square district.

Here are a few photos of the fenced-off site where construction work is getting underway.

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Don’t be alarmed by the fact that the construction fence wraps around the historic (but vacant) Carson Press building in the second photo. All of the plans for this project show the Carson Press building intact and not part of the Renaissance Downtown Lofts project. Perhaps since it is vacant it has been temporarily leased as the construction office.

It is good to see the former uses at this site, an ugly surface parking lot and a vacant bank branch building, replaced with a new six-story building that provides homes for lower-income residents!


Central Platte Valley: Parkside Apartments Update #1

Holland Partner Group recently broke ground on their Parkside Apartments project at the corner of 19th and Little Raven—the final site within the Riverfront Park neighborhood to be developed.

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Infrastructure to support Riverfront Park got started in 1999 with work on Commons Park, Little Raven Street, and the Millennium Bridge, which was dedicated on April 22, 2002. The first three condo buildings clustered next to the Millennium Bridge opened around the same time as the bridge. With the final parcel now under development, the entire Riverfront Park Master Plan will be built out by 2018—a twenty-year time span. To learn more about the history of the Riverfront Park development, check out this ULI case study report.

Here’s one more image showing the Parkside Apartment’s construction fence with the Riverfront Green and Confluence projects under construction beyond.

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Parkside Apartments will bring 161 new residences to Downtown Denver.


Lower Highland: Alexan LoHi Update #1

Construction activities are underway at the Alexan LoHi site at the corner of 32nd and Tejon in Lower Highland.

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A fence surrounds the existing building on the site and the surface parking lot that covered the back half of the parcel has been removed.

Alexan LoHi will add 106 homes to the neighborhood plus 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail/restaurant space.

We’ve updated our Project Map to reflect the project’s new status as Under Construction.


Union Station: 16 Chestnut Update #5

Goodbye grassy dirt lot, hello 16 Chestnut!

Excavation is currently underway for the 19-story office building.

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Have a great weekend DenverInfill readers!


Union Station: Union Tower West Update #8

This week’s posts were very facade-centric here on DenverInfill. We observed new facades on SkyHouse, the Le Meridien / AC Hotel, Dairy Block, and the 16th and Wewatta Hotel and Office Complex. To wrap up the week, we are going to visit one more ‘new facade’ in the Union Station neighborhood at the Union Tower West project.

The brilliant glass facade is almost complete reflecting a great shade of blue and silver. The new facade element is the parking garage screening. Silver translucent metal panels will line floors two, three, and four around the entire building.

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The silver panels fit in nicely with the rest of the facade and will stand out on a clear day.

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Union Tower West is shaping up to be a great looking project from the glass facade to the broken up massing. Next time we visit this project it will be complete!


Union Station: 16th & Wewatta Hotel/Office Complex Update #8

Didn’t we just do an update on the 16th & Wewatta Hotel / Office Complex? In our previous post we promised that we would revisit this project as soon as the facade started going up on the office building. The time is here to go back and check out the new facade going up.

With only dusk renderings of the project, it was hard to decipher the color of the brickwork. Present day, we have an answer: grey. When these photos were taken, it had just rained so the bricks are wet making them appear darker.

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Here are two views from under the commuter rail canopy. It was a bleak, overcast afternoon so I’m sure the grey brick will contrast nicely against a blue sky!

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There are a lot of new facades going up all over Downtown Denver. Stay tuned for one more!