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River North: The Source Hotel + Market Hall Update #2

Construction has begun on the hotel and market hall components at The Source on Brighton Boulevard in Denver’s booming RiNo district.

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With the huge success of The Source, the 25,000 SF marketplace forged out of a former 1880s iron foundry, Zeppelin Development envisioned an expansion of the concept onto the gravelly lot next door to include a new 19,000 square foot market hall, a 100-room hotel, and a 300-space structured parking garage.

With the parking garage now complete, work is underway on the market hall and hotel. Here are a few photos from this weekend showing the foundations for the new structures going in:

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For renderings, a site plan, and all the project details, please visit our first post on this development.

The Source Hotel and Market Hall should be open by late 2017.


Visualizing the Cherry Creek Boom From an Aerial Perspective

As we all know, Cherry Creek is currently going through a very large boom adding hotels, retail, apartments, condos and offices. Since the neighborhood is fairly small, in regards to land size, it is easy to map out from a low elevation aerial perspective. This is where my drone comes in handy!

Let’s begin with some numbers. From when we started reporting on the boom back in 2013, there are 626 Apartments, 80 Condos, 524 Hotel Rooms, 351,000 square feet of office space, and 194,600 square feet of retail getting added to the neighborhood. This does not include proposed projects. That’s a lot of development for Cherry Creek!

Now to the aerial. Each colored dot represents a project that is either under construction or complete; this visual does not include proposed projects. RED is retail, BLUE is office, GREEN is hotel, and YELLOW is residential.

Obviously, click to embiggen.

Here is the same aerial with the project labels removed.

Finally, for those who like a clean aerial, here is the original panorama.

With the compact size of this neighborhood, it will be fun to explore various aerial perspectives in the future as the boom rolls on. Stay tuned for a lot of infill coming your way this week!


Lower Downtown: Market Station Update #2

Since our Update #1 in February, Continuum Partners and their project team have been refining the design of the Market Station mixed-use development to meet the requirements of the LoDo design standards and receive approval from the Lower Downtown Design Review Board. The project already received approval from the LDDRB in December 2015 for mass and scale; since then they have been working to gain approval for more fine-grained building elements such as window sills, storefront awnings, and brick detailing. The Market Station project will be reviewed by the LDDRB next week, and the city staff recommendation is for approval. If the LDDRB agrees then the project will have cleared a major stage in the development approval process.

A quick glance at the renderings below and the ones we posted in February show that the project’s design has been refined in subtle ways. These images are from the project’s July 14 submittal to the LDDRB. Image credits go to Continuum Partners and their design team.

16th and Blake:

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16th and Market:

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Market Street arcade entry:

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17th and Market:

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17th Street paseo entry:

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17th and Blake:

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Additionally, in June the LDDRB approved the project’s Streetscape Plan. Here are a few images from the project’s June 2 streetscape submittal. Again, all images are credited to Continuum Partners and their design team.

Site plan:

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16th and Market streetscape perspective:

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16th Street paseo entry streetscape:

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Market Street streetscape:

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Blake Street and 17th Street streetscapes:

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It is great to see this project’s design evolve and advance toward construction. The Market Station project will not only complete the urban form for this block, but the significant retail, office, and residential uses will create additional pedestrian activity and further enliven the sidewalks of Downtown Denver.


Cherry Creek: 3300 East 1st Avenue Retail Addition

As we all know, Cherry Creek is going through a significant infill boom with apartments, hotels, and office buildings going up all over the neighborhood. Along with the boom, there are also a few great minor projects that are underway which we will be focusing on in this post, primarily a project on 1st Avenue and Cook Street, the same block as the Alexan Cherry Creek project.

In any great urban neighborhood, the street level is the most important aspect given that’s where the pedestrians are. These new immaculate, glassy buildings have the potential to be a total failure if there are blank walls along the street, or small parking lots occupying the corners. Luckily for the Cherry Creek neighborhood, that’s not the case.

Developers in Cherry Creek are actively pushing retailers and projects to the corner to help improve the urban form of the neighborhood. Two very recent examples are the Room and Board on 2nd Avenue and Detroit Street and the Restoration Hardware on 1st Avenue and Fillmore Street. The Room and Board expanded to the street corner, supplanting the surface parking lot next door and the Restoration Hardware was extended from the Cherry Creek Mall and pushed to the street edge along 1st Avenue.

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1st Avenue, with wide roads and complicated intersections, is a bit messy to pedestrians but that’s not stopping anybody from making it a better street for those on foot. Built in 1980, 3300 East 1st Avenue was built with parking and easy automobile accessibility. Present day, the parking structure that was built with this building is being replaced by an 8-story apartment project, and the office building is now receiving a ground floor retail addition.

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Along with the retail addition, new curbs, sidewalks, and landscaping are also going in, drastically improving this stretch of 1st Avenue.

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A neighborhood that was once automobile oriented is slowly turning into a multi-modal corridor. Now all we need to work on is some dedicated transit to serve this area better!


River North: The Source Hotel + Market Hall Update #1

Let’s make a quick stop in River North over at The Source. Back in August we announced a new addition that was going to take over some of the surface parking at the very popular marketplace. The expansion includes a new 19,000 square foot market hall, 100-room hotel, and 300-space structured parking garage.

Currently, work is wrapping up on the structured parking garage that sits right behind The Source. Here are two photos from the front of the development. The next phase of construction will take out the dirt lot you see in the second photo.

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The base of the parking garage will eventually be covered by the new market hall, which will have a seamless transition to and from the historic warehouse. We will visit this project again once the market hall, and hotel are underway. Stay tuned!


Lower Downtown: Market Station Update #1

The proposed Market Station redevelopment of RTD’s former bus station moves forward, as Continuum Partners and their development team make progress on refining the Market Station design to meet the criteria outlined in the Lower Downtown Design Guidelines. The Continuum team recently presented their revised plans to the Lower Downtown Design Review Board on February 4. The following images are from the packet of materials submitted that day. As before, the designs presented in the images below are still subject to further modification and refinement and additional review by the city. The design team producing these images include architectural firms El Dorado and BOKA Powell, and Dig Studio for urban design and planning

Bird’s-eye view with 16th and Market in the center foreground:

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16th and Market:

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17th and Blake:

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We’ll keep you updates as Market Station moves through the approval process an on to construction.


New Lower Downtown Project: Market Station

The redevelopment of Downtown Denver’s Market Street Station took a major step forward today with the announcement of Market Station, a $150 million mixed-use project on the site of RTD’s former bus terminal.

Denver-based Continuum Partners has purchased the Market Street Station property from the City and County of Denver for $14.5 million, which had acquired the site from RTD in 2008 as part of the financing mechanism for the Union Station transit project. Continuum teamed with East West Partners to form the Union Station Neighborhood Company to lead the redevelopment efforts at Denver Union Station, where Continuum is currently working on the “Block A” Hotel/Office project next to the commuter rail/Amtrak platforms. Continuum’s other notable urban projects include Belmar in Lakewood, the redevelopment of the former CU Hospital at 9th and Colorado, and 16 Market Square, located directly across the street from Market Street Station.

For some context and orientation, we have a Google Earth aerial showing the site outlined in yellow, followed by a spectacular drone shot from DenverInfill’s own Ryan Dravitz. The historic RTD headquarters building on the block is not part of the project.

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Market Station will be comprised of three buildings ranging from 5 to 10 stories.

Building A will face the 16th Street Mall and most of the Market Street side of the block in an L-shaped configuration and will have three main sections: 10-story buildings at the 16th/Blake and 16th/Market corners, and a 5-story building occupying the middle of the Market Street frontage. Building B, at 5 stories, will anchor the 17th and Market Street corner; Building C will also have 5 floors and will occupy the corner of 17th and Blake. Together, the three buildings will include about 370,000 square feet of development, featuring 90,000 square feet of office space, 85,000 square feet of retail/restaurant, and the balance as 225 apartment units. Two underground parking levels will include 350 vehicle spaces for tenants and the public.

Some of the following diagrams are from the project’s development application to the Lower Downtown Design Review Board, which approved the project’s mass and scale at its December 10, 2015 meeting. Several more rounds of review and approval by the LDDRB are still to come, as well as other approvals by the Denver planning office. Consequently, these images represent conceptual designs only and are subject to further modifications and refinement. In addition to Continuum, the project team also includes architectural firms El Dorado and BOKA Powell, and Dig Studio for urban design and planning. The renderings and other exhibits are courtesy of Roger Pecsok at Continuum Partners and Alana Watkins at VOCA Public Relations. Thank you Roger and Alana!

Site massing (16th and Market corner in foreground):

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Building program (office=purple, retail=pink, restaurant=red, residential=blue):

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Architectural rendering (view of 16th and Market corner):

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One of the exciting aspects of the project is the amount of retail. Too often in Downtown Denver, ground-floor retail ends up as ground-floor restaurant. Restaurants are great, but we could really use more quality retail in Downtown and this project offers plenty, featuring over 20 retail spaces facing the 16th Street Mall, Market Street, an interior paseo along the alleyway, and an arcade off of Market Street. The project’s primary restaurant spaces front 17th Street. Here’s the ground-floor plan, followed by a rendering of the arcade from the interior paseo looking toward Market Street:

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Next, we have the four elevations:

16th Street Mall:

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Market Street:

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17th Street:

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Blake Street:

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Finally, here’s a diagram showing how the proposed underground parking levels will incorporate the volume of the existing RTD underground space (yellow):

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Again, these are all preliminary designs that are subject to change over the coming months, but it is great to see the redevelopment of Market Street Station getting started. If all goes as planned, Continuum will break ground on the project in the fall of 2016 with completion in late 2018.


New River North Project: Gauge

River North (aka RiNo) is one of Denver’s hottest urban-core districts for infill development and adaptive reuse, whether for residential, office, hotel, retail or light industrial uses, and Zeppelin Development has been leading the charge in most of those categories. Zeppelin helped put RiNo on the map with its TAXI project, is wrapping up construction on Freight Residences, is just getting started on the Source Hotel and Market Hall, and will be breaking ground in the spring on a new RiNo mixed-use office project at 35th and Wazee: Gauge.

In case you haven’t noticed, Zeppelin has also been moving east with their developments. TAXI is west of the South Platte River, the Source is in the middle of RiNo along the booming Brighton Boulevard corridor, and Gauge will put them within two blocks of the 38th & Blake Station on RTD’s A Line (opening April 22, 2016), which lets Zeppelin add transit-oriented development to their list of accomplishments. Here’s the location for Gauge on a Google Earth aerial and a perspective showing Gauge and its proximity to Downtown Denver:

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35th and Wazee? Not exactly a bustling corner, and one that probably not a lot of people have ever been to, let alone knew existed. But the combination of new rail transit to the area and big demand for places to live/work/shop/socialize in the urban core have now put places like 35th and Wazee on the radar screen.

Gauge will feature 80,000 square feet of office space and 20,000 square feet of retail in a four-story building designed by Dynia Architects, the same design firm that Zeppelin used at TAXI and The Source. Like those developments, Gauge will feature a progressive industrial/modern design, big volume spaces, exposed steel, concrete floors, operable glass garage doors as windows, landscaped terraces, and great views of downtown and the mountains. Here are some brand-new renderings, courtesy of Zeppelin and Dynia Architects:

View of the 35th and Wazee corner with, on the right, the 35th Street Pedestrian Bridge (due to open in 2016) that will span over the tracks and connect to the Blake Street side of RiNo (and the transit station):

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View looking south along Wazee toward 35th Street, with Gauge’s historic brick neighbor on the right:

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Wazee Street elevation:

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35th Street elevation:

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In addition to the office space, another cool feature will be a food hall/collaborative retail space on the ground floor that takes advantage of Gauge’s proximity to the transit station. It will include a dozen independent restaurant/retail tenants from around the region that are known for innovative food and retail goods. Structured parking for 125 vehicles will be tucked away on the alley side of the building:

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Finally, as I mentioned in our recent post on the nearby Great Divide Brewery project, there are big plans in the works for transforming 35th Street through RiNo into something special (more on that later…) that will add to the appeal of Gauge’s location.

Zeppelin plans to break ground on Gauge in March 2016 and wrap up construction by spring 2017.

 


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!