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New Golden Triangle Project: Greystar Speer Boulevard

Another large scale apartment project might be coming to the Golden Triangle neighborhood. Greystar is proposing a 16-story, 302-unit apartment project with 12,000 square feet of retail.

Today, we have some information on this project but the details are still a little sparse. The building will be located at the intersection of Speer Boulevard and Bannock, one block southeast of Joule. Here is an aerial with the project site outlined.

The site outline is not final and may change in the future. This is our best guess based on the renderings.

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EDIT: 08/23/2016 – 7:20AM

Here is the project’s site plan from the documents filed with Denver’s Right of Way Services which shows the footprint of the building.

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Here is a Google Street-view of the site. As noted above, the extent of the project site is our best guess based on the renderings; we currently do not know if the existing buildings will be demolished for this project.

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Here are two renderings of the project courtesy of Ziegler Cooper, the project’s architect. Head on over to their project page for additional renderings of the interiors and amenities.

According to the architect, this project will feature upscale urban living, with a club room, aqua lounge, fitness center, dog park, community room, WiFi lounge, morning Room, and a 14,275 square foot rooftop deck with a pool offering views of the mountain skyline.

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The construction time-frame for this project is currently unknown however, we will provide an update once we receive more information.


Golden Triangle: Eviva Cherokee Update #5

Over in the Golden Triangle neighborhood, Eviva Cherokee, an 18-story, 274-unit apartment building, is making steady progress. Since our last update in April, the structure has over tripled in size and the first facade elements are starting to show.

Eviva Cherokee is now up 17-stories with one more to go. Along Cherokee Street, you can get a peek of the glass facade going in.

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Here is the back side of the project facing the alley, which wasn’t pictured in the initial renderings. The building makes an ‘L’ shape and will most likely feature the same glass facade. In the foreground of the second photo, we can see the Kirkland Museum making great progress as well.

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Eviva Cherokee should top out in the next week or two. We have a lot of infill coming your way this week. Stay tuned!


Summer 2016: Central Denver Tower Crane Census

Happy first day of Summer readers! Back by popular demand, we are going to start the week and season off with a tower crane census. There was a lot of crane action going on over the weekend so this will be a fun census. All of the tower crane photos, with the exception of one, were taken on Saturday for an accurate count; even though the count is going to be tricky.

This census is for tower cranes only. The self erecting cranes (cranes without a ladder mast or cab) on smaller builds are not counted.

Why tricky? Let’s start out with tower crane number zero. As I got down to the Union Station neighborhood, workers were taking down the crane at Union Tower West. As much as I would love to count this, this crane has been completely taken down.

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Let’s move the count in a positive direction. One and Two belong to Pivot.

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Three and Four are for 1709 Chestnut. The second tower crane for this project wasn’t up on Saturday but it should be complete today.

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Tower crane number Five belongs to the 16th and Wewatta Hotel and Office Complex.

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The Confluence offers tower cranes Six and Seven. As a bonus, they were jumping the south tower crane over the weekend.

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Number Eight belongs to 28th and Vallejo and, since this is a Central Denver census, Alexan West Highlands brings number Nine to the table.

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I forgot the memory card for my other camera before I went up to take this photo so here is number Ten, belonging to Modera River North, in cell-phone-picture fashion.

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I said out loud, “No! What are you doing? I have a census to do…” as I saw what was going on at Dairy Block. A tower crane taking down another tower crane is not a sight we see everyday. Unfortunately, I can only count one for Dairy Block bringing the total up to Eleven.

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Twelve and Thirteen, belonging to 999 17th Street, are nicely tucked away in Central Downtown.

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1144 Fifteenth claims number Fifteen with Le Meridien / AC bringing the number up to Sixteen. If you look closely in the first photo, you can see the south tower crane for The Confluence continuing to jump itself.

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Seventeen belongs to the rare luffing jib over at SkyHouse. I’m sure number Eighteen, at Alexan Uptown, will be taken down very soon.

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Number Nineteen is working hard at Eviva Cherokee with Twenty and Twenty-One helping build the twin 30-story Country Club Towers.

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Last but not least, Twenty-Two stands tall above the Alexan Cherry Creek site. After a five hour tower-crane-spotting hike, I forgot to take a current picture of this one but trust me, it’s still there.

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As I was editing these photos last night, my wife nicely told me that she spotted one for Tennyson Place in Berkeley last month. After reviewing her phone picture footage, that brings our final total to Twenty-Three. Sorry, I don’t have a current photo of this one.

That’s a lot of tower cranes and about the peak number we are going to see this year. Our previous census, back in 2013, featured ten tower cranes with around three up in Cherry Creek at the time. 2016 has significantly more construction activity as the boom keeps on rolling!


Golden Triangle: Eviva Cherokee Update #4

Eviva Cherokee in the Golden Triangle neighborhood is starting to make quick vertical progress. Rising up 18 stories with mostly a glass facade, Eviva Cherokee will have a huge impact on the neighborhood from both a height and materials perspective.

Here is the view of the project from Cherokee Street. The concrete structure is now up five stories with the enclosure on the parking garage underway.

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Eviva Cherokee doesn’t take up the entire half block of Cherokee between 12th and 13th Avenue as Dozen’s restaurant sits on the corner. This keeps the footprint of this project slightly smaller than what we have seen elsewhere in Downtown Denver.

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Most of you are probably looking at the parking garage enclosure gritting your teeth but let me put your mind at ease. We saw the same thing over at the Steele Creek Apartments in Cherry Creek. It looked exactly like what you see above but it was treated upon completion.

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The glass facade will be the next major milestone with this project. We will swing back around when the first glass goes up!


Golden Triangle: Via Final Update

Let’s finish up the week with Via, formally known as 8th and Broadway. This 7-story, 200-unit apartment project recently finished, filling in a sizable gap along both Broadway and Lincoln Street.

Here are all of our previous posts featuring Via:

New Golden Triangle Project: 8th and Broadway

Spring 2014: Downtown Denver Hole-in-the-Ground Census

Golden Triangle: 8th and Broadway Update #1

Let’s start out with the Broadway side of this project. There is a little street wall of buildings between 8th and 9th Avenue that Via contributes to nicely.

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Because of the existing retail on site, Via is an L shaped project; wrapping around the bank fronting 8th Avenue and Broadway.

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On the Lincoln side, this project is pushed right up to the property line creating a great street level experience. As far as the facade materials are concerned, there is quite a bit going on. Black, red, and white stucco with brick mixed in definitely makes Via stand out in this part of the Golden Triangle.

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That’s a wrap on all of the major infill going up in the Golden Triangle. Have a great weekend!


Golden Triangle: Joule Final Update

I’m sure by now you have guessed the theme of the week: bringing you up to speed with all of the projects around the Golden Triangle. With an 18-story project, Eviva, just getting out of the ground down the street, Joule, formally known as EnV and 1000 Speer, is now complete with residents already occupying many of the units. Joule is a 16-story project providing 224 units to the Golden Triangle.

Here are all of our posts featuring Joule:

New Golden Triangle Project: EnV

More Tower Cranes Going Up Around Downtown Denver!

Spring 2014: Downtown Denver Hole-in-the-Ground Census

Golden Triangle: EnV Update #1

Golden Triangle: EnV Update #2

Joule features a color we don’t often see around Denver: white. Most of the building fronting Speer Boulevard has a white stucco facade. It may seem that the parking podium, covered with wood screening, also fronts Speer Boulevard however, that’s not the case. There is an alley between Joule and Speer Boulevard, making it a possibility that the podium will be covered by another project in the future.

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Here are two views from the Sunken Gardens Park. The south end of the project features brown brick and a glass curtain wall.

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Joule has a great presence along Speer Boulevard, which is already scattered with many projects of similar size.

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Finally, a look at the Cherokee Facing side. The glass, brown brick, and white stucco contrast the various beige high rises around the Golden Triangle. Joule is quite a refreshing sight from a materials standpoint.

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Joule has great colors, material, and scale for the Golden Triangle. Welcome to the neighborhood!


Golden Triangle: Eviva Cherokee Update #3

Moving right along in the Golden Triangle, let’s check out the progress of Eviva Cherokee; an 18-story, 274-unit apartment project going up in a sea of surface parking lots.

The concrete structure for the two-story townhomes, along Cherokee Street, is in place with the parking and apartment structure rising behind and above it. One exciting element, that we won’t see for a while, is the all glass facade this project will feature. It will contrast the brick, stone, and stucco facades scattered throughout the neighborhood.

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There is still a lot of work to be done, but an 18-story project going up is a refreshing sight to this part of the Golden Triangle.


New Golden Triangle Project: Legacy on Speer

One of the largest surface parking lots in the Golden Triangle may be developed in the near future.

Legacy Partners, developers of the recently completed Point 21 project on Lawrence Street, has announced plans for a 322-unit apartment project, Legacy on Speer, located on the five-sided block bounded by 14th Avenue, Fox Street, 13th Avenue, Speer, and Galapago Street. Here’s the site outlined on a Google Earth aerial plus a special drone-view perspective from Ryan:

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The Legacy on Speer apartments will consist of a seven-story building, with five levels of residential units on top of a two-story podium that contains about 445 parking spaces for a residential unit/parking space ratio of approximately 1.40. Ground-floor residential units will wrap the parking around the building perimeter to provide an attractive pedestrian-oriented presence along the sidewalk. The project also features two interior outdoor courtyards and a pool/outdoor amenity area on the third level for residents, along with a clubhouse and fitness center.

The following images are courtesy of KTGY, the project architect.

Corner of Speer (left) and West 13th Avenue (right):

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Speer frontage with Galapago Street at far left:

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Corner of  14th Avenue (left) and Galapago Street (right):

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Site plan:

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DenverInfill has been tracking this project since early 2014 when the project was first submitted to the city. At that time, the development excluded several parcels at the Fox/14th corner, resulting in an awkward L-shaped building configuration. Since then, the project’s footprint has expanded to include the entire block, resulting in a better project. Currently, the site is an ugly mishmash of parking lots, as this Google Street View photo shows:

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Construction is expected to begin later in 2016.


Golden Triangle: Museum Center + The Art Hotel Final Update

This update might be a little past due, but this project is just too good to not feature for a final update. For years, a surface parking lot fronted Broadway between 12th and 13th Avenue with a blank wall behind it. This thin parcel had proposals in the past but nothing stuck until spring of 2013 when Corporex Colorado and Mile High Development decided to build an office and hotel building. Named the Museum Center + Art Hotel, a sleek infill project was born and kicked off in the fall of 2013.

We had multiple posts on this project, check them out below:

New Golden Triangle Project: Museum Center + The Art Hotel

Golden Triangle: Museum Center + The Art Hotel Update #1

Golden Triangle: Museum Center + The Art Hotel Update #2

More Tower Cranes Going Up Around Downtown Denver!

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Golden Triangle: Museum Center + The Art Hotel Update #4

Golden Triangle: Museum Center + The Art Hotel Update #5

The Museum Center + Art Hotel is 9-stories tall featuring 50,000 square feet of office space and a 165-room boutique hotel. It’s not very often we get a thin building here in Downtown Denver, given we have a lot of land and surface parking. The Museum Center + Art Hotel breaks that mold as you can see below. Looking at the project from 13th Avenue and Broadway, you can see the thin profile and unique shape of the building start to unfold.

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Looking at the project from a little bit of a higher prospective, we can see all of the facade materials in play. The office portion has a very reflective glass curtain wall. The hotel contrasts the glass with mostly brick and stucco finishes. There is also an outdoor bar / restaurant on the forth floor; where the red umbrellas are in the second photo.

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Looking from 12th Avenue and Broadway, we can start to see that this project is very asymmetrical, featuring different shapes and elements on each side. The glass curtain wall juts out and forms a point at the intersection while the hotel facade is mixed with glass and brick from the ground level.

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Here are two more photos showing the back side of the project, from 13th Avenue. The structure between the Art Museum Condos and the Museum Center + Art Hotel is a parking garage that is used for visitors and residents.

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I will wrap up this final update with one last picture, looking directly at this project, from 13th Avenue and Broadway.

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Thin buildings add a great element to the street level, as they are not nearly as imposing as a wider, longer building. These kinds of projects also take up those hard-to-develop small surface lots. Overall, I am very happy with the outcome and hope to see something similar on smaller surface lots around Downtown Denver.