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Union Station: 16th & Wewatta Hotel/Office Complex Update #9

Work is progressing fast over at 16th and Wewatta. Both the Hotel Born and office building at 1881 16th Street are starting to shape up.

The brickwork on the 12-story Hotel Born is nearly complete and looks sharp. It adds a facade color the Union Station neighborhood has yet to see and it nicely contrasts with its neighbor, The Platform. The brickwork on the 5-story office building is also steadily going up.

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The office building complements the public space around the commuter rail canopy from both a scale and materials standpoint. It will be very exciting to see retail, and a walk-through to 16th Street, at the base of the commuter rail canopy.

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The 16th and Wewatta intersection now features four (three pictured) very distinct buildings. Next time you are in the neighborhood, make sure to look up!

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The 200-room Hotel Born is expected to open early 2017 along with the office building.


Union Station: Pivot Update #9

We haven’t visited Pivot since May so it’s time to do another update! Over the past four months, a lot has happened at the site so let’s take a tour around the entire project.

The structure for the north tower has been steadily rising and has four more floors to go. The masonry facade is also starting to go up on this tower.

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The west facing tower is the most complete with most of the glass installed on both the ground level and upper floors.

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The east facing tower is also progressing quickly with a good portion of the building that’s fully enclosed.

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Let’s end the tour with the 17th Street side of Pivot. The ground floor is beginning to look very sharp with a mixed wood and glass facade. This is where the Whole Foods, and the main entrances will reside.

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Pivot is coming together nicely but still has a ways to go. The entire project is expected to complete late next year.


Union Station: 1975 18th Street Update #4

Since June, 1975 18th Street has progressed nicely. The building has topped out and most of its features are starting to take shape, including the facade. Before we get to the photos, let’s start out with a rendering refresher.

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Here are the two corners of the building along Chestnut Street. The paneling and brick have started to make their way up.

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Here is what isn’t pictured in the rendering. The building goes back along 18th and 19th Street.

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1975 18th Street should be complete later this year.


Union Station North: The Huron Final Update

Wait, Union Station North? The Prospect neighborhood recently received a new name, and even got a sign at the entrance. As far as DenverInfill goes, the previous post titles will not be changed, as it was still ‘Prospect’ at the time, but the neighborhood category will reflect this change.

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Now on to the infill! The Huron, formally known as The Residences at Prospect Park, is now complete with residents moving in. Since the project’s announcement back in December 2012, DenverInfill has covered every step of the way.

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As mentioned in Update #3, this building is very long; almost an 1/8th of a mile. Here are both corners of the building looking down Huron Street.

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Given the length of the building, it’s hard to highlight some neat features along the street level so here are two sections of the project. One of the cores which, to me, resembles its close neighbor, the Flour Mill Lofts, and the exposed steel and glass entrance of the building. These features are all very fitting for the neighborhood.

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One of my favorite views in Downtown Denver resides in this neighborhood; a great view of the Four Seasons and the soon to be seen 1144 Fifteenth Street.

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The fence remains up as there is still some landscaping to be done, but we are calling this complete in our books. The Huron contributes 296 apartment units to the neighborhood. Welcome to Union Station North!


Visualizing the Union Station Boom From an Aerial Perspective

Last month, we posted an aerial showing the Cherry Creek boom from a unique aerial perspective. Today, we are going to do the same exact thing in the Union Station neighborhood. This is for projects behind the historic station that are under-construction or have been completed after 2012.

Here is the annotated aerial with the key in the upper right corner. This is a tricky angle as you can’t see all of the development (such as Triangle Building and 1601 Wewatta), but it gives you a good idea of what has gone up in just four years.

Here is a clean aerial for your viewing pleasure.

Now for the mind blowing part. This photo was taken from the top of the DaVita World Headquarters back in 2012. Not a single project, except for Cadence, was under-construction let alone complete.

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How about a bonus photo? I turned my trusty drone towards Downtown Denver and captured this really neat perspective of Coors Field!

We have a lot of infill posts coming your way this week!


Lower Highland: Riverview at 1700 Platte Update #3

Good progress is being made at the Riverview at 1700 Platte Street project site in Denver’s Lower Highland district. Platte Street is a lively, walkable, urban corridor that features late-19th-century brick commercial structures, late-20th-century apartment buildings, and new 21st-century office buildings, all with ground-floor restaurants and shops. The new Riverfront development will add 210,000 square feet of offices and 9,300 square feet of street-level retail to the mix.

In our Update #2 in July, excavation was just getting started. Now, shoring walls support a large hole in the ground where the project’s two levels of underground parking will go. We have just one photo to share with you today, but it’s a big panorama, so click/zoom/scroll to enjoy at full size!

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The Nichols/Galvanize 2.0 building was directly behind me as I took this shot looking northeast, with Platte Street on the left and the South Platte River on the right.


Five Points-Curtis Park: 2460 Welton Final Update

As new projects are starting along the Welton Corridor, in the Five Points-Curtis Park neighborhood, some are beginning to wrap. Today, we are going to visit the completed 2460 Welton project also known as The Wheatley at Five Points. We had pretty extensive coverage on this project, which was announced back in June 2014:

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The Wheatley features two types of residential units, 14 for-sale townhomes, and 84 rental apartments, and ground floor retail. Comparing to the rendering, the project came out almost exactly as expected. The dark paneling on top of the town homes is positive change, as it adds more contrast to the roof-line.

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Here are two more photos of the completed project. Landscaping was just starting to go in when I took these pictures and should be nearly complete present day.

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The Wheatley complements the neighborhood nicely from a scale and design standpoint. It also features for-sale and rentals in one project, which isn’t very common. Overall, this is a great piece of infill!


Union Station: The Coloradan Update #4

Just a couple of weeks after announcing that The Coloradan had broken ground, work has progressed nicely. The gravel lot has been completely torn up, more heavy machinery has been moved onto the site, and construction has officially begun. I’m sure excavation will commence any day now.

Here are two photos from today, a perfect Colorado day.

This will be an exciting project to see go up!


Central Downtown: 1401 Lawrence Update #16

Today we have a special update on 1401 Lawrence, the 22-story office tower under construction at 14th and Lawrence streets in Central Downtown. The project is nearing completion and one of the last major items on the to-do list for the building exterior is installing the anchor tenant sign. The anchor tenant is the Polsinelli law firm that is taking over 86,000 square feet of the 300,000 square foot building with an option to lease as much as 130,000 square feet.

Here’s a photo from earlier this morning showing the Polsinelli sign laying on the ground. 14th Street has been closed for the past two days as workers prepared for the sign installation and removed the construction hoist elevator.

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You’ll note in the photo above that the art screen that covers a portion of the parking garage has been installed.

A few hours later, the sign is upright and getting attached to the crane cables:

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Finally, the lift! It took about 10 minutes to raise the sign up to the roof edge of the building. The video below, in real time, is about nine minutes long, which would be really boring to watch, so here it is significantly sped up so that it lasts just one minute. Thanks Ryan Dravitz for your video whiz-bangery!

Yes, it’s a little wobbly, but you try holding an iPhone over your head for nine minutes!

When we next update 1401 Lawrence, there’s a good chance it will be an insider tour.