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Curtis Park-Five Points: 2300 Welton Update #3

Staying in the Curtis Park-Five Points neighborhood, let’s head over to Park Avenue West and Welton Street to check in on the 2300 Welton project. As a refresher, this is a 223-unit apartment project contained in a four-story building.

Framing for the building is complete with the facade nearing completion. Here are two photos looking from both Park Avenue West and 24th Avenue along Welton Street.

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2300 Welton features a neat entrance to the courtyard, which tunnels through part of the building. It’s pretty hard to spot until you are close to it.

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The Park Avenue West side of the larger structure is nearly complete with landscaping and some minor facade work that still needs to be done.

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The smaller building that sits across the alley, along Park Avenue West, is also part of the 2300 Welton project. It can be seen in this rendering.

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2300 Welton started leasing this month and should be open by the Fall, which is when we will visit it for a final update.


Curtis Park-Five Points: The Lydian Update #3

Today we have a quick update on The Lydian, formally known as 2560 Welton project; an eight story mixed use building which will contain 129 apartment units, 15,000 square feet of office, and 10,000 square feet of retail. When we last visited this project in June,  site preparations were underway.

Present day, excavation is nearly complete and a tower crane base sits on site! I’m sure we will see the red tower crane go up within the next couple of weeks.

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This site was a surface parking lot for many years. We are glad to see it go! The Lydian should take around 12-16 months to complete.


Cherry Creek: Civica Cherry Creek Update #3

Back in May, we reported that demolition of the existing buildings for Civica Cherry Creek, a five / seven story, 112,000 square foot office project, was about to begin. Now, the site has been cleared and excavation is now underway.

First, let’s start with an overview of the site looking west. As you can see, the existing buildings have been completely demolished.

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Here are two photos looking at the front of the project from Fillmore Street.

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Construction should be fairly quick as Schnitzer West LLC, the developer, is expecting the project to be complete by next summer.


Cherry Creek: Alexan Cherry Creek Update #3

It’s always exciting when a project starts to rise above the street level. Usually after this point, given there is no above ground parking, the structure rises at a quicker pace and progress is easy to follow. Alexan Cherry Creek is now at this stage of construction!

With the three levels of underground parking now complete, the eight-story building is starting to make its way up. The site was bustling with activity so here are two photos of the project from the street.

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As a refresher, the 8-story Alexan Cherry Creek will add 164 apartment units to the Cherry Creek neighborhood.


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: 1600 Market Hotel Update #2

At the July 21 meeting of the Lower Downtown Design Review Board, the proposed 1600 Market Hotel development received approval for mass and scale. Here’s a rendering, courtesy of the project architect DLR Group, that was submitted to the LDDRB in July that depicts the approved building envelope (height, scale, mass, form, contextual fit, etc.):

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This represents a refinement of the project’s previous design that we shared in our Update #1 in May.

The next phase for the 1600 Market Hotel’s design process is seeking the LDDRB’s approval for building details, such as facade materials and color, which is why most of the building is rendered in a gray color since those building details are still in the works.


New River North Project: Revolution 3600

The remarkable revitalization of the River North Art District continues with the announcement of another major infill project: Revolution 3600, a 5-story, 150,000 square foot mixed-use development planned for the corner of 36th Street and Brighton Boulevard.

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Revolution 3600 is being developed by a team led by Ed Haselden with Anderson Mason Dale serving as the project architect, Jones Lang LaSalle handling office leasing, and Haselden Construction as the builder. The mixed-use project’s two main components include approximately 120,000 square feet of office space on floors 2-5 and around 20,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor. The 37,500 SF property is mostly vacant land except for a small 1950’s-era industrial building previously occupied by Industrial Motors & Machining, which recently moved to a new location two miles away.

A couple of renderings: Revolution 3600 looking east at the corner of Brighton Boulevard and 36th Street, followed by the view looking south along Brighton Boulevard. All renderings are courtesy of Anderson Mason Dale.

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A highlight of the ground-floor commercial uses is the proposed Market Hall that will combine up to eight food purveyors into an 8,700 SF open-floor space that doubles as the building lobby. Additional ground-floor uses include a 6,000 SF restaurant space at the 36th Street corner and a similar-sized space for a retail tenant.

Revolution 3600’s proposed Market Hall interior and a view of the building’s Brighton Boulevard elevation with ground-floor commercial spaces:

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Automobile parking for 238 spaces will be accommodated on two underground levels accessed via the alley. Bicycle parking will also be provided.

Construction is expected to begin in spring 2017.


Two Lower Highland Sites Cleared and Ready for Construction

As I was in the area this afternoon, I noticed that two sites in Lower Highland were cleared and are now ready for vertical construction.

The first site is 1615 Platte which will feature 80,000 square feet of office along with 10,000 square feet of retail.

The small grey building is still pending demolition but should be cleared out shortly.

 

Over on 32nd and Tejon, Dickinson Plaza has been fully demolished to make way for Alexan LoHi; a 106-unit apartment project with 10,000 square feet of retail.

That’s it for today, have a great weekend!


New Lower Downtown Project: 18th and Market Apartments

A new major infill development is proposed for what is undeniably the worst parking lot-infested hole in Lower Downtown. The 1800 block of Market is entirely undeveloped and is occupied on both sides by ugly voids of blight. That may change if Trammel Crow Residential is successful in completing their proposed 18th and Market project, an 11-story, 305-unit apartment building.

Here is the proposed development site outlined on a Google Earth aerial:

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The proposed 18th and Market Apartments is scheduled to go before the Lower Downtown Design Review Board for the first time on August 11. As we explained the other day with the proposed 14 Wynkoop project, the first step in the LDDRB process is reviewing the development’s proposed mass and scale. And like 14 Wynkoop, city staff have put forward a “denial” recommendation for this first design iteration for various reasons. It usually takes several rounds of review with the LDDRB before a project receives all of the necessary approvals. Consequently, the renderings below are preliminary and subject to future modifications.

All of the following concept renderings are taken from the project’s August 11 submittal to the LDDRB and were prepared by Johnson Nathan Strohe (JNS), the project architect. JNS recently designed The Maven hotel component of the Dairy Block just a couple of blocks down 19th Street from this project.

View from 19th and Market looking toward 18th:

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The proposed development, in its current form, would include about 9,500 square feet of retail at the corner of 19th and Market and the residential lobby at the corner of 18th and Market. Mid-block along Market Street are four walk-up ground-floor residential units, while on the alley side are 57 automobile parking spaces.

The 2nd level is proposed as all automobile parking—108 spaces—which is one of the items cited by city staff as not meeting the Lower Downtown Design Standards and Guidelines. The LoDo design standards discourage above ground parking and require that any parking above the street be set back from the front property line by at least 16 feet and wrapped by other uses. The design of the second level in this initial scheme does not meet either of those standards. The city’s staff report notes: “Parking above the ground floor has not been approved by the Board in any previous application since the adoption of the Design Guidelines in 2002.” I hope the LDDRB doesn’t start doing so now.

Moving up, the 3rd through 7th floors contain residential units, with a club room and outdoor pool near the center of the building facing Market Street on the 6th floor. The structure steps back along the front on the 8th through 11th floors, which contain more apartments units. A 4,200 square foot rooftop deck tops the building at the 18th and Market corner.

One and a half levels of below-grade parking include storage space for an additional 206 automobiles, bringing the building’s total parking count to 371 spaces, or a 1.22 parking space/unit ratio, with all parking accessed via the alley.

View from 18th and Market looking toward 19th:

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Retail space fronting 19th Street near the corner at Market:

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One of the LoDo design guideline requirements that we do see evident in these renderings is the breaking-up of the building’s massing, particularly along Market, to give the appearance of multiple buildings instead of one monolithic structure. It will be interesting to see the design of this development evolve as it goes through the LDDRB process.

Long-time DenverInfill readers may remember that this new Trammell Crow Residential development is not the first project proposed for this site. Back in the fall of 2000, Denver developer Bill Pauls proposed a two-building project on this site that included an 11-story, 50-unit condo building at 19th and Market and a 190,000 square-foot office building at 18th and Market. That project was cancelled in late 2001. Here’s a concept rendering of the office portion of that project:

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A few years later, Corum Real Estate Group proposed a 13-story, 300-unit condominium building on the property. The first design of the Corum project from early 2005 looked like this…

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…which morphed into this design by the end of 2005:

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I liked the first design better. Anyway, this project never made it out of the ground and eventually got axed with the financial crash of 2008.

Let’s hope Trammell Crow Residential has better luck getting this site developed than its predecessors. This block’s current condition is just wretched and the prospect of it finally getting developed is cause for celebration!