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Upper Downtown: SkyHouse Denver Update #1

On January 25th a large, ugly parking lot was eradicated from Upper Downtown; a district that is cursed with blocks of surface parking. Now, a new 25-story highrise is underway and is climbing quickly!

SkyHouse has now risen five-stories with twenty more to go. Excavation and drilling has commenced for the parking garage that will sit behind the main structure. Rumors have it that another tower crane will be used to build the garage. Here are some pictures of the project looking towards Downtown Denver.

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The street level, along Broadway, is going to be a great sight once SkyHouse is complete. It’s amazing what kind of impact this project is already having!

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At about a floor a week, this project is rising quickly; topping out around late November / early December. I’m sure our next update will be when the first glass panels go up.


Two Tower Cranes Go Up Around Downtown Denver!

You read that right! It’s the weekend of cranes and we, here at DenverInfill, had our cameras ready to document two great, geeky events.

Going up right in the heart of the Union Station neighborhood, a red tower crane has been erected at the 17|W site.

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In an area of Downtown Denver that has been longing for some new density, Central Business District scores a yellow tower crane at the SkyHouse Denver site.

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What an exciting weekend for construction! The next tower crane we will see go up any day now is over at Alexan Uptown, where a red base has been sitting on site for a couple weeks.


SkyHouse Denver Breaks Ground!

Goodbye parking lot, hello SkyHouse!

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Upper Downtown: Hyatt Place/Hyatt House Hotel Update #5

The Hyatt Place / Hyatt House project is making great progress. Since our update in August, the structure has risen significantly and the facade is starting to make its way up.

The building is now up to 16-stories with five more to go. Here are two shots looking down 14th Street and Glenarm Street. It’s amazing what kind of impact this project is already having on the 14th Street corridor.

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Here are two views of the project we haven’t seen in the rendering. I was surprised to see the building ‘L’ shaped.

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The Hyatt House / Hyatt Place should top out within the next few weeks. We will check back in around then!


Upper Downtown: Hyatt Place/Hyatt House Hotel Update #4

Great progress is being made at the intersection of 14th Street and Glenarm. Since our last update in May, the dual branded Hyatt House / Hyatt Place has started to rise quickly. As a refresher, this hotel will be providing 346-rooms to Downtown Denver and will rise a total of 21-stories.

Given these photos are a little over a week old, the structure is now up around five-stories. Even at this height, it’s already having a great and positive impact to the streetscape.

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Here are some shots of the project along the street level. As you can see in the left photo, there are no buildings 21-stories or taller along the south side of 14th Street; this is going to make a fairly prominent statement to this end of the skyline. Only 19-stories to go!

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The Hyatt House / Hyatt Place is a great project for many reasons: it allows the capacity for more visitors staying in Downtown Denver and it vastly helps repair the urban fabric of Upper Downtown. I am very excited to see this building topped out!


New Upper Downtown Project: SkyHouse Denver

Celebrating the restoration of Downtown Denver’s urban fabric—that is, replacing Downtown’s ugly surface parking lots with new buildings—is the primary focus of this blog. So, the announcement of this new infill project is particularly satisfying, as SkyHouse Denver will eliminate a big chunk of nasty asphalt that has plagued Downtown Denver’s urban landscape for decades. We’re talking the corner of Broadway and East 18th Avenue:

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On the east is Lincoln, on the north is East 18th Avenue, on the west is Broadway, and on the south is the Mile High Center. Across Broadway to the west is the Brown Palace Hotel.

SkyHouse Denver will be developed by the Novare Group along with Baston-Cook Development. The high-rise development includes a 25-story, 354-unit apartment tower with ground-floor retail situated on the west half of the site facing Broadway and a 6-story parking garage on the east side of the site facing Lincoln. If all goes as planned, the project will break ground in late 2014.

Thanks to the good folks from the Novare Group and their design partners at SRSS Architects, here’s a rendering of the project as viewed looking east:

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SkyHouse is one of several apartment communities with a similar design developed by Novare in other cities such as Atlanta, Houston, Orlando, and Austin. The development includes a pool, fitness center, lounge, and other amenities on the 25th floor.

For you long-time DenverInfill readers, you may recall this site, located on Block 003-B, was one of five nominees in our great “Downtown Denver’s Worst Parking Lot” contest of 2007. While it didn’t win—that dishonor when to the embarrassing asphalt wasteland on Block 039 in Lower Downtown (that still exists today)—Block 003-B is still a parcel in dire need of development. The site was once the home to the stately Cosmopolitan Hotel and the Hotel Metropole before they were demolished in 1984.

Let’s hope SkyHouse Denver rises from the ground as planned and contributes to the ongoing restoration of Downtown Denver’s urban fabric! We’ll keep you posted as this project works its way through the development review and preconstruction design process.


Upper Downtown: Hyatt Place/Hyatt House Hotel Update #3

To kick off the holiday weekend, we are going to take a quick peek at the Hyatt Place / Hyatt House project going up at the intersection of 14th and Glenarm. The last time we reported on this project, heavy construction equipment moved on site and excavation had begun.

There was some speculation on why the excavation process took so long and, after talking to one of the site workers, they found asbestos bricks and had to go through asbestos abatement. Now that the site is cleaned up, construction is in full swing and Downtown Denver has a new red tower crane!

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Here is a photo of the site. Because of the single underground level, we should see this building building break the street level within a month or two!

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The Hyatt House / Hyatt Place is going to be a 21-story hotel in an area of Downtown Denver that has been begging for development. It’s great to see this project moving forward in full force! For a quick refresher on the project, head on over to our announcement, and rendering posts.


Upper Downtown: Hyatt Place/Hyatt House Hotel Update #2

Before we get to the exciting infill news, I would like to thank everyone for all of your kind words, views, and shares with my ‘A Day in Denver’ photo project. It has been a fun week watching it spread around the internet and seeing everyone enjoying it in the process. Truly, thank you readers of DenverInfill. It wouldn’t have been nearly as fun of a launch week without you all!

Now for the infill! Remember in November when we provided an updated rendering of the Hyatt Place / Hyatt House project, predicting construction was to begin soon? As of last weekend, construction has already begun and heavy machinery has started to move onto the site!

The parking lot has already been torn up and a caisson drill has been moved on site. Because the hotel will have mostly above ground parking, there will be minimal excavation needed. Once the foundation and utility relocation is complete, we should see this project rise quickly. Here are a couple pictures of the site.

 

The 21-story, 361-room hotel still has a long ways to go but it is always exciting seeing another parking lot bite the dust in Upper Downtown!