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New Cherry Creek Project: Marriott Moxy Hotel

More hotels are coming to the Cherry Creek North neighborhood! Along Joesphine Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenue, Marriott is bringing an international hotel brand new to Denver. The Moxy brand is millennial focused, boutique hotel concept geared towards the budget savvy traveler. This will be one of the first ‘budget friendly’ hotels to come to the Cherry Creek area.

Let’s start off with a Google Earth aerial of the site. Just like our post yesterday, the aerial still shows an existing building on the project site. The two story retail building has since been demolished.

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The Marriott Moxy hotel will rise a total of eight stories and provide a total of 170 hotel rooms. Vision Hospitality Group will be running the hotel with GE Johnson behind the construction. Designed by JNS | Johnson Nathan Strohe, here is a rendering courtesy of the Denver Business Journal.

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The project site is cleared and ready for excavation. The white building behind the project site is the 245 Columbine hotel which is nearing completion.

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Construction is already underway and will take 14 months to complete. Opening for the hotel is expected around mid-2017.


New Cherry Creek Project: 235 Fillmore

With the popularity of Cherry Creek on the rise, we can expect more infill going in around the neighborhood. Directly across the street from Civica Cherry Creek, a new office project has been proposed and site work has already begun.

The new office building, located between 2nd and 3rd Avenue on Fillmore Street, will be filling in a fairly small parcel. When you look at the aerial, you will see there are existing buildings on site. A two-story retail building, named the Cherry Creek Plaza, stood on this site, and has been demolished.

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Back in April, I snapped these photos of the demolition wrapping up. Present day, the site is cleared ready for excavation to commence.

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While we don’t have any final renderings of the project, we found some plans submitted to the city, thanks to the good folks at BusinessDen. Here is what we currently know about 235 Fillmore:

The project will consist of 55,100 square feet of office space along with 9,000 square feet of retail. It crosses two zones, C-CCN-5 and C-CCN-7, meaning it will rise three-stories towards 3rd Avenue and seven-stories towards 2nd Avenue. The project is required to have 104 parking spaces; 105 spaces will be provided underground. Judging by the documents submitted to the city, this project will look a lot like 100 Saint Paul, with the step down in height and mostly glass facade.

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As soon as we receive more information on this project, including official renderings, we will post it here. Stay tuned!


Auraria: MSU Aerospace and Engineering Sciences Building Update #2

Construction of Metro State’s new Aerospace and Engineering Sciences Building is moving along nicely. In our Update #1 in February, excavation for the structure was underway.

Below are a few photos from this past weekend. First, the view looking northwest across the MSU neighborhood green:

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Gap between the new Aerospace and Engineering Sciences Building and the existing MSU Denver Student Success Building:

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Close-up of the building’s southwest corner along 7th Street:

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From across Auraria Parkway, the building’s north face:

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New Auraria street wall developing along Auraria Parkway:

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This project is schedule for completion in 2017.


Union Station: 16th & Wewatta Hotel/Office Complex Update #6

It’s been only five weeks since Ryan gave us Update #5 on this project being developed by Continuum Partners, but two new milestones have been reached on this highly visible project on 16th Street next to the Union Station commuter rail platforms.

First, both the 12-story Hotel Born (by Kimpton) and the 5-story companion office building have more-or-less topped out:

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Wait, what’s that visible in the second photo? Yes, another milestone: brick!

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The hotel’s valet/drop-off drive will be located via Wewatta in the gap between the hotel tower and the 21-story Platform apartments next door:

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Let’s wrap up this post with two additional photos because, why not?

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Have a great weekend, Denver!


Central Platte Valley: The Confluence Update #11

The Confluence, a 34-story, 288-unit apartment project, is quickly going up! After almost a year and a half of underground work, the tower is starting to rise above everything in the Central Platte Valley.

Even though this isn’t going to be an in depth update, these two pictures tell the tale. The low-rise building, at the intersection of 15th and Little Raven Street, is currently up three stories with two more to go. The main high-rise building is up eight stories with 26 more to go; approximately three times taller than what you see below . This is going to be one tall project!

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When we swing around to visit The Confluence again, we will start to see what kind of impact the 34-story tower will have on the Denver skyline.


Upper Downtown: SkyHouse Denver Update #5

Let’s quickly head over to Upper Downtown to take a look at Skyhouse Denver; a 25-story, 354-unit apartment building. Since the structure has topped out, the facade has been making its way up with the parking garage making steady progress.

The parking structure going in is a peculiar thing. First off, they are building it like you would any high-rise structure with a tower crane and concrete pours; no precast construction is being utilized. It would almost seem as if it is being built for a second tower to go on top at a future date but that is pure speculation at this point.

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SkyHouse Denver fills in a huge gap in the sea of parking lots around this part of Downtown Denver. Next time we visit it, we will take a look at the completed project. See you then!


New Uptown Project: SOVA

A new 12-story apartment building is planned for the corner of 19th Avenue and Grant Street in Denver’s Uptown district.

The project, known as SOVA, is being developed by McWhinney, the Colorado-based firm currently under construction with the Dairy Block in Lower Downtown and a partner in the renovation/reuse of the historic Denver Union Station.

SOVA will replace an ugly surface parking lot (yay!) and complete the west side of Grant between 19th and 20th, sharing the block face with the Grant Park project that was completed in May, 2007. Here’s a Google Earth image with the site outlined:

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SOVA will include 211 units, six of which are ground-floor townhomes facing Grant Street with patios and planters along the sidewalk that add interest to the pedestrian environment. Also on Grant, close to the corner with 19th, is the main building entry leading to a light-filled lobby space. The two renderings below are courtesy of Craine Architecture, the project architect. First, the view of the building’s southeast corner, with Grant Street on the right and 19th Avenue on the left:

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Close-up view of the ground-floor townhome units along Grant Street, looking southwest:

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SOVA will include 211 automobile parking spaces for an exact 1:1 parking space/unit ratio. A small amount of parking will be located on the ground floor with the balance located on one underground level and two above-grade levels. Vehicle access will be provided through an entry on 19th Avenue and a second entry on the alley. Also included will be space for over 100 bicycles plus a bike and ski repair room, and a spa for residents.

The project is currently under review with the city, so the renderings above should be considered subject to further revision, and the building’s program may be tweaked in the future.

SOVA will fill a sizable gap in Uptown’s urban fabric and significantly improve the pedestrian experience in the area!


Union Station: Union Tower West Update #7

Staying in the Union Station neighborhood, let’s check in on Union Tower West, a hotel and office tower going up across the street from Pivot. From the initial renderings, we were very unsure on how the building would actually look from a materials standpoint.

That being said, every time I pass by this building, it exceeds all of my expectations. A brilliant blue glass facade is climbing up the structure and is now to the office level. The bottom four floors without glass are dedicated to parking. A four-story sheltered canopy will front the building with metal screening around the rest of the parking deck.

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After 18th Street, Wewatta Street curves right were Union Tower West is going. To compensate for that, the sheltered plaza comes into play with the main building setback from the curve.

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The back of the building has the same facade as the front however, there are no structural setbacks. The 1975 18th Street affordable housing project will cover up the back of the parking structure.

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Union Tower West is going to be a complete success in the Union Station neighborhood with great height, form, and materials. I cannot wait to see the final product!


Union Station: Pivot Update #8

Have you spent a weekday afternoon in the Union Station neighborhood? It’s bustling with activity at every corner with tower cranes swinging around and construction noises aplenty. One of the very busy project sites is Pivot, where three 13-story towers and a flagship Whole Foods are rapidly rising.

The west tower has fully topped out with the east tower following closely. The north tower has just started to go vertical and is currently three stories up.

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Moving west, there is something going up we have yet to see: glass! The majority of the facade on Pivot is comprised of glass. A lot of the new projects around Union Station have glass curtain walls; glass facades that look more or less like a single pane of glass. Pivot is a little bit different and has a more traditional, cut-out glass look.

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However, Pivot will not be an all-glass building. There are some masonry elements that will breakup the glass facade as you can see below.

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Isn’t all of this new density wonderful?

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The Union Station neighborhood is growing up to be a wonderfully dense area with multiple high-rises still underway. What an exciting time for Downtown Denver!