On January 10, a Concept Plan for a 30-story office tower was submitted to the Denver planning office for the undeveloped parcel at 1900 Lawrence (also known as 1901 Arapahoe).

Submitted by Chicago-based architecture firm Goettsch Partners on behalf of the developer, Chicago-based Riverside Investment & Development, the Concept Plan indicates the proposed development would include about 9,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space and parking for 630 vehicles.

The first step in the city’s development review process is the filing of a Concept Plan application with the Denver planning office. City planning staff review the project concept and have a conversation with the developer about feasibility, zoning and design issues, and other factors the developer will have to take into consideration before the project can move on to the next step. Project specifications at this stage are preliminary and subject to change. The property is currently owned by Paradise Land Company.

The site is currently occupied by a surface parking lot. On the Google Earth image below we’ve outlined the proposed development’s approximate building footprint:

Two projects have been proposed for this site in the past few years. Most recently in June 2019, a brief proposal for a 40-story residential development dubbed “Love This City Tower” was floated by developer Michael Eisenstein, but an application was never submitted to the city and the idea quickly died. And back in 2017, a two-tower residential development, 1901 Arapahoe, was submitted to the city and did begin its development review process, but never made it out of the ground.

We will keep tabs on this project as it works its way through the city’s development review process.


2020-01-16 edit: the developer is referring to this project as 1900 Lawrence, so the headline and text have been revised to reflect the new name. This also helps differentiate this office project from the previous residential proposals on the same site.