This morning a ground breaking ceremony was held for Denver’s 31-story Country Club towers project. This development includes two residential towers that will rise just south of Speer Boulevard, on the west side of Downing Street. The Broe Real Estate Group is developing this project. Members of the development team and representatives from the City of Denver were on hand for the ground breaking. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock addressed the crowd.
“This project will further solidify Denver’s role as one of the economic leaders today in the nation for construction jobs,” said Mayor Hancock. “
The first units for the Country Towers are slated to be delivered in July of 2017. In total this project will house 558 apartments and 1005 parking space will be built into the towers. Units will be available in studio, one bedroom and two bedroom options. All units will have floor-to-ceiling glass, granite surfaces, stainless steel appliances and washers/dryers. An amenity deck with a swimming pool will also be featured.
The Broe Group has had plans to develop the site for 30 years with multiple iterations. The City of Denver approved the current project 12 years ago with approval from the Landmark Preservation Committee.
“Over the next 20 years a million people are going to move to Denver. Our challenge is, how are we going to accommodate these people; where are they going to live and how are they going to live?” Denver City Councilman Chris Nevitt said to the crowd today. “We need to be cognoscente of neighborhood character, but every opportunity we have, we need to dramatically increases density.”
Site preparation work also involved the demolition of a portion of an existing apartment building that was constructed in the 1940s. The portion of the building that is still standing will have its apartment units remodeled in concert with the construction of the towers.
The general contractor is Swinerton Builders, and the architect of record is Chicago-based Solomon Cordwell Buenz.
In an atypical ground breaking, Mayor Hancock climbed inside an on-site excavator and dug a scoop full of dirt.