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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!


River North: DRIVE 2 Update #1

In the next two updates, we are going to be heading over to the TAXI development to check in at Drive 2. Back in January, when we first covered this project, it was just a steel shell that was not quite topped out. Now, the 60,000 square foot project is almost complete. In this update, we will be looking at the outside of the project and tomorrow, we will have a special ‘inside the infill’ edition of this project as we take a look inside!

Drive 2 is very similar to its neighbor Drive. In fact, they share the same height, facade, and have a level horizontal window line between both buildings. Here’s a fun fact about this project: Originally, there was supposed to be a single building spanning the entire length of Drive and Drive 2. Because of the economic conditions, the first 40,000 square foot ‘Drive’ was built. Fast forward to present day, there are two separate buildings. However, Drive 2 was designed in a way to look like it was broken off from the original Drive building! This is a very neat and subtle architectural element!

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Here are a couple more pictures of Drive and Drive 2 from the back side. From this prospective, you can clearly tell these buildings are twins. In the foreground of the first picture sits the tenant pool which is made from two shipping containers!

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Coming up next, we go inside Drive 2 to look at floor-plans and views from this exciting, new development!


New River North Project: DRIVE 2

Back in August 2012, we looked at a mixed-use office project, in the TAXI development, called DRIVE. After about a year since DRIVE has been completed, and fully leased, Zeppelin Development has broken ground on a new office project right next door to DRIVE. The new mixed-use office building, DRIVE 2, will be very similar to its neighbor; providing new-generation work spaces for both small entrepreneurial businesses and mid to large size companies.

Here is a map with the project site outlined. The building directly north of the site is the first DRIVE office building which is situated just behind the original TAXI redevelopment.

In the first picture, you can see the completed and fully leased DRIVE office building. DRIVE 2 will be almost identical to its neighbor in both massing and exterior materials. The new building will feature 50 glass garage doors to provide natural light, a 2,500 square-foot rooftop conference center and a bike shop.

 

DRIVE 2 broke ground in late October and is quickly making its way out of the ground. The elevator cores have already topped out at 4-stories and the steel structure is not too far behind. Here are some additional pictures of the project.

 

The 60,000 square-foot office building is expected to be complete by Spring 2014.


River North: Block 32 at RiNo Final Update

Just down the street from the Denargo Market project, Block 32 at RiNo, formally known as RiNo Center, on 32nd Street and Brighton Boulevard is complete and open for occupancy. As per my final update tradition, you can follow its progress here:

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Standing 4-stories tall, the 205-unit apartment building has a very unique color scheme which comfortably fits the area it stands in. I was reminded of shipping containers when looking at this building which also is a reoccurring theme in the River North / Upper Ballpark neighborhoods.

 

Infill is a great thing, especially on streets like Brighton Boulevard which has some great potential. Urbanists and many other people agree that a key part of any major city is how the people interact with the city at the street level. With parking in the front, a dedicated driveway, and a water drainage ditch separating most of the property from the sidewalk, unfortunately, this project lost a huge opportunity of having a good street presence along Brighton Boulevard.

 

The River North neighborhood has a lot of potential and opportunity to become Denver’s next hip new neighborhood. It will be interesting to see what new projects come online along Brighton Boulevard in the future especially when the 38th and Blake commuter rail station opens!