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New River North Project: The Source Hotel + Market Hall

If you’ve been to The Source on Brighton Boulevard in Denver’s booming River North district—and I bet that includes the vast majority of Denver by now—then you know that there’s a large vacant parcel next door that handles most of the parking duties for the popular culinary marketplace crafted out of an abandoned 1880s iron foundry. The project’s next phase will extend the concept and footprint of The Source onto that vacant lot through ground-up construction of a new hotel, market hall, and parking garage.

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Zeppelin Development announced the next phase of The Source a few months ago and most of the media attention focused on the hotel component. At that time you may have seen this rendering, courtesy of Zeppelin Development and Dynia Architects, of the hotel’s progressive design that blends a bit of RiNo’s industrial aesthetic with Zeppelin’s love of quirky geometry:

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The Source Hotel’s eight levels will feature 100 guest rooms, a 2,000-square foot New Belgium micro brewery on the ground floor, and a top-floor beer garden, pool, and restaurant. Many of the rooms will have operable glass garage door windows, which has become a signature Zeppelin design element:

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What didn’t receive as much attention when the project was announced was the rest of the development—the new market hall and the 300-space parking garage and how they fit together with the hotel onto the site. That is the focus of this post.

First, let’s get you oriented with the latest site plan (thanks to Zeppelin’s Justin Croft) that shows the new hotel tower along Brighton Boulevard, the new market hall in the center of the site, and the parking garage located in the back of the lot.

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The new market hall will cover approximately 19,000 square feet and will feature up to 12 restaurant and retail spaces surrounding a large common area that will have an expansive natural light-filled environment similar to the historic Source next door.

The C-shaped market hall will feature glass garage doors (of course!) that open onto terraces to create an indoor/outdoor experience and additional restaurant seating that overlooks a native landscaped courtyard.

A key design feature of the project is the sculptural pedestrian bridge that passes over the native landscaping to connect the new phase with the original Source building. Besides its aesthetic value, the landscaped areas below the bridge will also serve as the storm water detention and water quality areas for the development. Here is a new rendering showing how the new market hall relates to the hotel and parking garage and connects via the bridge to its older sibling:

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The new Source hotel and expanded market hall will be able to take advantage of the many new infrastructure investments coming soon to RiNo, including a completely rebuilt Brighton Boulevard with sidewalks and cycle tracks, a new ped bridge over the railroad tracks and new River North park (with ped bridge over the South Platte) just a block over near 35th Street, and the new 38th & Blake transit station just four blocks away. Wow!

The expansion at The Source should be complete by 2017.


New River North Project: The Crossing at Denargo Market

Texas-based Cypress Real Estate Advisors, through their multifamily housing development company Argyle Residential, is under construction with their second building in their Denargo Market redevelopment, known as The Crossing at Denargo Market. Cypress wrapped up construction on their first building, The Yards at Denargo Market, in 2013 which Ryan covered here.

Here’s a Google Earth aerial showing the location of The Crossings site outlined in yellow. Note the recently completed Yards at Denargo Market immediately to the east, as well as the the future development blocks within the Denargo Market development plan area to the south, north, and northeast:

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The Crossing at Denargo Market will include a total of 321 apartment units in a five-story building wrapped around structured parking. For renderings, I’ve got two to share with you.

The first one below is from the Argyle Residential web page for this project and shows, on the right edge of the image, the Wells Fargo and 1999 Broadway towers downtown off in the distance, which must mean this is a view looking south along Denargo Street:

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This second rendering is of the same corner and is from the project’s rental website as well as on a big banner hanging on the construction fence at the site. Clearly, in this second rendering, the building’s architectural design has been refined from the first image; but, interestingly, the Wells Fargo and 1999 Broadway towers on the right edge have been replaced with a mysterious tower transported from some other city! Anyway, I know one of you sharp-eyed DenverInfill readers would spot this and mention it in the comments, so I thought I’d point it out.

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Finally, here are a couple of site photos I took today:

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If all goes as planned, The Crossing at Denargo Market will open in early 2016.


New River North Project: Broadstone RiNo

The River North district is booming, and the redevelopment projects transforming the neighborhood continue with the addition of Broadstone RiNo, located at the corner of 31st Street and Brighton Boulevard. To get you oriented, here’s a Google Earth image with the site outlined:

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Broadstone RiNo is being developed by Alliance Residential, who recently completed Broadstone Blake Street (a final update post on that project is in the works). Broadstone RiNo will include 270 apartments in three attached buildings of four and five stories in height. Here’s a rendering, courtesy of Alliance Residential and their project architect, Parikh Stevens Architects:

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Construction has already started, as you can see from this photo I took this morning:

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Broadstone RiNo is set to be completed by the summer of 2016.


New River North Project: Great Divide Brewery

Brighton Boulevard is getting a lot of attention these days, and rightfully so. The historically gritty industrial street is rapidly transforming into a thriving mixed-use corridor, and the street itself will be receiving a major upgrade. While many of the new developments along Brighton and elsewhere in River North are mostly residential or office in use, a major new industrial mixed-use project is currently under construction in the district: Great Divide Brewing Company’s new $38 million campus at 35th and Brighton. Here’s a Google Earth aerial image to get you oriented:

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Phase 1, which broke ground last fall and will feature a warehouse, packaging facility, and a small tap-room called Barrel Bar, is expected to be completed this summer. Phase 2 will begin in late 2015 or early 2016 and will include a new brewing facility and a large tap-room and beer garden. Here is a rendering of the Phase 1 building and a site plan showing both phases, courtesy of Great Divide and their project architect, Coburn Partners.

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Phase 1 is coming along quickly as you can see from these photos Ryan took recently:

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Great Divide’s new facility builds upon RiNo’s industrial heritage while contributing to the amazing revitalization taking place all throughout the area. Cheers, Great Divide!


New River North Project: The Freight Residences

Another innovative infill project is underway at Zeppelin Development’s TAXI campus in RiNo. The Freight Residences, a high density multifamily housing project, is currently under construction. The 4-story building will offer a combination of one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments for a total of 49 residential units.

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The Freight Residences are designed specifically with growing families in mind. With for-sale housing prices steadily increasing and a rental market that generally gears its amenities toward singles with an active lifestyle, the housing options for Denver’s growing family sector are limited. Zeppelin Development seeks to offer a creative mix of family-friendly amenities in Freight Residences that will tempt growing families with young children.

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Large swaths of grass-covered open space will surround the building and create an urban backyard that will certainly appeal to adults and children alike. Outdoor family film nights promise to be a staple form of entertainment, as a movie projector sits in the center of the Freight courtyard next door. And for working parents, an award-winning early childhood education center is also next door in the original Freight building. Some classroom enrollment spaces will be especially reserved for tenants of the Freight Residences.

Construction at the Freight Residences is scheduled to be complete this spring. Architectural renderings of the building (designed by Stephen Dynia Architects) are courtesy of Chris Woldum at Zeppelin Development. Check back for updates as this project continues!


New River North Project: Larimer Row

A new 28-unit row home project is under development in the River North District near 34th and Larimer. Here’s a Google Earth aerial with the site outlined in yellow:

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The project being developed by BLVD Builders; their project architect is EV Studio. Here are a site plan, axonometric view, and rendering of Larimer Row, courtesy of BLVD Builders and EV Studio:

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Larimer Row is already under construction and should be finished later in 2015. For more information, please visit the project website: larimerrow.com.


River North: DRIVE 2 Final Update

DRIVE 2 in the TAXI Development is complete! Ryan has been keeping us posted on the project for almost a year and it’s time for the final update. When we last checked in with DRIVE 2 in July, the 60,000 square foot office and event space was still under construction. For the final update, we’ll take a look at some of the unique spaces and finishes inside the DRIVE 2 building. Thanks to Chris Woldum and Justin Croft of Zeppelin Development for the tour!

Before we go inside, here is a photo of DRIVE 2’s main façade. You can see that some tenants are making good use of the garage doors; there is one open on both the second and third floors. The building is LEED certified and, like the rest of the properties in the TAXI development, features sustainable landscaping with native plants and grasses.

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DRIVE 2 houses a variety of creative small businesses tenants, along with coworking and shared office spaces, like the one pictured below.

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There is a private event space on the fourth floor that holds up to 200 people, offering some amazing views of the downtown skyline through the signature garage doors. The doors open onto a spacious balcony.

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Many of the finishes in DRIVE 2 are carried over from other Zeppelin Development projects in the RiNo area. If you’ve been to The Source, you may recognize the aluminum two-by-fours that are used as railings throughout the DRIVE 2 building.

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The yellow polycarb trim pictured below houses DRIVE 2’s insulation, a unique design choice that is a callback to the same finish in the TAXI buildings.

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Whimsical yellow stripes crisscross the floors, lest you forget that you are on the site of the former Yellow Cab Company’s terminal.

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Skylights in the ceiling and frosted glass panel inserts in the floors allow natural light to penetrate all the way to the center of the building.

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If you‘re passing through RiNo, take a quick peek at the DRIVE 1 and DRIVE 2 buildings now that they’re complete. They’re an awesome addition to this up-and-coming neighborhood.


River North: DRIVE 2 Update #2 (Inside the Infill Edition)

It is time for the second part of our DRIVE 2 tour! We are going to go inside the walls and check out the progress, floor-plans, and exciting views this new, 60,000 square foot building offers! Thanks to Chris Woldum of Zeppelin Places for the great tour!

The 60,000 square foot space is going to be occupied by mostly start-ups and small businesses therefore, efficiency is key in DRIVE 2. On the ground floor, offices will feature a mezzanine level to help maximize the space. Vertical space is also conserved with all of the HVAC systems running through the steel beams. A good example of this is shown in the second picture.

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Natural light is also a huge key player in DRIVE 2. As you may have noticed in our last update, there are several garage doors on each floor of the building along with many windows. This gives each corridor and office a great amount of natural light.

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Speaking of the garage doors, there are a couple of different purposes for them. Tenants can control the garage doors to open up the office to the elements, letting in fresh air and additional sunlight. Some garage doors lead out to balconies and some have ledges where you can drink your morning coffee and watch the trains go by, or get that afternoon report done on your laptop. This is definitely not a feature you find in the majority of new office developments!

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Even though DRIVE 2 is a four-story building, it is far enough from Downtown Denver to offer some spectacular views.You can see both Downtown Denver, and the ever growing Union Station skyline. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures of the huge BNSF train yard that sits right across from DRIVE 2, but you can get a glimpse of it through the above photos!

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DRIVE 2 is looking to wrap up construction and start moving in tenants at the end of July! Zepplin Development has a lot on the boards for TAXI which we are very excited to cover! Stay tuned!