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Union Station: Union Tower West Update #2

A month ago, we posted about the groundbreaking of Union Tower West; a mixed use 100,000 square foot office and 180-room hotel project going up on the corner of 18th and Wewatta Street.

The 12-story project is now fully under-construction, taking up another empty lot in the booming Union Station neighborhood. One picture tells the whole story. Excavation is underway and heavy construction equipment has started to move on site.

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For more project details and renderings of Union Tower West, head on over here.


Lower Downtown: Z Block Update #2

There’s more good news for Z Block, the office/hotel project slated for Wazee Street between 18th and 19th Street.

In our Update #1, we reported on how the development was reconfigured to include a hotel component and we presented several new renderings. Today, we’ve got two more exciting things to share with you about Z Block, but first, here’s a reminder of how nicely this development by McWhinney, Sage Hospitality, and Grand American fits in with its historic neighbors (image courtesy of Shears Adkins Rockmore):

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The big news is that Z Block has scored an anchor tenant for the project: Prologis will be moving is Operational Headquarters from northeast Denver to Z Block, taking the top two floors of the office portion. Prologis is a global leader in industrial development and the company’s decision to move to LoDo is another huge win for Downtown Denver. There have been a number of high-profile corporate relocations to Downtown announced recently (like Liberty Global’s HQ move from Douglas County to the Triangle Building); let’s hope this trend continues!

With all the positive momentum this project has, it’s not surprising to see that the site is being readied for construction. This photo from today shows the small 1930s-era building on the property being removed; it’s a non-contributing structure to the LoDo historic district.

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Even better, how about this photo showing that we officially have one fewer surface parking lots in Downtown Denver!

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Finally, how about an extra-big, whole-block panorama bonus photo:

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Z Block should be completed by late 2016.


Union Station: Union Tower West Update #1

The Union Tower West project announced back in October 2014 has broken ground!

Union Tower West, located at the corner of 18th and Wewatta adjacent to the new Union Station Transit Center, is being developed by Portman Holdings and will feature 100,000 square feet of office space and a 180-room hotel. The ceremonial groundbreaking party was held on April 9.

The hotel will be operated by the InterContinental Hotels Group as part of their Hotel Indigo brand, according to this press release. The Hotel Indigo Denver will be the first Hotel Indigo location in Colorado, and represents the third upscale hotel brand to announce a first-in-Colorado location in Downtown Denver in the past few months. The rendering below, courtesy of project architect John Portman & Associates, hasn’t changed much since our October post, except the Hotel Indigo logo now appears on the side of the building.

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I stopped by the site today to see if any construction activity has started since the ceremonial groundbreaking six days ago and, indeed, found a bulldozer pushing around a pile of dirt while two construction workers nearby were setting up some equipment. It’s not much, but it’s a start!

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Union Tower West is scheduled to be complete late 2016.

 


Union Station: 16th & Wewatta Hotel/Office Complex Update #1

We have an exciting week here on DenverInfill! A lot of new projects are now under construction giving Downtown Denver a whole new wave of infill. Let’s kick off the week with the 16th and Wewatta Hotel / Office Complex.

Announced just over a year ago, Denver Union Station is getting a 12-story, 200-room, Kimpton Hotel and a 53,000 five-story office building right at the tip of the commuter rail platform. As a refresher, here are a couple of renderings from our announcement post.

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This project will fill in the last portion of Block A; with The Platform taking the other portion. Here is a fun little comparison photo from January 2013 to present day. At one point, the 16th & Wewatta Hotel/Office Complex project site was in clear view from this vantage point. It is quite the amazing sight to see what has been accomplished in just over two years.

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Heading down to the street level, you can clearly see that caisson drills have been moved on site along with an official construction fence wrapped all the way around.

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The empty lots around Denver Union Station are filling up quick and we couldn’t be happier with the full buildout of Block A.


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: 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!


Central Downtown: 1401 Lawrence Update #6

It’s Tower Crane Tuesday at DenverInfill!

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If you like watching a tower crane be assembled, I suggest you head down to the 1401 Lawrence site as soon as possible.

Like its tower crane, 1401 Lawrence is going vertical!

1:50 PM Update:

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3:15 PM Update:

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Thursday 10:30 AM Update:

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Thanks to DenverInfill reader S. Autrey, we have two final images showing the tower crane in its finished state—and a pretty sweet view of the LoDo/Union Station skyline as well!

Saturday 2:00 PM Update:

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