Today we are heading back to Uptown for a quick look at One City Block. Last month I did an update and we saw the framing was topped out on the north buildings while the south buildings were still going vertical.
Not too much has changed in six weeks but we can clearly see one outstanding feature start to show. Today’s update can be summed up in five words: Look at all that brick!
I usually like to conclude posts on a positive note but last week there was a tragedy. Evan Lichtenfels, a development director at RedPeak (the developer of One City Block) had unexpectedly passed away which is very unfortunate news for RedPeak and the development community. I’m sure Evan had a huge part in making this project a reality and would have been incredibly pleased with the outcome. John Rebchook wrote a very touching post about Evan, make sure you head on over here to read it. One City Block is going to look phenomenal in Uptown and I can’t wait to see the south buildings take form!
Let’s head on over to Uptown to check in on One City Block. We last looked at this development in February and a lot has changed since then. As of right now, two of the four buildings have topped out and the framing has begun on the other two.
First we’ll take a look at the topped out structures. The two buildings are very different in design. They have different roof-lines and different ways of wrapping around the block. This is a great feature, making each building unique even though they are part of the same development. Also, each building is separate and not connected in any way at street level which will also be true for the other two buildings under construction. It’s as if there are four smaller projects going on all at once!
Framing has begun to go vertical for the other two buildings. These will be five story structures just like the other two and will also have their own unique design.
The facade can always make or break the look of a building and in this case, these buildings will look sharp from what we see so far. Look at all that brick!
I love seeing sites like this under construction and seeing what a positive impact a development can have on a neighborhood. One City Block is doing everything right; separate smaller buildings with each one a unique design, scaled to what’s around in the neighborhood, providing ground floor retail, and taking away an entire city block of parking! I am very excited to see this finish!
Today I realized that it’s been a while since I have touched base on the Exempla/Saint Joseph Hospital Heritage Project. A lot has changed since my update from last August and a lot of vertical construction has taken place. Let’s take a look!
The picture on the left is the mixed-use/parking structure which has topped out. It appears to be just a parking structure so it will be interesting to see what other uses this building will have. On the right is the central utility plant for the whole complex which is currently under construction.
Looking east along Downing Street you can see the main structure for the hospital has been rising. It may not seem like much in the photos but this structure is huge and quite impressive. This is where the main hospital will be along with additional parking.
Parking garages are great for, well, parking but they are also a great tool to use when you want to get a good vantage point on something. Here are some more “above” shots of this development. On the left, the main hospital and on the right, the utility plant with the mixed use structure in the background.
Today I am leaving you with a little bonus picture. When I was on top of the parking garage taking pictures, I turned around and saw this great view of Downtown Denver with our amazing blue skies!
Over the next week we will be catching up on some projects that haven’t been updated in a while. Stay tuned!
Along with Arapahoe Square and Union Station, Uptown is sizzling with development. Ascent Uptown is a new project at the intersection of 17th and Franklin. This will be a 3-story project with ground floor retail. If you are familiar with the area, this is going in the center of a neat retail and restaurant corridor which Ascent will contribute greatly to. This development will also add affordable apartments ranging from studios to one bedroom units.
Ascent Uptown Site
I was able to get a rendering of this project courtesy of the Ascent Uptown website. Head on over there for floor plans and groundbreaking photos.
Fences have been put up around the site, some construction equipment has moved in, and some earth moving has begun.
Ascent Uptown is expected to be complete by October of this year. This may not be the largest infill project but it will have such a great impact along the 17th Avenue corridor.
Today I’m providing a picture definition of “construction in full swing.” One City Block in the Uptown neighborhood is building at a very brisk pace.
First, let’s take a look at the wood framing on the north side of the development. They appear to be working at a rate of about a floor per week, and the framing for these two buildings should top out very soon.
Now, a look at the south side of the project. Wood framing may not have started yet, but there is a lot of concrete work going on for the sub-floors. We should see framing start to go vertical within a few weeks. From this angle, we can really see that this is some serious construction taking place. It’s not often you see four cranes and a concrete pump being used all at once. Pretty impressive sight!
As this development starts to go vertical, it really makes this whole area of Uptown feel much more urban and walkable. This is by far one of the best developments happening right now in Downtown Denver!
Back in October, I wrote a post announcing the 1758 Clarkson project going up in Uptown. This may not be a huge full block development but is still a very exciting project helping restore the urban feel of Uptown.
We have a pit with a lot of activity! This is always a good sign making another plagued lot bite the dust! This will have quite the impact on Clarkson given everything around it is at a maximum of 2-stories (1758 Clarkson will be 5-stories total).
1758 Clarkson is expected to be done in the fall giving Uptown an additional 60-units. Keep the infill coming!