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Downtown Denver Residential Developments: July 2014 Update

It’s been six months since our January 2014 review of the status of Downtown Denver’s many multifamily residential projects, so it’s time for an update!

First, a quick note about our tracking criteria: Projects included in the map and tables below are those that are (a.) new construction multifamily residential—rental or for-sale, (b.) ten units or more, (c.) completed, under construction, or proposed since January 2012, and (d.) located within a 1.5-mile radius of a geographic central point (17th and Arapahoe) in Downtown Denver. Projects outside of the green circle but within the extent of the Google Earth aerial image are not shown. A project is included in the Proposed category if (a.) a development application has been filed with the city, (b.) the specific project location is known, and (c.) the number of units is known. We have not blogged yet about several of the projects in the Proposed list as renderings and other details are not yet available. Don’t forget to check out our Project Map on the right sidebar for all the infill projects we’re tracking here at DenverInfill.

Below is our July 2014 Downtown Denver New Multifamily Residential Developments map. Click on the map image below to view in a new window at full size (2400 pixels wide), or use the following link to view and download the map as a high-resolution PDF file (about 3 MB) that you can share with your friends: July 2014 Downtown Denver New Multifamily Residential Developments Map

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Next is our table with the project details. Click on the table to view at full size or click here for a PDF version.

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Since our January 2014 update, six projects (light blue) totaling 674 units have been completed. This results in a sum of 3,656 multifamily residential units that have been completed within a 1.5-mile radius of the center of Downtown since January 2012.

Only two townhome projects (light green) totaling 32 units moved from Proposed to Under Construction within the past six months. Nevertheless, there are still 3,764 units currently under construction in Downtown, so a slowdown in the number of new projects breaking ground within the past six months may be a reasonable “wait and see” reaction by the market. Assuming all of the developments under construction are completed by mid-2015, the Downtown Denver area will have gained almost 7,500 new housing units in a 3.5-year timeframe.

Nevertheless, while the number of recent project groundbreakings has been minimal, there was no shortage of new proposed projects since January. Highlighted in light purple, twelve new multifamily developments totaling 2,203 units were either publicly announced (such as 17W and SkyHouse) and/or have been submitted to the city planning department, giving us a total of 5,113 residential units on the drawing board for Downtown Denver. Not included in this total (or in our list) are several more multifamily housing projects that have been submitted to the city for review, but for which we haven’t yet confirmed either the exact location or the unit count. That means the number of proposed units in our 1.5-mile radius area may be closer to 6,000. Of course, some of these developments are destined to never get off the drawing board. It will be interesting to observe over the next six months which of these proposed projects break ground!


Cherry Creek: 1st and Steele Apartments Update #1

Recently, a new high-rise project has broken ground in the Cherry Creek neighborhood. Back in December, we announced the 1st and Steele Apartments getting developed by Zocalo Community Development, the same developers of Cadence, 2020 Lawrence, and Solera. This is a 12-story, LEED-Gold building, that will provide the Cherry Creek neighborhood with 185 rental units. Here’s the rendering for a refresher.

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Currently, site excavation has commenced for the underground parking structure. Here are a couple of pictures I snapped on the way home today. Across the street, in the first photo, is the Steele Creek Apartments project, also rising 12-stories.

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The intersection of First Avenue and Steele Street is going through an incredible transformation. Around the 1st and Steele Apartments, there are two other major projects currently under construction: a 12-story apartment building, the Steele Creek Apartments, and an 8-story office building, 100 Saint Paul. That’s 149,000 square feet of new office space and 435 residential units getting added to this one intersection. That’s pretty incredible, especially for Cherry Creek! Completion for this project will be around the 3rd or 4th quarter of 2015.


Arapahoe Square: Curtis Street Lofts Final Update

Arapahoe Square is experiencing all different types of development; from large, full block length apartment buildings to small middle-of-the-block developents. Curtis Street Lofts, located on 21nd and Curtis Streets, is a 12-unit apartment project where construction is beginning to wrap up.

All of our coverage for the Curtis Street Lofts can be found below:

New Arapahoe Square Project: Curtis Street Lofts

Arapahoe Square: Curtis Street Lofts Update #1

Here are some views of the completed project both front and back. Parking will be provided on both the first floor and in the rear of the building, with garage access down the alley. On the back of the building is a plain blank wall. with some patios, with hope that another infill project will be built across the way to cover it up! One of my favorite elements of this whole project is the preservation of the big tree. It adds a lot character to a street that has very few trees.

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Speaking of the street, here is the new look on 21st and Curtis Street. It’s amazing what a four-story infill project can do to the streetscape!

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The Curtis Street Lofts are a great little infill project that still contributes a lot to Arapahoe Square. Wouldn’t be great if we continued to get a mix of large and small projects like this? Welcome to Arapahoe Square and Downtown Denver, Curtis Street Lofts!


Union Station: Elan at Union Station Update #4

Today we are going to check back in over at the Elan project rising in the Union Station neighborhood. This is a very critical project due to the fact that it is providing the first full service grocer in the area which is a key component to any successful neighborhood.

First, we are going to start out with a refined rendering of the project thanks to the good folks at The Mulhern Group. This is the final design of Elan at Union Station and, like many other projects currently under-construction, we can expect to see lots of brick!

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Not much as changed as far as the ground level goes; it is still a concrete shell. Therefore, for this update, we are going to be looking at the project as a whole. The southern portion of the building has topped out at five-stories with the northern portion just beginning to rise. Because of the brisk pace wood framing goes up, we should see this topped out within the next couple of weeks!

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Elan at Union Station is a very exciting project for many reasons. It is adding 307-units to the Union Station neighborhood along with a full service grocer, King Soopers, which will be easily accessible from Ballpark, LoDo, Central Platte Valley, Union Station, and Prospect residents!


Ballpark: Legacy 22nd Update #4

Heading back over to the Ballpark neighborhood, we are going to check in at Legacy 22nd, going up at the intersection of 21st and Lawrence Street. Over the past couple of months, Legacy 22nd has topped out at six-stories and we are now able to see some of the elements on the facade.

Here are two corner views of the project looking down Lawrence Street; one from 22nd Street and the other from 21st Street. For the majority of the facade, blonde brick will be used which you can see in the second picture.

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Looking at the project from Larimer Street, the one-story retail buildings now have a significant backdrop also making them blend in better with the streetscape.

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Now for the important part of the project: the impact at the street level. The new view down 21st Street is getting more impressive but the view down Lawrence is beginning to get incredible. In the past 5 years, three new buildings ranging from six to ten stories have gone up in this view: Solera, 2020 Lawrence, and now Legacy 22nd.

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Legacy 22nd is another great step in repairing the urban fabric of the Ballpark neighborhood. We should see this project complete around fall-time.


Union Station: Verve Final Update

Formally known as 1490 Delgany and The Delgany Apartments, Verve, situated on the intersection of 15th and Delgany, is now complete. The 10-story, 284-unit apartment building, designed by Shears Adkins Rockmore and developed by Opus, fills in the last empty parcel on the block it sits on! Here are all of the previous posts we have on this project:

New Union Station District Project: Delgany Apartments

Goodbye Empty Lots, You Will Not Be Missed

Delgany Apartments Update #1

Delgany Apartments Update #2

Delgany Apartments Update #3

Delgany Apartments Update #4

Delgany Apartments Update #5

Union Station: The Delgany Apartments Update #6

Spring 2013: Downtown Denver Tower Crane Census

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Union Station: The Delgany Apartments Update #8

Now for a look at the complete project, starting with my favorite above vantage point. Most of the buildings around Verve are around the same height, so the scaling of this project fits in perfectly.

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Verve makes a huge impact on the 15th and Delgany intersection. On the Wewatta side, the two-story brick building still stands with Verve surrounding it in the back. The facade used on this building is very high quality, comprised mostly of brick with accents of black and silver metal paneling. The building also features multiple setbacks with one six-story section popping out over 15th Street.

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Last but not least, here is a street view looking down Delgany towards Speer Boulevard. The retail space, accented in red, will be used by the Museum of Contemporary Art for various functions. The rest of the ground floor along Verve are walk-ups for the two-story townhomes.

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Verve is a great addition to the Union Station neighborhood for multiple reasons. It has a high quality look, and is at a great scale, fitting in very well to the surrounding neighborhood. The 284-unit apartment building already has residents moving in and, given our current market for rentals, it shouldn’t be too long before this building nears capacity. If you are curious about floorplans and pricing, make sure you head over to their website! Welcome to Denver and the Union Station Neighborhood, Verve!


Ballpark: Broadstone Blake Street Update #5

It is always exciting when a project tops out because it gives us a great idea and view on how the infill contributes to the urban fabric of Downtown Denver. Recently, Broadstone Blake Street has topped out at six-stories.

The empty lots right across from Coors Field have always seemed to be prime land for development yet, for so many years, they remained undeveloped. Back in 2012, Alliance Residential took action and proposed the six-story, 226-unit apartment building on a gravel lot that was used for parking during baseball season. Fast forward 26 months and a six-story building now stands on this site! Here are some pictures of the recently topped out building.

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Broadstone Blake Street has a very positive impact along both 22nd and Blake Street, not to mention, the scaling and design are great for this intersection.

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Within the next few weeks, workers will be starting on the brick facade and we should see this project complete by late fall!


New Upper Downtown Project: SkyHouse Denver

Celebrating the restoration of Downtown Denver’s urban fabric—that is, replacing Downtown’s ugly surface parking lots with new buildings—is the primary focus of this blog. So, the announcement of this new infill project is particularly satisfying, as SkyHouse Denver will eliminate a big chunk of nasty asphalt that has plagued Downtown Denver’s urban landscape for decades. We’re talking the corner of Broadway and East 18th Avenue:

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On the east is Lincoln, on the north is East 18th Avenue, on the west is Broadway, and on the south is the Mile High Center. Across Broadway to the west is the Brown Palace Hotel.

SkyHouse Denver will be developed by the Novare Group along with Baston-Cook Development. The high-rise development includes a 25-story, 354-unit apartment tower with ground-floor retail situated on the west half of the site facing Broadway and a 6-story parking garage on the east side of the site facing Lincoln. If all goes as planned, the project will break ground in late 2014.

Thanks to the good folks from the Novare Group and their design partners at SRSS Architects, here’s a rendering of the project as viewed looking east:

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SkyHouse is one of several apartment communities with a similar design developed by Novare in other cities such as Atlanta, Houston, Orlando, and Austin. The development includes a pool, fitness center, lounge, and other amenities on the 25th floor.

For you long-time DenverInfill readers, you may recall this site, located on Block 003-B, was one of five nominees in our great “Downtown Denver’s Worst Parking Lot” contest of 2007. While it didn’t win—that dishonor when to the embarrassing asphalt wasteland on Block 039 in Lower Downtown (that still exists today)—Block 003-B is still a parcel in dire need of development. The site was once the home to the stately Cosmopolitan Hotel and the Hotel Metropole before they were demolished in 1984.

Let’s hope SkyHouse Denver rises from the ground as planned and contributes to the ongoing restoration of Downtown Denver’s urban fabric! We’ll keep you posted as this project works its way through the development review and preconstruction design process.