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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.

Central Platte Valley: The Confluence Update #4

The old warehouse at the corner of 15th and Little Raven was demolished this morning:


This clears the site for the construction of the 34-story Confluence tower to begin. Our last update (#3) on the project was just a few weeks ago. Here are two updated renderings of the proposed tower via the project architect (Gromatzky Dupree & Associates) website:



We’ll post our next update when full excavation for the tower’s three levels of underground parking is underway.

Central Platte Valley: The Confluence Update #3

It’s been almost a year since our Update #2 on The Confluence, the proposed 34-story apartment tower at 15th and Little Raven. In that post, we provided the latest renderings of The Confluence and a detailed explanation behind the project’s site design concept. Since then, the project has been working its way through the development review process with the city while the development team has been finalizing the design.

We’re happy to report that there’s evidence at the site that construction on the tower may be getting underway soon!

In addition to a chain-link fence around the property and some other site prep work, this sign was just installed:


The rendering on the sign appears to be very similar to the rendering in our Update #2 post, with only subtle tweaks apparent to some of the facade elements. We’re waiting to hear back from the developer, so hopefully we’ll have some official news to share with you soon about an upcoming groundbreaking.

In the meantime, we’ll leave you with this spectacular aerial image by our photo-taking guru Ryan Dravitz. The Confluence site is in the dead center of the photograph where an old one-story warehouse and gravel lot sit at the corner of 15th and Little Raven surrounded by the Central Platte Valley’s natural and urban landscapes.