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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!

Uptown: One City Block Final Update

The time has come to wrap up One City Block over in the Uptown neighborhood. The project is now complete and residents are living in all four buildings. One City Block had very extensive coverage here on DenverInfill so I encourage you to look back at the previous posts below and follow this great project from proposal to completion!

New Infill Project Planned for Full Block in Uptown

Uptown District Project Update: One City Block

Goodbye Empty Lots, You Will Not Be Missed

Uptown: One City Block Update #1

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Uptown: One City Block Update #6

Uptown: One City Block Update #7 (Inside the Infill Edition)

Uptown: One City Block Update #8

Now for a look at the finished product. Prepare yourself, this is a very large tour with a lot of photos! First off, we are going to walk around One City Block looking at each corner of the project. Here is ‘The Congress’ and ‘The Benedict’ along 19th Avenue between Logan and Pennsylvania Street. We have already seen these complete buildings in our previous update.

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The two buildings we have not seen complete are ‘The Commons’ (left) and ‘The Washington’ (right). They are situated along 18th Avenue between Logan and Pennsylvania Street. Right now, there are a lack of trees in this view but they are being planted around the whole block.

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Next, we are going to walk around One City Block again but look at the street presence along each block. Here is the view down 19th Avenue. These buildings fit the scale of Uptown very well and continue the urban fabric Uptown Square has provided for over a decade.

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Moving around One City Block counter-clockwise, this is the street view looking south down Logan Street towards 18th Avenue (left) and looking east down 18th Avenue towards Pennsylvania Street (right).

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And finally the street view looking north down Pennsylvania Street towards 19th Avenue. Also worth a mention, there is ample signage and seating around the entire project on all four streets. This continues the same trend of Uptown Square.

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There are two entrances we have not yet seen: the entrance to both ‘The Commons’ and ‘The Washington’ are clearly marked and inviting on the street level.

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Speaking of entrances, there will be two ground floor retail pads along 19th Avenue; one in ‘The Congress’ and one in ‘The Benedict’. Recently, RedPeak announced their first retail tenant: D-Bar which will be located in ‘The Congress’.

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The parking for One City Block is pretty inconspicuous and is located along both Pennsylvania and Logan Street.

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Retail parking is provided and resident parking is through a private entrance on both sides.

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One City Block features a single central courtyard that is accessible to residents from each block. Each entrance is gated at the top of the stairs and requires a key to get in.

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Here is a peek inside the central courtyard. The courtyard has numerous amounts of meeting space and seating with a pool in the center.

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In the two and a half years DenverInfill has been following One City Block, I have personally seen it slowly transform the Uptown neighborhood on a daily basis. This project is adding 350-units to Uptown, more retail, and is greatly contributing to help repair the urban fabric of this neighborhood. The fact we were able to get a project that took up an entire block of surface parking is great. Having the project split up into four unique buildings with different styles of brick and architecture is absolutely phenomenal. One City Block, in no way, has an overbearing presence and has near perfect urban form. Welcome to Downtown Denver and Uptown, One City Block!

New Uptown Project: Alexan Uptown

A development application for a significant new residential project in Downtown Denver’s Uptown district has been under review with the city since December 2013.

Alexan Uptown is planned for the full half block along the west side of Logan Street between E. 19th and E. 20th Avenues. Here’s a Google Earth aerial photo showing the project location:

Trammell Crow Residential‘s Alexan Uptown project is a 12-story, 372-unit apartment community that will include 440 parking spaces located on one below-grade level and four above-grade levels. Residential units will wrap the structured parking along the 20th and Logan sides. Alexan Uptown will replace a full half block of ugly surface parking—a condition that has plagued the Uptown district for decades. Fortunately, thanks to nearby projects such as Uptown Square, Tower on the Park, Uptown Apartments, Grant Park and, most recently, One City Block, that condition is changing. Uptown is steadily transforming into a dense, vibrant, mixed-use neighborhood and this new Alexan Uptown development will substantially contribute to Uptown’s evolution. Here’s a Google Street View image of the Alexan Uptown site at the corner of Logan Street and 20th Avenue:

Really, what could be more anti-urban than a wasteland surface parking lot like this? Alexan Uptown will help heal another gap in Uptown’s urban fabric.

The project architect is Kephart. Here’s a current rendering of Alexan Uptown, courtesy of the good folks at Kephart, showing the project from across the 19th and Logan corner—19th Avenue is on the left, Logan Street is on the right (click/zoom to view at full 2,400-pixel-wide resolution):

Construction on Alexan Uptown should begin Fall 2014.