It’s time to wrap up our coverage of Union Denver, the 13-story three-tower development that’s adding 579 new apartment homes to the center of the Denver Union Station transit district. Residents started moving into Tower 1 (17th & Chestnut) earlier this summer and Tower 2 (17th & Wewatta) is currently leasing, but we decided to wait until the Whole Foods store, Union Denver’s anchor ground-floor retailer, was open before declaring the project finished. At over 50,000 square feet, Whole Foods Union Station opened two weeks ago. Exterior construction on the full-block development by Holland Partner Group is finished—the sidewalks are open on all four sides of the property—while construction of the interior of Tower 3 (18th Street) is nearing completion. For some excellent photos of the interiors of Towers 1 and 2, check out our last update from June. For all of our previous posts on Union Denver (formerly known as 17W and Pivot), click here.
Let’s begin our photo tour of the completed Union Denver with the 17th Street side, starting at the Wewatta Pavilion and ending at the Chestnut Pavilion:
Directly in front of the Whole Foods is the 17th Street Gardens, one of the Union Station transit district’s new public spaces. The 17th Street Gardens opened during the summer of 2014 but was fenced off for safety reasons when construction began on the adjacent Union Denver project in early 2015. Therefore, the public hasn’t had much opportunity to enjoy the public space until recently when the fences came down in preparation for the Whole Foods opening. The grocery’s two main pedestrian entries, mezzanine terrace, and ground-floor patio face the Gardens and help activate the linear plaza.
Union Denver’s Tower 3 spans the entire block along 18th Street between Chestnut and Wewatta. Below we see Tower 3 at the intersection of 18th and Chestnut, where a future retailer or restaurant will occupy the space at the corner.
From Wewatta near 19th we see Union Denver’s Tower 3 at 18th and Wewatta. Opening soon at this corner is a CVS Pharmacy.
The completion of Union Denver represents a milestone in the multi-billion dollar build-out of the Union Station district as the city’s most transit-oriented new neighborhood and a major extension of Downtown Denver into the Central Platte Valley. Congratulations Union Denver!