Lennar Multifamily Communities has submitted plans to the City of Denver for an 18-story, 329-unit apartment project on Welton Street between 21st and 22nd streets in a particularly parking lot-infested section of the Arapahoe Square district. Here’s the site outlined on a Google Earth aerial, followed by a Google Street View image:
The following rendering shows the Welton Street side of the building, with 22nd Street at left and 21st Street at right. All images presented below are from project documents submitted in January to the Denver Planning Board and are preliminary and conceptual in nature and are subject to further modification and refinement. RNL Design is the project architect.
Preliminary plans show the project stacking up as follows:
The ground floor includes leasing office, lobby, and building services near the 21st Street corner, a little over 4,000 square feet of leasable retail/restaurant space near the 22nd Street corner, and about 40 motor vehicle parking spaces in the center and rear. Levels 2, 3, and 4 would each contain 120 additional parking spaces, for a grand total of approximately 400 spaces for the storage of private automobiles. Over 30 motorcycle/scooter spaces would also be provided. The preliminary plans do not indicate how bicycle parking will be accommodated.
Level 5 contains over 3,000 square feet of indoor tenant amenity space and over 20,000 square feet of outdoor amenity space including a pool, lounge and landscaped areas, as well as about 20 residential units. Level 6 includes over 3,000 square feet for a fitness center and another 21 residential units, while Levels 7 through 18 provide the remaining 288 residential units. Level 17 also includes some indoor and outdoor tenant amenity space.
Here are all four corner perspectives:
22nd and Welton:
22nd and alley:
21st and alley:
21st and Welton:
A timeframe for project construction is currently unknown.
The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless has been busy building transitional housing around the downtown area, with recent projects including Off Broadway Lofts, Renaissance Riverfront Lofts, Renaissance Uptown Lofts, and Renaissance Stout Street Lofts. The Coalition continues their important mission with their latest proposed development, Renaissance Downtown Lofts.
Renaissance Downtown Lofts will be located at 2075 Broadway on a triangular parcel at the corner of Broadway and Stout near 21st Street in Downtown Denver’s Arapahoe Square district. Here’s the site outlined on a Google Earth aerial:
The project consists of a 6-story building with 101 affordable apartment units on the upper five floors, with the ground floor accommodating 29 vehicle parking spaces and about 7,000 square feet of lobby, administrative offices, and support functions. The project also includes 40 bicycle spaces within the development for tenants and an additional 10 exterior bicycle spaces for visitors.
Here are a few renderings, courtesy of Christopher Carvell Architects. Please note: these renderings were provided as part of the project’s development application to the city and are preliminary design concepts subject to further modifications and refinement.
Broadway and Stout corner facing west:
Stout Street view with vehicle entry:
Bird’s-eye view looking southwest towards downtown:
An abandoned bank drive-through facility currently occupies the site. The Renaissance Downtown Lofts will provide not only much-needed housing options for Denver’s homeless, but also some solid urban form on a block that suffers from severe parkinglotitis.
We will post more information on this project as it becomes available.
A few weeks ago we announced a new 12-story, 353-unit apartment project going up in Arapahoe Square. As a project moves through the development review process, some of the first things that usually get refined are the design and massing.
Today I have a new, more refined rendering to share with you thanks to Sarah Van Severen of Kephart, the architect firm behind this project. One of the largest changes in this revision is the facade color. Instead of a solid color throughout the building’s facade, it is now broken up with lighter colors on the street level. According to Kephart, the colors for this project are not quite final and will be tweaked more in the coming weeks.
Here is the preliminary rendering for a comparison:
Project updates are always a good sign of a development moving forward. I’m sure we will have a groundbreaking date the next time we visit this project!
Earlier this year, the Renaissance Stout Street project in Arapahoe Square wrapped up and is now open for residents and patients. Back in early 2013, The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless broke ground on a five-story, 78-unit affordable housing project, and we here at DenverInfill have followed it since. Here are our previous updates featuring this project:
New Arapahoe Square Project: Renaissance Stout Street Lofts
Spring 2013: Downtown Denver Tower Crane Census
Arapahoe Square: Renaissance Stout Street Lofts Update #1
Arapahoe Square: Renaissance Stout Street Lofts Update #2
Sitting on the intersection of 22nd and Stout Street, the Renaissance Stout Street Lofts takes up most of the half block between 21st and 22nd Street. The facade is comprised of brick for the ground floor, which enhances the street presence, with paneling on the upper floors.
The main entrance to the residences and Stout Street Health Center is set back from the street with a little plaza fronting the building. Here are some street level shots of the project.
The Renaissance projects, developed by The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, are indented for former homeless families and individuals as well as working households with lower incomes. Head on over to their website for the full list of what they do!
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!