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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 www.sloansdenver.com.

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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).

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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.


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 affordable housing project 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.

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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!

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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!


Lower Highland: LoHi City View Apartments Update #1

Back in Fall of 2012, we announced a new apartment project that was going up on the east corner of 17th and Boulder Streets. The existing structures on this parcel were razed around the same time of our announcement and the site had been used as staging for the B-Street LoHi project next door.

Over the past couple of months, excavation had commenced, the underground parking structure started going in and as of last weekend, the project has started to rise above the street level. LoHi City View will rise a total of five-stories.

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The current development in Lower Highland and Jefferson Park is astounding whether its new townhomes or multifamily housing projects. LoHi City View will provide 100 apartment units to the Lower Highland neighborhood with completion still about a year out.


Golden Triangle: Denver Art Museum Offices Final Update

It is already time to wrap up the Denver Art Museum Office project! We announced this project last May and less than a year later the 50,000 square foot office building is already complete! We, here at DenverInfill, only had one update on the project but, as always in the final update, you can track the progress of this project below.

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This new building is right next to the new Clyfford Still Museum along Bannock Street. Just like its neighbor, it has a very minimalist, horizontal design with some hints of multiple colors in the glass, which we will get to later.

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Here are two additional views of the building from both the alley and looking south down Bannock Street. Another interesting feature of this building is that every side has a different design; there is a lack of uniformity that compliments the overall design.

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Now for a close look at the glass. At first glance and from a distance, it’s hard to see the multiple colors. However, when you are walking beside the building you will notice there are blue and purple glass panels scattered throughout the facade. Neat!

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Even though we didn’t cover this project through all of its construction phases, we are very happy to see it complete! The old office building, where the Denver Art Museum had their offices before, at 414 14th Street is now empty and is going under a huge renovation. We will have more on that in the near future!


La Alma / Lincoln Park: South Lincoln Redevelopment Update #3

The South Lincoln redevelopment keeps on going in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. The project is being developed in six phases with the first phase starting at 1099 Osage. As of today, Phases One through Three are complete and construction has commenced on Phase Four. In this update, there will be a map with the site outlined for each building we will visit.

First up, we will be looking at the second, southernmost, building in Phase Two. The first building was complete in our previous update; for a refresher, head on over to that post here. The second building in Phase Two is situated on the intersection of West 10th Avenue and Navajo Street.

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This four-story building has quite the presence with its vibrant colored facade. With residents already moved in, this building completes Phase Two of the South Lincoln Redevelopment.

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Included in the southern portion Phase Two is a landscaped courtyard with both common meeting spaces and a children’s play area. Detached from the main buildings, there are also a few townhouse units to the south.

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Next up is Phase Three. This building sits on West 10th Avenue and goes roughly halfway down Mariposa and Navajo Street.

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Each building in this redevelopment has a different style of architecture and color scheme. Compared to the buildings in Phase Two, this building is much more neutral with splashes of red and blue color. Phase Three is the largest single building in the redevelopment so far.

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Parking can be accessed halfway down Mariposa Street where there is both surface and underground parking. The common outdoor area for this building is still under construction but is starting to shape up nicely.

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Speaking of landscaping, Phase Three will have a community garden and a lot of green space in front of the building along Navajo Street.

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Last but not least, the first half of Phase Four has begun. This phase sits directly across the southern portion of Phase Two along West 10th Avenue between Navajo and Mariposa Street.

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Fitting the form of all the other phases, this building has topped out at four stories. Given each phase in this project is designed differently, this building is the most straight-edged out of all the rest.

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This lot in Phase Four will also have townhome units and an open landscaped area, similar to what we saw in Phase Three.

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The streetscape all around this project is excellent with ample bike parking (still under construction) and seating around each building. West 10th Avenue will be the main street through this development so each building is right up to the property line giving these two blocks a very urban feel.

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Here are two pictures looking down Navajo Street (left) and West 10th Avenue (right). Look at that density!

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The scale of this project and how quickly it is getting built is nothing short of incredible. Being situated right by a light rail station, residents will also have quick and easy access to downtown. All six phases of this development are expected to be complete by 2016.