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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.


Speer: Country Club Towers Update #4

Over in the Speer neighborhood, the County Club Towers are trekking along. When we first announced the project, there was a lot of uncertainty with the massing and materials, but we finally have a good idea of what’s going up.

To start, here is a unique vantage point I have been using for this project. The west tower is poking out just above the trees and will be very prominent when it approaches its final height.

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Going down to the ground level, we can see that the west tower is up eight stories; 26% of its final height. Here are three things that have already exceeded my expectations with this project. Number one: the towers will not be a flat. Each unit will be facing at an angle making the tower look jagged.

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Number two: The podium facade has the same brickwork, color, and patterns, as the surrounding historic Country Club Gardens.

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Number three (this one is very important): The east and west towers will be significantly set back from the podium making these more point towers than large 30-story walls.

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The eastern portion of the podium is close to topping out with one more floor to go. It should only be a few weeks until the east tower starts to go up.

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As a bonus, here is a mock-up of the facade minus the concrete wall to the left; that’s the foundation for another building.

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Like The Confluence, the Country Club Towers are going to make a significant impact on the Central Denver skyline. From what we are seeing, these will be slender towers, and feature a very unique look when complete.


Summer 2016: Central Denver Tower Crane Census

Happy first day of Summer readers! Back by popular demand, we are going to start the week and season off with a tower crane census. There was a lot of crane action going on over the weekend so this will be a fun census. All of the tower crane photos, with the exception of one, were taken on Saturday for an accurate count; even though the count is going to be tricky.

This census is for tower cranes only. The self erecting cranes (cranes without a ladder mast or cab) on smaller builds are not counted.

Why tricky? Let’s start out with tower crane number zero. As I got down to the Union Station neighborhood, workers were taking down the crane at Union Tower West. As much as I would love to count this, this crane has been completely taken down.

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Let’s move the count in a positive direction. One and Two belong to Pivot.

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Three and Four are for 1709 Chestnut. The second tower crane for this project wasn’t up on Saturday but it should be complete today.

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Tower crane number Five belongs to the 16th and Wewatta Hotel and Office Complex.

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The Confluence offers tower cranes Six and Seven. As a bonus, they were jumping the south tower crane over the weekend.

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Number Eight belongs to 28th and Vallejo and, since this is a Central Denver census, Alexan West Highlands brings number Nine to the table.

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I forgot the memory card for my other camera before I went up to take this photo so here is number Ten, belonging to Modera River North, in cell-phone-picture fashion.

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I said out loud, “No! What are you doing? I have a census to do…” as I saw what was going on at Dairy Block. A tower crane taking down another tower crane is not a sight we see everyday. Unfortunately, I can only count one for Dairy Block bringing the total up to Eleven.

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Twelve and Thirteen, belonging to 999 17th Street, are nicely tucked away in Central Downtown.

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1144 Fifteenth claims number Fifteen with Le Meridien / AC bringing the number up to Sixteen. If you look closely in the first photo, you can see the south tower crane for The Confluence continuing to jump itself.

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Seventeen belongs to the rare luffing jib over at SkyHouse. I’m sure number Eighteen, at Alexan Uptown, will be taken down very soon.

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Number Nineteen is working hard at Eviva Cherokee with Twenty and Twenty-One helping build the twin 30-story Country Club Towers.

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Last but not least, Twenty-Two stands tall above the Alexan Cherry Creek site. After a five hour tower-crane-spotting hike, I forgot to take a current picture of this one but trust me, it’s still there.

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As I was editing these photos last night, my wife nicely told me that she spotted one for Tennyson Place in Berkeley last month. After reviewing her phone picture footage, that brings our final total to Twenty-Three. Sorry, I don’t have a current photo of this one.

That’s a lot of tower cranes and about the peak number we are going to see this year. Our previous census, back in 2013, featured ten tower cranes with around three up in Cherry Creek at the time. 2016 has significantly more construction activity as the boom keeps on rolling!


Union Station: 1709 Chestnut Update #4

To wrap up the week, we have a quick post on 1709 Chestnut as a new tower crane is starting to go up! As of last night, the mast was built with the first part of the jib up on the top.

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Looking down into the pit we can see the crawler crane, used to erect the tower crane, and another tower crane base. The second tower crane will go up this weekend.

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As a bonus, here are four pictures, with fountains, of the historic Union Station building decked out in pride colors.

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Have a great weekend DenverInfill readers!


Capitol Hill: 701 Sherman Final Update

Given there is no pattern in location with our posts this week it tells us one thing: there is infill still going on all over Downtown Denver and its surrounding neighborhoods! Heading to Capitol Hill, we are going to take a look at the seven-story, 105-unit apartment building at 7th Avenue and Sherman Street.

Now named ‘7/S Denver Haus’, RedPeak’s new property is now complete and open for leasing.

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Here are all of our previous posts for this project:

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Capitol Hill: 701 Sherman Update #2

Capitol Hill: 701 Sherman Update #1

New Capitol Hill Project: 701 Sherman

Designed by Craine Architecture, this project adds a fairly new color scheme to Capitol Hill; dark brick.

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7/S Denver Haus also features blonde brick on three sides of the building.

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The west facing side, along Lincoln Street, has a setback and houses a rooftop deck along with an outdoor amenity area for residents.

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While there is no ground floor retail, the ground level is incredibly pleasant to the pedestrian passerby. The east side contains ground level unit entrances with the main building entrance on the south side.

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This project adds a significant amount of density to this area of Capitol Hill where surface parking lots are aplenty. Welcome to the neighborhood!


Cherry Creek: Alexan Cherry Creek Update #2

Alexan Cherry Creek has been making steady progress since our last update in the winter. This project features three levels of underground parking, which will be utilized by residents along with retail and office tenants of 3300 East 1st Avenue, so it’s expected that construction will take a little bit longer.

Before we get around to the pictures, we have a huge, refined rendering of the project. Thanks to Andy of Shears Adkins Rockmore, the project’s architect, for the rendering! Make sure you click to embiggen.

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Alexan Cherry Creek is currently up to the ground level, with most of the underground structure complete. From here, it will go vertical eight stories and end up providing 164 apartment units to the Cherry Creek North neighborhood.

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Expected completion of this project is around mid-2017. The Cherry Creek boom keeps on rolling!


Central Platte Valley: AMLI Riverfront Green Update #1

Another infill development in Downtown Denver has moved from the “proposed” to the “under construction” category.

In the almost-built-out Riverfront Park area, construction recently started on AMLI’s Riverfront Green project at 18th and Little Raven. Riverfront Green will add 304 residential units in a seven-story building that steps down to four stories along Little Raven. Click here for our first post on this development back in July 2015.

Before we get to the construction photos, we happen to have brand new renderings of Riverfront Green, thanks to John from Studio PBA and Andy from AMLI.

View from Little Raven and Bassett Street:

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Corner of 18th and Bassett:

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Construction just got started, so the project is still early in the hole-in-the-ground stage.

View from Bassett Street:

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View from 18th and Little Raven:

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We will swing by Riverfront Green in the fall to check in on the construction progress.


Speer: Speer Boulevard Apartments Final Update

Back in December 2014, we provided some renderings of a project going up on the triangular parcel bound by Speer Boulevard, 6th Avenue and Grant Street. We didn’t have any posts of the construction progress as some projects slip through the cracks, with all of the infill going on, but today we are going to take a look at the completed project.

The Speer Boulevard Apartments, now known as Gables Speer Boulevard, features 211 apartment units contained in a six story building. Because of the triangle shaped lot, this project has some neat perspectives. On one side of the street, the building looks very slender and comes together on the corner. Across the street, you get the full picture and see that it runs up to the property line on both Grant and Speer Boulevard.

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The facade is made up of dark paneling, stucco, and brick broken up throughout the project. It looks very balanced and the neutral colors compliment each other nicely.

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Here is one last street level perspective looking southeast along Speer Boulevard.

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We don’t get a lot of new projects along the Cherry Creek River but it’s always neat when we can use it as a foreground for infill photos!

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In my opinion, this project looks sharp. The colors are neutral, with both light and dark elements, it has clean lines, and features a very balanced facade. I would take this project over the gas station that used to sit here!


New Cherry Creek Project: 155 Steele

The Pauls Corp, developer of Via and 100 Saint Paul, grabbed another piece of land in the Cherry Creek North neighborhood across the alley from their recently completed 100 Saint Paul office project.

Located between 1st and 2nd Avenue along Steele Street, 155 Steele is proposed as a 155-unit condo building. You heard that right, for-sale condos! Here is a Google Earth aerial with the project site outlined.

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There is an existing retail building on site that used to be a restaurant and temporary housing for FirstBank as 100 Saint Paul was under construction. This will be demolished to make way for 155 Steele.

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While we don’t have multiple renderings of this project just yet, here is a teaser courtesy of The Pauls Corp. This rendering suggests that the 155 units will be contained in a 10-story building and, while the materials are still unknown, the facade will feature light and dark colors. The project architect is not yet known.

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Construction for 155 Steele is still a little bit out as pre-sales are going to begin around the summer of 2017; pricing details have not yet been released. We will keep you posted as soon as we receive more details on this project. Stay tuned!