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Golden Triangle: EnV Update #1

It’s hard to believe that we have not posted an update on EnV yet, minus featuring it in the Spring 2014: Downtown Denver Hole-in-the-Ground Census. However, I have a special post to kick off EnV’s first update.

Recently, I have expanded my horizons with photography and decided to take to the skies. Shawn Murry of CloudBase Aerial Imaging was our go-to for aerial perspectives and he has provided us some fantastic photos in the past. We will continue partnering with Shawn and look forward to many more great photos. Not to mention, Shawn has much bigger cameras in the air! Having two eyes in the sky allows us to provide aerial photos more frequently, which is never a bad thing!

Now onto EnV. Since the spring, the building has gone up eight stories and is really starting to have a presence in the Golden Triangle neighborhood. EnV will rise a total of 18-stories, meaning what you see today is just under half the total height. The structure will be concrete with a glass facade. Here are four perspectives of EnV from the air.

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As I have been out practicing and flying around for fun, it is truly amazing what you can capture from a higher prospective. Here are two bonus photos from some recent flights.

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EnV still has a long journey ahead but we will be keeping a closer eye on it as it is now rising at a quick pace.


Central Downtown: 1401 Lawrence Update #3

There was good news on September 25th when we announced the groundbreaking of 1401 Lawrence. The 22-story, 298,000 square foot office tower will eventually make its mark on the Denver skyline but, as with all new projects, there is a long journey ahead.

Demolishing the old sales center, used for the original 1401 Lawrence condo tower proposal, was the first thing on the to-do list. The building has already been torn down and as of today, the asphalt for the parking lot has also been taken out. Here are some pictures of the site from a week ago.

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All of the parking for 1401 Lawrence is above ground meaning this project will quickly rise above the street level! We will check back in a few weeks when this project is in the hole-in-the-ground phase.


Downtown Denver: Aloft Denver City Center Update #4 (Inside the Infill Edition)

At the intersection of 15th and Stout Street sat an old abandoned fast food restaurant that destroyed the pedestrian experience on a street already riddled with parking lots and not-so-pedestrian-friendly buildings. But, over the past year, that intersection has dramatically changed, featuring a six-story hotel that is nearing completion.

Before we go take a look on the interior of the building, here is a recent shot of the exterior. On our next and final update of this project, we will go down to the street level and look at the building in more detail.

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Thanks to Damon Balcerak of Martines Palmeiro Construction (MPC), I was able to get an exclusive inside look at the progress being made! Everything is starting to shape up from the flooring to the walls.

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The rooms are even more complete with all of the essential furniture pieces in place. Room accessories and mattresses will start to get installed over the next couple of weeks.

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The aLoft Hotel features a basement, which houses the main amenities and back of the house operations. Here are some pictures of the soon to be complete pool and fitness room. The common areas of the hotel will all share an industrial look, with exposed beams and pipes throughout the building.

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Given the small plot of land the aLoft sits on, the main lobby has a surprisingly open feel to it. There will be a porte-cochère entrance, mid block on Stout Street, and another entrance along 15th Street. The lobby will also include a state of the art bar, which we will cover more in depth with our final update. Here it is under construction.

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The aLoft Denver City Center has an expected opening date of November 20th. We will check back in around then for our final update. Stay tuned!


Lower Downtown: 16M Final Update

Since the announcement of 16M back in April 2012, everyone rejoiced that the old Office Depot building at 1350 16th Street was going to be demolished and something much better was going to stand in its place. Now that the fences are down, and 16M has been mixed into Downtown Denver’s urban fabric, the intersection of the 16th Street Mall and Market Street has a new breath of life. Before we get to the pictures, make sure you visit our previous updates of 16M.

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Time to take a look at the completed building. Designed by Gensler, 16M rises a total of 10 stories and provides the Lower Downtown District with 115,000 square feet of office space, 13,000 square feet of retail, and 47 residential apartment units. Here are two views of the building looking down the 16th Street Mall towards Union Station.

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16M shares a similar design with its neighbor down the block, SugarCube. The first six floors are dedicated to retail and office space and floors seven through ten, set back from the office portion, are dedicated to the residential units.

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The street level, where the pedestrians interact with the city, is the most important part of any project. 16M hit it out of the park, with a tucked away garage ramp, attractive office entrance, and ample ground-floor retail.

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If you ask for my opinion about the ground-floor treatment, I would say this is infinitely better than walking along the blank wall of an Office Depot with a single entrance on the 16th Street Mall!

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The presence, look, and feel of 16M is outstanding. It’s a very attractive building with brick and glass throughout the entire facade and it has the most important feature every urban building should have: an amazing street presence. Welcome to Lower Downtown, 16M! We are glad to have you!


Central Downtown: 1401 Lawrence Update #2

Good news! DenverInfill has learned from Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, the brokerage firm handling leasing for the proposed 1401 Lawrence office tower, that the official groundbreaking for the project will take place on October 1, 2014. For more about this project, visit our last update here.

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By the way, the tower has gained a floor since our last report. It now will be 22 stories tall and contain 298,000 square feet of office space and 8,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. Toronto-based First Gulf Corporation is the developer. For more information including a downloadable PDF with additional building details, visit the First Gulf’s project website.

 


Prospect: The Casey Update #3

Since our last update on The Casey, formally known as 2100 Delgany, a lot of progress has been made over the past nine months, as you would expect. The six-story, 187-unit apartment project has topped out and is now only a couple months from completion.

First we will start with some shots from a nearby rooftop. As you can see, the structure is complete and closed in at six-stories. Workers have also started on the facade on the south end of the building.

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The facade is mostly comprised of brick with some paneling and stucco mixed in. As far as the main structure, the first floor is concrete with five-stories of timber on top.

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Last but not least, here is a view of the project from the Wewatta viaduct, heading down into Union Station and Prospect.

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The next time we look at the Casey will be for the final update in a couple of months. See you then!


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!