Denver-based Nichols Partnership is planning a 12-story residential building for the corner of 15th and Wewatta that will add 91 homes within a short one-block walk from the Denver Union Station transit hub.
The proposed development site is currently a surface parking lot, happily, an increasingly endangered species in Lower Downtown. Along 15th Street, the site is adjacent to the Nichols-owned Steelbridge Annex building—the majority of which is structured parking for the Steelbridge Lofts next door—and along Wewatta Street the project’s neighbor would be 1400 Wewatta, completed in 2008. Here’s a Google Street View image of the site, with 15th Street in the foreground and Wewatta Street on the right:
Currently referred to by its address of 1750 15th Street, the development is in the review process with the Lower Downtown Design Review Board (LDDRB). The board will consider the project at their September 1 meeting for approval of mass and scale. The city staff recommendation is for “denial” for various reasons, but this is pretty common for a project’s first submittal. As proposed, 1750 15th would rise 130 feet, the maximum allowed, which is the same height as 1400 Wewatta next door and 1515 Wynkoop across the street.
The following images are all taken from the project’s September 1 submittal to the LDDRB, and were prepared by Shears Adkins Rockmore Architects. Of course, these are conceptual renderings and subject to further modifications and refinement over the coming months. You’ll note that what makes this project particularly interesting and challenging is the narrow lot—only 49 feet of frontage facing 15th Street.
View from about where the Triangle Building is looking southwest down Wewatta. On the left is 1515 Wynkoop and on the right, 1400 Wewatta, with the proposed project in the center:
Opposite view from near Cherry Creek looking northeast along Wewatta Street:
Overhead view of the corner of 15th and Wewatta and the proposed development’s surrounding context:
Given the constrained parcel size and proximity to Union Station, no on-site automobile parking for residents is planned; however, the basement level will include significant room for bicycle parking. On the ground floor, a retail space would anchor the corner while the residential lobby would face Wewatta Street. The majority of the homes in the building would be micro-apartments in the 350 SF range, while the upper four floors would feature slightly larger units.
This is a really exciting project, as it will put even more homes within easy walking distance of transit and just about everything else anyone would need for car-free living. Plus, it removes a surface parking lot (yay!), completes the urban form of the entire block, and improves the pedestrian environment at a busy corner. We will gladly follow this project as it moves through the review and approval process.