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1/17/14 - Two major downtown projects are moving forward after several years on hold due to the great recession.

The first project is Two Tabor Center at 17th and Larimer Streets. This project has had a long history, first being proposed with the overall Tabor Center project in 1985. The initial proposal died during the late 1980's energy bust. The project resurfaced in the late 1990's, but again died during the 2001 national economic downturn. After the current owners of the property, Callahan Capital Partners, purchased the development in the mid-2000's, they again proposed to develop the tower. Again, the project died in 2008 due to yet another economic downturn. But, the project is now back again. This time, the tower is proposed to be 31 stories and 420 feet in height, with 700,000 square feet of office space. The tower has been designed to reflect a crystalline shape to reflect Colorado's geology and geography. The architect is Davis Partnership of Denver in conjunction with the Epstein Group of Chicago. The tower is now being marketed and may break ground in late 2014 or early 2015. Here are some elevation renderings and a close up of the buildings roofline:

The second project is the 999 17th Street mixed-use development. Shea Properties originally proposed an office, hotel and condominium project for the site in 2007. But, as with Two Tabor, the 2008 recession postponed development of the project. It is now back and proposed to include a 28 story, 360 unit apartment tower and a 9 story office building linked together by a 6 story parking structure. 20,000 square feet of retail would also be part of the project. A construction schedule has not yet been announced, however, the project is currently being reviewed by the City of Denver. The architect is Davis Partnership of Denver. Here are a couple of renderings:

1/16/14 - Forest City is planning a new apartment project in Stapleton on the last available site adjacent to the 29th Avenue Town Center. The 4 and 5 story project will include 382 units, 7,300 square feet of retail and 5 levels of structured parking. At almost 77 units per acre, it is the most dense development yet within Stapleton. The project architect is the Mulhern Group of Denver. Construction is proposed to begin in late 2014. Here is a rendering and a site plan for the project:

12/26/13 - Trammell Crow Residential is proposing to develop a new apartment community in the South Sloans Lake project at the site of the old St. Anthony Hospital in west Denver. The project will include 373 units and approximately 5,000 square feet of retail space in three buildings with 4 and 5 story elements. Parking for the project will be accommodated within a parking structure that was maintained on the site. The architect for the project is JG Johnson of Denver. Construction is proposed to start in the 3rd quarter of 2014, with completion in 2016. Below is a site plan indicating the location of the project, and a couple of renderings:

10/31/13 - White Lodging plans to start construction on a new downtown hotel within the next month. The 21 story, 361 room hotel will include facilities for both Hyatt House and Hyatt Place brands. The building, to be located at 14th and Glenarm Streets, has been designed by PFVS Architects of Atlanta and will be constructed by Swinerton Builders. The hotels should be open in the spring of 2015. Here is a rendering of the project:

10/17/13 - First Gulf Corporation of Toronto recently announced that they will construct a new 21 story office building at 14th and Lawrence Streets. The building will include 290,000 square feet of office space, 7,500 square feet of retail and 6 levels of parking. The building will be approximately 300 feet in height. The project architect is the Beck Group. Construction is planned to start in early 2014, with completion in mid 2015. Here are two renderings of the project:

10/14/13 - As previously announced (see post dated 2/21/13), the Lincoln Property Company has started marketing additional development in Colorado Center after five years. The property, located at I-25 and Colorado Boulevard, is planned for a new office tower and multi-family, as well as a hotel. Since the last post, LPC has re-evaluated the plan for the property and recently released details and renderings of the redesigned project. The first rendering shows an aerial overview of the project:

The program includes a 15 story, 200,000 square foot office building with ground floor retail and 6 levels of parking (left) and a 15 story, 189 unit apartment building with ground floor retail built including 5 levels of parking (right). The new retail will total approximately 42,000 square feet. Both buildings have been designed by Tryba Architects of Denver.

Although no rendering has yet been released, the proposed hotel can be seen on the site plan below labeled as #4. LPC hopes to break ground on the office building and apartment project in early 2014.

10/10/13 - Here is a rendering of the final design of a new 16 story apartment building to be located at 1000 Speer Boulevard, now offically known as ENV Denver. The 187 foot tall building will include 224 units, with 5 floors of parking, a recreation center and pool on the 6th floor and 4 townhome units on the first 2 floors facing Cherokee Street. The project architect is the Denver office of Page Southerland Page. Construction should be underway by the end of the year.

10/2/13 - Smith/Jones Partners of Denver is planning to develop a 297 unit apartment project at 360 South Monroe Street in the Cherry Creek East neighborhood. The 8 story building will cover two-thirds of a block and include structured parking. The project architect is Ziegler Cooper of Houston. Construction should start later this year, with completion in 2015. Here are two renderings of the project:

9/20/13 - Earlier this year Zocalo Community Development received rezoning approval for a property at the northeast corner of Steele Street and 1st Avenue in Cherry Creek for a multi-family development. Today, Zocalo released renderings of the project. The 12 story, 185 unit apartment building will include above and below grade parking, as well as ground floor retail. The project architect in RNL Design of Denver. Construction should start in early 2014, with completion in the first half of 2015. Here are a couple of renderings of the project:

9/17/13 - Koebel and Company, in partnership with the Opus Group, plans a significant transit-oriented development east of I-25 near the Arapahoe at Village Center light rail station north of Arapahoe Road. The project, called Village Center at DTC, is proposed to include two 10-story office buildings, two parking structures, a 200 room Westin hotel and a 345 unit apartment complex. Approximately 6,000 square feet of retail will also be added to the existing RTD parking structure on the site. Construction on the apartment project, the first office building and the hotel is expected to begin in early 2014. The architect for the office buildings and the hotel is open/studio architecture of Denver. Here is a site plan for the project and a rendering of the site as viewed from southbound I-25:

9/6/13 - PM Realty Group recently announced that development of a 32 story apartment tower would begin later this year. The project, currently called Confluence, will be located at 2166 15th Street near the confluence of Cherry Creek and the South Platte River. The project will include 288 units in the tower and an adjacent 6 story lowrise building. The project will be approximately 350 feet tall and include "high end" ground floor retail. Completion is anticipated in 2015. Here are a couple of renderings:

8/7/13 - Slipstream Properties of Denver has started redevelopment of the southern side of Colfax Avenue between Corona and Downing Streets. The project, called Colfax Marketplace, includes the refurbishment of an existing three story building on the eastern portion of the site into 28 apartment units and 7,000 square feet of ground floor retail. A second phase, planned to start construction in March of 2014, will include a five story mixed use building on the western portion of the site that will include 74 apartment units and another 7,000 square feet of retail. Structured parking will also be provided. The project architect is the Denver office of KTGY. Here is a rendering of the second phase of the project:

7/18/13 - Elkco Properties of Denver is planning a small, but exciting mixed-use project at 999 South Logan Street just north of I-25. The 3 story project will include 24 apartment units, 9,000 square feet of office and 2,900 square feet of retail. The project will also include 50 parking spaces located under and behind the building. The architect is the Mulhern Group of Denver. The project should start construction within the next 2 months and should be finished in mid-2014. Here is a rendering of the project:

6/4/13 - The John Madden Company is planning a new office building in the Greenwood Plaza area adjacent to the Fiddler's Green Amphitheater in Greenwood Village. The 15 story, 360,000 square foot project named Palazzo Verdi II is proposed to start construction in late 2013 or early 2014. The building has been designed by Fentress Architects of Denver. Here is a rendering of the project:

5/15/13 - A new 12 story mixed-use building will soon be under construction at the southeast corner of 1st Avenue and Steele Street in Cherry Creek. The project, to be called Steele Creek, will include 232 luxury apartments and 16,000 square feet of retail space. Three floors of structured parking will also be provided. The developer is BMC Investment of Denver. The architect is The Housing Studio of Charlotte, NC. Construction should be complete by 2015. Here is a rendering of the project:

5/7/13 - D4 Urban LLC of Denver hopes to start construction on Alameda Station Village, a 275 unit apartment project, in late 2013. The project, a TOD pilot project being developed with assistance from RTD, will replace the existing Alameda light rail station plaza and surface parking lots located near Alameda Avenue and Cherokee Street south of downtown. The two 5 story buildings will be located above structured parking with 280 spaces. A small retail corner will be provided at the south end of the project near the primary transit access area. A lawn area for project residents will also be developed. The project has been designed by Kephart Architects. Here is a rendering of the project, as well as the site plan:

4/17/13 - As with many projects first announced prior to the last recession and then put on hold, 1801 Wewatta is now being marketed again. However, this time around the project in the Union Station neighborhood is proposed to include leased office space rather than for-sale office condominiums. The new version of the office building is proposed to include 190,000 square feet of space, including approximately 20,000 square feet of retail and structured parking with 195 spaces for tenants. The developer, Resolute Investments, hopes to break ground on the 140 foot tall building during the first half of 2014. Here is the latest rendering of the project (left), along with the original version proposed in 2007 (right):

4/13/13 - Bentall/Kennedy, the developer of 1900 16th Street, plans to add 158 apartment units on top of the existing parking structure located at the corner of 15th and Delgany Streets adjacent to the office building. The 7 stories of apartments would be located above the 6 story parking structure creating a 13 story building. As part of the project, retail will be located in the vacant space that currently exists at the corner of 15th and Delgany. Bentall/Kennedy hopes to start construction on the project within the next 12 to 18 months. Here is a rendering of the project, currently known as the Millennium Bridge Apartments:

4/2/13 - Downtown Denver is not the only part of the metro area to experience a boom in multifamily development. Downtown Lakewood, in particular Belmar, will soon see the development of three projects that will collectively add 384 units over the next 2 years. The largest of these project will include 220 units on two blocks in one 4 and 5 story building and a series of three story buildings. The developer is Holland Partners, which is building several other projects in the metro area. Construction should start in the fall of this year. Here are a couple of renderings:

The second project is being planned by Metro West Housing Solutions and will include 130 mixed-income units designed for seniors in a 4 story building with below grade parking. The project, Cityscape at Belmar, should start construction in late 2013 or early 2014. Here is a rendering:

The final project will include a number of townhomes to be developed by David Weekley Homes. 22 of the units will be located on a single block. 12 others will be located at two other locations within Belmar. Construction on the first units should start in the fall of this year. Here is a rendering of the largest block of units:

3/27/13 - East West Partners of Denver is planning to start construction later this year on a 10 story building at 1800 16th Street, also known as the Triangle Building, in the Union Station neighborhood. The 324,000 square foot building will include ground floor retail, 9 floors of office and 2 floors of below grade parking. The project architect is Anderson Mason Dale. Here are a few renderings:

3/11/13 - As announced last year (see the post dated 5/18/12), Columbia Group Limited is planning to begin construction of a small, but important infill project at 1500 Market Street in the third quarter of this year. The group recently released the final design for the 36,400 square foot, 5 story project. The building is proposed to include 27 parking spaces in a below grade level, ground floor retail with 8,500 square feet, and 4 floors of office space with 28,400 square feet. The building architect is open studio of Denver. Here are the newest renderings of the project:

3/9/13 - Prime West Development of Denver is proposing the development of a 16 story building in southeast Denver. One Belleview Station, to be located at the northwest corner of Union Avenue and I-25 will include 340,000 square feet of office space. The 215 foot tall building will be within walking distance of its namesake - the Belleview light rail station. The Belleview Station area will also include 2,000 residential units (357 of which are under construction and another 300 will start construction soon), 250,000 square feet of retail, and 2.2 million square feet of office. The architect for this particular building is Gensler. The contractor is Weitz Construction. Construction is planned to begin in the fall of this year. Here are a couple of renderings of the project:

3/6/13 - In 2012 Nichols Partnership and Galvanize, a non-profit, opened a new IT co-work facility in the existing Rocky Mountain Bank Note building in the Golden Triangle. The concept has been so sucessful that the two groups are planning to develop a new facility in the Platte Valley on Platte Street between 16th and 17th Streets. Galvanize 2.0 is proposed as a 5 story building with a ground floor restaurant and 4 floors of co-working space. The building, designed by open studio architecture of Denver will include 60,000 square feet of space. Construction is planned to start in the third quarter of 2013. Here are a couple of renderings:

2/17/13 - Denver developer Jim Sullivan is proposing a new 7 story, 90,000 square foot office and retail building at 245 Columbine Street in the Cherry Creek North area. The building would be located at the site of the former Cherry Creek post office, which has been vacant for the last three years. The project will require a rezoning, but the requested zoning would be consistent with a recent rezoning across the street for the 250 Columbine project (See the 4/3/12 entry on the Older Posts page). This project, designed by klipp Architects, will also include several floors of below grade parking. Here is a rendering of the proposed project:

1/29/13 - About a month ago Charles Schwab announced that the company would add 480 employees in the Denver area and build a new campus in Lone Tree that would accomodate up to 2,100 workers. The details of the campus have now been released. It will include three 5 story buildings, each containing 187,000 square feet of space. The campus will also include an amenity building between the three office buildings that will include administrative activities, meeting rooms and an employee cafe. The amenity building will be built into the grade on the site and include a green roof that doubles as a park area. An amphitheater will also be provided on the site. A future light rail station on the southeast line will be located adjacent to the site. At the time the station is opened, three retail buildings will be added to the site to create an urban campus. Structured parking will be provided on the campus in phases as the urbanization is completed. The campus will be built in two phases - the first will include the amenity area, two of the office buildings and one parking structure. The third office building will be added later. The first phase is proposed to be completed in late 2014. The project has been designed by Fentress Architects of Denver. Here are a couple of renderings of the campus:

1/17/13 - Mill Creek Residential Trust will break ground this summer on a new 6 story apartment project in the Prospect neighborhood. The 2100 Delgany project will include 187 units with below grade parking. The project architect is Shears Adkins and Rockmore. Completion is expected in mid 2014. Here are a couple of renderings:

11/29/12 - In March of 2012, Hines Development and their local partner Jordan Perlmutter & Company annouced the development of 1601 Wewatta. Since that time, the design of the building and plaza, and size of the building have been finalized. The 10 story, 153 foot tall project will include 284,000 square feet of office space, 17,000 square feet of retail space, and 402 parking spaces in 4 floors located below grade. A 6,000 square foot plaza will be provided at the corner of 16th and Wewatta Streets. The project will be reviewed by the Denver Planning Board in early December. Construction should begin in late spring 2013, with completion expected in mid 2014. Below is a rendering of the building as viewed from 16th and Wewatta, and a rendering of the plaza area:

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