Back in January, the Broadstone Blake Street project was just a hole in the ground. Finally, this project broke street level and we are starting to see it go vertical!
Underground parking structures always take longer than the main structure. It seemed like this project was put on-hold but there was just a bunch below grade work going on.
As a refresher, Broadstone Blake Street will provide the Ballpark neighborhood with 164 rental units in a 7-story apartment building. Construction is expected to be complete by early 2014.
Back in October we announced a new project over on 27th and Walnut. Walnut Flats has now broken ground and construction has commenced. This is going to be a 169-unit apartment building with underground parking.
As a refresher, here is a rendering of the project by KTGY Architects. The building will rise 5-stories and take up the entire half block between 27th and 28th street along Walnut.
Here is a shot of the site from last weekend. This is a clear indication that construction has begun, there’s a hole in the ground and construction trailers are on site.
Units in the Walnut Flats will range from 612 – 1225 square feet. This project should be complete early to mid 2014.
When following a development, the ‘firsts’ of that project are always exciting whether it be a new tower crane, the first level of concrete poured, the first pane of glass, or the last piece to top out the structure. Over the weekend I noticed a ‘first’ with The Douglas over on Park Avenue West and Walnut Street: new brick!
Just like One City Block, The Douglas’ facade is going to be entirely brick. I also noticed once again that this development is contributing greatly to the Walnut / Market street wall.
Here is a little refresher of what the brick facade will look like when complete. The different colored sections of brick break up the facade making it seem less giant and monotonous given it’s one structure on an entire city block.
We are getting spoiled with a lot of brick on some of these lower scale developments which is never a bad thing! These buildings will last because of the higher quality materials being used all while adding great character to the neighborhood they sit in. There is a lot of work to get done with this project as they are expecting to open this summer, so we should see this wrapping up very quickly!
Don’t be confused by the name! This project has been going on for a while. Formally known as 2300 Walnut, The Douglas has started to take off making a great presence in the Ballpark neighborhood.
Timber framing has started to wrap around the parking structure covering most of it up except for the entrance and exit. The Walnut Street side has topped out at five stories. Remember, The Douglas is taking up an entire city block that has suffered as a parking lot for so many years; this going to have a huge impact in this part of the Ballpark neighborhood.
Looking down Walnut Street from 24th, The Douglas continues the street wall Premier Lofts started. Even though Walnut is a pretty wide street, this stretch still feels very urban and closed in.
They will be using brick on the facade which will look sharp while blending into the surrounding buildings.
The Douglas is set for completion later this summer. For leasing information head on over to their website.
Today we are going to take a quick peek at the Legacy 22nd project. In my last update demolition was underway and present day, the old structure is gone.
Right now, along with many other projects, we are at the ‘hole-in-the-ground’ phase of this development. Foundations need to be poured along with a parking structure so it will be a while before we see this break street level.
As a reminder, Legacy 22nd will add 212 apartment units to the Ballpark neighborhood in a 6-story structure occupying a half block (roughly the length of 2020 Lawrence). Imagine how much more complete the street wall will be along Lawrence in a couple years! Exciting!
Kitty-corner from 2020 Lawrence, demolition is underway for the Legacy 22nd project. As a refresher, Legacy 22nd is a 6-story, 212-unit, half block apartment building. For some renderings head on over to Ken’s post here.
Now for a look at the site and what’s being demolished. I’m a little sad to see this building go and always wondered if its incorporation in the new development was impossible. But, on the flip side, this is taking another step in revitalizing this area of our city center and moving more people downtown. Quixotes True Blue occupied this building originally and had some funky art at street level which was always an intriguing sight when walking by. They are now relocating to 13th and Grant in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.
For a little nostalgia, here is what the Quixotes True Blue building looked like with all of its art. These are a little higher resolution so make sure you click to enlarge!
Here’s a fun little shot that shows how much density and street presence just two buildings add to a particular street. This is 2020 Lawrence and its slightly older neighbor Solera dominating this end of Lawrence Street. Legacy 22nd will soon add to this emerging street wall.
Infill is still kicking off in 2013 and at this rate, we are going to have one exciting year in Downtown Denver!