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Lower Downtown: Z Block Update #4

The infill tracker in me never sleeps and now with cameras always accessible, it is much easier to document it all. As my fiancee and I were at the Rockies game last night, I noticed that the second crane for the Z-Block project is now up.

Using the top deck of Coors Field to my advantage, I was able to get a great vantage point of the Z-Block and its new crane. When we covered the new tower crane at 1144 Fifteenth Street, I posted a chart with every tower crane around Central Denver. This second Z-Block crane was included in the count giving Central Denver a total of 17 tower cranes.


Looking towards Denver Union Station, you can now see six tower cranes!


There you have it, 17 tower cranes over Central Denver. Currently, we are not expecting any more to go up but I’m sure, as new projects take off, we will go crane spotting again!

Arapahoe Square: Alexan Arapahoe Square Project Update #1

A few weeks ago we announced a new 12-story, 353-unit apartment project going up in Arapahoe Square. As a project moves through the development review process, some of the first things that usually get refined are the design and massing.

Today I have a new, more refined rendering to share with you thanks to Sarah Van Severen of Kephart, the architect firm behind this project. One of the largest changes in this revision is the facade color. Instead of a solid color throughout the building’s facade, it is now broken up with lighter colors on the street level. According to Kephart, the colors for this project are not quite final and will be tweaked more in the coming weeks.


Here is the preliminary rendering for a comparison:


Project updates are always a good sign of a development moving forward. I’m sure we will have a groundbreaking date the next time we visit this project!

New Berkeley Project: Tennyson Place

Infill is rising in all shapes and sizes around Central Denver and its surrounding neighborhoods. Some neighborhoods such as Capitol Hill and, in this case, Berkeley already have a solid fabric with very few open lots. Over on West 39th Avenue and Tennyson Street, an empty lot will soon be filled.

To get your bearings straight, here is an aerial with the project site outlined.


According to the press release, Tennyson Place, developed by Darell Schmidt of Allante Properties, will feature 81 ‘class-A’ apartments, contained in a five-story building with two levels of underground parking. Here are some exterior and street-level renderings of the project, thanks to Nathan Jenkins at OZ Architecture.

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We also received a couple interior renderings of both the apartments and community area. Amenities will include a club room and lounge, fitness center, individual balconies, and a 1,900 square-foot rooftop patio.

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The developer is still aligning financials and investors to break ground on this project, making the construction time frame unknown. Stay tuned for more information!

UPDATE: Construction of the below-grade parking garage is slated to begin in September.

Central Downtown: 1144 Fifteenth Update #5

I hope you aren’t getting sick of my tower crane posts yet because there is still a lot to cover as August is turning into the month of cranes. Over at 1144 Fifteenth, workers started erecting the new, red, top slewing tower crane.

But Ryan, you may ask, how do you know this is going to be a top slewing tower crane and not a luffing jib? Well, luffing jib cranes are used for tight urban spaces. They are usually near the center of the site, start out very short, and climb with the building. The tower mast for this particular crane is on the sidewalk, outside the project site away from the Four Seasons, and over 200 feet tall to clear its neighbor Park Central.

Because of the weather and wind, work on this crane will go into tomorrow. Here are some shots I took this evening of the work in progress.

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How many tower cranes are around Downtown Denver and Cherry Creek? Luckily, I made a fun little graphic:


Now that’s a lot of cranes!

Arapahoe Square: Renaissance Stout Street Lofts Final Update

Earlier this year, the Renaissance Stout Street project in Arapahoe Square wrapped up and is now open for residents and patients. Back in early 2013,  The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless broke ground on a five-story, 78-unit affordable housing project, and we here at DenverInfill have followed it since. Here are our previous updates featuring this project:

New Arapahoe Square Project: Renaissance Stout Street Lofts

Spring 2013: Downtown Denver Tower Crane Census

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Sitting on the intersection of 22nd and Stout Street, the Renaissance Stout Street Lofts takes up most of the half block between 21st and 22nd Street. The facade is comprised of brick for the ground floor, which enhances the street presence, with paneling on the upper floors.

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The main entrance to the residences and Stout Street Health Center is set back from the street with a little plaza fronting the building. Here are some street level shots of the project.

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The Renaissance projects, developed by The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, are indented for former homeless families and individuals as well as working households with lower incomes. Head on over to their website for the full list of what they do!

Union Station: Pivot Update #4

Formally known as 17W, Pivot, in the Union Station neighborhood, has started to rise above the street level. Once complete, Pivot will provide the neighborhood with a flagship Whole Foods and 640 apartment units, broken up in three 11-story buildings, on top.

Here are a couple of photos looking over the project site. Pivot will be approximately the same height as Cadence, which is on the right of Pivot in the first photo. There is nothing like a great Colorado sunset behind a construction site!

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Pivot is, and will always be the largest residential project going up in the Union Station neighborhood as the empty lots are filling up quick!

Lower Downtown: Z Block Update #3

Just as you thought I was done with all of the crane coverage, more tower cranes are still popping up around Downtown Denver! This time, we are heading over to Z Block in the Lower Downtown neighborhood to check out tower crane number one of two going up on the site.

It was a quiet afternoon around Lower Downtown as the storms were rolling in, but workers were busy to get a tower crane erected. In this photo, the counterjib (back part of the crane) was just put into place.


The jib was staged along Wazee Street. Here are a couple more photos of the crane with just the counterjib installed.

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Up go the main winch and motors!

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After a quick lunch, and relocation to a different vantage point, work on installing the jib commenced.


Here is the rest of the jib getting put into place.


There you have it: an almost complete crane with just the counterweights missing.


Stay tuned for coverage on tower crane number two at Z Block!

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.


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:


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:


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.


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:


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.