Tennessee-based Southern Land Company has started site preparation for its first Denver project, a 302-unit apartment community located at the corner of 18th and Central in popular Lower Highland. Since the mid-1980s, the site was the headquarters for Mile High United Way, which moved last September to a brand new facility on Park Avenue in Curtis Park. Southern Land purchased the property from Mile High United Way in the spring of 2013 and arranged for United Way to stay in the building while their new headquarters was under construction. The L-shaped development site is outlined on this Google Earth aerial:
Over the past few weeks, the 1970s-era concrete-block building and surface parking lots have been undergoing demolition:
The new apartment project will feature two five-story buildings: one occupying the half block facing 18th Street between Central and Boulder, and the other located on a parcel on Boulder Street next to Highland Gateway Park and behind Prost Brewing Company. Here are two drawings, courtesy of Southern Land Company, showing the preliminary design concept:
Although the project’s details are still being finalized and may change, the development is envisioned to include approximately 330 spaces in underground structured parking, bicycle storage, a resort-style pool, rooftop decks, fire pits, and a high-end fitness center. Also proposed is approximately 9,400 square feet of restaurant and retail space facing Central Street. Here is the retail streetscape concept plan for along Central:
Finally, here’s a preliminary glimpse of the design from project architect EVstudio:
The 18th and Central Apartments project is planned for completion in 2016.
A new 270-unit apartment development is coming to West 28th Avenue and Vallejo Street in Lower Highland.
Dallas-based The Richman Group (Richman Ascension Development) is planning a three-building multifamily residential project where the Denver Public School District’s Contemporary Learning Academy was formerly located. DPS sold their three parcels on 28th Avenue between Vallejo and Wyandot to Richman in January 2014, and the Contemporary Learning Academy has since moved to a new location at 9th and Sherman. The former school building, constructed in 1979, will be demolished; the other two parcels are surface parking lots. Below is a Google Earth aerial image with the project site outlined:
Richman’s plans call for a five-story building on the larger parcel facing West 27th Avenue (with killer views of the Denver skyline) and two three-story buildings where the parking lots are located. Parking will be provided in partially below-grade structures.
Here is a concept rendering from The Richman Group’s website. In the foreground is West 27th Avenue and the five-story building; on the right edge of the image a bit of the three-story building at 28th and Wyandot is visible. Davis Partnership Architects is the project designer. We hope to provide additional renderings and details in the future as the project advances through the design approval process.
Construction is expected to begin in the first half of 2015.
Continuing our updates of infill projects along Lower Highland’s historic Platte Street is The Lab on Platte, a 73,000 square foot office building tucked in between I-25 and the Denver Beer Company. Back in July, excavation for the project had just begun. The project has since topped off and is coming along nicely:
The Lab on Platte creates a nice street wall along I-25!
The Boathouse is a small 10,000 square foot office building being constructed on a sliver of land next to the historic 19th Street Bridge over the South Platte River. In July, the steel skeleton of the building was starting to go up. Now, most of the facade is in place and the project is closing in on its anticipated early 2015 opening.
We’ll check in on Boathouse in the spring for its final update.
Galvanize 2.0 on Platte Street in Lower Highland is coming along nicely. Our last update on Galvanize 2.0 was in July when the structure topped off. We now have glass!
View from Platte Street:
View from Commons Park:
Galvanize 2.0 appears to be on pace for a spring 2015 opening.
Construction on Galvanize 2.0 on historic Platte Street is coming along nicely. In our last update in November, the building foundation was being excavated. Since then, the project has topped off at its four-story height!
Featuring around 70,000 square feet for offices, classrooms, and meeting spaces plus a ground-floor restaurant, Galvanize 2.0 is aiming for an early 2015 opening.
In our first update on The Lab on Platte, a 73,000 square foot, four story office building being developed at 17th and Platte behind the Denver Beer Company, we noted that the old janitorial supplies building that occupied the site was under demolition.
With this short update, we can report that construction of the building’s foundation is now underway!
As can be seen in the images above, excavation and the shoring walls are now underway. We’ll stop by The Lab on Platte in a few months when it starts to go vertical. The project is slated for opening in April 2015.
In our first post on The Boathouse, I mentioned that construction was already well underway. Here’s some proof!
The Boathouse is planned to be completed by January 2015.