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Lower Highland: Lumina Final Update

Staying in the Lower Highland neighborhood, we are going to take a final look at Lumina; a quirky yet refreshing design for what could have been a typical apartment project. Our coverage for Lumina was fairly limited but here are our previous posts:

New Lower Highland Project: Lumina

Lower Highland: Lumina Update #1 

There is a lot going on with the design of Lumina between the jagged, or rounded, sides of the building, the metal screen, different sized terraces, and the large solar array. One very interesting thing to note is the integration of the old Pagliacci’s neon sign on the facade; a tribute for what was once on this site.

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Here is a detailed look at the metal screen that wraps around the entire building.

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Rising 5-stories, with ground floor retail, Lumina provides the Lower Highlands neighborhood with 61 botique style units.  For pricing and floorplans, head on over to their website.

Lower Highland: Studio LoHi Final Update

Over the next week or so, I will be wrapping up a bunch of projects that we’ve had in the works here on DenverInfill. Some of these projects have been complete for a while, with others just wrapping up. Today, we are going to start with Studio LoHi, formally known as LoHi City View.

Here is what we covered in the past for Stuido LoHi:

New Lower Highland Project: LoHi City View Apartments

Lower Highland: LoHi City View Apartments Update #1

Lower Highland: LoHi City View Apartments Update #2

Time for some pictures of the completed project. With B-Street LoHi as its next door neighbor, Studio LoHi continues to add density along Boulder Street in the Lower Highlands neighborhood. Between 17th and 18th Street, along Boulder, there are now 173 new apartment units (Studio LoHi containing 100-units) which translates to around 250 new residents in this neighborhood.

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Back in May, I took this aerial photo from Hirshorn Park. Here you can clearly see the densification of Lower Highlands, especially along Boulder Street, with Studio LoHi is in the bottom left of the picture. Make sure you click the image to embiggen!


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Stay tuned for more residential updates throughout the week!

New Lower Highland Project: Fairfield Inn and Suites

There’s a new Fairfield Inn and Suites coming to Lower Highland at the corner of W. 27th Avenue and Wyandot Street; the former location of a dilapidated Budget Host Inn that was demolished in 2014.

Here’s the site outlined in yellow on a Google Earth image from October 2014, where it’s clear that site prep for the hotel had already begun. Also in the aerial image, the building to the right (east) of the new hotel site is no longer there. That’s the former Denver Public Schools Contemporary Learning Academy that was razed earlier this year to make way for a new apartment project we reported on in February.


According to BusinessDen, the new hotel will include 87 rooms in a five-story building, and should be open by the end of 2015.

Here is a site photo I took earlier today:


BusinessDen did not include a rendering in their article, and I’ve not been able to track one down either. If we find one, we’ll certainly publish it in a future post. Regardless of what the building may ultimately look like, it will be much better than the Budget Host Inn and a nice addition to a thriving mixed-use urban neighborhood!

New Lower Highland Project: 18th and Central Apartments

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.

New Lower Highland Project: 28th and Vallejo Apartments

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.

Lower Highland: The Lab on Platte Update #3

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!

Lower Highland: The Boathouse Update #2

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.

Lower Highland: Galvanize 2.0 Update #4

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:


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Galvanize 2.0 appears to be on pace for a spring 2015 opening.