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Uptown: Alexan Uptown Update #5

Since its topping out in May, Alexan Uptown has been making steady progress. The tower crane has been taken down, and we can start to see the facade on both the front and back of the building.

The 12-story, 372-unit apartment building is quite large, taking up the entire block along Logan Street between 19th and 20th Avenue. A good portion of the facade will be stucco, which is why the building is still covered in green tarp. The back of the building, facing west, features a setback in the center and will be finished with stucco.

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The first four floors of Alexan Uptown will have a brown brick facade which looks sharp at the street level.

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In the next couple of months, we will start to see the rest of the building as the facade starts wrapping up.

Central Downtown: 1144 Fifteenth Update #13

1144 Fifteenth Street is starting to make a huge impact along 15th Street. Since our last update in June, the tower crane has been jumped, the core is climbing its way up onto the skyline, and the parking structure is almost topped out. Let’s take a look!

The parking garage is now up nine stories with only three more to go. Once the concrete structure of the garage tops out, the steel structure will begin for floors 13 through 40; 42 with the mechanical penthouse.

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The transformation of 15th Street is a fantastic sight. It’s amazing what three buildings (Le Meridien / AC, aLoft, 1144 Fifteenth) can do to a streetscape.

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Our next update for 1144 Fifteenth will be when the steel structure starts, which should be in the next few weeks.

Edit: 08/23/2016 – 7:25AM

Here is an awesome bonus photo from DenverInfill reader S. Autrey. If you look closely at the core, you can see where the parking structure will eventually top out. The setback in the core is where the office portion will begin.


New Golden Triangle Project: Greystar Speer Boulevard

Another large scale apartment project might be coming to the Golden Triangle neighborhood. Greystar is proposing a 16-story, 302-unit apartment project with 12,000 square feet of retail.

Today, we have some information on this project but the details are still a little sparse. The building will be located at the intersection of Speer Boulevard and Bannock, one block southeast of Joule. Here is an aerial with the project site outlined.

The site outline is not final and may change in the future. This is our best guess based on the renderings.


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Here is the project’s site plan from the documents filed with Denver’s Right of Way Services which shows the footprint of the building.


Here is a Google Street-view of the site. As noted above, the extent of the project site is our best guess based on the renderings; we currently do not know if the existing buildings will be demolished for this project.


Here are two renderings of the project courtesy of Ziegler Cooper, the project’s architect. Head on over to their project page for additional renderings of the interiors and amenities.

According to the architect, this project will feature upscale urban living, with a club room, aqua lounge, fitness center, dog park, community room, WiFi lounge, morning Room, and a 14,275 square foot rooftop deck with a pool offering views of the mountain skyline.

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The construction time-frame for this project is currently unknown however, we will provide an update once we receive more information.

Golden Triangle: Eviva Cherokee Update #5

Over in the Golden Triangle neighborhood, Eviva Cherokee, an 18-story, 274-unit apartment building, is making steady progress. Since our last update in April, the structure has over tripled in size and the first facade elements are starting to show.

Eviva Cherokee is now up 17-stories with one more to go. Along Cherokee Street, you can get a peek of the glass facade going in.

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Here is the back side of the project facing the alley, which wasn’t pictured in the initial renderings. The building makes an ‘L’ shape and will most likely feature the same glass facade. In the foreground of the second photo, we can see the Kirkland Museum making great progress as well.

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Eviva Cherokee should top out in the next week or two. We have a lot of infill coming your way this week. Stay tuned!

Union Station: The Coloradan Update #3

Along with our groundbreaking announcement for The Coloradan, a backhoe and trailer have already been moved to the site. A construction fence is also wrapped around the entire site!

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Goodbye vacant Block B, hello Union Station condos!

Union Station: The Coloradan Update #2

Today, East West Partners announced they have broken ground on The Coloradan, a 19-story, $200 million condominium tower planned for 17th and Wewatta next to the commuter rail platforms at Denver Union Station. Here’s the latest rendering, courtesy of East West Partners and GBD Architects:


Rendering of The Coloradan, courtesy of East West Partners and GBD Architects.

The Coloradan will occupy the last remaining undeveloped parcel (known as the “B block”) in the Union Station area. The new for-sale residential building will feature a total of 334 units of which 33 will have pricing estimated in the mid- to high-$200,000 range set by the affordability requirements of Denver’s Inclusionary Housing Ordinance; 294 market-rate units comprised of studio, 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, and 3-bedroom residences ranging from the high $200,000s to $1.3 million; and seven penthouse units on the 19th floor ranging from $1.6 to $3.0 million. Visit our Update #1 for additional renderings of The Coloradan.


Vacant site (foreground) for The Coloradan, located across Wewatta Street from the Denver flagship Whole Foods currently under construction.

The Coloradan will include approximately 19,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space, with East West Partners targeting high-quality restaurants and retailers as strong complements to the intensive pedestrian and transit uses nearby.


The Coloradan will connect to the pedestrian bridge (left) spanning the commuter rail platforms at Denver Union Station

The new residential tower will also feature 447 vehicle parking spaces, a rooftop pool deck and club room, a fitness center, and a residents’ garden. East West Partners is targeting LEED Gold certification.

Slifer, Smith & Frampton will begin condominium sales in 2017 with the project scheduled to be completed by September 2018.

Curtis Park-Five Points: 2300 Welton Update #3

Staying in the Curtis Park-Five Points neighborhood, let’s head over to Park Avenue West and Welton Street to check in on the 2300 Welton project. As a refresher, this is a 223-unit apartment project contained in a four-story building.

Framing for the building is complete with the facade nearing completion. Here are two photos looking from both Park Avenue West and 24th Avenue along Welton Street.

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2300 Welton features a neat entrance to the courtyard, which tunnels through part of the building. It’s pretty hard to spot until you are close to it.

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The Park Avenue West side of the larger structure is nearly complete with landscaping and some minor facade work that still needs to be done.

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The smaller building that sits across the alley, along Park Avenue West, is also part of the 2300 Welton project. It can be seen in this rendering.

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2300 Welton started leasing this month and should be open by the Fall, which is when we will visit it for a final update.

Curtis Park-Five Points: The Lydian Update #3

Today we have a quick update on The Lydian, formally known as 2560 Welton project; an eight story mixed use building which will contain 129 apartment units, 15,000 square feet of office, and 10,000 square feet of retail. When we last visited this project in June,  site preparations were underway.

Present day, excavation is nearly complete and a tower crane base sits on site! I’m sure we will see the red tower crane go up within the next couple of weeks.

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This site was a surface parking lot for many years. We are glad to see it go! The Lydian should take around 12-16 months to complete.

Lower Downtown: 1600 Market Hotel Update #2

At the July 21 meeting of the Lower Downtown Design Review Board, the proposed 1600 Market Hotel development received approval for mass and scale. Here’s a rendering, courtesy of the project architect DLR Group, that was submitted to the LDDRB in July that depicts the approved building envelope (height, scale, mass, form, contextual fit, etc.):


This represents a refinement of the project’s previous design that we shared in our Update #1 in May.

The next phase for the 1600 Market Hotel’s design process is seeking the LDDRB’s approval for building details, such as facade materials and color, which is why most of the building is rendered in a gray color since those building details are still in the works.