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New Lower Downtown Project: 1600 Market Hotel

The undeveloped parcel at the east corner of 16th and Market streets in Lower Downtown Denver may soon be developed as a hotel.

T2 Hospitality of Newport Beach, California, has submitted an application to the Lower Downtown Design Review Board for an 11-story, 222-room hotel at 1600 Market Street. The property was acquired by T2 in November 2015 from Integrated Properties, the firm that developed the 16M project across the street. The property sits at a key corner along Downtown Denver’s 16th Street Mall, across the street from Continuum Partners’ proposed Market Station redevelopment of RTD’s former bus facility. Here are aerial and street view photos of the site from Google Earth:

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The Lower Downtown Design Review Board will have their first look at the proposed building on February 11, where they will review the project for mass, scale, and context. Several rounds of review and approval are required by the LDDRB, along with additional approvals by the city before a project can begin. The following images are from the project’s February 11 application to the LDDRB and are very preliminary and conceptual in nature and are subject to further modification and refinement. The project architect is DLR Group.

Massing diagram, Market Street view:

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Massing diagram, 16th Street view:

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One level of underground parking is planned for the project, containing 37 parking spaces and room for an additional 17 valet-parked vehicles. The porte cochere and underground parking will be accessed via Market Street near the common wall with the historic building next door. The ground-floor uses also include 7,500 square feet of leasable restaurant/retail space fronting the 16th Street Mall, with the hotel entry facing Market Street. Hotel patrons will head up one level to the second floor, where the hotel’s main lobby, lounge, and meeting rooms will be located. Here’s a ground-floor diagram:

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Hotel rooms will occupy floors three through eleven. The building will rise 130 feet, the maximum allowed for this parcel.

While this project is very early in the approval process, the prospect of another vacant corner lot being developed in Downtown Denver is exciting. Corners are so important to good urban design as they define and help activate the public realm (the streets and sidewalks) for not just one street, but for two. And certainly, we celebrate the removal of another surface parking lot, those soul-sucking black holes in the urban fabric!

The proposed 1600 Market Hotel joins the recently announced 1701 Blake Hotel and the Market Station and Dairy Block projects as significant infill developments in the heart of Denver’s most beloved and walkable districts, Lower Downtown, where an intact urban form and an exceptional pedestrian experience are so important.

Hi everyone. Ryan here. I’m hijacking Ken’s post to share two photos of this site taken from a couple hundred feet up. In these photos, you can clearly see how much of an eyesore the surface lot is.

This project will bring a huge improvement to this corner of Lower Downtown Denver!


Union Station: 1975 18th Street Update #2 & Union Tower West Update #5

It’s not very often we update two projects in one post. However, when the same parcel has two different projects, and we’re looking at it from the sky, both can be featured in a single photo.

In the foreground, foundation for 1975 18th Street is underway. Behind it, Union Tower West is halfway up with a little bit of the glass facade showing on the northwest corner of the building.

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Here is one more aerial peeking just above Alta City House.

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That’s all for the aerial coverage this week but I guarantee there will be more coming soon!


Lower Downtown: Dairy Block Update #6

The aerials are going to keep rolling in as we head on over to Lower Downtown to check in on Dairy Block: a 170-room hotel and 6-story office project.

Back in the initial announcement posts, we talked about the unique T-shape this project is going to have. Looking at the project from the sky, we can see exactly that! The steel portion, for the office building along Blake Street, has topped out at six stories. Behind it, the hotel has made it out of the ground and is up one story. It will also top out at six stories.

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Dairy Block is a huge win for Lower Downtown Denver and I am very excited to see this take form!


Union Station: Pivot Update #6

Over the last four months, since our last update, construction for Pivot has started to take off with the structure quickly going vertical. For today’s update, I have a special treat for you: aerial photos of the project.

I recently got a new flying platform where I have full control of the photos I am taking versus guessing and hoping to get the framing right. That being said, these aerials may look a little more refined than the ones we have used in the past. Starting off, here are two different elevations of Pivot. The dirt lot across the street is for 1709 Chestnut, which is currently in the pre-development phase.

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Coming down a little more level with the cranes, we can see that Pivot is up nine stories with four more to go. The photo on the right is a fun, vertigo-inducing shot looking straight down on the 17th Street Gardens, light-rail plaza, and two of the last remaining dirt parcels along Chestnut Place.

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I have three more project updates this week that will contain aerial footage. Stay tuned!


Central Downtown: 999 17th Street Update #3

Today I have a very quick update on a great Central Downtown project: 999 17th Street. On Saturday, a new red tower crane started to go up on the project site! Here is a quick aerial of the progress. The jib was just getting delivered as I took this photo.

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We will head on over to the project site and check on the progress once the new tower crane is fully assembled!


New Lower Downtown Project: 1701 Blake Hotel

Denver-based hotel developer Stonebridge Companies is planning a seven-story, 202-room hotel for the corner of 17th and Blake street. The project includes a small addition to the rear of the adjacent historic building at 1725 Blake and functionally incorporates that structure with the new hotel while maintain the historic building’s integrity and its Blake Street facade. Stonebridge’s recent hotel projects in Downtown Denver include the conversion of the historic Colorado National Bank building into a Marriott Renaissance and the adaptive reuse of an old Xcel Energy building into a dual-branded Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites.

Here’s a Google Earth aerial showing the project location at 1701 Blake:

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The project was first reviewed by the Lower Downtown Design Review Board in November and received approval, with conditions, for mass and scale. The next round before the LDDRB—design detail review—is planned for February 4. All of the following images are from the project’s application materials submitted to the LDDRB for the February 4 meeting. Consequently, these images do not necessarily represent the project’s final design and are subject to further modification and refinement, with additional development review and approvals by the city planning office still to come. The project designer is Newman Architects.

View looking north at the corner, with 17th Street on the left and Blake Street on the right:

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Here’s the same angle from Google Street View, showing the site’s current condition as a gaping hole in LoDo’s urban fabric:

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The hotel’s porte cochere will be located where the new structure and the historic building meet, with vehicles entering from Blake and exiting via the alley. The development includes two levels of underground parking for approximately 75 vehicles. This next image, the ground floor plan, shows the porte cochere location and other ground-floor uses such as the hotel lobby/lounge and leased space for restaurant/retail in both the new and historic structures:

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The upper floors of the new hotel building include a light well that allows the placement of hotel rooms around all four sides of the site. The second and third floors of the adjacent historic building will contain the hotel’s ballroom and meeting rooms. The small addition behind the historic building adds space for a fitness center on the second level and a conference room on the third. Here’s the plan for the second floor:

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This view of the Blake Street side shows how the new structure’s urban form thoughtfully responds to its historic neighbor through the use of step downs from the corner and a step back on the upper levels. Vertical glass curtain wall elements above both the 17th Street and Blake Street pedestrian entries help break up the building’s massing, while the separate use of tan and gray brick on the Blake Street side also contributes to the appearance of smaller connected buildings similar in width to the historic 1725 Blake structure.

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Overall, this is an exciting project for Denver! It eradicates an ugly surface parking lot and fills a void in LoDo’s urban fabric. Along with two other major infill projects in the heart of Lower Downtown—Market Station and the Dairy Block—the new 1701 Blake hotel will bring significant new pedestrian activity and vitality to the heart of LoDo.


New City Park West Project: The York

Let’s start the week off with some new infill! Over the past couple of months, readers have been asking about the hole along York Street between 17th and 18th Avenue. Starting back in September, this project, named The York, went through the review stage with the city and received an approval; Shea Properties promptly started construction. The site had three existing structures (two single story office buildings, and a car repair shop) that were demolished to make way for this new project.

Here is an updated aerial with the project site outlined. As you can see, the new aerials taken for Denver reflect that this project already started in the late summer.

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Moving in a little closer, here are some fresh photos of the project from the street level. A large yellow crawler crane now sits on site.

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Finally, peeking over the fence, we can see that excavation is well underway with the foundation starting to go in. It will still be a couple months until this project is at street level.

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How about some details and renderings? The York is going to consist of 212 apartment units over 237 parking spaces; giving it a parking ratio of 1.11. The project will also feature internal courtyards and several retail units facing the park. Below are two renderings courtesy of Oz Architecture, the designer of this project. The York has very similar features to One City Block over in Uptown.

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This project adds density to a part of City Park West that is scattered with surface parking lots and single story structures. We will visit this project again once it’s out of the ground!


Upper Downtown: Hyatt Place/Hyatt House Hotel Final Update

Back in the summer, we covered the Hyatt Place/Hyatt House hotel when it was near completion. Now it is time to wrap things up and take a look at the final product. Announced back in 2013, DenverInfill covered this project a total of eight times. Here are all of our previous posts that mentioned the Hyatt Place/Hyatt House.

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Spring 2014: Downtown Denver Hole-in-the-Ground Census

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The 21-story hotel is just a couple of blocks away from the Colorado Convention Center and provides Upper Downtown with 361 rooms. This area of Downtown Denver is riddled with surface parking lots making this project a great sight and breath of fresh air on the street level.

Now to the photos of the completed project, starting out with the street level. Looking up from 14th Street and Glenarm, you are greeted with stonework on the ground floor, a thin glass curtain wall that spans the entire height of the building, and a nicely treated, hidden parking structure.

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Stepping back a couple of blocks, you can see the glass curtain wall exceeds the roof of the tower and slopes up, making the roof-line visually appealing. Overall, from these angles, this project looks fantastic and provides a great street presence.

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Now let’s address another element of this project that is very prominent: the blank walls. Ken discussed the topic of blank walls in great depth, covering the Le Meridien/AC Hotel project. I recommend heading over to that post for a great read on this topic.

Regardless, this project is complete and the final outcome leaves us with these blank walls. To the southeast, along 14th Street, a blank wall stands next to a historic office building built in 1923. Given the age and historic status of that building, I’m not sure why there is a blank wall; I don’t think 414 14th Street will ever get replaced.

Looking up Glenarm towards Central Downtown, two small structures sit behind the Hyatt with a parking lot further down. A blank wall makes sense here, with hopes the parking lot will develop and cover most, if not all, of that blank wall. A great example of a blank wall that is now getting covered, is over at The Platform in the Union Station neighborhood.

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With two very large surface lots on the same block, there is a very good chance at least one of the blank walls will get covered in the next few years. But what about present day, while we are waiting for that to happen? Well, I found a couple of examples…

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Last weekend, I visited another city that has a similar mission in their downtown: eliminate surface parking lots and become a dense, pedestrian and transit friendly urban center. There, I found dozens of blank walls next to surface lots and shorter buildings, just like the Hyatt. Since Denver has never had a real problem with blank walls, the subject of treatment has not been addressed whereas in other places, blank walls are a common occurrence. Here are two examples I found, both simple and complex. As I understand giant advertisements are not really Denver’s thing, it is a neat concept. I’m sure an artist here in Denver already has plans for these giant canvases.

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The Hyatt House/Hyatt Place is a great start to adding density to Upper Downtown Denver and activating sidewalks that have been asleep for many years.