Market Station Update #2

Since our Update #1 in February, Continuum Partners and their project team have been refining the design of the Market Station mixed-use development to meet the requirements of the LoDo design standards and receive approval from the Lower Downtown Design Review Board. The project already received approval from the LDDRB in December 2015 for mass and scale; since then they have been working to gain approval for more fine-grained building elements such as window sills, storefront awnings, and brick detailing. The Market Station project will be reviewed by the LDDRB next week, and the city staff recommendation is for approval. If the LDDRB agrees then the project will have cleared a major stage in the development approval process.

A quick glance at the renderings below and the ones we posted in February show that the project’s design has been refined in subtle ways. These images are from the project’s July 14 submittal to the LDDRB. Image credits go to Continuum Partners and their design team.

16th and Blake:


16th and Market:


Market Street arcade entry:


17th and Market:


17th Street paseo entry:


17th and Blake:


Additionally, in June the LDDRB approved the project’s Streetscape Plan. Here are a few images from the project’s June 2 streetscape submittal. Again, all images are credited to Continuum Partners and their design team.

Site plan:


16th and Market streetscape perspective:


16th Street paseo entry streetscape:


Market Street streetscape:

Blake Street and 17th Street streetscapes:


It is great to see this project’s design evolve and advance toward construction. The Market Station project will not only complete the urban form for this block, but the significant retail, office, and residential uses will create additional pedestrian activity and further enliven the sidewalks of Downtown Denver.

By | 2016-12-02T12:17:41+00:00 July 7, 2016|Categories: Infill, Lower Downtown, Office, Residential, Retail, Urbanism|Tags: |14 Comments


  1. Chris Jones July 7, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Do you know if the 16th St blue pavers will continue in front of the project?

  2. Eric July 7, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    I’m sure there will be objections to some of the architectural design elements on this one, but from a functional standpoint it’s exactly what this part of downtown needs. This is going to be a great addition, and I think will help a lot in the City’s quest to make 16th a desirable place once again.

    • John R July 7, 2016 at 7:47 pm

      I’ll do it. The setbacks make the top parts of the building look completely disconnected and akward, the windows are annoyingly random, and the Market Street side it chopped up so much it looks like someone had an accident with the design software. That said, I really like the uses and strategy, just not the aesthetics.

  3. Dan July 7, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Looks like a great development and I can’t wait to shop at The South Face!

  4. Citizen Kane July 7, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    this is for sure a positive project for lodo’s urban fabric.
    my only critique really is the brick. Is it just me, or does it seem excessively mottled?
    maybe it’s just the rendering.

  5. Will July 7, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Haha, I love the “South Face”. I wonder what kind of store that would be?

  6. Jeffrey July 7, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    Very nice. This is an important development.

  7. Freddie July 7, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    Looks classy. I like it.

  8. Corey July 7, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    Looks great! It is exactly what that location calls for.

  9. Ballpark Resident July 7, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    Great opportunity to fill in an under used lot in the heart of the city. Happy to see this taking shape. Although there is the current underground bus facility, I’m assuming they will excavate a bigger hole for additional parking. The internal plazas will be interesting.

  10. UrbanZen July 8, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    For me, this project is right behind Union Station as far as it’s “transformative” capability. I think we’re going to see a critical mass of retail in this area between the Tabor Center, Larimer Square, Writer Square and Market Station that’s going to rival, if not surpass, the Denver Pavilions.

  11. James July 10, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    No to be negatory, but I’m sorry I think it’s too blocky and low budget looking. Are we infilling for the sake of filling in empty opportune space? I’d personally like to see something like the 16 Market Square building next to the Tattered Cover style architecture for that historic look than this minimalist boxy look.

  12. Chris July 11, 2016 at 8:07 am

    It would be a great spot to put an iconic Apple Store.

  13. Derek July 12, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    Is there any chance that we will get a Trader Joe’s or Sprout to take the large corner at Market and 17th? I hope there will be an alternative to the markets on the other side of Union Station.

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