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Arapahoe Square: Alexan 20th Street Station Update #1

The Alexan 20th Street Station project in Downtown Denver’s Arapahoe Square district is now under construction.

Announced just a few months ago, this 12-story, 354-residence apartment community by Trammell Crow Residential is located on California Street between 20th and 21st Streets. Here are a few shots of the early stages of site excavation.

View looking south. On the left is the alley side of the parking garage at 21st and Welton, and rising beyond it is One Lincoln Park:

View looking northwest at the Federal Building:


View straight down California Street with two of Downtown’s more prominent skyscrapers, 1999 Broadway and 1801 California, in the center.


Let’s end with a special bonus photo, thanks to DenverInfill reader Tim W.


From his view high above, we can not only see the Alexan 20th Street Station site in the center foreground, but we can also see another infill project under construction: the Renaissance Downtown Lofts at Stout and Broadway on the left with the red fence.

Another surface parking lot has been eradicated in Arapahoe Square!

Lower Highland: 1615 Platte Update #1

In May 2016 we announced that Unico Properties had proposed a new mixed-use development, 1615 Platte Street, next to the Highland Bridge. 1615 Platte Street is a 90,000 square foot, four-story project with about 80,000 square feet of office space and 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The new building will wrap around the Highland Bridge’s circular ramp to help enclose the space within and around the ramp and make it feel more like an outdoor room, and to serve as the counterpart to the historic Zang Building (also owned by Unico) to frame the bridge’s plaza at Platte Street. Here’s a rendering from Open Studio Architecture we presented in May:


Since May, the site has been cleared and construction has begun. Let’s take a look!

In July, the site was fenced off in preparation for the demolition of the two surface parking lots and two small commercial structures that occupied the site:


In August, the property was fully cleared:


In September, site excavation began:

Now in October, excavation at the site continues…

while shoring walls for the project’s underground parking levels are going in next to the recently completed Lab on Platte…


as well as along the site’s I-25 frontage.


To wrap up this post, here’s a big panorama of the site as of this weekend:


If you zoom in on the panorama at full resolution and look between the Lab on Platte and the Nichols/Galvanize 2.0 Building, you can see the Riverview at 1700 Platte project under construction.

Lower Downtown: 14 Wynkoop Update #1

In July, we announced that Seattle-based Unico Properties is continuing to expand its presence with a proposed mixed-use project, 14 Wynkoop, located along Cherry Creek between Wazee and Wynkoop streets. Just like the 1600 Market Hotel, 14 Wynkoop is also making its rounds through the Lower Downtown Design Review Board (LDDRB). For full details on this project, please head on over to our announcement post.

In its next round of design review, 14 Wynkoop has an approval with conditions. From the submittal documents, here are the conditions:

  • That the corner column at the ground floor on Wazee Street be replaced with a rectilinear pier in plane with the glazing above.
  • That the storefront and garage/loading doors at the ground floor on Wazee Street be recessed no more than 5’-0” from the building façade.
  • That the projecting balconies on the south elevation be inset balconies

Besides those three conditions, this means we are getting very close to the final design from a massing, materials and facade standpoint. Designed by OZ Architecture, here are some new renderings of the project. As stated above, one of the conditions is that the balconies are to be inset on the south elevation, which is pictured below. Between the glass and brick, 14 Wynkoop is going to make a great impact along Cherry Creek.

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Here is the Wazee Street view and the main entrance to the building at the street level.

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I am sure we will see one more round of renderings before this project starts. Overall, this is turning out to be a great project!

Cherry Creek: 210 Saint Paul Update #1

Back in August, we announced a new eight-story, 76-unit apartment project going up in the Cherry Creek neighborhood. BMC Investments recently acquired the existing property, a 25,000 square foot retail/office building, with demolition now underway. As a refresher, here is a rendering of the project, courtesy of 4240 Architecture.


This photo shows the project site as of last weekend. Demolition of the old property is currently underway and will take some time to clear. After that, excavation will commence for the two levels of underground parking. 210 Saint Paul will also contain 11,500 square feet of retail.


This is currently the forth major project under construction in the neighborhood. The Cherry Creek boom keeps on rolling!

Lower Downtown: 1600 Market Hotel Update #3

The 1600 Market Hotel is making another round through the Lower Downtown Design Review Board. Back in August, we mentioned that the building was approved for mass and scale with the building details, such as the facade materials and colors, next up for approval.

Next week, during its next round of design review, this project will recieve an approval recommendation. This is great news for the hotel, which will be eradicating a small surface parking lot on the corner of 16th and Market Street. Here are new renderings of the project, designed by DLR Group, taken from the submittal documents.


The blonde and dark brick will nicely fit in with this project’s neighbors; with hints of 16 Market Square and 16M in the facade. Overall, this building will be a great contribution to the Lower Downtown neighborhood. About 7,500 square feet of ground floor retail will also be included.



The 11-story, 222-room hotel is making great progress through design review. We will update you as soon as we have a construction timeline. Stay tuned!

Cherry Creek: The Rollnick Hotel Update #2

The Rollnick Hotel, in the Cherry Creek neighborhood, is making steady progress. As a refresher, will be an eight-story building, providing 200 hotel rooms.

This project now appears to be at its lowest point with foundation work underway. A 1960’s office building used to take up a portion of this lot with surface parking around it. The Rollnick Hotel will utilize the entire lot.

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Also, a new tower crane is now up for this project. How exciting!


Cherry Creek development was a little slower throughout the year but a second construction wave is beginning, adding much more infill to the area.

Central Downtown: 999 17th Street Update #7

If you feel like we just did an update on 999 17th Street, you wouldn’t be wrong. Back in late August, we reported that the project is quickly rising. So what has changed in six weeks?

The apartment / garage structure is now up seven-stories, and a blank wall, which will be shared by the office building, is starting to go in. 999 17th Street is also starting to make an impact to the street wall along 18th Street.

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Here is the real reason why we have an update for this project today. Deep into Downtown Denver’s urban fabric, 999 17th Street is now starting to peek out. You can also see the main apartment structure starting to go up. We will be utilizing this vantage point throughout this project’s build.


There are still numerous surface lots in Downtown Denver but it’s nice to see an entire half block of parking eradicated for this project!

Central Downtown: Le Meridien/AC Hotel Update #7

Last week, the Le Meridien / AC Hotel officially topped out at 20-stories. Along with topping out, the facade is quickly going up, which we will be focusing on in this update.

Let’s start out with the 15th and California side of the tower, which is the only perspective shown in the original rendering. The glass and brick facade is making steady progress and should be topped off in the next couple of weeks.

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Just like the Hyatt House / Hyatt Place project, blank walls face the neighboring surface parking lots. We can hope that these lots will be developed soon.

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Here is one final perspective taken by 1144 Fifteenth Street. The Le Meridien / AC Hotel nicely contributes to the booming street wall along 15th Street.


This project still has a while to go with an expected completion of August 2017.

Union Station: 16 Chestnut Update #7

Near the end of last week, and over the weekend, two new tower cranes were erected in the Union Station neighborhood for the 16 Chestnut project.

First let’s start out with some awesome pictures Ken took of the larger tower crane going up.

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Here are the two Potain tower cranes, which are now fully built, from the 18th Street Pedestrian Bridge. With two tower cranes, we should see this building go up fairly quickly.

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Union Station still reigns as the tower crane capital of Downtown Denver!

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New tower cranes are always an exciting start to the week!