It’s been almost two years since our last post on the proposed hotel by T2 Hospitality for the corner of 16th and Market in Lower Downtown. At that time, the project’s design was approved by the Lower Downtown Design Review Board. But that’s just an early step in the process. After the LDDRB gives its approval, a project still has to work its way through the regular city review and approval process for zoning, transportation, sewer and drainage, and various other issues. That’s exactly what has been happening with this proposed 11-story, 222-room hotel development during 2017 and 2018.

A new milestone has just been reached, however, which we are excited to report. A building permit application was submitted to the city on September 24, 2018. This is the best sign yet that the project is still a “go” and that construction could begin within the next few months.

To celebrate, here are some renderings of the development we haven’t posted before. These are from the project architect, DLR Group. Here’s a link to this project’s page on their website. As is usually the case, we offer the disclaimer that these may not represent the building’s final design and that its design is subject to change as it goes through the city’s building permit review and approval process.

Rendering of 1600 Market Hotel, courtesy of DLR Group
Rendering of 1600 Market Hotel, courtesy of DLR Group

What an improvement over the surface parking lot currently at this site! There are only three surface parking lots remaining that front the 16th Street Mall, and this is the largest among them. Along with Market Station under construction across the street, the proposed 1600 Market Hotel will dramatically improve this part of Downtown Denver and create a beautiful transition from the Central Business District to Lower Downtown along the Mall.

Hopefully, our next post on this project will be to celebrate the eradication of another surface parking lot from Downtown Denver!