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Denver Union Station Update #129: Final Grand Opening Preview

Like many large, complex, redevelopment and infrastructure projects, certain elements are completed before others, providing opportunities to celebrate more than one grand opening. This is the case with Denver’s Union Station project.

Construction began in early 2010. Here’s a photo from our Denver Union Station Update #1 on March 22, 2010, when excavation was just getting started (seems like ages ago, doesn’t it?):

A year and a half later, the new (relocated) Union Station Light Rail Station was the first major component of the half-billion dollar project to be finished, resulting in Union Station’s first grand opening celebration on August 15, 2011. That was followed by 32 additional months of construction after which the project’s two largest transit components, the 22-gate underground Union Station Bus Concourse and the 8-track Union Station Commuter Rail Station opened on May 9, 2014, which we covered here at DenverInfill with six very special grand opening posts and three bonus posts at DenverUrbanism. In the interim, there was also the first Amtrak train to arrive into the new Commuter Rail Station in March 2014. Then, there was the “soft” opening of the historic station on June 12, 2014, with the Crawford Hotel and a few of the station’s new restaurant and retail spaces welcoming their first customers. 

But now, the time has finally arrived for the grand finale of Union Station’s grand opening events! This SATURDAY, JULY 26, 2014, is the public’s chance to celebrate the completion of the whole project, with tours of the restored historic station and a major party—food, drink, music and entertainment—on the new (and quite fabulous!) Wynkoop Plaza. The party begins at 10AM, the official ceremony is at NOON, and the festivities run through 3 PM. Here’s a link to the official Union Station grand opening page. PLEASE NOTE, if you want to take a tour of the historic station, you must have a ticket. Use this link which can also be found at the bottom of the official event page to reserve your tour tickets. Again, the final Union Station grand opening event is:

SATURDAY, JULY 26, 2014
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
17TH & WYNKOOP, LOWER DOWNTOWN DENVER

DenverInfill will be there to photograph the festivities so, if you can’t make it, look for a special Union Station Grand Opening blog post soon after Saturday’s party!


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.


Denver Union Station Update #128: The Historic Station Opens!

As we near our final update on the Denver Union Station redevelopment, there is one final milestone in the project that has been reached: the historic station is now open to the public! On Saturday July 12th, Union Station had a soft opening, meaning only a portion of the ground floor retail and amenities inside the building are open. The grand opening and block party will be on July 26th!

To sum it up in a few words, the inside of the historic station looks absolutely incredible. Everything from the new benches and couches, to the historically accurate chandeliers, this building has gone through a complete transformation. I encourage you to head to our post from December 2012 to see the before photos!

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There will be two bars in the station. One on the ground floor and the other on the mezzanine level. The ‘Terminal Bar’ on the ground floor will feature benches on the outside as well as a seating room inside the bar.

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The second level bar will feature multiple couches and chairs along the eastern portion of the mezzanine. Bar seating is also available with a great view of 17th Street!

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The ground floor retail outside the station is done incredibly well. The patios hug the station closely with entrances scattered throughout the wing buildings.

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Last but not least, here are two views I was able to capture from the mezzanine level; one from a hotel room looking towards the Union Station neighborhood and the other from the mezzanine bar!

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This project will be complete by July 26th! We will see you at the grand opening! As the date nears, we will provide you with more information and details about the event.


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!