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Demolition Underway at 9th and Colorado

A large redevelopment has been in the works over at 9th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard and today there was a large milestone: Implosion of the 8-story CU Health Sciences Center. You might be asking yourself, why implode a, seemingly, nice building? It all comes down to cost. Institutional buildings, i.e medical use, are incredibly difficult to convert into anything else so it is cheaper for a developer to knock down the building, clean up, and rebuild the site.

Our next post, on Monday, will go over all of the plans for 9th and Colorado with some great, high-resolution renderings. In this post, we are going to cover the implosion.

First let’s start with some interior photos of the building right when they were adding explosives to the structural beams. These photos were provided by Alana Watkins of VOCA Public Relations, who also invited DenverInfill to the media area to watch the implosion. Thanks Alana!

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Next up, the video. We had three cameras (two video, one still photo) focused on the building to provide you with a great implosion experience. In the video, you will see the implosion in high-definition first. Then, we were able to capture it at half and quarter speed. Check it out:

Lastly, I will leave you with some still photos I took of the implosion.

Right before implosion…

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…And there it goes!

 

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The aftermath:

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The 9th and Colorado redevelopment is a very exciting project and we will be covering it here on DenverInfill. Stay tuned for Monday’s post will all the details!


New Five Points-Curtis Park Project: 2810 Welton Street

Throughout the past few months, we have covered some large scale infill projects along the Welton Corridor: , and . Today, we are announcing something a little different: a small, narrow infill project between 28th and 29th Street along Welton.

Located only a block away from the 27th and Welton light-rail station, here is an aerial with the project site outlined.

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All of the information for this project is contained in this document from the Landmark Preservation Commission. This project will take up two parcels, 2810 and 2812 Welton Street. The existing structures on site (the white single family home) will be demolished to make way for 2810 Welton. Here is a Google Street View image of the site.

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We have some very preliminary renderings of 2810 Welton Street which were approved by the Landmark Preservation Commission with conditions. This means the design and massing will be refined over time. Again, for full details of this project and approval conditions, head on over to the submittal documents.

2810 Welton Street will rise a total of five-stories, with the top two floors set back. The first and second floor of this building are intended for retail and business use with three floors of apartments on top. The square footage and unit count of this project is currently unknown.

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2810 Welton is very preliminary as developers and financials still need to be lined up. However, finding these kinds of submittals show how strong the momentum is to develop the Welton Corridor.


New River North Project: The Source Hotel + Market Hall

If you’ve been to The Source on Brighton Boulevard in Denver’s booming River North district—and I bet that includes the vast majority of Denver by now—then you know that there’s a large vacant parcel next door that handles most of the parking duties for the popular culinary marketplace crafted out of an abandoned 1880s iron foundry. The project’s next phase will extend the concept and footprint of The Source onto that vacant lot through ground-up construction of a new hotel, market hall, and parking garage.

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Zeppelin Development announced the next phase of The Source a few months ago and most of the media attention focused on the hotel component. At that time you may have seen this rendering, courtesy of Zeppelin Development and Dynia Architects, of the hotel’s progressive design that blends a bit of RiNo’s industrial aesthetic with Zeppelin’s love of quirky geometry:

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The Source Hotel’s eight levels will feature 100 guest rooms, a 2,000-square foot New Belgium micro brewery on the ground floor, and a top-floor beer garden, pool, and restaurant. Many of the rooms will have operable glass garage door windows, which has become a signature Zeppelin design element:

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What didn’t receive as much attention when the project was announced was the rest of the development—the new market hall and the 300-space parking garage and how they fit together with the hotel onto the site. That is the focus of this post.

First, let’s get you oriented with the latest site plan (thanks to Zeppelin’s Justin Croft) that shows the new hotel tower along Brighton Boulevard, the new market hall in the center of the site, and the parking garage located in the back of the lot.

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The new market hall will cover approximately 19,000 square feet and will feature up to 12 restaurant and retail spaces surrounding a large common area that will have an expansive natural light-filled environment similar to the historic Source next door.

The C-shaped market hall will feature glass garage doors (of course!) that open onto terraces to create an indoor/outdoor experience and additional restaurant seating that overlooks a native landscaped courtyard.

A key design feature of the project is the sculptural pedestrian bridge that passes over the native landscaping to connect the new phase with the original Source building. Besides its aesthetic value, the landscaped areas below the bridge will also serve as the storm water detention and water quality areas for the development. Here is a new rendering showing how the new market hall relates to the hotel and parking garage and connects via the bridge to its older sibling:

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The new Source hotel and expanded market hall will be able to take advantage of the many new infrastructure investments coming soon to RiNo, including a completely rebuilt Brighton Boulevard with sidewalks and cycle tracks, a new ped bridge over the railroad tracks and new River North park (with ped bridge over the South Platte) just a block over near 35th Street, and the new 38th & Blake transit station just four blocks away. Wow!

The expansion at The Source should be complete by 2017.


Lower Downtown: Z Block Update #1

In January 2014, we reported on Z Block, a new mixed-use development in Lower Downtown that would remove nearly a half block of ugly surface parking from the historic Windsor Dairy block. Z Block was proposed by McWhinney in cooperation with the brokerage team at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank and property owner Grand American.

The original Z Block concept included a new office building along the entire Wazee Street side of the block, and multifamily residential in a new building fronting a portion of the Blake Street side, with the two components connected by spanning over the alley and forming a T-shaped project site.

With this update, there are two major changes to the project. First, Denver-based Sage Hospitality, operators of the historic Oxford Hotel and the newly opened Crawford Hotel at Denver Union Station, have joined the development team. Consequently, the second major change: the residential component of the project has been dropped, a hotel component added, and the uses rearranged on the block.

The new eight-story Z Block Hotel will occupy the corner of 19th and Wazee and offer 170 rooms. The 6-story office component will now have an L-shaped footprint, fronting most of the Wazee side of the block and spanning across the alley to the Blake Street side.

We have a bunch of brand-new renderings to share with you, courtesy of the nice people at McWhinney, Dovetail Solutions, Shears Adkins Rockmore (designers of the office component) and JG Johnson Architects (designers of the hotel component):

The corner of 18th and Wazee showing the office component that extends for about two-thirds along the Wazee Street frontage:

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A close-up of the center part of the Wazee side showing the main office entry:

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The Z Block Hotel anchoring the corner of 19th and Wazee:

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Closer view of the hotel at 19th and Wazee:

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From the corner of 19th and Blake, the view of the hotel on the right and, on the left, the portion of the office space that spans across the alley to the Blake Street side:

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View from 18th and Blake showing the office component in the center of the block and the alley side of the Wazee building:

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Finally, a close-up of the offices facing Blake Street:

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The project also includes 400 underground parking spaces and 30,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.

In my opinion, this is a wise move by Sage Hospitality and McWhinney. With Sage already operating what are arguably two of Downtown Denver’s most prestigious boutique hotels in amazing historic structures with the Oxford and the Crawford, the addition of the Z Block Hotel gives Sage a third property—in this case a modern facility in a sleek new building—and over 360 rooms within three blocks of each other all between Union Station and Coors Field in the heart of Lower Downtown. Smart.

Z Block is scheduled to be completed by September 2016.


West Colfax: April 2014 Construction Update

If you happen to take a walk between Sloans Lake Park and Federal Boulevard, you’re going to see and hear a ton of construction going on. I’ve previously reported on three projects in the area, but thought I’d give you a mini tour of everything that’s going on in the neighborhood while updating you on those three projects. First the map:

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All of the parcels I’ve highlighted here are in some state of construction. The parcels outlined in red are mixed use developments that are underway: The St Anthony’s Hospital Redevelopment (#1) and Mile-High Vista (#5). The orange parcels are all townhome developments; thirteen projects averaging 6-8 units with. I’ll update you on the Framework project (#2) that I wrote about in an earlier post and show some pictures of the radical changes happening on 17th Ave (#3). Finally, there’s a bit of an unknown, the site at Federal and 16th avenue (#4) has recently been scraped in preparation for sale.

Project #1 – St Anthony’s Redevelopment (see my orignial post)

There currently isn’t much in the way of building happening at the old hospital site, but there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes preparation going on. All the buildings that are to be taken down have been demolished (minus an old maintenance building on 17th Avenue being used for a construction office) and the site is currently being regraded. Cameron Bertram of EFG, the owner’s representative, says that by mid-summer we should see utility work well underway and by fall the new city streets will be put in place. EFG currently has four of seven blocks under contract and is nearly ready to close on another. The Kuhlman Block Alliance will be developing the northeastern-most corner with a boutique hotel in the existing Kuhlman Building, restaurants, retail and apartments. Trammell Crow Residential will be developing two interior blocks with nearly 370 apartments. Finally, Littleton Capital Partners will be developing a retail anchor on the southern-most block facing Colfax. This block will contain a renovated 4-story office building, a retail pad, and a 12-screen Alamo Drafthouse Cinema as the anchor tenant. Here’s a rendering of the cinema block from Colfax and Raleigh Street taken from EFG’s website www.sloansdenver.com.

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Project #2 – Framework at Sloans Lake (see my original post)

Over at Framework, there is much work underway. The first phase is mostly framed and the developer has informed me that he will be breaking ground the second phase very soon as the first phase is already completely pre-sold. Here’s a shot of the first building (along 18th avenue).

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The three-story buildings are strikingly noticeable among the primarily 1- and 2-story single family homes in the area, and given their location at the top of a small hill, can be seen rising up from the neighborhood from Sloans Lake Park two blocks away. This project was the first townhome development in the area, and has since spawned a flurry of construction on neighboring blocks; thirteen townhome projects are now underway in the immediate vicinity.

Project #3 – 17th Avenue

A radical change is occurring on the north side of 17th Avenue where five adjacent lots are in varying stages of construction by five different developers. What was once a 1- and 2-story single family street is rapidly getting an urban makeover.

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Project #4 – A high profile site gets scraped.

On the triangular site overlooking the Federal Boulevard/Colfax interchange once stood a small institutional building. Recently, the owner scraped the building in order to better sell the property. The remainder of this 2+ acre site is covered with an asphalt parking lot, with spectacular views of Mile High Stadium, Downtown and Southeast Denver (not that the asphalt cares much). I personally hope someone snatched up this gem of a property and turns it into something worthy of this extremely prominent site. Here’s a panorama of the site taken from Grove Street.

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Project #5 – Mile High Vista (see my original post)

Last, but not least, is the Mile High Vista Project.  As you can see in the pictures below, the 7 story workforce housing component of the development has topped out and is being skinned and finished. Five stories of housing sit atop a two story podium of parking, resident amenities, and office space. The building is slated to receive a LEED Platinum rating, which is highly commendable for an affordable housing project.

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In front of the apartment building (anchoring the corner of Colfax and Irving) is a two-story steel frame building that is to become a brand new 25,000 sq.ft. Denver Public Library branch. Construction of the branch had been delayed for some time due to some soil issues, but after a redesign of the foundation they are now making significant progress and hope to open next year.

I hope you enjoyed this little tour of the neighborhood; as you can see, it’s rife with construction activity, redevelopment and densification. Check it out and stay tuned.


New Cherry Creek Project: 1st and Steele

Zocalo Development has been bullish on Downtown Denver with recent developments such as Solera, 2020 Lawrence, and the still under-construction Cadence adding close to a thousand rental units. Now it’s time to look at their first project in Cherry Creek, which is also experiencing a significant building boom. Zocalo’s new apartment building will be located on the northeast corner of First Avenue and Steele Street; right across the street of the new 88 Steele Creek development. Currently the site is just a dirt lot with some torn up pavement. Here is a map with the site outlined.

This LEED-Gold apartment building will rise 12-stories and provide the Cherry Creek neighborhood with 185 rental units. Amenities will include their famous “Velo” bike room, a rooftop deck, fitness room, and ground floor retail. Here are a couple of renderings courtesy of their website.

 

Back in April, Zocalo received an approval from the city to change the zoning on this parcel to be able to build a 12-story building. This caused a slight neighborhood uprising concerning over-development, and traffic congestion issues. Zocalo responded by offering $80,000 on bikes, car sharing programs and other congestion relief measures in hopes of avoiding a lawsuit from the Cherry Creek North Neighborhood Association. Completion for this project is 2015 with the construction time frame still unknown.


New Lower Highland Project: Galvanize 2.0

Let’s stay on Platte Street to look at another new infill project! Galvanize, currently located in the Rocky Mountain Note building in the Golden Triangle neighborhood, has been very successful and will be expanding their operations into the Central Platte Valley. Similar to Shift Workspaces, Galvanize is a shared co-working center made for start-ups and small businesses. In these work-spaces, you would have the ability to rent a seat, station, or small office which is, once again, great for start-ups and newly established businesses. Now for the infill! Galvanize 2.0 will be situated on the southeast side of Platte between 16th and 17th. Here is a map with the site outlined.

Galvanize 2.0 will contain 60,000 square feet of co-working space rising 5-stories and since Platte Street is a retail corridor, the ground floor of Galvanize 2.0 will be dedicated to retail. Below are some conceptual renderings thanks to Open Studio | Architecture. These are not the final designs of the building but we can expect a modern glass and brick building.

Currently there is a 2-story brick building on the site which will be demolished to make way for Galvanize 2.0. I really wish they could have found a way to incorporate this neat little building into the development!

Construction is expected to start later this year with completion around Fall 2014.


Union Station: 20th and Chestnut Update #2

Since we last looked at the 20th and Chestnut project in the Hole-in-the-Ground Census, there isn’t much to report on as far as vertical progress goes. Having said that, there is something new and exciting on the site; a new tower crane! Here are some fairly recent pictures of it.

 

Let’s have another look at the site anyway! Here’s what it looked like as of Sunday afternoon. Most of the excavation is complete and foundation work for the underground parking structure has begun. Can you spot all five tower cranes in this picture?

I’m sure we will all love seeing this project rise as it will be providing the first full service grocery store on this side of Downtown Denver. Completion for this project is still about a year out however, that will come very quickly and by that time, the Union Station redevelopment project will be complete! Exciting!