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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.


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!


Golden Triangle: Museum Center + The Art Hotel Update #3

In the last five months, since our previous update, the Museum Center & Art Hotel project has really started to take off. Situated right along Broadway, it has been very exciting seeing this project go vertical, taking out what used to be one of the worst parking lots in the Golden Triangle.

These first two pictures do not show much of the project but I posted them for a reason. Remember that not-aesthetically-pleasing blank wall of the Denver Art Museum parking garage that faced Broadway? I was standing on top of that blank wall while taking these pictures; it’s almost completely covered up!

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Now for some street-level photos. The four-story, 50,000 square foot Museum Center office portion of this project has started to top out across the site. Since this is a steel build, we will see this structure go up very quickly. The Art Hotel will rise from floors five through nine and will have slightly smaller floor-to-ceiling heights than what you see now.

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Here is one more view of the project from the parking garage attached to the History Colorado Center. I bumped up the resolution on this picture so you can see more detail. Make sure you click to embiggen!

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The Museum Center & Art Hotel project is, in every single way, a great project to occupy this once empty lot. Even the four-story portion of this project has a huge impact along this stretch of Broadway, and I encourage you to check it out the next time you are in the area. You will be impressed, I guarantee it.


Spring 2014: Downtown Denver Hole-in-the-Ground Census

It has been 7 months since our last ‘hole-in-the-ground’ census and as new projects have started to take off in the past couple of months, there are fresh new holes scattered around the Downtown Denver area. This census will exclude Cherry Creek and will focus on Downtown Denver and its surrounding neighborhoods. In this census, I will give a brief description of each project along with a link to access all of the previous posts associated with that project. Let’s begin!

1EnV

Golden Triangle | 16-stories | 224-units | Apartments

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28th and Broadway

Golden Triangle | 7-stories | 200-units | Apartments

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3Hyatt House / Hyatt Place

Central Downtown | 21-stories | 361-rooms | Hotel

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4Triangle Building

Union Station | 10-stories | 220,000 sq ft | Office

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51601 Wewatta

Union Station | 10-stories | 300,000 sq ft | Office

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6Galvanize 2.0

Lower Highland | 4-stories | 76,000 sq ft | Office

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That’s a lot of infill going vertical this year! If you looked closely at both 8th and Broadway and 1601 Wewatta, tower crane bases are up at each site! We should see those cranes up within the next month or so!


Curtis Park-Five Points: Mile High United Way HQ Update #1

In my previous post, I hinted at the progress, in the bonus panorama picture, of the Mile High United Way Headquarters building going up along Park Avenue. Fortunately, when I was out and about taking pictures of all the great infill, I stopped by the Mile High United Way site!

Here are two views of the project along Park Avenue: one from California Street and the other from Stout Street. It’s amazing what a difference even a steel shell can make along a street.

 

Let’s get a closer look at the site. The structure has topped out at 3-stories and metal framing has started to go up for the outer walls and facade.

 

This project has moved forward at a very brisk pace since our announcement last June. Mile High United Way is expected to move into their new 63,000 square foot building by late fall.


Lower Highland: Galvanize 2.0 Update #2

Galvanize 2.0, the 4-story, 76,000 square foot project with office and ground-floor restaurant/retail uses located on historic Platte Street in Lower Highland is under construction! Here’s a view from last weekend:

For renderings and additional details on the project, visit our Update #1.

That’s all—just a quick post to keep you up to speed on all the city-building going on in Downtown Denver!


Lower Downtown: 16M Update #7

Let’s head up the street and check in over at 16M. This project, just like The Platform, is in an exciting phase of construction: the facade has started to go up! Because 16M is in Lower Downtown, there were very specific design guidelines this project needed to meet. One very clear feature of the facade is copious amounts of brick are being used.

Here is the building from both 16th Street Mall and 15th Street along Market Street. The building is now up to nine stories which means it will top out when the next floor is poured. Can you spot the brick behind the scaffolding?

 

Here is a closer look at the brickwork. 16M will feature both red and dark brown brick on the facade with plenty of glass mixed in!

 

Next time you are on the 16th Street Mall and you pass by 16M, stop and take a second look at it and think back to 2012 when the single story Office Depot stood on this site. I’m confident you will all agree with me when I say, what a fantastic improvement 16M brings to this previously underutilized intersection!


Lower Highland: 2930 Umatilla Update #1

There comes a point in every infill project’s construction stage where the presence of the new building under construction has a noticeable impact on its surroundings. That point has arrived for 2930 Umatilla, a 5-story, 21,000-square foot office and retail building currently under construction on one of Lower Highland’s most eclectic blocks. Let’s take a look.

Here’s the view of the project from Umatilla Street looking east, with Linger immediately to the left and Line 28 in the background on the right:

Here’s the western view from in front of Line 28 on Boulder Street looking up the hill at the eastern side of 2930 Umatilla:

In this photo, we actually have two infill projects in view. In addition to 2930 Umatilla in the background, the construction work in the foreground is a five-story, four-unit stacked flats project called Rise at LoHi.

Finally, this is the view from a bit farther down Boulder Street looking west:

It’s amazing the intensity of development in Lower Highland.