Arapahoe Square, a Downtown district riddled with surface lots on almost every block, has been a little quiet on the development scene. This might change again with another very large project in the works: a 12-story, 353-unit apartment project.
Alexan Arapahoe Square will sit right across the street (Park Avenue West) from the 2300 Welton project possibly marking the start of another neighborhood building up along the Welton Corridor. Here is an aerial with the project site outlined. A small warehouse will need to be demolished for the new building.
Designed by Kephart, here are some renderings of Alexan Arapahoe Square. As a disclaimer, these renderings are a very preliminary design solely for Denver’s planning board. All of the images were pulled from this document.
Here is an alley and street frontage perspective of the building, both from Park Avenue West and Welton Street. The building will rise a total of 12-stories, containing 353 apartment units over approximately 395 structured parking spaces.
The street frontage to Alexan Arapahoe Square will be right along the Welton light-rail corridor, and two blocks from the closest station. Here is another rendering of the street level.
Construction time frame for this project is still unknown but we will keep you posted on any new developments!
The Denver Rescue Mission recently broke ground on their new Lawrence Street Community Center, located next door to their shelter facility at Park Avenue and Lawrence in the Arapahoe Square district.
The new Community Center will provide a safe place for the homeless to gather and receive needed services during the daytime before the Denver Rescue Mission’s shelter opens for the evening. The one-story facility will feature a kitchen, a 216-seat dining area, showers and restrooms, and an enclosed courtyard. For more details about the project and the services that will be offered at the Lawrence Street Community Center, the Denver Rescue Mission’s website has a nice bullet-point summary.
I’ve outlined the project location on this Google Earth image from October 2014:
This rendering, courtesy of Eidos Architects, shows the one-story facility and courtyard. The two-story building on the left is the existing Denver Rescue Mission and the two-story building on the right is an unrelated property across the alley on Arapahoe Street.
Ryan and I were at the site around the end of January when the project officially broke ground:
The Lawrence Street Community Center is expected to open Fall 2015.
Arapahoe Square is experiencing all different types of development; from large, full block length apartment buildings to small middle-of-the-block developents. Curtis Street Lofts, located on 21nd and Curtis Streets, is a 12-unit apartment project where construction is beginning to wrap up.
All of our coverage for the Curtis Street Lofts can be found below:
New Arapahoe Square Project: Curtis Street Lofts
Arapahoe Square: Curtis Street Lofts Update #1
Here are some views of the completed project both front and back. Parking will be provided on both the first floor and in the rear of the building, with garage access down the alley. On the back of the building is a plain blank wall. with some patios, with hope that another infill project will be built across the way to cover it up! One of my favorite elements of this whole project is the preservation of the big tree. It adds a lot character to a street that has very few trees.
Speaking of the street, here is the new look on 21st and Curtis Street. It’s amazing what a four-story infill project can do to the streetscape!
The Curtis Street Lofts are a great little infill project that still contributes a lot to Arapahoe Square. Wouldn’t be great if we continued to get a mix of large and small projects like this? Welcome to Arapahoe Square and Downtown Denver, Curtis Street Lofts!
Staying in Arapahoe Square, there is another project we haven’t looked at in a long time. In fact, we haven’t done an update on it since its original announcement back in February. The old building on the site was demolished months ago, and the structure has been topped out for a while now. Let’s take a look!
As you can see, this is a very small project while at the same time, it makes a huge impact when it is surrounded by nothing but surface parking lots. Parking for residents will be accessible through the alley with entrances to the building along both 21st and Curtis Street. This building will also feature a rooftop deck which is why the slanted roof does not span across the entire front of the building.
The Curtis Street Lofts will provide the Arapahoe Square neighborhood with 12 rental units and should be complete around late spring!
It has been quite a while, possibly a little too long, since we have checked in at the Renaissance Stout Street Lofts. Back in May, when we last took a look at this project, the underground parking structure was complete and the building had barely risen above street level.
As of Sunday, the apartment building has been topped out for quite some time, the tower crane has been removed, and we can start to see what exterior materials are being used. Here is a view of the Renaissance Stout Street Lofts from the alley side. Access to the underground parking will only be accessible through the alley.
The entrance to the building is along Stout Street and is set back from the sidewalk.
The building occupies almost the entire half block between 21st and 22nd along Stout Street. On the intersection of 21st and Stout, the two-story Urban Peak building occupies the remainder of the block. If you look closely in the second picture, you can see the brick facade has also started to go up!
The Renaissance Stout Street Lofts is a great project in many ways. It gets rid of a very ugly parking lot in Arapahoe Square, where parking lots are in ample supply, and it provides Downtown Denver with some more mixed income housing, which is always in short supply. Out of all of the new apartment units that are under-construction or recently completed, only 5% of those are mixed income units, while the rest are market rate. This project will provide the Arapahoe Square neighborhood with 78-units and should be complete around April.
Just down the street from the recently announced Glenarm Grove project, there is another townhouse project planned for the Arapahoe Square neighborhood! Situated on Glenarm Place and Park Avenue West, Park Row is a 15-unit for sale development that is taking up another ugly, empty lot along Park Avenue West. Here is a map with the site outlined.
Each 1,450 square foot unit, with the exception of one 1,705 square foot unit, will be designed as a live-work space with an office on the first level, which can also be used as a third bedroom. Every unit will have three floors of living space, a rooftop deck, and a maximum of two parking spaces. Park Row is designed by Tennant Arkitecture; here is a rendering courtesy of their website.
Park Row will have six units facing Glenarm Place, five units facing Park Avenue West, and four units facing the alley. Here is how they will be configured.
Construction is expected to start later this year with completion in early 2014. Right now the site is a dirt lot in a very lonely area of Downtown Denver. Luckily this will change soon!
Units in Park Row will range from $249,000-$389,000. Before construction has even started, every single unit has been reserved and this will most likely be fully occupied upon completion!
Today let’s take a look at a new project going up in the Arapahoe Square neighborhood. In the Clements Historic District there was one parking lot that needed to be filled to fully complete this neat little district. Sprocket has begun work on a townhome project that will occupy this parking lot. These townhomes, named Glenarm Grove, will be situated between 21st and 22nd Street along Glenarm. Here is a map with the site outlined.
Glenarm Grove is a Landmark Approved project so it will fit very nicely in the Clements Historic District. This project will include a total of 8 townhomes, each having its own garage for parking and storage. Each unit will vary between two and three stories with select units sporting rooftop decks and/or patios. Here is a preliminary rendering of the project.
The parking lot has already been taken out and construction has commenced!
It’s always great to see another parking lot disappear even though there is still a sea of parking lots just across the street, let’s hope those will get some attention soon! Units will be priced in the high 200’s to low 300’s.
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 northeast 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.