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Capitol Hill: MOTO Apartments Update #1

Last month, we posted an update on a project that was already underway and had very little information out about it. Recently, DenverInfill has obtained information on the MOTO Apartments, formally known as 820 Sherman, going up in Capitol Hill, thanks to the good folks at Gensler.

According to the press release, the MOTO (Middle of Town) Apartments will feature 64-units in a six-story building over 61 parking stalls and 3,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. Amenities include a specialized bike room, and upper deck containing a pool and community courtyard. Here is a rendering, courtesy of Gensler Architects.

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Two tenants, Black Eye Coffee Shop and Proper Barber Shop, have already been announced to occupy the ground floor retail which is great news! Completion for this project is expected Spring 2015. For more information on the MOTO Apartments, including floor-plans, head on over to their website.


Prospect: Residences at Prospect Park Update #2

The Prospect neighborhood has started to become a very tightly knit urban area with street-walls of residential buildings at every turn. With very few empty lots left, the Residences at Prospect Park take up what was one of the largest dirt lots in the neighborhood.

This building, which will top out at five stories, is impressively long with a span of around 750-feet. To put things into prospective, that’s 36 feet longer than Republic Plaza, Denver’s tallest building, if it were laying down and double the length of projects such as 2020 Lawrence, and Legacy 22nd. Here are some recent photos of the project. Because of the size, there are a total eight stairwell/elevator cores going in.

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The Residences at Prospect Park will contribute 296-units to the Prospect neighborhood and has an expected delivery of early 2015. The last time we visited this project was over a year ago so in case you need a refresher, make sure you visit our announcement and updated rendering posts!


Union Station: The Platform Update #8

The tallest tower under-construction in the Union Station neighborhood has recently topped out at 21-stories and is making quite the statement in both the neighborhood and on the Denver skyline.

Over the past few weeks, workers have been busy installing the panels making quick and steady progress. After seeing these photos you might be wondering why there is a 13-story blank wall facing an open lot. Fear not, it will soon be covered up by the 16th and Wewatta Hotel / Office Complex! The 12-story, 200-room Kimpton Hotel will rise to the exact height of The Platform’s blank wall.

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At 240-feet, The Platform may only be 33.6% the height of Denver’s tallest building but it still makes a very large impact. Visually, this tower brings a unique color palette to the Denver building scene: white and grey paneling, a mix of colors we have yet to see elsewhere around the city.

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Here is one last view of The Platform with the commuter rail tracks front and center.

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The Platform has an expected delivery of early 2015 making this the last construction update before we wrap it up in a final update. See you then!


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.