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River North: Modera River North Arts Update #1

The proposed Modera River North Arts project has broken ground in the RiNo district. Here are a two shots from a few days ago:

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Located along Blake Street between 28th and 29th Streets, Modera River North Arts will add 183 new homes along the soon-to-be-converted Blake Street with bi-directional bike lanes and within a short distance of the 38th and Blake transit station.


Arapahoe Square: Renaissance Downtown Lofts Update #1

Another new housing development in Downtown has moved to under-construction status; this time, it’s the Renaissance Downtown Lofts project by the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. As we reported in our initial post, this new infill project will bring 101 affordable housing units to the Arapahoe Square district.

Here are a few photos of the fenced-off site where construction work is getting underway.

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Don’t be alarmed by the fact that the construction fence wraps around the historic (but vacant) Carson Press building in the second photo. All of the plans for this project show the Carson Press building intact and not part of the Renaissance Downtown Lofts project. Perhaps since it is vacant it has been temporarily leased as the construction office.

It is good to see the former uses at this site, an ugly surface parking lot and a vacant bank branch building, replaced with a new six-story building that provides homes for lower-income residents!


Central Platte Valley: Parkside Apartments Update #1

Holland Partner Group recently broke ground on their Parkside Apartments project at the corner of 19th and Little Raven—the final site within the Riverfront Park neighborhood to be developed.

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Infrastructure to support Riverfront Park got started in 1999 with work on Commons Park, Little Raven Street, and the Millennium Bridge, which was dedicated on April 22, 2002. The first three condo buildings clustered next to the Millennium Bridge opened around the same time as the bridge. With the final parcel now under development, the entire Riverfront Park Master Plan will be built out by 2018—a twenty-year time span. To learn more about the history of the Riverfront Park development, check out this ULI case study report.

Here’s one more image showing the Parkside Apartment’s construction fence with the Riverfront Green and Confluence projects under construction beyond.

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Parkside Apartments will bring 161 new residences to Downtown Denver.


Lower Highland: Alexan LoHi Update #1

Construction activities are underway at the Alexan LoHi site at the corner of 32nd and Tejon in Lower Highland.

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A fence surrounds the existing building on the site and the surface parking lot that covered the back half of the parcel has been removed.

Alexan LoHi will add 106 homes to the neighborhood plus 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail/restaurant space.

We’ve updated our Project Map to reflect the project’s new status as Under Construction.


Upper Downtown: SkyHouse Denver Update #6

As we saw in our tower crane census and our most recent update, SkyHouse Denver, a 26-story, 354-unit apartment tower, has topped out and is nearing completion.

The one element that has remained a mystery, from a materials standpoint, is the parking structure. Parking structures can take many different forms; some remain uncovered while others are enclosed with tasteful materials. This particular garage is going to be clad in brown brick, which is a huge plus.

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Work is still underway on the parking garage but the final concrete pour should be around late September.

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The blue-green glass facade on the tower is nearly complete with the exception of a few panels on the top floor.

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From an aerial perspective, we can clearly see how much of a gap this project fills in. Even one block in this area of downtown makes a difference as it’s riddled with surface parking lots.

SkyHouse is currently leasing with the first move-ins starting in October, which is when we will come back for a final update!


Central Platte Valley: The Confluence Update #13

The Confluence is quickly climbing onto the Denver skyline. The tower is now officially halfway up at 17 stories. For today’s post, we are going to look at the project from both a ground level and aerial point of view!

From various perspectives, such as Speer Boulevard and the Platte River, the Confluence already has a tall presence.

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In our last update, we mentioned that the mixed glass and paneling started to go up. Present day, the glass curtain wall is starting to climb on the southeast side of the tower.

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For quite some time, there were two tower cranes to help build the project; one for the low-rise structure and one for the tower. The tower crane for the low-rise structure has been taken down as it has recently topped out.

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How about some aerials? Here are four different elevations of The Confluence. Here we can see the small footprint of this tower and how much of an impact it’s going to make when it doubles in height over the next few months.

 

 

17 stories down, 17 stories to go!


Union Station: 1709 Chestnut Update #5

Last month we reported that there was a new tower crane up at the 1709 Chestnut site. In our tower crane census, we mentioned that a second crane was going in soon. Present day, the second tower crane is up and construction is in full swing.

First, let’s start with a look at the project site. Excavation is still underway however, the project is close to ‘bottoming out’. After excavation is complete, work will begin on the foundation and underground parking structure.

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A Comedil CTT561 occupies the north side of the site, helping build the 24-story tower, while a Comedil CTT331 helps build the the 12-story tower on the south side.

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While I was on the 18th Street Pedestrian Bridge, I noticed that The Confluence was starting to poke up above the Central Platte Valley skyline. This view will be drastically different in a year or so.

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More cranes and more construction, how exciting!


Lower Downtown: Market Station Update #2

Since our Update #1 in February, Continuum Partners and their project team have been refining the design of the Market Station mixed-use development to meet the requirements of the LoDo design standards and receive approval from the Lower Downtown Design Review Board. The project already received approval from the LDDRB in December 2015 for mass and scale; since then they have been working to gain approval for more fine-grained building elements such as window sills, storefront awnings, and brick detailing. The Market Station project will be reviewed by the LDDRB next week, and the city staff recommendation is for approval. If the LDDRB agrees then the project will have cleared a major stage in the development approval process.

A quick glance at the renderings below and the ones we posted in February show that the project’s design has been refined in subtle ways. These images are from the project’s July 14 submittal to the LDDRB. Image credits go to Continuum Partners and their design team.

16th and Blake:

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16th and Market:

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Market Street arcade entry:

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17th and Market:

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17th Street paseo entry:

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17th and Blake:

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Additionally, in June the LDDRB approved the project’s Streetscape Plan. Here are a few images from the project’s June 2 streetscape submittal. Again, all images are credited to Continuum Partners and their design team.

Site plan:

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16th and Market streetscape perspective:

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16th Street paseo entry streetscape:

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Market Street streetscape:

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Blake Street and 17th Street streetscapes:

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It is great to see this project’s design evolve and advance toward construction. The Market Station project will not only complete the urban form for this block, but the significant retail, office, and residential uses will create additional pedestrian activity and further enliven the sidewalks of Downtown Denver.


Downtown Denver Residential Projects: June 2016 Update

Every six months we provide a comprehensive summary of the infill development activity within the Downtown Denver area. In today’s post, we focus on multi-family residential projects, and tomorrow we will look at non-residential (office, hotel, civic, etc.) projects.

You can check out our previous multi-family residential update from December 2015 here. As before, this analysis covers the area within a 1.5-mile radius of the historic D&F clock tower at the corner of 16th and Arapahoe, a good landmark to serve as the geographic center of Downtown Denver. We use a 1.5-mile radius because it covers the traditional downtown core area plus the closer-in parts of the downtown-adjacent districts like Uptown, Five Points, River North, and Highland. Our semi-annual DenverInfill development summaries are a nice complement to the Downtown Denver Partnership’s development reports, which use the DDP’s official downtown and center city neighborhoods boundaries rather than a distance-radius approach.

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Many of Downtown Denver’s new residential developments are clustered near Denver Union Station.

From January 2010 through June 2016, 8,175 multi-family residential units have been completed within our 1.5-mile radius area, an increase of 426 from December 2015. The number of units under construction is currently 5,577, or 538 more than in December 2015. After all projects currently under construction are completed, 13,752 new multi-family residential units will be added to Downtown Denver since 2010, up from 12,788 six months ago. That keeps us on pace for around 17,000 new residential units in Downtown by the end of decade, with perhaps a little less than that if population growth and/or the economy significantly slows, or maybe more than that if the economy stays strong and meaningful construction defects liability reform is passed by the State Legislature to allow the market to respond to pent-up demand for condominiums. Note: we’ve mostly stopped tracking townhome projects, so there are probably a couple hundred more units in the survey area not included in our totals.

Click on the image below to view in full size our June 2016 Downtown Denver Multifamily Residential Projects exhibit, or use this link to view/download a high-resolution PDF version (6 MB) formatted for printing at 11″ x 17″.

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Quantifying proposed projects is a challenge, as “proposed” could mean anything from projects very early in the concept development stage to those just about ready to break ground. Our Proposed category (which we limit to developments already profiled on the DenverInfill Blog) now includes projects totaling 3,143 units. All other planned projects that we are aware of that haven’t yet been covered on DenverInfill total about 4,000 units (labeled as “In the Pipeline”).

You’ll see we added a “Floors” column to our table, representing the number of above-grade floors for each project. For multi-building projects, we used the floor count for the tallest building. Here’s a bar chart showing the distribution of new multi-family residential projects by floor count since the start of 2010, with Completed, Under Construction, and Proposed combined but excluding all 3-story townhome projects:

About half, or 41 of the 81 non-townhome projects, are 4- and 5-story buildings, about a quarter (21 projects) are in the 6-10 story range, and the remaining quarter (19 projects) are developments with buildings 11 or more floors. Generally, the projects have been getting taller as the boom has progressed.

To see the multi-family residential projects displayed by type and status (Completed, Under Construction, Proposed), visit our DenverInfill Project Map—link always available near the top of the right sidebar.

Up next… our June 2016 Non-Residential Projects summary.