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River North: The Source Hotel + Market Hall Update #1

Let’s make a quick stop in River North over at The Source. Back in August we announced a new addition that was going to take over some of the surface parking at the very popular marketplace. The expansion includes a new 19,000 square foot market hall, 100-room hotel, and 300-space structured parking garage.

Currently, work is wrapping up on the structured parking garage that sits right behind The Source. Here are two photos from the front of the development. The next phase of construction will take out the dirt lot you see in the second photo.

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The base of the parking garage will eventually be covered by the new market hall, which will have a seamless transition to and from the historic warehouse. We will visit this project again once the market hall, and hotel are underway. Stay tuned!

River North: The Freight Residences Final Update

Let’s head over to Denver’s River North neighborhood and check in on the completed Freight Residences located at Zeppelin Development’s TAXI compound. Today, we are going to look at the completed four-story, 49-unit project both inside and out.

Freight’s architecture is right in line with the rest of the TAXI development; an industrial look with a corrugated metal facade and bright accent colors. The residences in Freight are geared more towards families which means there are one, two, three, and four bedroom units. No Zeppelin development would be complete without their famous garage doors, located on the first and top floor units.

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It may look a little barren now but, come spring, the front landscaping will feature native wildflowers and grasses that will go around and under the pathways. Water drainage from the roof will go directly into this little detention area. The large concrete blocks you see in the second picture are directly from their concrete-mixing neighbors to the north. When there is leftover concrete in the trucks, these large forms are made and are typically used for roadways and construction. Zeppelin saw an opportunity to reuse these forms for landscaping.

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Orange is the theme at Freight Residences. Here is part of the lobby that will be used for kids, workshops, events, and a collaborative work environment.


Did I mention orange? The hallway on the third floor is painted what I like to call “traffic cone” orange. The floor also looks orange but it is just polished concrete reflecting the walls and ceiling.

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Freight has a very interesting unit layout. On the east half of the building, two-story townhomes are stacked on top of each other. The smaller units are located on the west side of the building, along with additional townhome units. Because of this, there are only two access points for all of the units: the ground floor and third floor.

Thanks to Chris Woldum of Zeppelin, DenverInfill was able to get an inside look at Freight. Starting off with the townhome units, we can see that they feature an industrial look with very open floor plans and polished concrete floors. The same orange we saw above is also featured as an accent in all of the units.

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The garage doors offer a great opening for each unit’s outdoor space. Every townhome unit has a garage door leading out to either the front, if you are on the first two floors, or a private rooftop patio, if you are on the top two floors.

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Some of the townhomes feature both an east and west view that can be directly seen from each end of the unit. The master bedrooms have a unique, open layout, as you can see in the second photo.

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The one-bedroom units come in just shy of 600 square feet but feel very open with only one central wall spanning from the floor to ceiling.


How about the views? Looking west, you get a great view of the mountains with the freight yards less than a block away.

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To the south, you get views of the TAXI site as well as the Union Station skyline.

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Most apartments going up around Downtown Denver feature very similar floor plans, and have very limited large units. Freight breaks that mold with family-sized units and unique floor plans.

New River North Project: Modera River North Arts

A new apartment community is coming to Blake Street in Denver’s booming River North/Ballpark neighborhood.

Mill Creek Residential, a national multifamily developer based in Dallas, Texas, has been busy in Denver, recently developing The Casey and The Douglas and currently building Modera River North at 29th and Brighton Boulevard. Next up for Mill Creek is Modera River North Arts, a proposed 183-unit housing development along Blake Street between 28th and 29th streets. Here’s a Google Earth aerial showing the proposed location:


Modera River North Arts will rise five floors and include approximately 229 parking spaces.

The following rendering is courtesy of Studio PBA, the project architect:


Construction is expected to begin later this spring with completion set for 2017.

New River North Project: Industry Denver Apartments

In yesterday’s post about Phase III of the Industry Denver development that’s adding structured parking and additional office space to the popular RiNo co-working hub, we mentioned a multi-family residential component would be coming soon. That is the focus of this post.

The Industry Denver master plan envisions two main residential components: apartments to the northeast of the historic Industry Denver building and townhomes to the northwest. We’ll cover the townhomes in a future post when details become available. Today, however, we have preliminary information about the apartments; the site is outlined in the aerial photo below:


Lynd Company is planning a 9-story apartment building on a 1.82-acre parcel that will include a total of 277 residential units. The base of the structure will consist of three floors of structured parking for 351 vehicle spaces and several townhome units facing Brighton Boulevard. Six floors of apartments will rise above the parking base to a total height of 95 feet.

This first rendering, courtesy of Lynd Company and their project architect, Valerio Dewalt Train Associates, shows the southeast (Brighton Boulevard) and northeast sides of the proposed structure. The historic Industry Denver building is visible at far left. The project’s blonde brick is a nice complement to its historic neighbor.


In this second rendering, courtesy of Axis Vu Design (3D visualization experts) and Valerian (landscape architecture and urban design), we see the private drive that will separate the Industry Denver Apartments from the historic building:


Industry Denver Apartments is currently in development review with the Denver planning office, so there’s the possibility that some of the project’s design elements may change. Construction is expected to begin in 2016.

River North: Industry Phase III Update #1

Industry Denver is the creative-tech co-working office community housed within a converted 1939 blonde-brick produce warehouse in Denver’s hot RiNo district on the edge of Downtown. The 120,000-square foot building provides 80,000 square feet of office space, several restaurants, and plenty of common areas for workers. We covered Industry’s adaptive reuse Phases I and II over at DenverUrbanism last November.

With this DenverInfill post is our first update on Phase III, which is Industry’s first new-construction component. Phase III includes an additional 72,000 square feet of office space on the lower two levels, with three floors of structured parking above holding 300 vehicle spaces. The new 5-story concrete structure runs the length of the historic building and two portals will connect the old and new buildings on the inside. Here’s a Google Earth aerial showing the outline of Industry Phase III:


Let’s take a look at construction progress. Here’s a view of the 29th Street side showing the first two floors of office with three levels of parking above:


This is the northeast end closer to 31st Street. The parking lot in the foreground will be developed into multi-family housing (a blog post on that is coming very soon!):


Industry Denver Phase III should be complete by Spring 2016.

New River North Project: Catalyst

Catalyst is a full-block “Health-Tech Innovation” project in Denver’s River North district planned for Brighton Boulevard between 35th and 36th Streets. At build-out, Catalyst will include approximately 300,000 square feet of office and retail space in two buildings. Here’s the site:


Developed by Koelbel and Company, Mike Biselli and Larry Burgess, the first phase of Catalyst consists of 180,000 square feet of collaborative office space intended for health-care technology companies and other innovative organizations. Two preliminary renderings of Phase 1 are below, courtesy of project architect, The Beck Group:

Brighton Boulevard (foreground) with 35th Street on the left:


35th Street (foreground) with Brighton Boulevard on the right:


If all goes as planned, Phase 1 of Catalyst will be complete by Fall 2017.

New River North Project: 35th and Larimer Apartments

A new 66-unit apartment project is under construction at the corner of 35th and Larimer in Denver’s booming RiNo district.

Developed by Littleton Capital Partners, the new apartment community (which may be called Link 35, based on a sign at the site) will consist of a three-story building that features about 10,000 square feet of commercial space. The project’s 0.86-acre site is outlined on the Google Earth aerial below:


Ten of the development’s 66 units will be 330-square foot microhousing units. According to city documents, the project also includes 67 vehicle parking spaces (56 for residents and 11 for commercial uses) and 26 bicycle parking spaces located on the alley side of the ground floor. Parking access will be from the alley.

Here are two renderings, courtesy of the project designer, Humphries Poli Architects.

View of the 35th and Larimer corner:


Larimer Street elevation:


We stopped by the site recently and took a few photos showing the project’s construction status:



The 35th and Larimer Apartments will be only four blocks from RTD’s 38th and Blake rail station and just two blocks from the new 35th Street pedestrian bridge the city is building that will connect the east and west sides of RiNo over the railroad tracks.

The 35th and Larimer Apartments is scheduled to be complete by summer 2016.

River North: Larimer Row Update #1

In January 2015 we reported that a new 28-unit row home project near 34th and Larimer, known as Larimer Row, was coming to Denver’s RiNo district.

Construction is moving along! The first phase of 14 row homes is mostly completed and the next phase is underway:



According to the Larimer Row website, all 28 units have closed or are under contract. Phase 2 should be complete in 2016.

New River North Project: Gauge

River North (aka RiNo) is one of Denver’s hottest urban-core districts for infill development and adaptive reuse, whether for residential, office, hotel, retail or light industrial uses, and Zeppelin Development has been leading the charge in most of those categories. Zeppelin helped put RiNo on the map with its TAXI project, is wrapping up construction on Freight Residences, is just getting started on the Source Hotel and Market Hall, and will be breaking ground in the spring on a new RiNo mixed-use office project at 35th and Wazee: Gauge.

In case you haven’t noticed, Zeppelin has also been moving east with their developments. TAXI is west of the South Platte River, the Source is in the middle of RiNo along the booming Brighton Boulevard corridor, and Gauge will put them within two blocks of the 38th & Blake Station on RTD’s A Line (opening April 22, 2016), which lets Zeppelin add transit-oriented development to their list of accomplishments. Here’s the location for Gauge on a Google Earth aerial and a perspective showing Gauge and its proximity to Downtown Denver:



35th and Wazee? Not exactly a bustling corner, and one that probably not a lot of people have ever been to, let alone knew existed. But the combination of new rail transit to the area and big demand for places to live/work/shop/socialize in the urban core have now put places like 35th and Wazee on the radar screen.

Gauge will feature 80,000 square feet of office space and 20,000 square feet of retail in a four-story building designed by Dynia Architects, the same design firm that Zeppelin used at TAXI and The Source. Like those developments, Gauge will feature a progressive industrial/modern design, big volume spaces, exposed steel, concrete floors, operable glass garage doors as windows, landscaped terraces, and great views of downtown and the mountains. Here are some brand-new renderings, courtesy of Zeppelin and Dynia Architects:

View of the 35th and Wazee corner with, on the right, the 35th Street Pedestrian Bridge (due to open in 2016) that will span over the tracks and connect to the Blake Street side of RiNo (and the transit station):


View looking south along Wazee toward 35th Street, with Gauge’s historic brick neighbor on the right:


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35th Street elevation:


In addition to the office space, another cool feature will be a food hall/collaborative retail space on the ground floor that takes advantage of Gauge’s proximity to the transit station. It will include a dozen independent restaurant/retail tenants from around the region that are known for innovative food and retail goods. Structured parking for 125 vehicles will be tucked away on the alley side of the building:


Finally, as I mentioned in our recent post on the nearby Great Divide Brewery project, there are big plans in the works for transforming 35th Street through RiNo into something special (more on that later…) that will add to the appeal of Gauge’s location.

Zeppelin plans to break ground on Gauge in March 2016 and wrap up construction by spring 2017.