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Curtis Park-Five Points: 2460 Welton Update #2

Here’s a brief update on the new residential project at 2460 Welton in the Five Points district, featuring a new rendering of the project, courtesy of Craine Architecture. Here’s the view along Welton:

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Our last update on this development was in October when construction started.


Curtis Park-Five Points: 2460 Welton Update #1

As of recently, the Five Points neighborhood is starting to experience a housing boom, especially along the Welton Street Corridor. Back in June, we announced a new project, going up on the intersection of 25th and Welton Street, that will provide the neighborhood with 96 new units of housing.

Over the past few weeks, the project has broken ground, fences have been put up and excavation has begun. There will be two parts to this project: 14 townhome units and 82 apartment units. According to the site plan, the townhomes will be along Welton towards 24th Street and the apartment building will sit at the intersection of 25th and Welton Street.

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Here is a closer look at 2460 Welton, just peeking over the fence.

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As I was taking photos of this site, I realized that this project has one of the greatest amenities: a rail station less than a block away. This will be great when you need to catch the D-Line into Downtown Denver! The LEED-Silver project has a long ways to go with an anticipated completion about a year out.


Curtis Park-Five Points: Mile High United Way HQ Update #2

What was a steel shell back in March, the three-story Mile High United Way Headquarters is now an almost fully enclosed building four months later! Situated along Park Avenue, between Stout and California Streets, this office project really shaping up and only has a couple months until completion!

The 63,000 square foot office building has topped out and the facade, comprised of blonde brick and glass curtain walls, is nearly complete. Here are two prospective of the building from California and Stout Streets along Park Avenue.

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The back of the building will be used for parking and is comprised mostly with a blonde brick facade. However, the glass curtain wall along Stout Street adds a great modern touch to the building.

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The Mile High United Way Headquarters contributes to the once broken street wall along Park Avenue West. There might still be a lot of work to be done but this is a great step in the right direction. Completion for this project is expected around this fall.


New Curtis Park-Five Points Project: 2460 Welton

There is exciting news coming to the Welton corridor in the Five Points neighborhood! Recently, Palisade Partners announced a new project going up at the intersection of Welton and 25th Street. Welton Street, east of Park Avenue West, has always been a patchwork of historic buildings and empty lots, creating huge holes in the urban fabric of this neighborhood.

Here is an aerial view of the neighborhood with the project site outlined. 2460 Welton will take up most of the lot, leaving the historic houses intact. One great feature about this location is its proximity to the 25th and Welton light rail station which will provide residents quick access to Downtown Denver.

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Looking at the project site on Google Street View, you can clearly see that this is a site that has been longing for development. This parcel currently has no use, including parking, and has become a huge eyesore along the Welton corridor.

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Last but not least, here is a rendering of the project, courtesy of Palisade Partners. 2460 Welton will feature 82 market-rate apartments in a five-story building and 14 three-story townhomes. Amenities will include a rooftop deck, community room and a fitness center. The design of the building is intended to capture elements from the historic Rossonian Hotel.

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Last year, Mayor Hancock announced the Welton design / development challenge to advance the economic revitalization of the Five Points neighborhood. The development team for 2460 Welton accepted the challenge and was awarded a $100,000 grant! Palisade Partners is expecting to break ground this summer with completion around fall 2015.


Curtis Park-Five Points: Mile High United Way HQ Update #1

In my previous post, I hinted at the progress, in the bonus panorama picture, of the Mile High United Way Headquarters building going up along Park Avenue. Fortunately, when I was out and about taking pictures of all the great infill, I stopped by the Mile High United Way site!

Here are two views of the project along Park Avenue: one from California Street and the other from Stout Street. It’s amazing what a difference even a steel shell can make along a street.

 

Let’s get a closer look at the site. The structure has topped out at 3-stories and metal framing has started to go up for the outer walls and facade.

 

This project has moved forward at a very brisk pace since our announcement last June. Mile High United Way is expected to move into their new 63,000 square foot building by late fall.


New Curtis Park-Five Points Project: Mile High United Way HQ

Denver’s Mile High United Way organization is moving its headquarters from its current location at 18th and Central in Lower Highland to the Curtis Park-Five Points district just northeast of Downtown. The new 63,000 square foot, three-story office building will occupy the entire block face along Park Avenue between Stout and California Streets. Here’s a GoogleEarth aerial where I’ve outlined the project site:

Mile High United Way recently held the groundbreaking ceremony for the development and, if all goes as planned, they will move into their new building in the fall of 2014.

Here are two renderings of the project, courtesy of LoDo-based Davis Partnership. The first image is the view of the California Street corner, and the second image shows the Stout Street corner. These are nice high-resolution renderings, so click/zoom to enjoy at maximum size:

Once Mile High United Way moves into their new building next fall, their current location in Lower Highland will be redeveloped into new apartments (more on that later).

This project is significant in several ways. Not only does it provide an important charitable organization in our community a larger home in an area where their services are especially needed, but it also continues the revitalization of the Curtis Park-Five Points and Arapahoe Square districts. The property was owned by the Denver Housing Authority which has had plans for several years to put a future phase of their Curtis Park housing redevelopment on the site. DHA agreed to sell the property to Mile High United Way given the compatibility between the two organizations’ missions and that DHA wasn’t ready to develop the site yet anyway. DHA still owns the remaining undeveloped quarter of the block at 24th and Stout, and still plans to put housing there at some point in the future.

By taking up an entire block face along Park Avenue, this project represents another major piece in the transformation of Park Avenue from a street lined with deteriorating buildings and surface parking lots into a more vibrant corridor with a repaired urban fabric. By my count, the new Mile High United Way headquarters will be the thirteenth new infill project fronting Park Avenue between Colfax Avenue and Blake Street since 2000, with an additional half-dozen or so projects on blocks that are bordered by Park Avenue.

A welcome improvement to the Curtis Park-Five Points neighborhood!


Community Coordinating District and Eddie Maestas Park

By Jorgen Jensen

The Community Coordinating District (CCD No.1) is a unique metropolitan district (metro district) established to facilitate public improvement and development initiatives throughout the Denver metro area. They’ve recently engaged “virtual town hall” technology through Mind Mixer and are making a push through the attached Mini-Contest to raise awareness of their own website.

CCD No.1 was created to address a familiar hurdle in community development projects. The challenge, as with most collaborative efforts, is aligning multiple stakeholders to work together toward a common goal. This requires a clear and actionable strategy, the right funding resources, and positive action from everyone involved

With many of these issues especially prevalent in Northeast Downtown neighborhoods, CCD No. 1 was established with cooperation from Councilwoman Judy Montero, the Ballpark Neighborhood Association, and Urban Market Partners to help with placemaking efforts and other goals of the Northeast Downtown Neighborhoods – specifically in and around the Triangle Parks area. We’ve all seen the Triangle Parks along Broadway near shelters at Lawrence and know there’s work to be done.

  

It’s important to highlight that this metro or “Special District” is the first of its kind in that it has no Service Area Plan Boundaries. In fact, the District has no geographical boundaries and provides an “Opt-in” structure so that other groups or community development efforts can someday use this as a vehicle to more efficiently partner with their respective City.

For their pilot project, CCD No. 1 has chosen Eddie Maestas Park at Park Avenue and Lawrence Street, across from the Denver Rescue Mission. The conversation has since expanded and is now addressing issues and opportunities at Sonny Lawson Park and along the entire 24th Street corridor. It’s clear that the issues surrounding the Triangle Parks are just as much about the social infrastructure as they are the physical design or infrastructure. Further, what happens at Eddie Maestas affects Curtis Park and Sonny Lawson Park, so a more global, holistic approach to the programming of the neighborhood wide public realm is needed.

You can learn more about CCD No. 1 by visiting their website or find them on Facebook.

This coming Monday (21st) at 5:30PM, CCD No. 1 will be hosting its Monthly Public Work Session Meeting at Redline at 24th and Arapahoe.  This meeting is especially important because ALL temporary design plans for Triangle Parks will be presented. The goal is to collect all public and stakeholder feedback and select a concept to advance. The CCD No. 1 Creative Working Group meets every Monday at 10AM at 450 E. 17th Ave #400. This group exists to focus on the temporary and long term vision surrounding Eddie Maestas. The Long Term Vision Group meets every Monday at 11AM at Redline. This group focuses on the entire Northeast Downtown neighborhood area and the many possibilities for revitalization. Any and all are welcome and encouraged to attend both the monthly work session next Monday and the Creative Working Group meetings!


Rossonian, Five Points, Set for Major Revitalization

Great things are about to happen in Denver’s historic Five Points district along Welton Street. The former Rossonian Hotel, once the center of Denver’s jazz scene in the early 1900s, has stood vacant for years at the five-point intersection of Welton, 27th Street, E. 26th Avenue, and Washington Street. That is about to change.

Many people have been working for many years to jump start the Welton Street corridor’s revitalization, and finally those efforts are paying off. Two of the leaders of the Five Points revitalization effort are Carl Bourgeois and Chris Coble, both with Civil Technology, Inc. Carl, Chris, and their team are about to transform the historic Rossonian into a mixed-use project with ground-floor restaurant and office spaces above, while preserving the building’s historic facade. You can read more about the Rossonian’s renovation and the evolution of Five Points at Chris’s blog. Here’s a photo (courtesy of Chris) of the Rossonian during the Five Points Jazz Festival.

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The Rossonian renovation project will be complete in 2012.

But that’s not all. Civil Technology, Inc. has four additional projects planned for some of the vacant parcels in the vicinity of the Rossonian. These new construction projects include:

– A boutique hotel (125 rooms) with 30-50 residential units above and ground-floor retail, scheduled for 2013 completion

– A mixed-use project including approximately 20,000 SF of retail and 80,000 SF of office space with residential apartments above, scheduled for 2014 completion

– A shared parking garage facility with ground-floor retail, scheduled for 2014 completion

– A 15-unit upscale urban brownstones project featuring 3 and 4 floor units, scheduled for 2015 completion

The Welton Street corridor is one of the city’s oldest commercial districts surrounded by some of Denver’s best Victorian-era homes. The transformation of the Rossonian and associated projects will likely be the catalyst that restores the historic vitality to this important Denver neighborhood.