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Union Station: Union Tower West Update #1

The Union Tower West project announced back in October 2014 has broken ground!

Union Tower West, located at the corner of 18th and Wewatta adjacent to the new Union Station Transit Center, is being developed by Portman Holdings and will feature 100,000 square feet of office space and a 180-room hotel. The ceremonial groundbreaking party was held on April 9.

The hotel will be operated by the InterContinental Hotels Group as part of their Hotel Indigo brand, according to this press release. The Hotel Indigo Denver will be the first Hotel Indigo location in Colorado, and represents the third upscale hotel brand to announce a first-in-Colorado location in Downtown Denver in the past few months. The rendering below, courtesy of project architect John Portman & Associates, hasn’t changed much since our October post, except the Hotel Indigo logo now appears on the side of the building.

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I stopped by the site today to see if any construction activity has started since the ceremonial groundbreaking six days ago and, indeed, found a bulldozer pushing around a pile of dirt while two construction workers nearby were setting up some equipment. It’s not much, but it’s a start!

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Union Tower West is scheduled to be complete late 2016.

 


New Westwood Project: Terraza del Sol

By Jose Esparza

Mi Casa Resource Center, a 38 year-old resource center based in Denver with a mission to advance the economic success of Latino families, has partnered with Gorman & Company, Inc., a real estate development firm with a vision for strengthening neighborhoods through strategic investments, to provide 42 mixed-income housing units with the entire first floor being occupied by the offices of Mi Casa. The mixed-use development will infill a 56,190 square foot vacant lot at 3116 W. Alameda Avenue. Here is a Google Earth image showing the project location one block west of the Federal and Alameda intersection:

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One of the unique aspects of the Terraza del Sol building is how it will incorporate a second floor Futsal court and playground. This is just one of the many ways Gorman was able to take community feedback and incorporate it into the design to create a building that gives its residents more than just a home.

The two renderings below of Terraza del Sol are courtesy of the project designer, Shopworks Architecture.

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The construction of Terraza del Sol is expected to begin late summer or early fall 2015 with the hopes of opening its doors in late 2016.

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Jose Esparza came to Denver in 2011 to study Urban Planning. He attained a BS in Architecture from the University of Michigan and a MURP from the University of Colorado Denver. Currently, Jose is Executive Director of West Community Economic Development Corporation, a 501c3 non-profit in west Denver, and serving on the Mayor’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee.


Capitol Hill: 701 Sherman Update #1

Back in August, we announced a new Capitol Hill project that was going to have a huge impact at the intersection of 7th Avenue and Sherman Street. At the time, we had no information on when the project was going to break ground, who was building it or who was managing it.

The size of the project, since our announcement, has remained the same; 8-stories, 105 apartment units. Today, we have some more information for you. First off, here is a new rendering courtesy of Craine Architecture. Managed by RedPeak, 701 Sherman…

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…is now under-construction!

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Head on over to our announcement post to see what was on the site before it was cleared. What exciting news for Capitol Hill!


Union Station: 16th & Wewatta Hotel/Office Complex Update #1

We have an exciting week here on DenverInfill! A lot of new projects are now under construction giving Downtown Denver a whole new wave of infill. Let’s kick off the week with the 16th and Wewatta Hotel / Office Complex.

Announced just over a year ago, Denver Union Station is getting a 12-story, 200-room, Kimpton Hotel and a 53,000 five-story office building right at the tip of the commuter rail platform. As a refresher, here are a couple of renderings from our announcement post.

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This project will fill in the last portion of Block A; with The Platform taking the other portion. Here is a fun little comparison photo from January 2013 to present day. At one point, the 16th & Wewatta Hotel/Office Complex project site was in clear view from this vantage point. It is quite the amazing sight to see what has been accomplished in just over two years.

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Heading down to the street level, you can clearly see that caisson drills have been moved on site along with an official construction fence wrapped all the way around.

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The empty lots around Denver Union Station are filling up quick and we couldn’t be happier with the full buildout of Block A.


Central Platte Valley: The Confluence Update #6

Currently, The Confluence is the tallest tower under construction not only in Downtown Denver, but the entire state of Colorado. Rising at 34-stories, The Confluence will make quite the impact on both the Central Platte Valley and Downtown Denver skyline.

Here are some site photos from last weekend. Heavy machinery has been moved on site, and drilling has commenced. Excavation of the three undergound parking levels should start soon.

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The Confluence will provide the area with 288 apartment units over 8,600 square feet of retail. Seeing this project go vertical will be very exciting!


DenverInfill Walking Tours to Benefit Doors Open Denver – Register Today!

I’m happy to announce that I’ll be offering three special DenverInfill Walking Tours over the first three weekends in April to benefit Doors Open Denver, the city’s premier annual urban exploration event.

Those of you who read DenverUrbanism know that I’m on the Denver Architectural Foundation board of directors and serve on the Doors Open Denver planning committee. We’ve been featuring at DenverUrbanism a daily “building preview” post to promote Doors Open Denver 2015.

The three different walking tours (nine tour dates in total) will help raise funds for Doors Open Denver and build excitement heading into Doors Open Denver weekend on April 25-26. The tours are:

The City Transformed: Expert Tour of Denver’s Civic Center District
This two-hour walking tour explores the ongoing transformation of Denver’s historic Civic Center area and the nearly $1 billion in new investments in the district over the past few years. From new justice centers and museums, to park and plaza improvements, to building renovations and infill developments, Denver’s Civic Center is booming! Learn how the Civic Center has evolved over the past century from a quaint 19th Century neighborhood to a City Beautiful Era planning masterpiece to the cultural and civic heart of Denver and the region today, and what lies ahead for this area rich in history, symbolism, and iconic architecture. The Civic Center tour will be offered:

Friday, April 3, 10:00 AM – Noon – Register Here
Saturday, April 11, 1:00 – 3:00 PM with a Social at Cap City Tavern from 3:00 – 5:00 PM – Register Here

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The City Transformed: Expert Tour of Denver’s 14th Street
This two-hour walking tour spans the 0.7-mile length of Denver’s thriving 14th Street, from the modern public art in the Wellington Webb Municipal Building Plaza to the historic bell in the tiny Old Denver City Hall Plaza at the foot of Larimer Square. In between, 14th Street offers big-city facilities like the Colorado Convention Center and the Denver Performing Arts Complex along with a mix of hotel, office, residential, and educational uses in an eclectic array of historic and modern structures and a snazzy new streetscape. Learn how 14th Street will continue to transform through high-rise developments and transportation investments in the near future. The 14th Street tour will be offered:

Saturday, April 4, 1:00 – 3:00 PM with a Social at Edge at the Four Seasons from 3:00 – 5:00 PM – Register Here
Sunday, April 12, 2:00 – 4:00 PM – Register Here

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The City Transformed: Expert Tour of Denver’s LoDo and Union Station Districts
This two-hour walking tour explores Downtown Denver’s oldest and newest districts—the dynamic duo of LoDo and Union Station. The historic preservation and restoration of over 100 century-old brick warehouse and mercantile buildings into restaurants, shops, offices, hotels, and residential lofts transformed LoDo from skid row into a thriving mixed-use neighborhood. Add a major league baseball stadium, $500 million in new transit infrastructure, new parks and plazas, a renovated Denver Union Station, and $1 billion in new office, hotel, and residential projects, and what you get is an international model for urban revitalization. Learn how this all happened and what’s still to come for the LoDo/Union Station area. The LoDo/Union Station tour will be offered:

Sunday, April 5, 2:00 – 4:00 PM – Register Here
Friday, April 10, 10:00 AM – Noon – Register Here
Friday, April 17, 10:00 AM – Noon – Register Here
Saturday, April 18, 1:00 – 3:00 PM with a Social at Terminal Bar (Union Station) from 3:00 – 5:00 PM – Register Here
Sunday, April 19, 2:00 – 4:00 PM – Register Here

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Tickets are $25 each and all proceeds benefit Doors Open Denver. Each tour is capped at 20 people maximum, so REGISTER TODAY!! A couple of the tours are almost sold out and once a tour is sold out, it’s sold out. The links above take you directly to the Eventbrite registration page for that specific tour date where you can purchase tickets with a credit card.

I’m excited about these tours and I’m looking forward to sharing with you the many exciting things that are happening in Downtown Denver from an urban planning, development, and architectural perspective! Tours will happen rain or shine and don’t forget to bring your camera!

April 3 Edit
Please note: Due to popular demand, we switched the Civic Center tour on Friday, April 17 and the 14th Street tour on Sunday, April 19 to LoDo/Union Station tours. Now, all three tours on the weekend of April 17, 18, and 19 are LoDo/Union Station tours! The lists above have been edited to reflect these changes.


Union Station: 17W Update #3

Another lot bites the dust in the Denver Union Station neighborhood! These two photos are pretty self-explanatory on what the status of construction is. Excavation and shoring has begun making this project fully under-construction!

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If you need a refresher on the project make sure you check out 17W’s post history.


Cherry Creek: 245 Columbine Update #1

It’s time to wrap up ‘Cherry Creek week’ where we have visited new apartment, condo, and office developments. All of these projects are bringing more people to live and work in Cherry Creek helping make it a great, thriving, urban district. Now you might be asking, where are the visitors going to stay? Fear not, a new hotel is underway!

245 Columbine has gone through many changes since we first announced the project back in May 2013. It first started as a 7-story, 90,000 square foot office building. Then it went through a big design change with ground floor retail, and a residential component.

Now, 245 Columbine has broken ground as a 7-story, 155 room botique hotel run by Sage Hospitality. The hotel will feature 5,900 square feet of ground floor retail, a rooftop pool deck, and a below-grade, speakeasy style bar. Designed by JG Johnson Architects, here are some updated renderings courtesy of BMC Investments.

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As a refresher, an abandoned post office stood on the 245 Columbine site leaving quite the eyesore. Here are a couple photos of the building back in 2013 when it still stood on the site.

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Since then, the old post office has been torn down and excavation is now underway for the two floors of underground parking. This is what the project site looked like last weekend.

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The density going up in the Cherry Creek neighborhood, all the way up to Colorado Boulevard, is incredible. Our ‘Cherry Creek week’ only covered a portion of the projects going up in the area which means there will be another week coming up soon! Stay tuned!