A new project just broke ground in Denver’s Jefferson Park neighborhood: The Row Houses at Jefferson Park.
The project includes 29 for-sale row homes at the corner of Clay Street and Frontview Crescent. Here’s a GoogleEarth image where I’ve outlined the site:
The project’s location puts it within a block or two of many of Jefferson Park’s recent developments, including Element 47 (under construction in the aerial photo) and Frontview 40 to the east, Zocalo Condos and Jefferson Park Townhomes to the west, and RiverClay to the north. All of these new residential developments clustered near the park plus new neighborhood retail (such as the Corner House Restaurant that recently opened at RiverClay) is creating a nice critical mass of higher-density living in the neighborhood. Here’s a site plan:
The Row Houses at Jefferson Park (earlier known as Clay Street Village—which is how it appears on my recent Downtown Housing Update post) is being developed by First Western Companies and the project architect is Sprocket. The row homes will range in size from 1,385 to 1,623 square feet and priced from the low- to high-$400s. Here are two renderings showing the project’s location at the corner of Frontview Crescent and Clay and the interior courtyard (all images courtesy of First Western/Sprocket):
The project should be completed by Spring 2014. For more information, check out their website at: rowhousesatjp.com.
Over in the Jefferson Park neighborhood a 21-unit for sale development has been making some progress. Given the current rental boom we are in, for sale projects are quite rare.
Clay/28th is going to be a 4-story building. Below you can see that the core has topped out and the main structure is starting to go up. On a side note, it appears they were storing some equipment hoisted up on the crane. It was a very unique sight.
Given the recent news that the Four Seasons has officially sold out, the condo market has been making a great recovery around Downtown Denver. Along with that, Jefferson Park is becoming increasingly popular and a lot of infill projects like this are starting to come about making this another up and coming urban edge neighborhood.
Over in Jefferson Park, construction has commenced on the new Element 47 project. After a five year hiatus, we are finally seeing some action on this site and that’s very exciting news for the neighborhood! As a refresher, Element 47 is a four-building, 265-unit apartment project.
Sitting just west of the Interstate 25 corridor, Element 47 will create a nice street wall effect. Renters facing the east side will also have some great views of the Denver skyline and Elitch Gardens. This development will also provide 4,000 square feet of retail. Many projects are starting to come about in the Jefferson Park neighborhood and Element 47 is a great start!
Those of you who have been following DenverInfill for many years will probably remember the Pinnacle Station project proposed by the Spanos Company for the former Baby Doe’s/Chili Peppers site in Jefferson Park. Although the project was ultimately approved by the city, it traveled a rocky road with the Jefferson Park neighborhood, due to the scale and design of the project that seemed incompatible with the adjacent housing. Before the project could get under construction, however, the economy tanked, and so the project was put on hold.
The project is now back, but with a new architect and design, a new name, and at a smaller scale.
Element 47 (the atomic number for silver) is a four-building, 265-unit apartment project. That’s about 100 units less than the 2007 Pinnacle Station version of the project. Each building will be four-stories in height, with one building having a 4,000 square-foot retail space. Here’s a GoogleEarth aerial where I’ve marked the project location:
The new project architect is Denver-based Kephart. All of the following images are from Kephart’s website. First, here is the site plan:
Next, a few renderings:
Construction on Element 47 is essentially underway. A building permit for the project was recently issued and, two weeks ago when I visited the site, construction equipment was being mobilized and the grounds were being cleared of its old parking lot asphalt and landscaping.
Finally, after a five-year hiatus, Jefferson Park will see this important site be developed, and with a massing, scale, and design that is more compatible with the neighborhood.
The increasingly popular Jefferson Park neighborhood just west of Downtown Denver is getting another new infill project. A 21-unit for-sale condominium development, known as Clay\28th, recently broke ground at the southeast corner of W. 28th Avenue and Clay Street. I’ve marked the location on this GoogleEarth aerial:
Here are a couple of exterior renderings. The project architect is Kujawa Architecture of Chicago. Generation Development is the developer.
The project has a website at clay28th.com, so check it out for floor plans and additional information on the project.
As 2012 opens with a number of slated large-scale residential projects, we will say goodbye to numerous swaths of desolate concrete. Where a few dozen cars once spent their day sunbathing, we will soon see several hundred people injecting life into 2785 Speer Boulevard. Thanks to the vision of developers Allied Reality Group and architects Meeks + Partners, this new project will provide even more housing opportunities within walking distance of Denver’s urban core.
Keith Malone, Associate Partner at Meeks + Partners, informed that a real focus of the 325-unit project would be integrating the neighborhood and surrounding spaces with the 4.5-acre site. Design elements will borrow similar materials and textures of the surrounding structures to compliment the character of the neighborhood. However, sleeker features will also be incorporated to continue the trend of painting Denver’s urban landscape with modern design. In addition, a “pedestrian spine” will split the project into two mini-blocks which should enhance connectivity and promote appropriate scaling. As a mixed-use development, 2785 Speer will also provide residents, and the neighborhood, with 10,000+ sq. ft. of retail space.
Other design features which will help to set this development apart from others around the city were also noted. Keith Malone mentioned that one of the most defining features, and also greatest challenges for 2785 Speer, is the topography. The unique panoramic views of the city that are so characteristic of the Lower Highlands and Jefferson Park, will showcase the Denver skyline. While the views will draw attention to urban life outside, courtyards will absorb residents into more intimate spaces at the nucleus of the buildings.
It is likely that the project will break ground by spring of this year. It will aim for completion by the end of 2013. For more information concerning 2785 Speer Blvd., click on the following link: