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Jefferson Park: Row Houses at Jefferson Park Update #2

Across the street from Element 47, along Frontview Crescent Drive, the Row Houses at Jefferson Park are starting to take shape with residences starting to move into the north half of the development. As a refresher, this is a 29 unit for-sale project. For site plans and the original renderings, make sure you visit our announcement post.

Frontview Crescent is a very interesting sight. On the south side you have a street wall of new townhomes and on the north side you have a similar row of townhomes with a four-story apartment building in the back. As far as parking goes, residents have access through a driveway part way through the block.

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The south side of the project is still under construction however, we should see this part complete within the next couple of months.

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Most of the for-sale units going up in Denver, at the moment, are townhome developments much like this one and Jefferson Park is seeing a huge influx of these developments much like Lower Highland!


Union Station: The Platform Update #6

The Platform at Union Station, the 21-story, 288-unit apartment tower being developed by Holland Partners next to the new commuter rail platforms at Denver Union Station, is climbing its way into the Denver skyline. A few weeks ago, Ryan gave us Update #5 on this exciting project.

To start your weekend off right, here’s some skyline eye candy for you (click for full size):

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The red tower crane is The Platform’s. The black and white tower crane is new since last week. That’s for 1601 Wewatta going up across the street from The Platform.


Lower Highland: The Lab Update #1

Today we have a short update on The Lab, a proposed 73,000 square foot, four-story office building at 17th and Platte Street behind the Denver Beer Company. Details are available in our first post on this project last October.

It appears the project is moving forward, as the old janitorial supplies building that occupied the site is now mostly history. As of this morning, here is the site:

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We’ll keep on eye on this project and let you know when construction of the new building is underway.

 


Jefferson Park: Element 47 Update #3

Continuing on in the Jefferson Park neighborhood, there is quite a bit of infill near the park itself. A couple of blocks away from the park, Element 47 is starting to shape up and is nearing completion.

Here is the first building that was completed in Element 47 on the intersection of West 23rd Avenue and River Drive. The facade of each building is composed of paneling and stone; which isn’t used much in the new projects going up.

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Element 47 is in a slightly unusual location, with a large portion of the project facing Interstate 25. We typically do not like surface parking incorporated in any infill development however, these lots face the highway and are tucked away.

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There are parts of Element 47 that feel like a true urban project, the buildings that face West 23rd Ave, Bryant, and Frontview Crescent Drive however, in the middle of the project, I couldn’t help feeling like I was in a suburban apartment complex. When Bryant Street turns into Frontview Crescent Drive, there is an option to go straight into Element 47 where you are greeted with surface parking and a turn around loop in front of the leasing office. This part of the project had much more potential to still feel like a true urban part of the neighborhood.

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Buildings four and five are still under construction but should be completed in the coming months. Building five, facing Frontview Crescent Drive, also appears to have townhome units in the front. This block already has townhome units along the entire south side, so this should fit in nicely.

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Element 47 is providing the Jefferson Park neighborhood with 265 apartment units and 4,000 square feet of retail. We should see full completion around late summer.


Jefferson Park: Clay\28th Final Update

Just west of 2785 Speer, there is a new infill development that has been complete for a few months. Clay/28th is a rare development given the rental boom we are currently in; providing the Jefferson Park neighborhood with 21 for-sale units.

Clay/28th has a very similar design to B-Street LoHi, with the striped grey metal paneling. Underground parking access is on West 28th Avenue with four-stories of condos above.

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Here are two additional views of Clay/28th along Clay Street. The main entrance to the building is up a stoop along Clay.

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Multifamily for-sale projects are few and far between around Downtown Denver and its surrounding neighborhoods. As few units as this is, it’s good to see a complete for-sale development!


Jefferson Park: 2785 Speer Update #3

For my next few updates, we are going to be looking at some of the major projects happening in the Jefferson Park neighborhood which has seen an influx of infill development ranging from townhomes to large multifamily projects. First up on the list is 2785 Speer. This is a 325-unit apartment project going up right along Speer Boulevard between Zuni and Bryant Streets.

This project was a bit tricky to photograph due to the layout, topography of the area, and tall fences around the project site however, since 2785 Speer has started to go vertical, we are able to see some of the project elements from afar. These first two photos are taken from Bryant Street. One tower crane is still on the western portion of site and the elevator cores have started to go in.

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Looking towards Zuni Street, along Speer Boulevard, the east building has risen three-stories with two more to go. Looking up towards Bryant Street, you can see the foundations for the west building have started to go vertical.

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Here are two additional pictures of the east building. The ground floor of each building will also have retail totaling more than 10,000 square feet.

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Building along Speer Boulevard is a challenge due to the busy and diagonal nature of the street. This project will help bring a new life to this portion of Speer Boulevard and will provide a great ‘entrance’ into the Jefferson Park neighborhood.


Uptown: Ascent Uptown Final Update

Back in February 2013, we announced a new project that was going up on the intersection of 17th Avenue and Franklin Street. The project, named Ascent Uptown, is a three story building containing affordable apartments with ground floor retail. During this project’s build-out, we didn’t have any updates, which is unfortunate. However, it has been called to our attention by DenverInfill reader Chris Jones that Ascent Uptown is now complete. Below is the only post we had on this project; the announcement post.

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Now for some photos! This is a nice little infill project that takes up a fairly small parcel. The three story building is comprised of both brick and paneling with some very functional awnings for the ground floor retail, which we will get to later in this post!

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The parking for Ascent Uptown is in the back of the building towards 16th Avenue down Franklin Street. There is also a B-Cycle station right outside the building!

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The street presence, which matters the most, is everything you could want along 17th Avenue. There are two restaurants, Olive and Finch and Patxi’s Pizza, occupying the ground floor retail spaces with the entrance to the apartments on Franklin Street. Every time I have walked by, and if there isn’t a storm rolling in quickly as you can see in the photos, each patio has always been occupied by a good amount of people.

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17th Avenue from Logan to York Street has some great patches of retail and restaurants. Ascent Uptown keeps the trend with proving some great ground floor retail along with adding 22 affordable housing units to the neighborhood! Welcome to Denver, Ascent Uptown!


Lower Highland: LoHi City View Apartments Update #1

Back in Fall of 2012, we announced a new apartment project that was going up on the east corner of 17th and Boulder Streets. The existing structures on this parcel were razed around the same time of our announcement and the site had been used as staging for the B-Street LoHi project next door.

Over the past couple of months, excavation had commenced, the underground parking structure started going in and as of last weekend, the project has started to rise above the street level. LoHi City View will rise a total of five-stories.

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The current development in Lower Highland and Jefferson Park is astounding whether its new townhomes or multifamily housing projects. LoHi City View will provide 100 apartment units to the Lower Highland neighborhood with completion still about a year out.