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New Capitol Hill Project: 701 Sherman

Capitol Hill has block after block of tightly knit density, but as you move closer to Broadway, craters, or surface parking lots, break up the urban fabric. However, this is starting to change as another underutilized lot is going away in Capitol Hill! Just down the road from 820 Sherman, another residential project is proposed for the corner of 7th Avenue and Sherman Street! Here is a map with the project site outlined.

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Present day, the site consists of a small single story office building surrounded by surface parking to the north and west. This lot is clearly in need for an upgrade.

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How does an 8-story, 105-unit building sound for an upgrade? Here are two perspectives of 701 Sherman courtesy of Craine Architecture.

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Currently, there is no word on when this project is expected to break ground nor is there information on who the builder is. We will keep you posted as soon as those details come around!


Lower Downtown: Z Block Update #1

In January 2014, we reported on Z Block, a new mixed-use development in Lower Downtown that would remove nearly a half block of ugly surface parking from the historic Windsor Dairy block. Z Block was proposed by McWhinney in cooperation with the brokerage team at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank and property owner Grand American.

The original Z Block concept included a new office building along the entire Wazee Street side of the block, and multifamily residential in a new building fronting a portion of the Blake Street side, with the two components connected by spanning over the alley and forming a T-shaped project site.

With this update, there are two major changes to the project. First, Denver-based Sage Hospitality, operators of the historic Oxford Hotel and the newly opened Crawford Hotel at Denver Union Station, have joined the development team. Consequently, the second major change: the residential component of the project has been dropped, a hotel component added, and the uses rearranged on the block.

The new eight-story Z Block Hotel will occupy the corner of 19th and Wazee and offer 170 rooms. The 6-story office component will now have an L-shaped footprint, fronting most of the Wazee side of the block and spanning across the alley to the Blake Street side.

We have a bunch of brand-new renderings to share with you, courtesy of the nice people at McWhinney, Dovetail Solutions, Shears Adkins Rockmore (designers of the office component) and JG Johnson Architects (designers of the hotel component):

The corner of 18th and Wazee showing the office component that extends for about two-thirds along the Wazee Street frontage:

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A close-up of the center part of the Wazee side showing the main office entry:

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The Z Block Hotel anchoring the corner of 19th and Wazee:

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Closer view of the hotel at 19th and Wazee:

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From the corner of 19th and Blake, the view of the hotel on the right and, on the left, the portion of the office space that spans across the alley to the Blake Street side:

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View from 18th and Blake showing the office component in the center of the block and the alley side of the Wazee building:

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Finally, a close-up of the offices facing Blake Street:

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The project also includes 400 underground parking spaces and 30,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.

In my opinion, this is a wise move by Sage Hospitality and McWhinney. With Sage already operating what are arguably two of Downtown Denver’s most prestigious boutique hotels in amazing historic structures with the Oxford and the Crawford, the addition of the Z Block Hotel gives Sage a third property—in this case a modern facility in a sleek new building—and over 360 rooms within three blocks of each other all between Union Station and Coors Field in the heart of Lower Downtown. Smart.

Z Block is scheduled to be completed by September 2016.


New Capitol Hill Project: 820 Sherman

Holes in the ground with heavy machinery are always a great sign of a new development. Over at 8th Avenue and Sherman Street, there is a sizeable hole and we have some information about what’s going on.

First, let’s start out with a map of the site. As you can see, 820 Sherman is taking up an ugly Capitol Hill surface parking lot, which is great news for one of Downtown Denver’s densest neighborhoods.

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Currently, there are no renderings for this project but we have a couple pieces of information. Accoring to the Denver County Property Assessor, the lot was purchased by 8th and Sherman Development LLC and a permit has been filed for a 5-story mixed-use building with ground floor retail. Gensler is the architect and PCL is the builder. Here are a couple of photos of the site from this weekend.

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820 Sherman has roughly the same size footprint as 1756 Clarkson, over in Uptown, so we should expect anywhere between 50-75 units in this development. The average construction timeline for a project this size is around 12-14 months.


Golden Triangle: Museum Center + The Art Hotel Update #4

Recently, there have been many great things going on over at the Museum Center + Art Hotel project. The 9-story building has recently topped out and we are beginning to see the first exciting element on the facade: the glass curtain wall on the office portion is starting to go in!

One thing I noticed about this project is that it’s much thinner than I originally imagined. This building sits on a very small footprint and makes great use of it with very creative architecture.

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This 9-story building has a huge impact along Broadway, especially with the History Colorado Center right across the street. With this new building, Broadway, between 12th and 14th Avenue, has dramatically urbanized in the recent years and features the some of the most unique buildings in the city.

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The Museum Center + Art Hotel is an all around fantastic project for the Golden Triangle. Not only is the design outstanding, but it fills one of the ugliest parking lots in the neighborhood!


New Golden Triangle Project: Eviva Cherokee

A new 18-story apartment tower is proposed for Downtown Denver’s Golden Triangle district.

Coming soon to a particularly nasty patch of parking lot asphalt will be Eviva Cherokee, a joint development between Denver-based Charter Realty Group and Atlanta-based Integral Group. The project’s location on the east side of Cherokee between W. 12th and 13th Avenues places the sleek glass tower within a very short walk of the Denver Art Museum, the Clyfford Still Museum, and on the same block as the proposed Kirkland Museum. Eviva Cherokee is a big step forward in the continued repair of the Golden Triangle’s urban fabric and transformation into a dense mixed-use neighborhood. Here’s the site outlined on a Google Earth aerial:

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Eviva Cherokee will feature 274 rental units plus several amenities such as a fitness center and a sun deck with swimming pool. Here’s a rendering of the project’s Cherokee Street side, courtesy of Doug from The Beck Group, the project architect, and Eleni from Edelmen, the project’s PR firm:

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Groundbreaking for the project is planned for later this year.


Speer: Speer & Washington Apartments Final Update

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.

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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.

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Also along Washington Street, you will find all new landscaping and stoops for private entrances to the units.

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The main pedestrian level entrance to the building is along Speer Boulevard, which has also been landscaped with wild grasses, and new trees.

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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!


Cherry Creek: 245 Columbine Project Update #2

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.

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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.

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Central Platte Valley: AMLI Riverfront Final Update

Let’s head over to the Central Platte Valley to take a final look at AMLI Riverfront, a 242-unit apartment project that is a great step in the right direction for completing the Riverfront Park master plan. Here are all of the previous updates for this project:

New Apartments Proposed for 19th and Little Raven

Goodbye Empty Lots, You Will Not Be Missed

AMLI Riverfront Update #1

AMLI Riverfront Update #1 – Addendum

AMLI Riverfront Update #2

Inside the Infill: AMLI Riverfront Park

Central Platte Valley: AMLI Riverfront Update #3

Today, we will be looking at the project from the outside as well as taking a peek inside, thanks to Emily Flynn of AMLI! Like what we have been seeing with a lot of the new infill around Downtown Denver, AMLI Riverfront is mostly comprised of a brick facade which looks great along every side.

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The building curves with the sidewalk along Little Raven which adds some complexity to the building’s design; a neat feature of the project. The existing trees were also preserved, and there is ample new landscaping around the entire building. A single parking ramp on 19th Street leads to the garage towards the north.

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Time to go inside! In the center, you are greeted with a courtyard and swimming pool, wrapped around by apartment units. AMLI was adding the finishing touches to the pool while I was on this tour.

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The community space is two stories, with a community kitchen and space for entertainment and games such as billiards. There are also conference and community computer rooms on the second floor.

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Here is a sampling of the units. The finishes are what we have been seeing across the board: hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, and granite counter-tops. The studio units have a partial diving wall and also come with racks for hanging your bike and/or snow gear.

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Speaking of bikes, there is ample bike storage in the parking garage as well as a bike room, which is maintained by Salvagetti.

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Last but not least, there is a rooftop deck that looks over Central Platte Valley. You can see Elitch Gardens, Mile High Stadium, the Front Range, and many other buildings and landmarks.

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That’s a wrap on AMLI Riverfront! This project adds 242-units and well over 300 people to the Central Platte Valley neighborhood. As of now, the building is over 50% leased and has been open for only a couple of months. Welcome to Central Platte Valley and Downtown Denver, AMLI Riverfront!