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Arapahoe Square: Curtis Street Lofts Final Update

Arapahoe Square is experiencing all different types of development; from large, full block length apartment buildings to small middle-of-the-block developents. Curtis Street Lofts, located on 21nd and Curtis Streets, is a 12-unit apartment project where construction is beginning to wrap up.

All of our coverage for the Curtis Street Lofts can be found below:

New Arapahoe Square Project: Curtis Street Lofts

Arapahoe Square: Curtis Street Lofts Update #1

Here are some views of the completed project both front and back. Parking will be provided on both the first floor and in the rear of the building, with garage access down the alley. On the back of the building is a plain blank wall. with some patios, with hope that another infill project will be built across the way to cover it up! One of my favorite elements of this whole project is the preservation of the big tree. It adds a lot character to a street that has very few trees.

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Speaking of the street, here is the new look on 21st and Curtis Street. It’s amazing what a four-story infill project can do to the streetscape!

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The Curtis Street Lofts are a great little infill project that still contributes a lot to Arapahoe Square. Wouldn’t be great if we continued to get a mix of large and small projects like this? Welcome to Arapahoe Square and Downtown Denver, Curtis Street Lofts!


Curtis Park-Five Points: Mile High United Way HQ Update #2

What was a steel shell back in March, the three-story Mile High United Way Headquarters is now an almost fully enclosed building four months later! Situated along Park Avenue, between Stout and California Streets, this office project really shaping up and only has a couple months until completion!

The 63,000 square foot office building has topped out and the facade, comprised of blonde brick and glass curtain walls, is nearly complete. Here are two prospective of the building from California and Stout Streets along Park Avenue.

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The back of the building will be used for parking and is comprised mostly with a blonde brick facade. However, the glass curtain wall along Stout Street adds a great modern touch to the building.

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The Mile High United Way Headquarters contributes to the once broken street wall along Park Avenue West. There might still be a lot of work to be done but this is a great step in the right direction. Completion for this project is expected around this fall.


Union Station: Elan at Union Station Update #4

Today we are going to check back in over at the Elan project rising in the Union Station neighborhood. This is a very critical project due to the fact that it is providing the first full service grocer in the area which is a key component to any successful neighborhood.

First, we are going to start out with a refined rendering of the project thanks to the good folks at The Mulhern Group. This is the final design of Elan at Union Station and, like many other projects currently under-construction, we can expect to see lots of brick!

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Not much as changed as far as the ground level goes; it is still a concrete shell. Therefore, for this update, we are going to be looking at the project as a whole. The southern portion of the building has topped out at five-stories with the northern portion just beginning to rise. Because of the brisk pace wood framing goes up, we should see this topped out within the next couple of weeks!

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Elan at Union Station is a very exciting project for many reasons. It is adding 307-units to the Union Station neighborhood along with a full service grocer, King Soopers, which will be easily accessible from Ballpark, LoDo, Central Platte Valley, Union Station, and Prospect residents!


New Lower Highland Project: The Boathouse

Some infill projects are bigger than others, but even the smaller projects help fill in missing bits of the urban fabric and energize their surroundings. In the case of The Boathouse, a new 10,400 square foot office project in Lower Highland at 1850 Platte Street, that means putting a cool new micro-building on a vacant sliver of land. Nautical-themed projects are rare in arid, landlocked Denver, but this one is kind of appropriate given its location on Platte along the Platte. Here’s the site outlined on a Google Earth aerial.

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The Boathouse, developed by Grand American, Inc., features four floors total—parking and lobby space on the ground floor and three levels of offices above—in a building that offers nice views of Commons Park and the Downtown Denver skyline. Here are two renderings, courtesy of the project architect, Shears Adkins Rockmore; the first image shows the view from the Platte River side, the second image shows the view from the Platte Street side.

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Construction on the project is already underway and I bet our project-updating-expert Ryan Dravitz will have some pics to share with you before too long. 


River North: DRIVE 2 Update #2 (Inside the Infill Edition)

It is time for the second part of our DRIVE 2 tour! We are going to go inside the walls and check out the progress, floor-plans, and exciting views this new, 60,000 square foot building offers! Thanks to Chris Woldum of Zeppelin Places for the great tour!

The 60,000 square foot space is going to be occupied by mostly start-ups and small businesses therefore, efficiency is key in DRIVE 2. On the ground floor, offices will feature a mezzanine level to help maximize the space. Vertical space is also conserved with all of the HVAC systems running through the steel beams. A good example of this is shown in the second picture.

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Natural light is also a huge key player in DRIVE 2. As you may have noticed in our last update, there are several garage doors on each floor of the building along with many windows. This gives each corridor and office a great amount of natural light.

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Speaking of the garage doors, there are a couple of different purposes for them. Tenants can control the garage doors to open up the office to the elements, letting in fresh air and additional sunlight. Some garage doors lead out to balconies and some have ledges where you can drink your morning coffee and watch the trains go by, or get that afternoon report done on your laptop. This is definitely not a feature you find in the majority of new office developments!

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Even though DRIVE 2 is a four-story building, it is far enough from Downtown Denver to offer some spectacular views.You can see both Downtown Denver, and the ever growing Union Station skyline. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures of the huge BNSF train yard that sits right across from DRIVE 2, but you can get a glimpse of it through the above photos!

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DRIVE 2 is looking to wrap up construction and start moving in tenants at the end of July! Zepplin Development has a lot on the boards for TAXI which we are very excited to cover! Stay tuned!


River North: DRIVE 2 Update #1

In the next two updates, we are going to be heading over to the TAXI development to check in at Drive 2. Back in January, when we first covered this project, it was just a steel shell that was not quite topped out. Now, the 60,000 square foot project is almost complete. In this update, we will be looking at the outside of the project and tomorrow, we will have a special ‘inside the infill’ edition of this project as we take a look inside!

Drive 2 is very similar to its neighbor Drive. In fact, they share the same height, facade, and have a level horizontal window line between both buildings. Here’s a fun fact about this project: Originally, there was supposed to be a single building spanning the entire length of Drive and Drive 2. Because of the economic conditions, the first 40,000 square foot ‘Drive’ was built. Fast forward to present day, there are two separate buildings. However, Drive 2 was designed in a way to look like it was broken off from the original Drive building! This is a very neat and subtle architectural element!

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Here are a couple more pictures of Drive and Drive 2 from the back side. From this prospective, you can clearly tell these buildings are twins. In the foreground of the first picture sits the tenant pool which is made from two shipping containers!

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Coming up next, we go inside Drive 2 to look at floor-plans and views from this exciting, new development!


Ballpark: Legacy 22nd Update #4

Heading back over to the Ballpark neighborhood, we are going to check in at Legacy 22nd, going up at the intersection of 21st and Lawrence Street. Over the past couple of months, Legacy 22nd has topped out at six-stories and we are now able to see some of the elements on the facade.

Here are two corner views of the project looking down Lawrence Street; one from 22nd Street and the other from 21st Street. For the majority of the facade, blonde brick will be used which you can see in the second picture.

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Looking at the project from Larimer Street, the one-story retail buildings now have a significant backdrop also making them blend in better with the streetscape.

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Now for the important part of the project: the impact at the street level. The new view down 21st Street is getting more impressive but the view down Lawrence is beginning to get incredible. In the past 5 years, three new buildings ranging from six to ten stories have gone up in this view: Solera, 2020 Lawrence, and now Legacy 22nd.

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Legacy 22nd is another great step in repairing the urban fabric of the Ballpark neighborhood. We should see this project complete around fall-time.


Denver Union Station Update #127: Fountains!

Another huge milestone in the Denver Union Station redevelopment has been reached: the fountains on Wynkoop Plaza are up and running! The weather was great today and pedestrians were already enjoying the newly opened section of Wynkoop Plaza; including children playing in the fountains! Here are a couple of pictures, thanks to our very own Ken Schroeppel.

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This is a very exciting stage in the redevelopment as July 26th, the grand opening date of both the plaza and historic station, nears! We will see you there in 31 days!