Skip to content
Archive of posts filed under the Downtown Districts category.

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.

2014-08-17_701ShermanMap

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.

2014-08-17_701ShermanSite-02 2014-08-17_701ShermanSite-01

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

2014-08-17_701ShermanRendering-01 2014-08-17_701ShermanRendering-02

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, and Shears Adkins Rockmore:

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

2014-08-19_z-block-wazee-office1

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

2014-08-19_z-block-wazee-office2

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

2014-08-19_z-block-wazee-hotel1

Closer view of the hotel at 19th and Wazee:

2014-08-19_z-block-wazee-hotel2

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:

2014-08-19_z-block-19th-hotel

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

2014-08-19_z-block-blake-office2

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

2014-08-19_z-block-blake-office1

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.

2014-08-17_820ShermanMap

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.

2014-08-17_820ShermanSite-02 2014-08-17_820ShermanSite-01

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.

2014-08-17_ArtHotel-01 2014-08-17_ArtHotel-02

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.

2014-08-17_ArtHotel-03 2014-08-17_ArtHotel-04

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:

2014-08-14_eviva-cherokee-site

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:

2014-08-14-eviva-cherokee-rendering

Groundbreaking for the project is planned for later this year.


Central Platte Valley: AMLI Riverfront Final Update

Let’s head over to the Central Platte Valley to take a final look at AMLI Riverfront, a 242-unit apartment project that is a great step in the right direction for completing the Riverfront Park master plan. Here are all of the previous updates for this project:

New Apartments Proposed for 19th and Little Raven

Goodbye Empty Lots, You Will Not Be Missed

AMLI Riverfront Update #1

AMLI Riverfront Update #1 – Addendum

AMLI Riverfront Update #2

Inside the Infill: AMLI Riverfront Park

Central Platte Valley: AMLI Riverfront Update #3

Today, we will be looking at the project from the outside as well as taking a peek inside, thanks to Emily Flynn of AMLI! Like what we have been seeing with a lot of the new infill around Downtown Denver, AMLI Riverfront is mostly comprised of a brick facade which looks great along every side.

2014-08-07_AMLIRiverfront-01 2014-08-07_AMLIRiverfront-02

2014-08-07_AMLIRiverfront-03 2014-08-07_AMLIRiverfront-05

The building curves with the sidewalk along Little Raven which adds some complexity to the building’s design; a neat feature of the project. The existing trees were also preserved, and there is ample new landscaping around the entire building. A single parking ramp on 19th Street leads to the garage towards the north.

2014-08-07_AMLIRiverfront-04 2014-08-07_AMLIRiverfront-06 2014-08-07_AMLIRiverfront-01

Time to go inside! In the center, you are greeted with a courtyard and swimming pool, wrapped around by apartment units. AMLI was adding the finishing touches to the pool while I was on this tour.

2014-08-07_AMLIRiverfront-16 2014-08-07_AMLIRiverfront-15

The community space is two stories, with a community kitchen and space for entertainment and games such as billiards. There are also conference and community computer rooms on the second floor.

2014-08-07_AMLIRiverfront-17 2014-08-07_AMLIRiverfront-14

Here is a sampling of the units. The finishes are what we have been seeing across the board: hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, and granite counter-tops. The studio units have a partial diving wall and also come with racks for hanging your bike and/or snow gear.

2014-08-07_AMLIRiverfront-13 2014-08-07_AMLIRiverfront-12

2014-08-07_AMLIRiverfront-11 2014-08-07_AMLIRiverfront-10

Speaking of bikes, there is ample bike storage in the parking garage as well as a bike room, which is maintained by Salvagetti.

2014-08-07_AMLIRiverfront-09 2014-08-07_AMLIRiverfront-08

Last but not least, there is a rooftop deck that looks over Central Platte Valley. You can see Elitch Gardens, Mile High Stadium, the Front Range, and many other buildings and landmarks.

2014-08-07_AMLIRiverfront-07

That’s a wrap on AMLI Riverfront! This project adds 242-units and well over 300 people to the Central Platte Valley neighborhood. As of now, the building is over 50% leased and has been open for only a couple of months. Welcome to Central Platte Valley and Downtown Denver, AMLI Riverfront!


Denver Union Station: Final Update – After Dark

This is it. The last ‘final update’ of the incredible Denver Union Station project. Today, we will be looking at each element of this project at night. Denver Union Station is great to see during the daytime, but it’s even better when the sun is down and the lights are on! So whether you are…

A kid (or adult) playing in the fountains at Wynkoop Plaza…

2014-08-03_DUSAfterDark-WP-01 2014-08-03_DUSAfterDark-WP-02

2014-08-03_DUSAfterDark-WP-03 2014-08-03_DUSAfterDark-WP-04

An observer watching the fountains from above…

2014-08-03_DUSAfterDark-WP-05 2014-08-03_DUSAfterDark-WP-06

A passenger catching the California Zephyr headed for Chicago…

2014-08-03_DUSAfterDark-CRT-03 2014-08-03_DUSAfterDark-CRT-02

2014-08-03_DUSAfterDark-CRT-04 2014-08-03_DUSAfterDark-CRT-01

Or a passenger getting off the California Zephyr in Denver …

2014-08-03_DUSAfterDark-HS-02 2014-08-03_DUSAfterDark-HS-01

And are having your first drink at the Terminal Bar….

2014-08-03_DUSAfterDark-HS-03

Or a late night commuter taking the light rail home, or to work…

2014-08-03_DUSAfterDark-LRT-04 2014-08-03_DUSAfterDark-LRT-03

2014-08-03_DUSAfterDark-LRT-01 2014-08-03_DUSAfterDark-LRT-02

Or a pedestrian, talking a night stroll through the city…

2014-08-03_DUSAfterDark-Final-02 2014-08-03_DUSAfterDark-Final-01

This is what you see. Brilliant lights, illuminating a grand project. As I’ve said many times in the past: Union Station, you look absolutely incredible. I and many others are very happy with the outcome and are looking forward to the many great decades ahead!


Denver Union Station: Final Update – A Look Back

I didn’t start posting on Denver Union Station until Update 103, when construction of the project was in full swing. Before that, Rick Anstey was the Denver Union Station guru and avid poster. At the time Update 103 came out, the underground bus facility was capped from Chestnut to Wewatta, the old light rail station was long gone, the parking lots were torn up along Wynkoop Street, and construction for the North Wing Building had just started. It was still a whole different story than it is today; there was still a lot of dirt and not much vertical construction, as everything was still underground. In this post every ‘before’ picture will be accompanied by a present day photo. Let’s begin!

UnionStation8.10.5 2014-07-27_DUSGO-07

UnionStation8.10.6 2014-07-27_DUSGO-14

UnionStation8.10.4 2014-05-10_SouthWing-03

Update 103 was also the last time we had a look inside the historic station. Remember Ken’s Union Station tours? That particular day attracted a large crowd as he and Dana Crawford discussed the future of the historic station.

UnionStation8.10.2 2014-07-27_DUSGO-13

Fast forward to Update 105 and 106. I had my first hard hat tour of the project, which was very exciting for both DenverInfill readers and me personally. The foundation for the canopy had just started to go in and the underground bus facility was still a concrete shell.

USTour8.18 2014-05-10_ThePlatform-04

DUSBus8.23 2014-05-09_DUSGrandOpeningP2-05

Then things started to get exciting above ground. My favorite piece in the whole project, the commuter rail station canopy, started to go vertical.

DUS10.14 2013-11-28_DUSCanopy-01

DUSCanopy2.1.26 2013-09-01_DUSPlatforms-05

As months passed, there was a lot of visible construction which made for some exciting photos. In Update 115, Ken snapped a great picture of the first fabric pieces getting installed to the commuter rail station canopy.

2013-05-05_union-station-115-canopy 2014-07-31_DUSLB-01

Jumping to Update 121, the plazas were starting to take shape and the historic station was wrapped in scaffolding while it was undergoing a full restoration. The North Wing building had just topped out and the glass facade was peeking out from under the plastic.

2013-07-14_DUS-NorthWing-03 2014-07-27_DUSGO-08

Then the most exciting aspects of the project came around: sections were starting to open to the public. It was before my time reporting on Union Station when the light-rail station opened back in May 2012 however, I did get to witness the 17th Street Gardens, commuter rail train station, underground bus facility, historic station, and Wynkoop Plaza opening!

2014-07-13_UnionStation-01 2014-05-09_DUSGrandOpeningP2-09

2014-05-09_DUSGrandOpeningP1-02 2014-07-27_DUSGO-02

 2014-07-31_DUSLB-03

This project has completely transformed what was once a barren wasteland situated between two great neighborhoods. Denver Union Station is now the new hot spot in Downtown Denver and will continue thriving as the private sector developments keep rolling in. This was my personal experience from when I started covering this project to sitting here tonight typing up this post. Needless to say, it has been quite a ride. Welcome back to Downtown Denver, we are so glad you are back! I’m looking forward to hearing your experiences and stories during this project’s journey!