Denver Union Station Update #94

I’d like to introduce Andy Vuong (not the Denver Post writer) as a new contributor to DenverInfill. Andy is a management consultant who lives and works in the Union Station neighborhood and is an avid proponent of urban density. Andy will be providing updates on the Union Station project while Rick is out of town for the next couple of the months. Here’s his first post:

Greetings Denver infill community! As I connect with Rick’s contacts at Kiewit, you can expect longer and more informational updates.  For now though, updates will be brief and generally based on observations.

Big News!! For the first time on the project, there is construction activity in front of and adjacent to the historic building.

Over the past 6 weeks, a new series of fences have gone up around the former parking lots that straddled the station. That’s right…I said former…because the parking lots that used to exist are now history. Also gone are the sidewalk and traffic lane of northbound 16th Street between Wynkoop and Wewatta which were dug up to install a new sewer line underneath. Here are a couple of pictures that show how the west parking lot and 16th Street looked about a week ago. Apologies in advance for the terrible shadows in the first pic—I was going to take a replacement, but then the snow storm hit!



No word on when 16th Street will go back to two lanes, but for now, mall shuttles going each direction are sharing the remaining southbound lane. Additionally, this new traffic pattern has resulted in the closure of the southbound Wynkoop mall shuttle stop.

So why is this big news? For starters, you have construction activity on a new section of Union Station…its big. But far more exciting news is that the removal of the parking lots and installation of sewer systems foreshadow construction activity on the two wing buildings and public spaces that will line the station!

By | 2016-12-12T08:09:38+00:00 February 10, 2012|Categories: Government & Civic, Infill, Infrastructure, Union Station|Tags: |8 Comments


  1. Ryan Nee February 10, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    This is a big step, thanks for posting this update.

    In renderings and massings, it seems like the wing building to the west of the station will be set back from the street on the Wynkoop side a fair bit. Looking at the first image above, do you have any idea how much it will be set back? Roughly to the beginning of the dirt pile?

  2. Brett February 10, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Welcome to the community Andy! It is encouraging to see people “in the know” getting involved and donating their time to participate and educate the rest of us. I certainly appreciate the growing diversity in thought among contributors.

  3. Kio February 10, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Welcome Andy! I look forward to your future Union Station updates.

    And, wow, that is really exciting! It is going to be fun to watch those buildings go up!

  4. django February 10, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Definately very exciting that the wing buildings are nearing groundbreaking ! It looks like the DUS area is ready to explode with development .

  5. Rick Anstey February 11, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Andy, it’s fun to watch the developments from afar (and from the other side of the blog). Thank you for taking it over.

  6. Andy Vuong February 11, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Thanks everyone!

    Ryan – I believe both wing buildings will be set back from Wynkoop Street by 50 feet. The small dirt pile is probably a good indication of where that distance.

  7. David February 11, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Welcome Andy – Looking forward to seeing your updates on the Union Station area going forward!

  8. Edward Brennan February 14, 2012 at 12:53 am

    Welcome Andy- Like the pictures shadows and all. Thanks for the update.

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