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Central Platte Valley: The Confluence Update #11

The Confluence, a 34-story, 288-unit apartment project, is quickly going up! After almost a year and a half of underground work, the tower is starting to rise above everything in the Central Platte Valley.

Even though this isn’t going to be an in depth update, these two pictures tell the tale. The low-rise building, at the intersection of 15th and Little Raven Street, is currently up three stories with two more to go. The main high-rise building is up eight stories with 26 more to go; approximately three times taller than what you see below . This is going to be one tall project!

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When we swing around to visit The Confluence again, we will start to see what kind of impact the 34-story tower will have on the Denver skyline.

Central Platte Valley: The Confluence Update #10

The 34-story Confluence tower is now out of the ground! You heard that right! Construction commenced back in late 2014 and, as you can imagine, there is a lot of underground work to be done for a 34-story tower with structured parking that’s going up right along a park, next to a river.

Let’s get right to it. You see that concrete structure peeking out at the back of the site? That’s the main structure for the 34-story tower. The 6-story building, which will front 15th Street, is not out of the ground yet.

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Taking a closer look at both the front and back of the site, we can clearly see that the foundation has gone in, the underground parking is almost topped off, and the main buildings are starting to rise.

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Here we can see how close this tower is going to be to the river.


All of these close in photos give us a good idea of how far along construction is but what about the big picture showing the impact this tower is going to have? I have two photos showing that. Here is a ground level photo, looking at The Confluence, from 16th and Little Raven Street. In about a year’s time, you will see a 371-foot tower filling in this view.


From the sky, The Confluence will add a substantial amount of height to the Central Platte Valley skyline. Take the DaVita World Headquarters (blue glass building on the right), and add 10 more floors. That will roughly be the height of this tower.

Make sure you click the picture below so you can see high resolution version. In the center of the photo you will see the two white tower cranes for this project.


When finished, The Confluence will add 288 apartment units to the Central Platte Valley.

New Central Platte Valley Project: Parkside Apartments

Holland Partner Group continues their investment spree in Downtown Denver. The Vancouver, Washington-based development firm’s current project under construction, Pivot (formerly 17W), is making good progress, and they recently opened Platform next to the historic Denver Union Station. Line 28 in Lower Highland was the company’s first Denver project.

For their next project, Holland will be developing the last site in Riverfront Park. There are only two remaining undeveloped parcels in Riverfront Park. AMLI recently announced Riverfront Green for the triangle-shaped parcel at 18th and Little Raven, which leaves one site left at 19th and Little Raven for Holland’s latest development, Parkside Apartments. Here’s the site:


Parkside Apartments will consist of 161 units in two buildings: a 7-story structure in the back of the parcel and a 4-story structure along Little Raven. Two levels of underground parking below the site will accommodate 172 vehicles, and a landscaped courtyard provides outdoor amenity space between the two buildings. Here are a few renderings from the project’s application to the Denver planning office. Please note: these are preliminary design concepts and are subject to further modifications and refinement. The project architect is Studio PBA and landscape architect is studioINSITE.

Context view looking south. The grassy area in the foreground is the Denver Skatepark.


Site plan:


View of the 19th and Little Raven corner:


View along Little Raven next to the Brownstones:


We will do an update post as the design is finalized and when a construction schedule is available.

Central Platte Valley: The Confluence Update #9

It takes a while to dig a hole 30 feet deep covering an area the size of a football field. But the workers at The Confluence site have been going at it hard for about six months and they are almost finished excavating the whole site and installing the shoring walls. The 34-story apartment tower will have three levels of underground parking that covers the entire property. The building footprint, however, will cover only about half of the site with the rest as landscaped grounds that will tie in nicely with neighboring Confluence Park. Let’s take a look!

Here’s the side closest to Cherry Creek where support columns for the next level up are already being installed:


At the other end along 15th Street, the excavation is nearly complete:


How about one shot that takes in the whole site? You got it! Click to expandicate:


What’s this? Two tower cranes? Yes indeed; the second tower crane went up a few days ago!



We’ll check in again at The Confluence in a few months when the tower starts to rise above street level.

Central Platte Valley: The Confluence Update #8

Here on DenverInfill, I am dedicating this week to the tower crane. Our next crane spotting stop will be at The Confluence: a 34-story 288-unit apartment project going up at the edge of Confluence Park.

To me, tower cranes are beautiful pieces of infrastructure. Today, I could show you the new Confluence crane along with the site it’s sitting on, which is still a hole in the ground, but I decided to take a different perspective: the crane against a beautiful Colorado sunset.

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As the sun was setting, three Potain tower cranes in Union Station lit up the sky with their red, green, and blue lights.

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More crane action to come. Stay tuned!

New Central Platte Valley Project: AMLI Riverfront Green

The Central Platte Valley is filling up quickly with yet another huge, fenced off, empty lot going away soon. Just after completion of AMLI Riverfront, AMLI is now planning a second project, named AMLI Riverfront Green, just down the street.

First, we will start off with a satellite view with the site outlined. This is one of the last two parcels that will end up completing the Riverfront Park master plan.


Yes, this is the lot right in front of Glass House that has seemingly always had a tall fence surrounding it. Have you ever wondered what is over the fence? Luckily I can show you with some aerials I took of it this last spring!

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Designed by Studio PBA, here are some very preliminary renderings of AMLI Riverfront Green thanks to Denver’s Planning Board website. Remember, these renderings are more for massing and scale than design aesthetics.

Rising seven-stories, this project will provide 304 apartment units over 358 parking spaces. It is reported in the review documents that a brick facade will be used extensively throughout the project.

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The main seven-story structure will be set back to four-stories along Little Raven Street to ease the transition from Commons Park to the neighborhood.

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The parking ramps will be located on 18th Street, adjacent to the Manhattan Lofts, which will help steer traffic away from Commons Park. The garage itself will be located in the center of the project with apartments wrapping around it.

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The construction time-frame is still unknown but this project is currently going through the city’s approval process. We will keep you updated as we get more information.

Central Platte Valley: The Confluence Update #7 (Above the Infill Edition)

Let’s wrap up the week with a quick update on The Confluence, a 34-story, 288-unit apartment project going up in the Central Platte Valley. As mentioned in the title, this post will be full of aerials.

Who am I kidding? It was a fantastic sunset last night after the storms rolled through and The Confluence site happened to be in a few frames as I was flying my quad around. So as I write you saying that excavation is underway at The Confluence and there is a big hole in the ground, you probably have already moved on, distracted by the aerial photos below. Just make sure you click to embiggen!



Have a great weekend DenverInfill readers!

Central Platte Valley: The Confluence Update #6

Currently, The Confluence is the tallest tower under construction not only in Downtown Denver, but the entire state of Colorado. Rising at 34-stories, The Confluence will make quite the impact on both the Central Platte Valley and Downtown Denver skyline.

Here are some site photos from last weekend. Heavy machinery has been moved on site, and drilling has commenced. Excavation of the three undergound parking levels should start soon.

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The Confluence will provide the area with 288 apartment units over 8,600 square feet of retail. Seeing this project go vertical will be very exciting!

Central Platte Valley: The Confluence Update #5

It was only three weeks ago when we reported that the old industrial building at the corner of 15th and Little Raven had been demolished to make way for The Confluence, a proposed 34-story apartment tower in Downtown Denver’s Central Platte Valley district.

Clearing a property of an existing building or other site improvements is not the same thing as a new project being under construction, at least not by DenverInfill standards. There are several examples of sites that were cleared in the pre-recession era whose projects never made it out of the ground.

That won’t be the case for The Confluence, however, as excavation for the tower’s foundation appears to have begun:


It will be fun to watch this tower climb and take its place in the downtown skyline, but some patience will be required before that happens: work putting in the tower’s three levels of underground parking will probably take a good part of 2015. The project is slated to open in early 2017.