18th and Glenarm Condos Update #1

The two-tower project at 18th and Glenarm is making progress. With demolition on the horizon, Shelby’s closed its doors on June 23. According to BusinessDen, Amacon, the project’s developer, is anticipating breaking ground on the project by either the end of this year or the start of next.

Even though construction is still a few months out, here are some recent photos of the project site—currently seven percent building and ninety-three percent parking lot.

18th and Glenarm Parking Lot
18th and Glenarm Parking Lot

Let’s take one last look at Shelby’s before it is demolished. While some feel nostalgic about this building leaving the city for good, this new project will ultimately be better for further connecting neighborhoods, and activating the streets in this desolate area of Downtown Denver.

Shelby's Resturant
Shelby's Resturant

Lastly, here is a preliminary rendering of the project courtesy of BusinessDen. These renderings are still very conceptual and multiple elements of the project can still change. The architect on record is Davis Partnership.

18th and Glenarm Condos Rendering

These 38- and 32-story towers will have an incredibly positive impact on downtown. In addition, the towers will add 477 for-sale condo units to the Downtown Denver market which, as we all know, are desperately needed. Hopefully this project kicks off by the new year!

By |2019-07-03T06:57:41+00:00June 30, 2019|Categories: Infill, Renderings, Upper Downtown|Tags: |16 Comments


  1. Rex Chillerson June 30, 2019 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    The BizDen article states that the south tower (38/39 stories) would be finished before work begins on the north tower (32 stories). In a project like this, is there typically scope to revisit the designs for the north tower and adjust its height as demand warrants, or do they get one shot at approval for the whole project before starting work on the south tower? What is the height limit for this block?

    • J July 1, 2019 at 7:18 am - Reply

      There is no height limit in the central business district. The only restriction is that buildings must be at least 2 stories.

      • Jordan July 2, 2019 at 7:39 am - Reply

        There are no limits restricting height, per se, but there are floor-area ratio restrictions that effectively limit height. That’s why tall projects like 650 17th are generally skinny with a large podium. It does appear that this project would use most of its footprint for the entire building, except for the space between the towers.

    • Erik July 1, 2019 at 3:20 pm - Reply

      I guess we can expect a flood of complaints from south tower residents when they lose their view of the CBD thanks to the sudden, unexpected rise of the north tower.

      • Corey July 2, 2019 at 8:17 am - Reply

        How would the rise of the north tower be unexpected? It’s right there in the rendering!

      • Freddie July 2, 2019 at 7:40 pm - Reply


  2. Landon Bain June 30, 2019 at 11:08 pm - Reply

    cool building. the more slender, taller, multi towered buildings look great. one thing i would say, if i were a developer, is why not maintain the facade of the historic structures that are on site and then keep the business around

    • Brad Kiefer July 1, 2019 at 4:05 pm - Reply

      In general, I agree. I believe this is what they’re doing with Block 162. However, for this project…. well, take a look at google street view, and tell me that Shelby’s has any historical architectural character worth keeping?

  3. ET July 1, 2019 at 5:16 am - Reply

    Little of the old Denver will remain when redevelopment reaches it’s last stages, but it is a nice touch by developers to commit to preserving some vestige of the demolished businesses like Woodie Fisher’s at the Hose House Number 1 in the Union Station neighborhood, or Tavern Uptown at 17th and Pearl.It’s not possible to salvage the building in Shelby’s case, but preserving the name and the logo in a new bar and grill in the development provides a thread of continuity for the downtown. .

  4. Jeffrey July 1, 2019 at 11:43 am - Reply

    What about the 7-11?

    • Ted July 1, 2019 at 12:51 pm - Reply

      The 7/11 is not on this parcel of land…block 176 extends from Glenarm to the alleyway just to the West of Shelby’s

  5. Bobby Mucho July 1, 2019 at 11:50 am - Reply

    Yikes. I mean, the rendering clearly isn’t doing the design any justice, but still—refinements please.

    Also, we need to ax this garage podium thing asap.

  6. Sagar Onta July 1, 2019 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    Is there a need for so much parking in downtown that is planned to become more multimodal?

  7. Diego July 1, 2019 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    Oh no! They’re going to raze 1801 California!

  8. Nick July 6, 2019 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    To Rex with the phasing question – Many banks or investors don’t like seeing Phase 2 underway before Phase 1 is stabilized 95% occupied or close. However, developers (Amacon may be of this ilk) backed by equity rather than debt are more open-minded if demand is plenty and obvious.

  9. Jame$ Hazbin July 16, 2019 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    I like it, I like the white outlining except for one thing…in this rendering is this going to be the actual colors of the buildings? I would insert that being that the buildings will be in the middle of downtown and not necessarily noticeable from affar because they will be surrounded by taller buildings and the fact that they are dark may push them more into the shadows of the rest of downtown. And of course…hoping to live to see a super tall in Denver one day.

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