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Downtown Denver Residential Developments: July 2014 Update

It’s been six months since our January 2014 review of the status of Downtown Denver’s many multifamily residential projects, so it’s time for an update!

First, a quick note about our tracking criteria: Projects included in the map and tables below are those that are (a.) new construction multifamily residential—rental or for-sale, (b.) ten units or more, (c.) completed, under construction, or proposed since January 2012, and (d.) located within a 1.5-mile radius of a geographic central point (17th and Arapahoe) in Downtown Denver. Projects outside of the green circle but within the extent of the Google Earth aerial image are not shown. A project is included in the Proposed category if (a.) a development application has been filed with the city, (b.) the specific project location is known, and (c.) the number of units is known. We have not blogged yet about several of the projects in the Proposed list as renderings and other details are not yet available. Don’t forget to check out our Project Map on the right sidebar for all the infill projects we’re tracking here at DenverInfill.

Below is our July 2014 Downtown Denver New Multifamily Residential Developments map. Click on the map image below to view in a new window at full size (2400 pixels wide), or use the following link to view and download the map as a high-resolution PDF file (about 3 MB) that you can share with your friends: July 2014 Downtown Denver New Multifamily Residential Developments Map

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Next is our table with the project details. Click on the table to view at full size or click here for a PDF version.

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Since our January 2014 update, six projects (light blue) totaling 674 units have been completed. This results in a sum of 3,656 multifamily residential units that have been completed within a 1.5-mile radius of the center of Downtown since January 2012.

Only two townhome projects (light green) totaling 32 units moved from Proposed to Under Construction within the past six months. Nevertheless, there are still 3,764 units currently under construction in Downtown, so a slowdown in the number of new projects breaking ground within the past six months may be a reasonable “wait and see” reaction by the market. Assuming all of the developments under construction are completed by mid-2015, the Downtown Denver area will have gained almost 7,500 new housing units in a 3.5-year timeframe.

Nevertheless, while the number of recent project groundbreakings has been minimal, there was no shortage of new proposed projects since January. Highlighted in light purple, twelve new multifamily developments totaling 2,203 units were either publicly announced (such as 17W and SkyHouse) and/or have been submitted to the city planning department, giving us a total of 5,113 residential units on the drawing board for Downtown Denver. Not included in this total (or in our list) are several more multifamily housing projects that have been submitted to the city for review, but for which we haven’t yet confirmed either the exact location or the unit count. That means the number of proposed units in our 1.5-mile radius area may be closer to 6,000. Of course, some of these developments are destined to never get off the drawing board. It will be interesting to observe over the next six months which of these proposed projects break ground!


Lower Highland: Galvanize 2.0 Update #3

Construction on Galvanize 2.0 on historic Platte Street is coming along nicely. In our last update in November, the building foundation was being excavated. Since then, the project has topped off at its four-story height!

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Featuring around 70,000 square feet for offices, classrooms, and meeting spaces plus a ground-floor restaurant, Galvanize 2.0 is aiming for an early 2015 opening.


Lower Highland: The Lab on Platte Update #2

In our first update on The Lab on Platte, a 73,000 square foot, four story office building being developed at 17th and Platte behind the Denver Beer Company, we noted that the old janitorial supplies building that occupied the site was under demolition.

With this short update, we can report that construction of the building’s foundation is now underway!

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As can be seen in the images above, excavation and the shoring walls are now underway. We’ll stop by The Lab on Platte in a few months when it starts to go vertical. The project is slated for opening in April 2015.


Lower Highland: The Boathouse Update #1

In our first post on The Boathouse, I mentioned that construction was already well underway. Here’s some proof!

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The Boathouse is planned to be completed by January 2015.


Cherry Creek: 1st and Steele Apartments Update #1

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.

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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.

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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.


Arapahoe Square: Curtis Street Lofts Final Update

Arapahoe Square is experiencing all different types of development; from large, full block length apartment buildings to small middle-of-the-block developents. Curtis Street Lofts, located on 21nd and Curtis Streets, is a 12-unit apartment project where construction is beginning to wrap up.

All of our coverage for the Curtis Street Lofts can be found below:

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Here are some views of the completed project both front and back. Parking will be provided on both the first floor and in the rear of the building, with garage access down the alley. On the back of the building is a plain blank wall. with some patios, with hope that another infill project will be built across the way to cover it up! One of my favorite elements of this whole project is the preservation of the big tree. It adds a lot character to a street that has very few trees.

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Speaking of the street, here is the new look on 21st and Curtis Street. It’s amazing what a four-story infill project can do to the streetscape!

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The Curtis Street Lofts are a great little infill project that still contributes a lot to Arapahoe Square. Wouldn’t be great if we continued to get a mix of large and small projects like this? Welcome to Arapahoe Square and Downtown Denver, Curtis Street Lofts!


Curtis Park-Five Points: Mile High United Way HQ Update #2

What was a steel shell back in March, the three-story Mile High United Way Headquarters is now an almost fully enclosed building four months later! Situated along Park Avenue, between Stout and California Streets, this office project really shaping up and only has a couple months until completion!

The 63,000 square foot office building has topped out and the facade, comprised of blonde brick and glass curtain walls, is nearly complete. Here are two prospective of the building from California and Stout Streets along Park Avenue.

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The back of the building will be used for parking and is comprised mostly with a blonde brick facade. However, the glass curtain wall along Stout Street adds a great modern touch to the building.

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The Mile High United Way Headquarters contributes to the once broken street wall along Park Avenue West. There might still be a lot of work to be done but this is a great step in the right direction. Completion for this project is expected around this fall.


Union Station: Elan at Union Station Update #4

Today we are going to check back in over at the Elan project rising in the Union Station neighborhood. This is a very critical project due to the fact that it is providing the first full service grocer in the area which is a key component to any successful neighborhood.

First, we are going to start out with a refined rendering of the project thanks to the good folks at The Mulhern Group. This is the final design of Elan at Union Station and, like many other projects currently under-construction, we can expect to see lots of brick!

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Not much as changed as far as the ground level goes; it is still a concrete shell. Therefore, for this update, we are going to be looking at the project as a whole. The southern portion of the building has topped out at five-stories with the northern portion just beginning to rise. Because of the brisk pace wood framing goes up, we should see this topped out within the next couple of weeks!

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Elan at Union Station is a very exciting project for many reasons. It is adding 307-units to the Union Station neighborhood along with a full service grocer, King Soopers, which will be easily accessible from Ballpark, LoDo, Central Platte Valley, Union Station, and Prospect residents!