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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:

RiNo Rising: Part III

RiNo Center Update 

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!


River North: The Yards at Denargo Market Final Update

Today we are going to head over to the River North neighborhood and take a look at the newly completed ‘Yards at Denargo Market’ project. Formally known as the ‘Denargo Market Apartments’, this 301-unit apartment project has been complete for quite some time now so it’s time to take one final look at it here on DenverInfill. We only had three updates for this project but you can follow the progress here:

Denargo Market Apartments Update

Denargo Market Apartments Update – Addendum

Denargo Market Apartments Update #2 

Welcome to the Denargo Market! What used to be an open-air market in the 1940s and then a  fenced-off industrial area, the Denargo Market is now a new River North district with hopes of redevelopment. Whether you are on Brighton Boulevard or Delgany Street, you can clearly tell where the Denargo Market sits with signs all around its border.

 

When travelling north along Brighton Boulevard, it’s pretty hard to miss this apartment building, especially at night. Along with the street signs, there is a ‘Denargo Market’ neon sign fixed on top of the apartments that glows red.

 

Here are some additional views of the building. In addition to the ‘Denargo Market’ sign, the ‘Yards’ sign also lights up at night. The facade is pretty standard fare compared to other low-rise buildings in this area: broken up with some brick mixed in and a somewhat jagged roof-line.

 

I have heard concerns about the exposed parking garage and many agree that it should be covered. There is hope though! You can clearly see there is a huge field behind the garage portion of the building which will be developed one day thus hiding the garage from sight!

 

The Yards at the Denargo Market is a great first step in the Denargo Market redevelopment program. With its proximity to Denver Union Station and the soon-to-be 38th and Blake commuter rail station, we should see more development and density added to the River North neighborhood over the next few years!


New River North Project: Greenbox

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 3310 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!


TAXI: DRIVE Update

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!


RiNo Center Update

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.


Denargo Market Apartments Update #2

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.


RiNo Rising: Part III

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.)