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Union Station: 1601 Wewatta Update #3 (Inside the Infill Edition)

Back in September, we reported on the groundbreaking of 1601 Wewatta; the 10-story office building going up at 16th and Wewatta in the Union Station neighborhood. Since our last update, this project has reached some critical milestones in terms of construction: the project has ‘bottomed out’ at 53 feet below grade, and a tower crane has recently been installed. In the past, we have always gone ‘inside the infill’ when there has been some kind of structure built on the site but today we have something different for you! Thanks to Dave Klebba and Matt Greenberg of Hines, we were able see the bottom of the hole for ourselves!

First off, here are two shots from above the hole. There is still a lot of dirt however, the concrete beams for the underground parking structure have started to go vertical, along with the elevator core.

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Let’s head down into the hole! The site was very busy with laborers working on either the shoring walls, setting rebar for the concrete beams, or finishing up the excavation on the southeast corner of the site.

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Because there are four-stories of underground parking, this meant excavation ended up going below the water table. Because of this, an extensive dewatering system had to be installed. These systems pump out the ground water and filter it so it is safe to return to the storm water drainage network.


1601 Wewatta is another great contribution to the Union Station neighborhood build-out. The 10-story office building will have a great public space along 16th Street, including an additional entrance along Chestnut Street. Having the additional entrance helps activate Chestnut Street especially with pedestrians using the light rail station across the street. The LEED-Gold building will also include solar panels on the roof. For more information including floor-plates and renderings, be sure to visit 1601 Wewatta’s website!

Jefferson Park: Row Houses at Jefferson Park Update #2

Across the street from Element 47, along Frontview Crescent Drive, the Row Houses at Jefferson Park are starting to take shape with residences starting to move into the north half of the development. As a refresher, this is a 29 unit for-sale project. For site plans and the original renderings, make sure you visit our announcement post.

Frontview Crescent is a very interesting sight. On the south side you have a street wall of new townhomes and on the north side you have a similar row of townhomes with a four-story apartment building in the back. As far as parking goes, residents have access through a driveway part way through the block.

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The south side of the project is still under construction however, we should see this part complete within the next couple of months.

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Most of the for-sale units going up in Denver, at the moment, are townhome developments much like this one and Jefferson Park is seeing a huge influx of these developments much like Lower Highland!

Union Station: The Platform Update #6

The Platform at Union Station, the 21-story, 288-unit apartment tower being developed by Holland Partners next to the new commuter rail platforms at Denver Union Station, is climbing its way into the Denver skyline. A few weeks ago, Ryan gave us Update #5 on this exciting project.

To start your weekend off right, here’s some skyline eye candy for you (click for full size):


The red tower crane is The Platform’s. The black and white tower crane is new since last week. That’s for 1601 Wewatta going up across the street from The Platform.

Lower Highland: The Lab Update #1

Today we have a short update on The Lab, a proposed 73,000 square foot, four-story office building at 17th and Platte Street behind the Denver Beer Company. Details are available in our first post on this project last October.

It appears the project is moving forward, as the old janitorial supplies building that occupied the site is now mostly history. As of this morning, here is the site:


We’ll keep on eye on this project and let you know when construction of the new building is underway.


Jefferson Park: Element 47 Update #3

Continuing on in the Jefferson Park neighborhood, there is quite a bit of infill near the park itself. A couple of blocks away from the park, Element 47 is starting to shape up and is nearing completion.

Here is the first building that was completed in Element 47 on the intersection of West 23rd Avenue and River Drive. The facade of each building is composed of paneling and stone; which isn’t used much in the new projects going up.

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Element 47 is in a slightly unusual location, with a large portion of the project facing Interstate 25. We typically do not like surface parking incorporated in any infill development however, these lots face the highway and are tucked away.

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There are parts of Element 47 that feel like a true urban project, the buildings that face West 23rd Ave, Bryant, and Frontview Crescent Drive however, in the middle of the project, I couldn’t help feeling like I was in a suburban apartment complex. When Bryant Street turns into Frontview Crescent Drive, there is an option to go straight into Element 47 where you are greeted with surface parking and a turn around loop in front of the leasing office. This part of the project had much more potential to still feel like a true urban part of the neighborhood.

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Buildings four and five are still under construction but should be completed in the coming months. Building five, facing Frontview Crescent Drive, also appears to have townhome units in the front. This block already has townhome units along the entire south side, so this should fit in nicely.

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Element 47 is providing the Jefferson Park neighborhood with 265 apartment units and 4,000 square feet of retail. We should see full completion around late summer.

West Colfax: April 2014 Construction Update

If you happen to take a walk between Sloans Lake Park and Federal Boulevard, you’re going to see and hear a ton of construction going on. I’ve previously reported on three projects in the area, but thought I’d give you a mini tour of everything that’s going on in the neighborhood while updating you on those three projects. First the map:

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All of the parcels I’ve highlighted here are in some state of construction. The parcels outlined in red are mixed use developments that are underway: The St Anthony’s Hospital Redevelopment (#1) and Mile-High Vista (#5). The orange parcels are all townhome developments; thirteen projects averaging 6-8 units with. I’ll update you on the Framework project (#2) that I wrote about in an earlier post and show some pictures of the radical changes happening on 17th Ave (#3). Finally, there’s a bit of an unknown, the site at Federal and 16th avenue (#4) has recently been scraped in preparation for sale.

Project #1 – St Anthony’s Redevelopment (see my orignial post)

There currently isn’t much in the way of building happening at the old hospital site, but there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes preparation going on. All the buildings that are to be taken down have been demolished (minus an old maintenance building on 17th Avenue being used for a construction office) and the site is currently being regraded. Cameron Bertram of EFG, the owner’s representative, says that by mid-summer we should see utility work well underway and by fall the new city streets will be put in place. EFG currently has four of seven blocks under contract and is nearly ready to close on another. The Kuhlman Block Alliance will be developing the northeastern-most corner with a boutique hotel in the existing Kuhlman Building, restaurants, retail and apartments. Trammell Crow Residential will be developing two interior blocks with nearly 370 apartments. Finally, Littleton Capital Partners will be developing a retail anchor on the southern-most block facing Colfax. This block will contain a renovated 4-story office building, a retail pad, and a 12-screen Alamo Drafthouse Cinema as the anchor tenant. Here’s a rendering of the cinema block from Colfax and Raleigh Street taken from EFG’s website

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Project #2 - Framework at Sloans Lake (see my original post)

Over at Framework, there is much work underway. The first phase is mostly framed and the developer has informed me that he will be breaking ground the second phase very soon as the first phase is already completely pre-sold. Here’s a shot of the first building (along 18th avenue).


The three-story buildings are strikingly noticeable among the primarily 1- and 2-story single family homes in the area, and given their location at the top of a small hill, can be seen rising up from the neighborhood from Sloans Lake Park two blocks away. This project was the first townhome development in the area, and has since spawned a flurry of construction on neighboring blocks; thirteen townhome projects are now underway in the immediate vicinity.

Project #3 - 17th Avenue

A radical change is occurring on the north side of 17th Avenue where five adjacent lots are in varying stages of construction by five different developers. What was once a 1- and 2-story single family street is rapidly getting an urban makeover.

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Project #4 – A high profile site gets scraped.

On the triangular site overlooking the Federal Boulevard/Colfax interchange once stood a small institutional building. Recently, the owner scraped the building in order to better sell the property. The remainder of this 2+ acre site is covered with an asphalt parking lot, with spectacular views of Mile High Stadium, Downtown and Southeast Denver (not that the asphalt cares much). I personally hope someone snatched up this gem of a property and turns it into something worthy of this extremely prominent site. Here’s a panorama of the site taken from Grove Street.

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Project #5 - Mile High Vista (see my original post)

Last, but not least, is the Mile High Vista Project.  As you can see in the pictures below, the 7 story workforce housing component of the development has topped out and is being skinned and finished. Five stories of housing sit atop a two story podium of parking, resident amenities, and office space. The building is slated to receive a LEED Platinum rating, which is highly commendable for an affordable housing project.

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In front of the apartment building (anchoring the corner of Colfax and Irving) is a two-story steel frame building that is to become a brand new 25,000 sq.ft. Denver Public Library branch. Construction of the branch had been delayed for some time due to some soil issues, but after a redesign of the foundation they are now making significant progress and hope to open next year.

I hope you enjoyed this little tour of the neighborhood; as you can see, it’s rife with construction activity, redevelopment and densification. Check it out and stay tuned.

Jefferson Park: Clay\28th Final Update

Just west of 2785 Speer, there is a new infill development that has been complete for a few months. Clay/28th is a rare development given the rental boom we are currently in; providing the Jefferson Park neighborhood with 21 for-sale units.

Clay/28th has a very similar design to B-Street LoHi, with the striped grey metal paneling. Underground parking access is on West 28th Avenue with four-stories of condos above.

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Here are two additional views of Clay/28th along Clay Street. The main entrance to the building is up a stoop along Clay.

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Multifamily for-sale projects are few and far between around Downtown Denver and its surrounding neighborhoods. As few units as this is, it’s good to see a complete for-sale development!

Jefferson Park: 2785 Speer Update #3

For my next few updates, we are going to be looking at some of the major projects happening in the Jefferson Park neighborhood which has seen an influx of infill development ranging from townhomes to large multifamily projects. First up on the list is 2785 Speer. This is a 325-unit apartment project going up right along Speer Boulevard between Zuni and Bryant Streets.

This project was a bit tricky to photograph due to the layout, topography of the area, and tall fences around the project site however, since 2785 Speer has started to go vertical, we are able to see some of the project elements from afar. These first two photos are taken from Bryant Street. One tower crane is still on the western portion of site and the elevator cores have started to go in.

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Looking towards Zuni Street, along Speer Boulevard, the east building has risen three-stories with two more to go. Looking up towards Bryant Street, you can see the foundations for the west building have started to go vertical.

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Here are two additional pictures of the east building. The ground floor of each building will also have retail totaling more than 10,000 square feet.

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Building along Speer Boulevard is a challenge due to the busy and diagonal nature of the street. This project will help bring a new life to this portion of Speer Boulevard and will provide a great ‘entrance’ into the Jefferson Park neighborhood.