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News and notes about development in the Denver area:

2/9/09 - Lionstone Development is moving forward with an apartment development on the East Gates redevelopment site at I-25 and Broadway. The Broadway Station apartments will consist of 430 residential units and ground floor retail on a 5 1/2 acre site. Below is a rendering and a site plan for the project:

12/31/08 - A Boston-based company, Franklin Street Partners, recently started construction of a 285,000 square foot office building in the Interlocken office park along US 36 in the northwest Denver area. The 11 story building will be the tallest in the area, and will join two other 10 story buildings within the development that were constructed in 1999 and 2001. The building is being constructed speculatively. Here is a rendering courtesy of Franklin Street Partners:

12/7/08 - The Denver areas newest transit oriented development will begin construction soon at the Alameda Station in south central Denver. Building permits have been requested for the two project components - 18,700 square feet of retail, and 350 apartments. The site plan, and retail and residential renderings are posted below:

11/21/08 - A new luxury condominium mid-rise is being planned near the University of Denver. The Lux @ DU project will be located on the southeast corner of University Boulevard and Evans Avenue. The 90-100 unit, 11 story building will also include below grade parking and 32,000 square feet of ground floor retail space. The project is proposed to start construction in the spring of 2009. The City recently approved a rezoning for the project. Here is a rendering:

8/13/08 - A new mid-rise apartment building will soon join the Cherry Creek skyline. Red Peak Properties will soon start construction on the final phase of the Seasons at Cherry Creek development, located just east of the Cherry Creek Shopping Center. The 13-story, 148 unit building will blend with the existing 9- and 15-story buildings containing 440 units and completed in 1988. Construction is expected to be complete during early 2010. Here is a rendering of the building:

8/5/08 - The Denver Post recently reported on a series of new developments planned in the Cherry Creek area. One of the projects described was Steele Creek, a mixed use project planned by Bush Development. The project, planned to include 200 hotel rooms, office and retail space, is proposed on on the southeast corner of 1st Avenue and Steele Street. Here is a rendering of the project courtesy of Bush Development:

7/10/08 - In April of this year, Aardex LLC announced plans to buiild a 14-story office building near the Arapahoe light rail station in the Greenwood Plaza Business Park in Centennial. This week, the Centennial Planning Commission is scheduled to review the plans for the 475,000 square foot building, and 400 apartment units adjacent to it. Below are a couple of renderings of the office building. Additionally, the Commission will also review plans for a second 20-story office building and 500 unit apartment project to be developed by the John Madden Company. Madden recently completed the 15-story Palazzo Verdi building near the light rail station. The new project will be located adjacent to the recently completed building, and within walking distance of the Arapahoe Station. No renderings of this project are available yet. In adjacent Greenwood Village, there are plans for a new 15-story office building adjacent to the existing Plaza Tower One, as well as a 17-story hotel. Finally, The previously planned Renaissance Hotel in the area is currently being redesigned, and is now planned to carry the J.W. Marriott name.

7/7/08 - A planning application has been submitted to the City of Denver for a new project in the Golden Triangle. Golden Row v.2 is proposed just north of 11th Avenue on Cherokee Street. The 6 story building will be located just south of the first phase of the Golden Row project. The initial plans were to build three multi-million dollar townhomes on the property to match the three previously constructed. However, as the economy has changed, the developer has changed plans and will build 16 condominium units in the building. Here is a rendering from the architectural firm ArchitectureDenver:

6/13/08 - East West Partners and Continuum Partners are planning a new office building in the Central Platte Valley that will take advantage of its location adjacent to the new light rail station that will be developed at the end of 17th Street. 16 Chestnut is proposed as a 20 story, 350,000 square foot building that will likely be LEED certified. The current schedule has the building complete in 2011. Here are a few renderings of the proposed building:

6/10/08 - The Nichols Partnership continues to pursue a new mixed use development at 20th and Chestnut Streets in the Central Platte Valley dispite issues with the timing of residential development. As reported a couple of months ago, East-West Partners, the developers of Riverfront Park, control residential development in the valley until 2010. After that time, any developer may construct residential units on property within the Metropolitan District. Now, back to the topic of this post. The Nichols Partnership is still planning to develop a project with King Soopers as an anchor, with 300 apartment units and a hotel. The residential tower is planned at 12 stories and the hotel at 11 stories. Completion is planned for late 2010 or early 2011. Here is a rendering of the project as it is currently proposed:

5/20/08 - The second phase of the Lincoln Station project located adjacent to the light rail station of the same name is now being offered for lease. The phase is proposed to include two 8-story office buildings with a combined 391,700 square feet of space. This is in addition to the 194,000 square feet of office, 41,000 square feet of retail, and 72 residential units under construction in phase 1. Here is a rendering of the next two buildings:

5/5/08 - Colorado Center, at Colorado Boulevard and I-25, is about to get much bigger. The existing portions of the project includes two office buildings with almost 500,000 square feet of space, and 151,000 square feet of theater and retail space. The new portions are proposed to include a 14-story, 200 foot tall, 300,000 square foot office building, a 19-story, 220 foot tall, 177 unit residential tower, a 10-story, 156 foot tall, 200 to 220 room hotel, and 45,000 square feet of retail. Construction is to begin later this year, with full completion of the project in 2010. The remaining portions of the project will be developed by the Lincoln Property Company. Here is an aerial rendering of the complete project (the residential tower can be seen behind the exiting office building on the left):

4/22/08 - Is another major project coming to the Central Platte Valley? Yes, if the City of Denver approves a requested rezoning of the former Mail-Well facility at 3500 Rockmont Drive. Alliance Residential has requested that the property be rezoned to R-MU-30 to allow for the development of a major mixed-use project. The development is proposed to include 700 to 800 residential units, 90,000 square feet of office, 30,000 square feet of retail, and 180,000 square feet of hotel use. Buildings in the project are planned to range in height from 4 to 12 stories, with a maximum 140 foot height allowed in the R-MU-30 zone.

The site is just south of I-25, and just across the Platte River from the Prospect Valley.

This project, along with others planned, such as the Alexan Prospect, Denargo Market, and the Union Station development will likely add 5,000 to 6,000 new residential units and hundreds of thousands of square feet of commercial space to the CPV.

The rezoning is scheduled to be presented at the City Council's Blueprint Denver Committee meeting on April 23, 2008. The full City Council will hear the case later this spring.

4/17/08 - In December, Denver Cityscape reported about a potential new project at 17th and Curtis Streets - on the site of a current surface parking lot. Today, the project was publicly unveiled. 999 17th Street is a proposed 24 story, 350,000 square foot office building to be developed by Shea Properties. A hotel and condo building located at the corner of 18th and Curtis may or may not be part of the initial phase of the project. A firm construction date has not yet been determined for either portion of the project. Here are some renderings:

4/10/08 - On March 12th, renderings of a portion of the first phase of the Belleview Station were posted (see below). Now, here is a site plan showing all of the proposed project. The portion that Continuum Partners will develop is shown in light brown. The remainder of the project will likely be developed by several development teams. Buildings range in height from single story retail to 16 story office buildings.

3/18/08 - The City of Denver recently approved phase 2 of the WaterMark project in the Baker neighborhood. The project, to be located just north of the existing building at 4th Avenue and Acoma Street, will include 101 condominium units and 2 brownstone townhomes. At 27 stories, the building will be one of the tallest in central Denver outside of the CBD. The building will have an overall height of 326 feet. Construction will likely begin in mid to late 2008. Here are some renderings. The existing WaterMark building can be seen in the elevation rendering on the left:

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