With the current development boom we are in, there are residents moving in and around Downtown Denver at a rapid pace. Apartment unit sizes are shrinking in these new developments and one question comes up for new residents: Where am I going to store my things? Many downtown residents have skis, snowboards, seasonal clothing and various large objects that typically wouldn’t fit comfortably in an apartment. Downtown storage for the past couple decades has been pretty sparse and the current storage facilities reside in old warehouses waiting to be redeveloped. Located at 3200 Brighton Boulevard, Greenbox is changing this. Built from the ground up, this LEED-Certified storage facility is aesthetically pleasing and brings a nice face to Brighton Boulevard.
I met with Josh Fine of Focus Property Group for an inside look of Greenbox’s progress and learned some great information about this development. The street front will set this apart from the standard facilities we all know. There are three flex units facing Brighton Boulevard that can be used for a small office or even retail space. Josh explained how these were going to be just as easy to rent as a storage unit along with amenities such as heating, cooling and WiFi. You would be able to use this space the same day you filled out the rental application. This is great for a start-up business, gallery, or first time retail store owner.
Greenbox will feature 690 storage units, 51 of which will have drive up access. The average unit size will be around 66 square feet ranging from a 5×5 cubby to a 15×20 drive up unit. The cubby units will also come with shelves so you can utilize your space more efficiently.
I personally have never seen a storage facility under construction. It’s a very simple construction process and doesn’t require heavy steel or concrete framing. Construction is up to the third floor and has a great view of the city before it is closed in.
It’s nice to see specialized projects like this being developed around our urban core. This allows residents to fully utilize their immediate surroundings versus driving all the way out to a suburb for these services. There are future phases of Greenbox as well which we will cover here on DenverInfill. Thank you Josh for the excellent tour!
Back in March, Derek did a post about the new office building in the TAXI development. Check it out for renderings of the project, as well as some great details.
The structure is pretty much complete. It’s just missing windows and the outer facade. The unique angles and design definitely give this project something that catches the eye.
With a quick little venture to the back side, you can start to see the facade going up. This is a neat building and it will be great how much natural light these offices will get given how big the windows are.
What a great development for the River North area. There is much more to come!
Back in March Derek did a post on the new development named RiNo Center. This is located on 32nd and Brighton Blvd. The Transit-Oriented development is the beginning of the future for this area. It will be just a short walk to a future commuter rail stop with a market right next door as well.
This development is beginning to take shape and a lot of the framing is done like the Denargo Market Apartments just down the road. There’s a lot of new building smells in this area and is a great sign of progress for what used to be an undesirable part of our outer downtown.
This is going to be a 4-story development that will provide 205 units and a large 15,000 square foot courtyard. This is only the beginning of this neighborhood starting to fill up with residences and amenities. It will be very interesting to see this area a couple years from now.
Since my post in March, this development has shot up and most of the framing along with the new streets are almost complete. The facade of the building is still a mystery but not for much longer.
Notice in the pictures there is the newly paved Denargo Market Street. Talk about making a community from scratch. This is a great start and I’m very excited to see what is going to come in the future.
As you can see there are two buildings that wrap around a parking garage with two courtyards between them as well. From the side facing Brighton Boulevard (right picture), the garage is not visible.
As a bonus I’m happy to share with you some awesome aerial photos from Todd Wenskoski who is in the Community Planning and Development Department with the City and County of Denver.
RiNo is a very up and coming neighborhood just outside Downtown Denver and developments like these immensely help what used to be barren wastelands just outside our city.
As many of you may have already heard or noticed, yet another residential project has broken ground in the RiNo area. Since there have been bits and pieces of information regarding “RiNo Center”, it’s time to present a quick rundown on the highlights of the project. Located at 32nd and Brighton Blvd., RiNo Center is the latest project in that part of town to throw up a chain link fence and start pushing around the fresh spring soil. The 4-story building will include 205 units and 262 parking spaces. Also notable, the development will include a clubhouse and a 15,000 square foot courtyard.
Though the project is located in a section of the city that most would consider cut-off, or lacking in amenities, future residents may beg to differ. Those new to RiNo Center may actually find that they have lifestyle options which are unavailable in most other neighborhoods throughout the city. As a TOD (Transit-oriented Development), RiNo Center will be within walking distance from a commuter rail stop, offering alternative transportation options for its residents. In addition, the one-of-a-kind urban market “The Source” will be literally next door to offer a variety of services sure to boost quality of life in the neighborhood.
Paired with Denargo Market a mile or so down the street, these projects are helping to form a critical mass northeast of downtown. As services, residences and support functions continue to fill into the neighborhood, it will only become more liveable and energetic.
(Renderings provided by developer Scott McFadden, who is principal of Prospect, LLC.)
As promised, we have some additional information on the Denargo Market project that Ryan posted about yesterday.
First, here’s a site plan to get you oriented. The yellow line shows the entire development’s general boundaries, which is planned to occur in two broad phases. The white lines show the alignment of new streets within the project’s first phase, the southeastern half. The second phase (northwestern half) could include a realignment of the Denargo Street/Arkins Court intersection, as well as a new park along the South Platte River. The area filled in with orange is the site of the apartment project that is currently under construction, which you could think of as Phase 1 of Phase 1. This first image below was created by me. The rest of the images were taken from the Denargo Market General Development Plan, Amendment #1, Site Plan Filing #1, which is on file with the City.
Here’s how the apartment project under construction fits on the site:
As Ryan noted, the building will be five stories tall. It will feature two courtyards wrapped by apartments with a parking structure in between. Here are three sets of elevations that generally show the project’s design: