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Uptown: Alexan Uptown Update #4

Alexan Uptown has topped out at 12 stories! The project has been going up quickly thanks to a relatively new technology. Here is what we said about the structural system in our previous post:

The steel used for the structure is a fairly new technology; they are using what is called the Prescient system. Each steel beam is prefabricated and snaps into place; there is no need for welding.

Alexan Uptown has quite a presence when looking at it from Benedict Fountain Park. The 12-story project is roughly the same height as its neighbor across the street and also maximizes on the allowable height per the zoning code.

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The brick facade, which will be featured on the first four levels, is starting to shape up nicely. We are not sure what the upper levels will look like, from a materials standpoint, just yet. For a refresher, head on over to our announcement post for renderings and more details.

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Alexan Uptown encloses Logan Street and helps make it one of the densest blocks in Uptown. Remember, this project site used to be an entire half block of parking. Next time you are in the area, make sure you walk the street and check it out!

New Uptown Project: SOVA

A new 12-story apartment building is planned for the corner of 19th Avenue and Grant Street in Denver’s Uptown district.

The project, known as SOVA, is being developed by McWhinney, the Colorado-based firm currently under construction with the Dairy Block in Lower Downtown and a partner in the renovation/reuse of the historic Denver Union Station.

SOVA will replace an ugly surface parking lot (yay!) and complete the west side of Grant between 19th and 20th, sharing the block face with the Grant Park project that was completed in May, 2007. Here’s a Google Earth image with the site outlined:


SOVA will include 211 units, six of which are ground-floor townhomes facing Grant Street with patios and planters along the sidewalk that add interest to the pedestrian environment. Also on Grant, close to the corner with 19th, is the main building entry leading to a light-filled lobby space. The two renderings below are courtesy of Craine Architecture, the project architect. First, the view of the building’s southeast corner, with Grant Street on the right and 19th Avenue on the left:


Close-up view of the ground-floor townhome units along Grant Street, looking southwest:


SOVA will include 211 automobile parking spaces for an exact 1:1 parking space/unit ratio. A small amount of parking will be located on the ground floor with the balance located on one underground level and two above-grade levels. Vehicle access will be provided through an entry on 19th Avenue and a second entry on the alley. Also included will be space for over 100 bicycles plus a bike and ski repair room, and a spa for residents.

The project is currently under review with the city, so the renderings above should be considered subject to further revision, and the building’s program may be tweaked in the future.

SOVA will fill a sizable gap in Uptown’s urban fabric and significantly improve the pedestrian experience in the area!

Two Projects Kick Off in the Uptown Neighborhood!

As we all know, Uptown is riddled with surface lots that hurt the urban fabric of this great neighborhood. But there’s good news! Two more surface lots have bit the dust as two new projects are just getting underway. Instead of posting two separate first updates, let’s put them together in a single infilltastic post.

Our first stop will be at the Colorado Health Foundation Headquarters, located at 18th Avenue and Pennsylvania Street. This project is a three-story, 32,500 square foot office building. For a refresher, here is a rendering.

New Colorado Health Foundation headquarters building. Rendering courtesy of Davis Partnership.

New Colorado Health Foundation headquarters building. Rendering courtesy of Davis Partnership.

Excavation and foundation work for the underground parking is currently underway.

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Next up is the 5280 Senior Residences, located just down the street at 16th Avenue and Pennsylvania Street. This is a 99-unit, senior housing project that will rise a total of six-stories. While we are tracking down an official rendering, here is the sign on the project fence.


As you can clearly see, another surface parking lot bites the dust!

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That’s it for Uptown, stay tuned for much more infill this week!

Uptown: Alexan Uptown Update #3

It’s been nine months since we last visited Alexan Uptown and, as you can imagine, a lot has happened in that time. Alexan Uptown is a 12-story, 372-unit apartment building going up between 19th and 20th Avenue along Logan Street. For a detail and rendering refresher, head on over to our announcement post.

The four-story concrete structure, which will contain units and parking, is complete with the steel construction well underway for floors five through twelve. The steel used for the structure is a fairly new technology; they are using what is called the Prescient system. Each steel beam is prefabricated and snaps into place; there is no need for welding.

Now for some photos! Here is the project from 19th Avenue and Logan Street.

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And from 20th Avenue and Logan Street.

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The snap-and-go steel construction is efficient and quick so we should see this project top out relatively soon.

New Uptown Project: Colorado Health Foundation Headquarters

Another surface parking lot in Denver’s Uptown district is being eradicated!

The Colorado Health Foundation, a nonprofit public health policy and advocacy organization, is moving their headquarters from their current leased location in Glendale to a new facility of their own in Uptown at the southeast corner of East 18th Avenue and Pennsylvania Street. The site is currently fenced off and a ceremonial groundbreaking was held earlier this month. Construction should begin soon.

Here’s the location outlined on a Google Earth aerial, followed by two recent site photos:


Looking north toward the Pennsylvania and 18th Avenue intersection:


The southern end of development site with Pearl of the City condominiums across the alley:


The new Colorado Health Foundation headquarters will be a three-story building containing approximately 32,500 square feet with one level of underground parking. The project was designed by Davis Partnership and includes a number of “health positive” features that will promote the health of visitors and employees. Here’s are two renderings, courtesy of Davis Partnership:


With One City Block located diagonally across the 18th and Pennsylvania intersection and with other new infill projects nearby, the new Colorado Health Foundation building will continue Uptown’s steady recovery from a severe case of parkinglotitis. Congratulation Colorado Health Foundation on your new future home and welcome to the Uptown neighborhood!

New Uptown Project: 5280 Senior Residences

Downtown Denver’s Uptown neighborhood, one of the hardest hit from the surface parking lot infestations of the 1970s and 1980s, is healing nicely. Most of the recovery, however, has occurred in the northern part of the district near Benedict Fountain Park. Fortunately, a new infill development in the southern part of Uptown will be coming soon to help the cause!

BusinessDen recently reported that the Burgwyn Company, known for providing affordable, seniors, and veterans housing in Denver, is planning a new $30 million, 99-unit project called 5280 Senior Residences for the corner of 16th and Pennsylvania, currently occupied by an asphalt-paved black hole in the urban fabric. Here’s the site:


5280 Senior Residences is being designed by OZ Architecture. While a rendering is not yet available, OZ reports the development will have 6 stories above ground and one level of underground parking. Also included will be a great room, game room, exercise room, cyber café and a private courtyard with grills and fireplace.

What a nice addition to Uptown! We’ll keep you posted as the design is finalized and the project moves toward construction.

Uptown: Alexan Uptown Update #2

It has been 14 months since we have announced the Alexan Uptown project going up on the half block between 19th and 20th Avenue along Logan Street. Construction has commenced and there is now something new on the Uptown skyline.

A red Potain tower crane has recently gone up on the site. We here, at DenverInfill, love tower cranes and are always glad to see them go up! In the first photo, you can also see the yellow SkyHouse tower crane in front of Republic Plaza.

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Workers are busy pouring the foundation and underground levels of this project. Alexan Uptown will have one underground and four above ground levels of parking.

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Alexan Uptown will provide the Uptown neighborhood with 372 apartment units in a 12-story building while eliminating one of the worst parking lots in the area.

Uptown: Alexan Uptown Update #1

Back in March, we announced a new project bringing 372-units to the Uptown neighborhood. As of October 31st, a fence has been put up around the parking lot and workers have started to rip up the asphalt.

As I was shooting some snowy aerial video footage at Benedict Fountain Park today, I stumbled across a frame that perfectly highlights the project site. You can clearly see how large of an impact this project is going to have in the neighborhood as it’s taking up the entire half block. The project site is the leftmost parking lot in the photo.


Being kitty corner to One City Block, this part of Uptown is turning into a great, tight-knit urban community!

Uptown: Ascent Uptown Final Update

Back in February 2013, we announced a new project that was going up on the intersection of 17th Avenue and Franklin Street. The project, named Ascent Uptown, is a three story building containing affordable apartments with ground floor retail. During this project’s build-out, we didn’t have any updates, which is unfortunate. However, it has been called to our attention by DenverInfill reader Chris Jones that Ascent Uptown is now complete. Below is the only post we had on this project; the announcement post.

New Uptown Project: Ascent Uptown

Now for some photos! This is a nice little infill project that takes up a fairly small parcel. The three story building is comprised of both brick and paneling with some very functional awnings for the ground floor retail, which we will get to later in this post!

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The parking for Ascent Uptown is in the back of the building towards 16th Avenue down Franklin Street. There is also a B-Cycle station right outside the building!


The street presence, which matters the most, is everything you could want along 17th Avenue. There are two restaurants, Olive and Finch and Patxi’s Pizza, occupying the ground floor retail spaces with the entrance to the apartments on Franklin Street. Every time I have walked by, and if there isn’t a storm rolling in quickly as you can see in the photos, each patio has always been occupied by a good amount of people.

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17th Avenue from Logan to York Street has some great patches of retail and restaurants. Ascent Uptown keeps the trend with proving some great ground floor retail along with adding 22 affordable housing units to the neighborhood! Welcome to Denver, Ascent Uptown!