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.
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!
Back in October, we took a look at EnV from the sky to see how it contributed to the Golden Triangle neighborhood. Since then, the structure has continued to rise with some of the brick and glass facade beginning to show.
Here are two photos of EnV, looking north and south, from Speer Boulevard. With two more floors to go, the building has not quite topped out at 16-stories. Even at 14-stories, EnV is already making a huge impact along the the boulevard.
Looking at EnV from Cherokee Street, you can start to see the brick and glass facade behind the scaffolding.
As a refresher, EnV will provide the Golden Triangle neighborhood with 270 rental units with completion later this year.
Goodbye parking lot, hello SkyHouse!
Denver-based Palisade Partners is planning a new 26-unit townhome project at the corner of 24th and Washington in Denver’s historic Curtis Park-Five Points neighborhood. The site is outlined in yellow on this Google Earth aerial:
The development is being designed by Craine Archtecture. Here is a rendering of the project, courtesy of Craine:
For more information, please visit the project website: 2400Washington.com. The development is planned to be completed by late 2015.
A new 28-unit row home project is under development in the River North District near 34th and Larimer. Here’s a Google Earth aerial with the site outlined in yellow:
The project being developed by BLVD Builders; their project architect is EV Studio. Here are a site plan, axonometric view, and rendering of Larimer Row, courtesy of BLVD Builders and EV Studio:
Larimer Row is already under construction and should be finished later in 2015. For more information, please visit the project website: larimerrow.com.