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Union Station: The Triangle Building Update #5

Steel builds are, personally, one of the most exciting to watch. Instead of the core and structure going up together, the core rises first and the steel structure follows. These kind of builds also give us great insight to the height of the building early on in the construction process.

The Triangle Building is a steel build where the core is almost topped out at 10-stories with the steel structure starting to climb. With this, we now have a decent idea on the height of this project.

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Due to the larger floor-to-ceiling heights in office buildings, the 10-story Triangle Building will be roughly the same height as Cadence, which is 13-stories or 140 feet tall.

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The Union Station Neighborhood is starting to sport a skyline of its own and The Triangle Building will be a significant part of it!

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Given the quick nature of steel construction, the structure will only take a couple months to top out. By then, we will truly be able to see the triangular shape of this building. Stay tuned!


Upper Downtown: Hyatt Place/Hyatt House Hotel Update #4

Great progress is being made at the intersection of 14th Street and Glenarm. Since our last update in May, the dual branded Hyatt House / Hyatt Place has started to rise quickly. As a refresher, this hotel will be providing 346-rooms to Downtown Denver and will rise a total of 21-stories.

Given these photos are a little over a week old, the structure is now up around five-stories. Even at this height, it’s already having a great and positive impact to the streetscape.

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Here are some shots of the project along the street level. As you can see in the left photo, there are no buildings 21-stories or taller along the south side of 14th Street; this is going to make a fairly prominent statement to this end of the skyline. Only 19-stories to go!

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The Hyatt House / Hyatt Place is a great project for many reasons: it allows the capacity for more visitors staying in Downtown Denver and it vastly helps repair the urban fabric of Upper Downtown. I am very excited to see this building topped out!


Golden Triangle: 8th and Broadway Update #1

Ten months ago, we announced a new project going up on the corner of 8th Avenue and Broadway, taking up a large L-shaped parking lot and single-story 7-11. Since then, the project has broken ground, and the parking lot is completely gone with a hole in the ground.

The seven-story building has started to break street level, and a tower crane is now on site. Because of the building height, we should expect this to be a concrete structure. Here are some pictures of the site, right before the rain came! The picture on the left is from 8th Avenue and Lincoln, the right from Broadway between 8th and 9th Avenue.

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The 8th and Broadway project will contain 200 rental units with 240 parking spaces, and 4,420 square feet of ground floor retail. What a huge improvement to this intersection!


New Capitol Hill Project: 701 Sherman

Capitol Hill has block after block of tightly knit density, but as you move closer to Broadway, craters, or surface parking lots, break up the urban fabric. However, this is starting to change as another underutilized lot is going away in Capitol Hill! Just down the road from 820 Sherman, another residential project is proposed for the corner of 7th Avenue and Sherman Street! Here is a map with the project site outlined.

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Present day, the site consists of a small single story office building surrounded by surface parking to the north and west. This lot is clearly in need for an upgrade.

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How does an 8-story, 105-unit building sound for an upgrade? Here are two perspectives of 701 Sherman courtesy of Craine Architecture.

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Currently, there is no word on when this project is expected to break ground nor is there information on who the builder is. We will keep you posted as soon as those details come around!


Lower Downtown: Z Block Update #1

In January 2014, we reported on Z Block, a new mixed-use development in Lower Downtown that would remove nearly a half block of ugly surface parking from the historic Windsor Dairy block. Z Block was proposed by McWhinney in cooperation with the brokerage team at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank and property owner Grand American.

The original Z Block concept included a new office building along the entire Wazee Street side of the block, and multifamily residential in a new building fronting a portion of the Blake Street side, with the two components connected by spanning over the alley and forming a T-shaped project site.

With this update, there are two major changes to the project. First, Denver-based Sage Hospitality, operators of the historic Oxford Hotel and the newly opened Crawford Hotel at Denver Union Station, have joined the development team. Consequently, the second major change: the residential component of the project has been dropped, a hotel component added, and the uses rearranged on the block.

The new eight-story Z Block Hotel will occupy the corner of 19th and Wazee and offer 170 rooms. The 6-story office component will now have an L-shaped footprint, fronting most of the Wazee side of the block and spanning across the alley to the Blake Street side.

We have a bunch of brand-new renderings to share with you, courtesy of the nice people at McWhinney, Dovetail Solutions, Shears Adkins Rockmore (designers of the office component) and JG Johnson Architects (designers of the hotel component):

The corner of 18th and Wazee showing the office component that extends for about two-thirds along the Wazee Street frontage:

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A close-up of the center part of the Wazee side showing the main office entry:

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The Z Block Hotel anchoring the corner of 19th and Wazee:

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Closer view of the hotel at 19th and Wazee:

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From the corner of 19th and Blake, the view of the hotel on the right and, on the left, the portion of the office space that spans across the alley to the Blake Street side:

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View from 18th and Blake showing the office component in the center of the block and the alley side of the Wazee building:

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Finally, a close-up of the offices facing Blake Street:

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The project also includes 400 underground parking spaces and 30,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.

In my opinion, this is a wise move by Sage Hospitality and McWhinney. With Sage already operating what are arguably two of Downtown Denver’s most prestigious boutique hotels in amazing historic structures with the Oxford and the Crawford, the addition of the Z Block Hotel gives Sage a third property—in this case a modern facility in a sleek new building—and over 360 rooms within three blocks of each other all between Union Station and Coors Field in the heart of Lower Downtown. Smart.

Z Block is scheduled to be completed by September 2016.


New Capitol Hill Project: 820 Sherman

Holes in the ground with heavy machinery are always a great sign of a new development. Over at 8th Avenue and Sherman Street, there is a sizeable hole and we have some information about what’s going on.

First, let’s start out with a map of the site. As you can see, 820 Sherman is taking up an ugly Capitol Hill surface parking lot, which is great news for one of Downtown Denver’s densest neighborhoods.

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Currently, there are no renderings for this project but we have a couple pieces of information. Accoring to the Denver County Property Assessor, the lot was purchased by 8th and Sherman Development LLC and a permit has been filed for a 5-story mixed-use building with ground floor retail. Gensler is the architect and PCL is the builder. Here are a couple of photos of the site from this weekend.

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820 Sherman has roughly the same size footprint as 1756 Clarkson, over in Uptown, so we should expect anywhere between 50-75 units in this development. The average construction timeline for a project this size is around 12-14 months.


Golden Triangle: Museum Center + The Art Hotel Update #4

Recently, there have been many great things going on over at the Museum Center + Art Hotel project. The 9-story building has recently topped out and we are beginning to see the first exciting element on the facade: the glass curtain wall on the office portion is starting to go in!

One thing I noticed about this project is that it’s much thinner than I originally imagined. This building sits on a very small footprint and makes great use of it with very creative architecture.

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This 9-story building has a huge impact along Broadway, especially with the History Colorado Center right across the street. With this new building, Broadway, between 12th and 14th Avenue, has dramatically urbanized in the recent years and features the some of the most unique buildings in the city.

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The Museum Center + Art Hotel is an all around fantastic project for the Golden Triangle. Not only is the design outstanding, but it fills one of the ugliest parking lots in the neighborhood!


New Golden Triangle Project: Eviva Cherokee

A new 18-story apartment tower is proposed for Downtown Denver’s Golden Triangle district.

Coming soon to a particularly nasty patch of parking lot asphalt will be Eviva Cherokee, a joint development between Denver-based Charter Realty Group and Atlanta-based Integral Group. The project’s location on the east side of Cherokee between W. 12th and 13th Avenues places the sleek glass tower within a very short walk of the Denver Art Museum, the Clyfford Still Museum, and on the same block as the proposed Kirkland Museum. Eviva Cherokee is a big step forward in the continued repair of the Golden Triangle’s urban fabric and transformation into a dense mixed-use neighborhood. Here’s the site outlined on a Google Earth aerial:

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Eviva Cherokee will feature 274 rental units plus several amenities such as a fitness center and a sun deck with swimming pool. Here’s a rendering of the project’s Cherokee Street side, courtesy of Doug from The Beck Group, the project architect, and Eleni from Edelmen, the project’s PR firm:

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Groundbreaking for the project is planned for later this year.