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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

Arapahoe Square: Renaissance Stout Street Lofts Update #1

Arapahoe Square: Renaissance Stout Street Lofts Update #2

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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.


Upper Downtown: Hyatt Place/Hyatt House Hotel Update #6

Let’s head on over to an area of Downtown Denver that hasn’t seen any form of development for many years. Over the past two years, we have been following a 21-story 361-room dual-brand hotel project: Hyatt House / Hyatt Place.

The structure has topped out and most of the facade is now complete. The only other element that is missing on the exterior are the logos on the blank walls. Here are some views from the southwest side of the building.

In regards to the blank walls, the one facing 13th street might get covered up in the near future with another hotel project, and the one on 14th street is a great blank canvas for possibly a mural, if allowed.

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The 14th Street side is where this project really stands out and has a great street presence. In the corner, a glass facade rises up the entire building length with the street-level enclosed in glass.

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Looking southeast on 14th Street towards Colfax, you can clearly see how much of a presence this building has. A pointed roof is always a welcome change on our skyline.

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White Lodging is expecting a completion date of around November of this year, which will be the next time we look at this project for a final update.


Golden Triangle: Eviva Cherokee Update #2

For our last crane post of the week, we are going to head over to the Golden Triangle and check out the new, tall tower crane at the Eviva Cherokee project. As a refresher, this is a glassy 18-story, 274-unit apartment project, going up in an area riddled with surface lots. For more details and renderings, head on over to our announcement post.

Here are some shots of the newly erected tower crane. Thanks to DenverInfill reader Brent Butzin for sending these over!

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And a unique prospective from the Ralph Carr Judicial Complex:

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That’s a wrap for our new-tower-crane coverage around Downtown Denver! What an exciting week.


Central Platte Valley: The Confluence Update #8

Here on DenverInfill, I am dedicating this week to the tower crane. Our next crane spotting stop will be at The Confluence: a 34-story 288-unit apartment project going up at the edge of Confluence Park.

To me, tower cranes are beautiful pieces of infrastructure. Today, I could show you the new Confluence crane along with the site it’s sitting on, which is still a hole in the ground, but I decided to take a different perspective: the crane against a beautiful Colorado sunset.

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As the sun was setting, three Potain tower cranes in Union Station lit up the sky with their red, green, and blue lights.

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More crane action to come. Stay tuned!


Five Points-Curtis Park: 2300 Welton Update #2

Cranes are beginning to pop up all over Downtown Denver, in almost every neighborhood. Over in the Welton Corridor, a new crane has been erected as work continues on the 223-unit affordable apartment project. Here are some photos of the new crane from this past weekend.

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As of today, there are two more cranes that recently went up, and two new crane bases that we have yet to cover. Can you guess where they are?