Modera LoHi Update #1

Construction of Modera LoHi is now underway.

Mill Creek Residential’s Modera LoHi is a five-story apartment project that will add 126 homes to 16th Street between Central and Boulder streets in Lower Highland, just steps from the Highland Bridge over Interstate 25. We announced the project back in early 2017. Since then, the project has been working its way through the development review process with the city, while architects at Shears Adkins Rockmore finalized the building’s design.

Demolition of the 1970s office building on the site started on September 18 and three days later only this pile of rubble remained:

Demolition of an old office building on the site of Modera LoHi

Since then, the site has transitioned from a demolition zone to a construction zone, as these next two images show, taken one and two weeks after the photo above:

Modera LoHi construction site

Our next post on Modera LoHi will be in a few months once the two-level underground parking garage is finished.

By | 2018-10-11T08:19:12+00:00 October 8, 2018|Categories: Highland, Infill, Residential, Urbanism|Tags: |12 Comments


  1. John R October 8, 2018 at 10:15 am - Reply

    Two levels of underground parking in this location is a #wasteofmoney

  2. Tim October 8, 2018 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    Any suggestions for productive action measures to fix the ped/bike debacle this project will continue to cause? If they are going to shut down the sidewalk on project side of 16th for duration, parking lane should be removed on other side of street and lanes should be shifted so bike lane / ped access can be reinstated on project side. The foul smell from pet waste that constantly emanates from in front of Line 28 doesn’t help matters on the non-project side either.

    My emails to Mr. Espinoza on the topic don’t seem to accomplish anything…

    • Mark October 8, 2018 at 10:51 pm - Reply

      I’m not related to this project, but i’m in the industry. The best solutions to the issues you are concerned with:
      1) Pedestrians: use the freaking sidewalk on the other side of the street (duh!)
      2) Bicyclists: a) dismount and walk on the sidewalk opposite the construction project. b) ride with traffic c) take a detour route (duh, duh, and duh!)

      It’s construction. You are going to be inconvenienced just like others were whenever your home was built. It’s temporary. I’m sure Alliance will do everything practical to minimize impact on the community. People have a right to use and develop their land. Denver govt. has got to be making a killing off of the construction industry right now. So as long as those guys are playing by the rules, you’re going to have a hard time getting anybody to give you the time of day. The problem we have with that project is we’re not on it making money too.

      • Daniel Todd October 10, 2018 at 5:44 pm - Reply

        You said it Mark

  3. Ryan October 8, 2018 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    Tim, as a guy who regularly crosses this neighborhood via bicycle, I find the 15th Street bike lane easier to climb anyway. It’s not a big inconvenience.

    I agree with you on the repulsive smell of pet waste that emanates from the perimeter of every apartment building in the downtown vicinity, but I have a feeling banning dogs within city limits wouldn’t go over very well.

  4. Jack G October 8, 2018 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    Will there be any retail incorporated in this project? I would love to see them elevate the street level with a few small retail bays.

    • Ken Schroeppel October 8, 2018 at 10:12 pm - Reply

      No I don’t think so, but both the existing buildings on the corners on the same side of the street have commercial uses. This area has a ton of ground-floor retail/restaurants so I’m not worried about the lack of it in this case.

  5. Amina Rank October 9, 2018 at 8:07 am - Reply

    Sad that they removed the mature trees here but excited for more dense development.

    • AJ October 11, 2018 at 4:06 pm - Reply

      Exactly. I was thinking the same thing once I saw they hacked them down. Bummed me out. And they were healthy large trees at that. So looking forward to the sticks they replace them with once construction wraps up. I applaud what Centric LoHi did right around the corner. Because that project preserved the large trees I think it looks 10x better. And it shows that you can save mature trees with large projects like these.

      • Ken Schroeppel October 11, 2018 at 5:08 pm - Reply

        FYI, the City Forester’s Office makes the call on which trees to save and which come down for every development, so while I agree that the loss of any tree as a sad event, at least we know that a qualified tree professional, not the developer, evaluated the trees’ age, health, and stability and made the decision on tree preservation vs. removal.

  6. Bruce Meyer October 9, 2018 at 9:28 am - Reply

    Do you think Alliance would let me take some of those flagstone slabs off their hands? What are the odds they keep the flagstone sidewalk?

    • Ken Schroeppel October 9, 2018 at 9:48 am - Reply

      Ask them! Can’t hurt.

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