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New Union Station Project: Hilton Garden Inn

A new hotel is coming to Downtown Denver’s booming Union Station district.

Denver-based Focus Property Group is planning to build a 12-story Hilton Garden Inn on their property at 20th Street and Chestnut Place. The new hotel will have an L-shaped footprint that wraps around the historic Denver Hose Company No. 1 building that will be fully restored and incorporated as part of the project. Here’s a Google Earth aerial on which I’ve outlined the approximate location of the new hotel development:

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The floors in the tower’s base will contain the lobby and registration areas, banquet and meeting rooms, a fitness center, and other hotel amenities. The tower’s upper floors will contain approximately 200 hotel rooms. Parking will be accommodated on two underground levels, and the hotel will also include a swimming pool and a rooftop lounge. Here is a rendering of the preliminary design, courtesy of JG Johnson Architects:

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A really exciting component of this development is the restoration of the historic Denver Hose Company No. 1 building, which sits right at the corner of 20th and Chestnut. Built in 1883, the small 3,224 square foot structure served the Denver Fire Department until the early 1920s, after which it became a print shop and later on a welding shop. The building has been vacant and deteriorating for years, but in order for a full restoration and reuse to be economically viable, it had to be included as part of a larger project. Fortunately, that time has finally arrived. The Hilton Garden Inn’s restaurant will make its home in the historic building.

Here are a few photos from my recent tour of the site, thanks to Josh from Focus Properties. First, the outside of the Hose Company No. 1 building:

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The Denver Hose Company No. 1 building is a designated Denver Historic Landmark, so the city’s Landmark Preservation Commission must give its approval to the project. So far, the LPC has approved the mass and scale of the new tower, with additional approvals for both the new construction and the restoration of the historic building still to come. The inside of the old building is currently kind of dark and scary, but one day in the near future it will be a beautiful, light-filled restaurant space.

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A non-historic building, currently occupied by Home Run Self Storage, is also present on the site. The part of this non-historic building next to the historic Hose Company building will be demolished to make way for the new Hilton Garden Inn and its porte-cochere, while the part closer the middle of the block will remain on an interim basis and be leased as office space. Focus Property Group, which owns the entire block except for the Xcel Energy electric substation and a few slivers of right-of-way owned by the city near the railroad tracks, will ultimately build three projects on the block, all facing Chestnut Place. After the Hilton Garden Inn, the second project would occupy roughly the middle third of the block and would replace the remaining part of the non-historic building. One concept for the second project that Focus is considering is to build another hotel that could share the porte-cochere with the Hilton Garden Inn. The third project, perhaps an office building, would occupy the larger rectangular site at the 19th Street corner.

The proposed Hilton Garden Inn project schedule calls for the (partial) demolition of the Home Run Self Storage building this coming spring 2015, with construction on the hotel and restoration of the historic building getting underway by summer 2015. Completion of the project is targeted for late 2016.

We’ll keep you updated on this exciting project as the hotel design is refined and we get closer to construction!


Golden Triangle: Kirkland Museum Update #1

You may recall the good news from this past February that Denver’s Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art is planning to move into a new building at 12th and Bannock in the Golden Triangle Museum District, plus physically relocate Vance Kirkland’s original 1911 studio building from its current site at 1311 Pearl Street to the new site and incorporate it into the project. At that time, only a quick concept sketch of the new building was available from Olson Kundig Architects.

For this update, we’re happy to report that the architects have been busy working on the design and there’s now this new rendering to share, courtesy of Olson Kundig and the Kirkland:

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Groundbreaking is scheduled for 2015 with the Kirkland’s new open set to open in 2017.


Curtis Park-Five Points: 2460 Welton Update #2

Here’s a brief update on the new residential project at 2460 Welton in the Five Points district, featuring a new rendering of the project, courtesy of Craine Architecture. Here’s the view along Welton:

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Our last update on this development was in October when construction started.


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!


Central Platte Valley: The Confluence Update #5

It was only three weeks ago when we reported that the old industrial building at the corner of 15th and Little Raven had been demolished to make way for The Confluence, a proposed 34-story apartment tower in Downtown Denver’s Central Platte Valley district.

Clearing a property of an existing building or other site improvements is not the same thing as a new project being under construction, at least not by DenverInfill standards. There are several examples of sites that were cleared in the pre-recession era whose projects never made it out of the ground.

That won’t be the case for The Confluence, however, as excavation for the tower’s foundation appears to have begun:

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It will be fun to watch this tower climb and take its place in the downtown skyline, but some patience will be required before that happens: work putting in the tower’s three levels of underground parking will probably take a good part of 2015. The project is slated to open in early 2017.


Union Station: 1601 Wewatta Update #4

A lot has happened over at the 1601 Wewatta site since we last toured the big hole back in April. There is no longer a hole in the ground and the building has risen over half way up!

Standing at six stories out of a total of ten, 1601 Wewatta is already making a huge impact along 16th Street and Chestnut Street.

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If you remember from the renderings of the project, the front of the building, on Wewatta Street, features a curved facade with a plaza in front. Here you can see that taking shape.

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1601 Wewatta should be topping out at 10-stories within the next couple of months with the stone and glass facade following shortly.


Union Station: The Triangle Building Update #6

Since our last update in September, The Triangle Building, located at 16th Street and Wewatta, has topped out at 10-stories, and the glass facade has started to go up.

One unique feature of the Triangle Building is its very sharp edges, which heavily contrast the curvy Gates building across the street. Just this fall, Wewatta Street has gone under a huge transformation, which you can see in the second photo. It’s amazing what a difference two buildings can make.

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Here are two additional views of the building. Once the clouds cleared, the glass reflected a great deep blue sky.

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Progress is quickly being made on the Triangle Building. I’m sure within the next few weeks, the glass facade will reach the top of the building; we will check back then!


Union Station: 17W Update #2

Two weeks ago in our Update #1 on Holland Partner Group‘s 17W development, we shared with you a new rendering of the project.

Not only are we happy to report that the project’s sleek updated design is the work of Denver-based Davis Partnership, but the good folks at Davis have also provided us with two additional renderings to enjoy.

Here is a view of the project from the corner of 17th and Wewatta, next to RTD’s Wewatta Pavilion:

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The development features three 10-story towers rising above a 3-level base. As shown in the image above, two of the towers are parallel to Chestnut and Wewatta, with the third tower spanning the width of the block facing 18th Street. Here is the view from the corner of 18th and Wewatta, with 18th on the right and Wewatta on the left:

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Whole Foods is planning a 56,000 square foot flagship store on the ground level facing the 17th Street Promenade. 17W is expected to break ground Spring 2015.