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New Lower Highland Project: Riverview at 1700 Platte

The Trammell Crow Company, developer of the Ralph Carr Colorado Judicial Center, History Colorado Center, 1900 Sixteenth Street, DaVita World Headquarters, and owner representative for the Denver Union Station Project Authority on the Denver Union Station project, will be begin work soon on their latest Downtown Denver project: Riverview at 1700 Platte Street.

The proposed Riverview at 1700 Platte Street development is a 210,000 square foot office building with 9,300 square feet of ground-floor retail, situated on Platte Street at the foot of 17th Street. Neighbors include Galvanize 2.0 to the southwest and The Lab on Platte across the street. Here’s a Google Earth aerial photo with the site for 1700 Platte outlined:


The project consists of two main components, a 4-story wing on the southwestern half of the site next to Galvanize and a 5-story wing on the northeastern half, connected by a small “link” building along the street and an outdoor terrace and courtyard along the river.

The following renderings are courtesy of Trammell Crow and Tryba Architects, the project designer. This first image shows the Platte Street side of the project, which features a red brick facade to respect the architectural context of its historic Platte Street neighbors:


On the river side, the building will feature a dramatic glass curtain wall to take advantage of exceptional views of the Platte River and Denver skyline:


The small link building functions as an airy two-story lobby that connects the two main wings, with leasable office space on the upper levels. Here’s a rendering of the lobby interior:


Behind the little link building, an outdoor terrace stretches to the Platte River and connects to a riverside trail and terrace.


This site plan shows the building footprint, with Platte Street at the top of the image.


The project will also feature a fitness center and five balconies that face the river and downtown skyline. Vehicle parking and bicycle storage will be provided in two underground levels. The development’s location adjacent to the Platte River/Cherry Creek trail systems and the 16th Street pedestrian corridor makes it very accessible by bike or on foot, and is a 10-minute walk from Denver Union Station.

Construction is planned to begin in April 2016 with the demolition of the former Empire Staple building. Recently, Trammell Crow completed a new facility for Empire Staple in the Globeville neighborhood, freeing up the Platte Street site for redevelopment. The project will be seeking LEED certification, with completion targeted for late 2017.

New Lower Highland Project: 2525 16th Street Hotel

A new five-story, 165-room hotel is proposed for a mid-block site along 16th Street between Central and Boulder streets in Lower Highland. Denver-based St. Charles Town Company is the developer. The Google Earth image below shows the approximate outline of the site.


The new hotel will be operated by Starwood Hotel & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and branded as a Tribute Portfolio property, Starwood’s newest hotel line that features independent boutique hotels in unique urban settings. The official name of the hotel will be released later in 2016.

Currently on the site are three small houses, two surface parking lots, and a 1970s building now used as offices but originally built as a sales center for mountain ski resort condominiums. One of the houses is vacant, another is occupied by Higdon’s Hair Studio (which will move to a new space around the block) and the third has been used by Amato’s Ale House. The entire site is zoned C-MX-5 (commercial mixed use, five-stories). The project’s 16th Street neighbors include a three-story 1920s-era apartment building at the Boulder Street corner and Amato’s at the Central Street corner. Here’s a view of the site:


The new hotel building has not yet been designed, but a concept rendering of the development’s preliminary scale and form was prepared by the project architect, Semple Brown Design, for Starwood’s project announcement two weeks ago:


This concept image shows a five-story building stepping down as it approaches Amato’s to provide a terrace offering great views of the downtown skyline, and a partial setback along 16th Street to create a forecourt for the main pedestrian entry, patio seating, and an engaging sidewalk presence. The project’s several underground parking levels will offer 117 vehicle parking spaces (more may be added as the building’s design evolves) accessed via an entry on 16th Street. As shown on the aerial photo above, the parcel is slightly L-shaped with a small section fronting Kensing Court. Due to the Hirshorn Park View Plane, the building will step down to about one-story high on the Kensing Court side. The hotel will feature a pool and rooftop lounge, as well as an event space, a restaurant, and a neighborhood market.

St. Charles Town Company hopes to break ground in late 2016 or early 2017 with an opening targeted for summer 2018.

Lower Highland: Fairfield Inn and Suites Update #1

Back in June we announced that construction had begun on a new Fairfield Inn and Suites hotel at the corner of W. 27th Avenue and Wyandot Street in Lower Highland. Recently, we stopped by to take a couple of construction update photos:

View from W. 27th Avenue:


View from across Speer Boulevard from near 26th and Zuni:


It looks like this project is on pace to open next spring.

Lower Highland: 18th and Central Apartments Update #1

Construction on Southern Land Company‘s 302-unit residential development at 18th and Central in Lower Highland is moving along nicely. In our first post on the project, the site was being prepped for construction. Today, let’s visit the site and catch up on its progress.

View from 18th and Boulder looking southeast at the larger of the project’s two buildings. The underground parking is up to the street level:


View from approximately 19th and Boulder looking southeast. 19th Street in Lower Highland (just one block long) is really just an alley.


View of the smaller of the project’s two buildings along Boulder between 19th and 20th Streets behind Prost Brewing:


But wait! That’s not all! How about an updated rendering, courtesy of Southern Land CompanyEVstudio is the architect.


That’s the view of the 18th and Central corner where the project’s ground-floor restaurant/retail spaces are located. Those are some shiny streets!

Lower Highland: 28th and Vallejo Apartments Update #1

Earlier this year we reported on a new apartment project slated for the former DPS Contemporary Learning Academy site at 28th and Vallejo in Lower Highland. Since then, the site had been cleared and construction has started on the 273-unit development. Time for a construction photo update!

Looking towards the corner of 28th and Wyandot:


Looking from 28th and Wyandot looking towards Downtown:


Nice view!

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.