Another lot bites the dust in the Denver Union Station neighborhood! These two photos are pretty self-explanatory on what the status of construction is. Excavation and shoring has begun making this project fully under-construction!
If you need a refresher on the project make sure you check out 17W’s post history.
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.
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.
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!
For our next leg of ‘Cherry Creek week’, we are going to visit the Steele Creek Apartments, going up on the intersection of 1st Avenue and Steele Street. Since our last update, this project has really started to shape up.
The 12-story, 250-unit apartment building makes quite the statement on the east side of the Cherry Creek neighborhood, with a brilliant glass and brick facade. One concern from our last update was how the base was going to be treated. Let’s take a look at some before and after photos.
As you can see, this is a great improvement!
Here are some additional photos around the project. One easily forgotten element of the Steele Creek Apartments is the 8-story portion that goes along 1st Avenue. This adds some great density along a street that is lined with parking lots.
The Steele Creek apartments are another huge win for the Cherry Creek neighborhood!
For our next ‘Cherry Creek week’ update, we are heading a block east to look at the, now rising, 1st and Steele project. As a refresher, this is a 12-story, 185-unit apartment building.
The underground parking is now complete and the concrete strucutre has started to rise above street level. As of this weekend, workers were working on the second floor.
The 1st and Steele apartments are going up across the street from 88 Steele Creek, another 12-story apartment project which we will be visiting in our next update! The scale of the two buildings will be very similar, adding some great density to First Avenue.
Now that this project is above street level, we should see it rise fairly quick. Stay tuned!
March 2 UPDATE:
We’ve received word from the developer of 2300 Welton that the renderings featured below from the Humphries Poli website are rather old (Summer 2013) and are conceptual in nature. The project’s design has evolved since then. We’ve added captions to these renderings to make that clear as well. The development has a few milestones yet to be completed before the project can move forward, and the developer hopes to share new information about 2300 Welton with us in the near future.
Great news for the Welton Corridor in the Five Points-Curtis Park neighborhood! A new apartment project is proposed on a half block gravel lot which is, believe it or not, even worse worse than a surface parking lot.
First, let’s start off with an overview of the location with the project site outlined. 2300 Welton will sit between Park Avenue West and 24th Street along Welton Street.
This project will have a huge impact along both Park Avenue West and Welton Street; it activates a part of the Welton Street Corridor that has been barren and desolate for many years along with continuing the street wall along Park Avenue West. Here are three renderings of 2300 Welton courtesy of Humphries Poli Architects.
Project rendering dated June/July 2013.
Project rendering dated June/July 2013.
Project rendering dated June/July 2013.
Back in the Fall, I took some site photos of 2300 Welton. As you can see, this site a sizable crater along a great corridor that’s begging to be built on!
2300 Welton is a workforce housing project and will be providing the Five Points-Curtis Park neighborhood with 223-units. The construction time-frame is still unknown but we will keep you posted when this project moves forward!
Tennessee-based Southern Land Company has started site preparation for its first Denver project, a 302-unit apartment community located at the corner of 18th and Central in popular Lower Highland. Since the mid-1980s, the site was the headquarters for Mile High United Way, which moved last September to a brand new facility on Park Avenue in Curtis Park. Southern Land purchased the property from Mile High United Way in the spring of 2013 and arranged for United Way to stay in the building while their new headquarters was under construction. The L-shaped development site is outlined on this Google Earth aerial:
Over the past few weeks, the 1970s-era concrete-block building and surface parking lots have been undergoing demolition:
The new apartment project will feature two five-story buildings: one occupying the half block facing 18th Street between Central and Boulder, and the other located on a parcel on Boulder Street next to Highland Gateway Park and behind Prost Brewing Company. Here are two drawings, courtesy of Southern Land Company, showing the preliminary design concept:
Although the project’s details are still being finalized and may change, the development is envisioned to include approximately 330 spaces in underground structured parking, bicycle storage, a resort-style pool, rooftop decks, fire pits, and a high-end fitness center. Also proposed is approximately 9,400 square feet of restaurant and retail space facing Central Street. Here is the retail streetscape concept plan for along Central:
Finally, here’s a preliminary glimpse of the design from project architect EVstudio:
The 18th and Central Apartments project is planned for completion in 2016.
A new 270-unit apartment development is coming to West 28th Avenue and Vallejo Street in Lower Highland.
Dallas-based The Richman Group (Richman Ascension Development) is planning a three-building multifamily residential project where the Denver Public School District’s Contemporary Learning Academy was formerly located. DPS sold their three parcels on 28th Avenue between Vallejo and Wyandot to Richman in January 2014, and the Contemporary Learning Academy has since moved to a new location at 9th and Sherman. The former school building, constructed in 1979, will be demolished; the other two parcels are surface parking lots. Below is a Google Earth aerial image with the project site outlined:
Richman’s plans call for a five-story building on the larger parcel facing West 27th Avenue (with killer views of the Denver skyline) and two three-story buildings where the parking lots are located. Parking will be provided in partially below-grade structures.
Here is a concept rendering from The Richman Group’s website. In the foreground is West 27th Avenue and the five-story building; on the right edge of the image a bit of the three-story building at 28th and Wyandot is visible. Davis Partnership Architects is the project designer. We hope to provide additional renderings and details in the future as the project advances through the design approval process.
Construction is expected to begin in the first half of 2015.
Another innovative infill project is underway at Zeppelin Development’s TAXI campus in RiNo. The Freight Residences, a high density multifamily housing project, is currently under construction. The 4-story building will offer a combination of one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments for a total of 49 residential units.
The Freight Residences are designed specifically with growing families in mind. With for-sale housing prices steadily increasing and a rental market that generally gears its amenities toward singles with an active lifestyle, the housing options for Denver’s growing family sector are limited. Zeppelin Development seeks to offer a creative mix of family-friendly amenities in Freight Residences that will tempt growing families with young children.
Large swaths of grass-covered open space will surround the building and create an urban backyard that will certainly appeal to adults and children alike. Outdoor family film nights promise to be a staple form of entertainment, as a movie projector sits in the center of the Freight courtyard next door. And for working parents, an award-winning early childhood education center is also next door in the original Freight building. Some classroom enrollment spaces will be especially reserved for tenants of the Freight Residences.
Construction at the Freight Residences is scheduled to be complete this spring. Architectural renderings of the building (designed by Stephen Dynia Architects) are courtesy of Chris Woldum at Zeppelin Development. Check back for updates as this project continues!