As you may have learned from the tower crane census I posted in March, the Renaissance Stout Street Lofts has a tower crane on site and construction is in full swing. Let’s take a look at what they are doing!
As a refresher, this the site. There isn’t much around it and just to the east there are still seas of parking. This is a great development taking another step to help rectify the surface parking lot problem in Arapahoe Square.
The underground parking structure has started to go up along with the elevator cores. There will be one underground floor of parking with 5-stories of residential on top.
Continuing with the high-resolution bonus photos, here is a shot of Arapahoe Square looking down 22nd Street. You can see the the Renaissance Stout Street lofts, The Douglas, the recently completed completed 2020 Lawrence and soon Legacy 22nd and the Curtis Street Lofts will rise! Lots of infill!
There is a lot of infill going up north of Downtown Denver. It’s very exciting to see parking lots disappear in mass quantities. Renaissance Stout Street Lofts is expected to be complete by April 2014.
At 21st and Curtis Street in the Arapahoe Square neighborhood, a small apartment project named Curtis Street Lofts has been planned. This is a 4-story building supplying Arapahoe Square with 12 rental units.
This may be a small building but, it is taking up a crucial corner on 21st and Curtis Street adding density to an area that needs some serious densification. There is an existing structure on site which you can clearly see that it doesn’t really contribute to the urban feel of downtown (unlike the giant 2020 Lawrence in the background).
Here are some elevations and a rendering of the Curtis Street Lofts courtesy of Sprocket (click to embiggen). For the construction / planning enthusiast, head on over here for the official development plan submitted to the city.
This is another great win for the Arapahoe Square neighborhood. Slowly but surely lots are disappearing making this the next greatest urban neighborhood of Downtown Denver!
The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless has started construction on an apartment project between 21st and 22nd on Stout Street, known as the Renaissance Stout Street Lofts. This project will provide 78 units targeted for a variety of incomes including affordable housing. Amenities include a computer room, courtyard, social service workers easily available, and underground parking.
Let’s take a look at a few renderings courtesy of The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless (click on the link for some groundbreaking photos as well). This is going to be a five-story structure taking up almost the entire length of the half block while being set back at the entrance. As seen in a lot of apartment designs lately, there will be a rounded facade on one corner.
Now for a look at the site. This is a very barren area of Arapahoe Square that has been riddled with parking lots for many years. Seeing another large lot disappear this close to central downtown is always exciting!
Groundbreaking was on January 30th and they are expected to open April of 2014. Empty lots are disappearing quickly in Arapahoe Square and we’ll be covering another one going away later in the week!
Today I am wrapping up 2020 Lawrence as it has recently been completed. 2020 Lawrence has been through a lot before getting out of the ground considering years past. It all started back in 2006, before the economic meltdown, as a 60-unit 9-story condo building that took up only 1/4 of the block. Then in 2009, it was re-announced with design changes but nothing came out of the ground. Finally, in 2011, a half block long 231-unit 10-story apartment building finally broke ground. You can follow the legacy of this project here:
First 2020 Lawrence Condo Design
2020 Lawrence Project Underway
2020 Lawrence Update #1
2020 Lawrence Update #2
2020 Lawrence Update #3
2020 Lawrence Update #4
2020 Lawrence Update #5
2020 Lawrence Update #6 (Completed Night Lighting)
As we know, 2020 Lawrence is a pretty massive building taking up a huge gap in the Arapahoe Square neighborhood. Last time I did an update, we only saw a little bit of the facade complete which raised a lot of curiosity on how well the final product would turn out. Zocalo did a great job using some design elements around Arapahoe square and incorporating them into this project. A couple unique elements are the metal cladding with the metal flaring out of the bricks as well as the awnings that will soon have a little ground floor retail behind them. Combined, these add lot of character to the building.
2020 Lawrence has a very defined entrance and makes quite the presence at street level. This is a huge improvement from a parking lot!
Now for a look on the other side. Before judging the more plain nature of this side, remember there is an empty lot that sits right behind 2020 Lawrence we hope will be filled soon. The impact of this building can really be seen from this prospective especially paired with it’s neighbor Solera. There’s a lot of new density around here!
2020 Lawrence may have taken 5 years to get out of the ground with many changes but, it is a key infill project for the Arapahoe Square neighborhood. It’s helping activate areas of downtown that used to be a barren wasteland of parking lots. There are some more infill projects planned around 2020 Lawrence and it will be great to see more projects rise in the Arapahoe Square neighborhood! Welcome to the neighborhood 2020 Lawrence!
Over at the newly completed 2020 Lawrence, there’s a new lighting element on this huge half block 10-story apartment building. Lighting on buildings is a key element to any major city and makes the city itself more visually appealing. Let’s take a look.
As of right now the colors cycle between blue, orange, pink, and purple. I’m curious to see if in the future they will change the colors occasionally, like the Four Seasons spire, versus having them cycle every few seconds. Here is the entrance to the building.
And here is the 2020 Lawrence looking towards 20th Street from 21st Street.
This is very opposite to the traditional white lighting over at the newly complete Ralph Carr Judicial Center but location is key for certain types of lighting. Arapahoe Square / Ballpark is more of a hip, up and coming neighborhood where Civic Center is very traditional. What do you think of the new lighting?
There comes that point in time in every development where the true colors start to show. As this is not a full update on 2020 Lawrence, there is a brand new element we haven’t seen yet.
The new facade. In the scaffolding labyrinth that has been surrounding the building for many months, a little bit of the building has come out to show its face. The color scheme is similar to its neighbor Solera. It will be very interesting to see this project when it’s finished. 2020 Lawrence is a huge building and therefore has huge influence on what the area is going to look like.
What do you think of the new element on 2020 Lawrence?