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Cherry Creek: 250 Columbine Update #4

250 Columbine is the only project under construction in Central Denver that features high-density condos. Given the current demand for condos and for-sale housing in general, 250 Columbine already has 80% of the 80 units under contract.

Another component of 250 Columbine is an 8-story, 70,000 square foot office building. The glass and stone facade is almost complete on the office portion, with work still underway on the residential side. From both a distance and up close, this project makes a significant impact in Cherry Creek North.

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Because of the zoning in Cherry Creek, 250 Columbine steps down to three-stories along Third Avenue. Here is a picture of the project at Third Avenue and Columbine Street.

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Seeing a condo project in the works is always exciting. Now, we only need about 100 more of these to keep the housing shortage at bay here in Denver! Cherry Creek week keeps trekking on. Stay tuned for an exciting announcement tomorrow!

 


Cherry Creek: Steele Creek Apartments Update #4

For our next leg of ‘Cherry Creek week’, we are going to visit the Steele Creek Apartments, going up on the intersection of 1st Avenue and Steele Street. Since our last update, this project has really started to shape up.

The 12-story, 250-unit apartment building makes quite the statement on the east side of the Cherry Creek neighborhood, with a brilliant glass and brick facade. One concern from our last update was how the base was going to be treated. Let’s take a look at some before and after photos.

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As you can see, this is a great improvement!

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Here are some additional photos around the project. One easily forgotten element of the Steele Creek Apartments is the 8-story portion that goes along 1st Avenue. This adds some great density along a street that is lined with parking lots.

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The Steele Creek apartments are another huge win for the Cherry Creek neighborhood!


Cherry Creek: 1st and Steele Apartments Update #2

For our next ‘Cherry Creek week’ update, we are heading a block east to look at the, now rising, 1st and Steele project. As a refresher, this is a 12-story, 185-unit apartment building.

The underground parking is now complete and the concrete strucutre has started to rise above street level. As of this weekend, workers were working on the second floor.

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The 1st and Steele apartments are going up across the street from 88 Steele Creek, another 12-story apartment project which we will be visiting in our next update! The scale of the two buildings will be very similar, adding some great density to First Avenue.

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Now that this project is above street level, we should see it rise fairly quick. Stay tuned!


Cherry Creek: 100 Saint Paul Update #4

It’s been a few months since we’ve had ‘Cherry Creek week’ here on DenverInfill. As you may know, Cherry Creek is going through a significant boom bringing in over 250,000 square feet of office space, 80 condo units, over 500 apartment units, and 150 hotel rooms. To kick off an infillicous week, let’s start off with 100 Saint Paul, an 8-story, 149,000 square foot office building.

Since we last visited this project, it was a steel shell in the making. Now, the glass and stone facade is nearing completion with the building coming together very nicely. Along Saint Paul Street, 100 Saint Paul offers 14,000 square feet of ground floor retail with a terrace for tenants on top.

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Here is a view of the project from 1st Avenue looking east. Talk about a huge impact! If you don’t remember what this site looked like before, head on over to our announcement post.

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100 Saint Paul is a significant project for Cherry Creek. Not only does it bring more office tenants to the neighborhood, it also has a remarkable impact along First Avenue, which is densifying quickly. We should see this project wrap up within the next couple of months.


Union Station: 1601 Wewatta Update #7 (Inside the Infill Edition)

Last week, DenverInfill had the privilege of touring 1601 Wewatta; a 10-story, 280,000 square foot office building going up in the Union Station neighborhood. The series of updates for 1601 Wewatta is quite unique. In our last ‘Inside the Infill’ update, DenverInfill toured the project when it was bottomed out; a huge hole in the ground. In this update, we visited the project when it is topped out and nearing completion. A big thanks to Dave Klebba of Hines for giving us a great and thorough tour.

First, we will start out with the ground level. Work has started on the plaza along with the stone and glass facade steadily going up.

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For a refresher, here are updated renderings of both the plaza and finished building.

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The lobby of 1601 Wewatta is very tall and open. There will be two elevator banks serving both the parking garage and the main 10-story office portion.

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Here is a rendering of what the lobby is expected to look like when complete.

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Like any office project under-construction, there isn’t much to see on the upper floors. However, there is one thing that sets 1601 Wewatta apart from the rest.

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Terraces. On floors three, four and seven, there is outdoor space offering fresh air and views of the surrounding area. Here are some shots off of the third floor terrace.

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The seventh floor terrace offers a great view of the Millennium Bridge.

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No tour is complete without venturing to the top floor. Here are some views we were lucky enough to get on a clear day!

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1601 Wewatta is making great progress and greatly contributes to the new urban fabric of the Union Station neighborhood. In the summer we will swing by and take a look at the completed project!


New Auraria Project: MSU Aerospace and Engineering Sciences Building

Downtown Denver’s steadily growing Auraria Campus is about to get another new building: the Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Aerospace and Engineering Sciences Building.

Slated for the southeast corner of Auraria Parkway and 7th Street, the new $70 million academic facility will feature 142,000 square feet in four floors. Here’s a Google Earth image with the site outlined in yellow:

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Metro State’s new Aerospace and Engineering Sciences Building is critical to help Colorado remain a national leader in the aerospace sector. According to the Metro Denver EDC, Colorado ranks third in the country behind California and Florida in the space economy, and metro Denver ranks first in the nation in total private-sector aerospace employment. The new Aerospace and Engineering Sciences Building consolidates the university’s aviation and aerospace-related programs into a state-of-the-art facility for training workers skilled in advanced aerospace design, manufacturing, and assembly. Here are some images of the project, courtesy of Anderson Mason Dale Architects:

North elevation along Auraria Parkway, with the recently completed MSU Student Success Center‘s cantilevered wing visible to the left:

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West elevation with Auraria Parkway on the left and 7th Street in the foreground:

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South elevation looking northeast:

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South and east elevations looking northwest:

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Construction should begin later this year, with completion set for 2017.


West Colfax: Mile High Vista Final Update

This Past weekend, the City of Denver celebrated the opening of the new Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Library in the West Colfax Neighborhood. This library is one of three components of the Mile High Vista Project that I first introduced in 2013. Here’s a photo of the project as it stands today.

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I realize that I’ve been a bit behind on posting about this project (the first component a 7-story workforce housing project south of the library opened last fall -more about that later) but last fall I took a job as City Planner for the City of Evans and have moved to Northern Colorado. Anyway, I made it down for the grand opening celebration last Saturday and thought it would only be fitting to give everyone an update.

The new 25,000 SF library is a very modern, colorful and highly textured addition to a very busy Colfax intersection. While the form of the building is basically a rectangular box the colors and textures really make it stand out within the neighborhood. Neon signage incorporated into the Facade ties back to the historic Colfax “car culture” of the ’50s and ’60s and the colorful horizontal lines speak to the “speed of travel,” not just of cars but also of information. Here are two closer views of that colorful facade.

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With two entrances, one at the corner of Colfax and Irving and the other on the east side facing the parking lot, it is open to both walk-up and drive-up traffic; perfect for a neighborhood that is transitioning from a car-only neighborhood to one that’s more walkable and transit-able.

Inside the library is very open, modern and glassy. There’s a lot of natural light (especially from the north side facing Colfax) and bright modern colors are used throughout the building. Reading rooms open to views of downtown, the mountains, and the Cheltenham Elementary School grounds diagonally across Colfax from the Library. If you’d rather escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, there is a interior courtyard on the second floor where library users can sit outside during the warmer summer months. Here’s a shot of a lower level reading area along Colfax and the main stairway to the second floor.

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One other cool feature; the Building is designed to meet LEED Silver standards and the building is designed to educate the public on the sustainable features of the building. This mural in the main lobby, begins the conversation.

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Now a little update on the Workforce housing project.

The “Avondale Apartments” which opened last Fall contains 70+ units of affordable housing plus amenities, and some rentable office space on the lower two levels.  The building is quite modern and almost minimalist in its color and material palate. It serves as in interesting counterpoint to the more richly decorated library. (Side note: I took these pictures last October, so I apologize for them looking warm and sunny while we still have snow on the ground.)

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This building met LEED Gold standards (an amazing feat for an affordable housing project) and includes a rooftop solar array (sadly invisible from the street). While the 7-story building dwarfs the 2-story library, it blends in just fine with the four 8-story apartment towers built in the ’60s that currently exist to across the street to the south. This photo shows the new building in relation to the older towers.

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The last component of this project, which has yet to be realized, is a retail pad just east of the Library along Colfax to be developed by the Urban Land Conservancy. The following picture shows the site from inside the library. Development of this parcel will help create even more of a street wall along Colfax and bring some needed retail and potential office space to the West Colfax corridor. Unfortunately, it might also block a portion of this great view of Downtown and Mile High Stadium from the second floor of the Library.

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New Five Points-Curtis Park Project: 2300 Welton

March 2 UPDATE:

We’ve received word from the developer of 2300 Welton that the renderings featured below from the Humphries Poli website are rather old (Summer 2013) and are conceptual in nature. The project’s design has evolved since then. We’ve added captions to these renderings to make that clear as well. The development has a few milestones yet to be completed before the project can move forward, and the developer hopes to share new information about 2300 Welton with us in the near future.

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Great news for the Welton Corridor in the Five Points-Curtis Park neighborhood! A new apartment project is proposed on a half block gravel lot which is, believe it or not, even worse worse than a surface parking lot.

First, let’s start off with an overview of the location with the project site outlined. 2300 Welton will sit between Park Avenue West and 24th Street along Welton Street.

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This project will have a huge impact along both Park Avenue West and Welton Street; it activates a part of the Welton Street Corridor that has been barren and desolate for many years along with continuing the street wall along Park Avenue West. Here are three renderings of 2300 Welton courtesy of Humphries Poli Architects.

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Project rendering dated June/July 2013.

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Project rendering dated June/July 2013.

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Project rendering dated June/July 2013.

Back in the Fall, I took some site photos of 2300 Welton. As you can see, this site a sizable crater along a great corridor that’s begging to be built on!

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2300 Welton is a workforce housing project and will be providing the Five Points-Curtis Park neighborhood with 223-units. The construction time-frame is still unknown but we will keep you posted when this project moves forward!