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Construction Updates
Celebration of construction held for The Source Hotel
September 17, 2015 at 2:00 am 0
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Construction site of the Source Hotel. September 2015 DUR.

Yesterday evening a ceremony was held to celebrate the construction of The Source Hotel. The construction of this 100-room hotel is now in full swing. This project is taking shape at the 3300 block of Brighton Boulevard in Denver's RiNo neighborhood next to The Source marketplace. Denver-based Zeppelin Development is bringing this project to life. Dynia Architects designed this building. Members of the Development team, representatives from the City of Denver, and New Belgium Brewing were on hand to celebrate this development.
Albus Brooks

Kyle Zeppelin and Councilman Albus Brooks address the crowd.

"We are providing more than just a place to stay; we are providing an experience," stated Kyle Zeppelin of Zeppelin Development. "People that come to Denver want to experience the best things that are going on around the region all in one place and have a culture that supports that– that is the goal of the hotel." Denver City Councilman Albus Brooks was also on hand and addressed the crowd. "I get to celebrate the first hotel that is breaking ground here in RiNo. They said it couldn't be done and now it is done," said Brooks. "What we really see about RiNo and this whole area is that we as a city want to invest in infrastructure and we believe private development will come right along with it."
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Rendering of The Source Hotel. Image courtesy Dynia Architects.

Two pedestrian bridges will open in RiNo to improve connectivity and walkability and an RTD commuter rail station will be located at 38th and Blake. This station will provide access to Denver International Airport. Service on this line is expected to begin in the spring of 2016. In July it was announced that Fort Collins-based New Belgium Brewing has reached an agreement with The Source Hotel to have a new 10-barrel pilot brewery at the hotel. The beer will be brewed on the ground floor and an 8th floor lounge titled "The Woods" will feature barrel aging, and will provide visitors with a location to take in beer and food as well. The Source Hotel will feature:
  • An eighth-floor- rooftop deck with a beer garden and pool
  •  A second 25,000 square foot market hall with 20-foot ceilings
  •  A ground-floor craft brewery
  •  A signature independent restaurant
  • Open shopping areas featuring as many as 12 additional vendors
  • Several food and beverage counters
  • A courtyard featuring terraces and native landscaping
  • Operable garage doors (a signature Zeppelin design feature) in select guest rooms and lining the market hall
  •  A 300 space parking garage serving both the Hotel and the Source
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Project Announcements
Mill Creek project coming to RiNo
August 13, 2015 at 2:12 pm 2
A 362 unit apartment project is planned for Denver's RiNo neighborhood. This development will take shape at 2890 Brighton Boulevard. Several projects are planned and currently under construction in this part of Denver including the Source Hotel which is under construction at 3300 Brighton Boulevard.
Rendering of Modera River North courtesy ARA Newmark.

Rendering of Modera River North courtesy ARA Newmark.

This yet to be named River North project is slated to break ground in September with a project completion expected in September 2017. The building will reach six floors in height. Denver-based The Mulhern Group designed this structure.  ARA Newmark raised an unnamed amount of financing for this project and Denver-based Executive Managing Director Chris Cowan and Houston-based executive managing director Adam Allen led the way securing equity for this project. “For an area that was considered the wrong side of the tracks no more than 18 months ago, there has been incredible institutional capital interest for this front door location,” stated Cowan. “RiNo hasn’t just made the map for Denver – it is the map. It is impossible to articulate all of the fluidity and activity happening there.” Texas-based Mill Creek Residential is developing this project. Yesterday Denver Urban Review covered Mill Creek's 275 unit Modera Observatory Park apartment project that will be constructed near the University of Denver. Mill Creek Residential was represented by Cowan and Allen in the transaction of its RiNo project. Managing director of Brian Wynne of Mill Creek is leading this RiNo apartment community. Wynne explains, “Mill Creek is excited to become part of the River North community and part of the Brighton corridor in particular. We are huge believers in the momentum of activity all around this site and we see the best of both worlds in this location – participating in the exciting energy of the area while being only a short walk to the heart of downtown Denver.” Apartments will have stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and nine-foot ceilings. A pool and fitness center are also included in this community.
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Project Announcements
Architect Stephen Dynia discusses ‘Gauge’ project
August 3, 2015 at 6:35 pm 1
Zeppelin Development is planning a 100,000 square foot mixed-use development to be constructed at 35th and Wazee in Denver's River North neighborhood (RiNo). The project will include both office and retail space. The retail portion will comprise approximately 25 percent of the space. Tenant common space and a shared meeting room will be included. Outdoor areas with vegetation will also be featured. The title of this structure is Gauge, and is expected to break ground in the first quarter of 2016. Dynia Architects designed this project and founder Stephen Dynia explained why the name Gauge was selected. "It has to do with the prominence of the rail lines. It is a very individual site. It is on the edge of freight lines and a new line also going to the airport and one of the bridges(pedestrian) is going to land at the door to the building. RiNo is unique in this area as the rail line is going to pour out here, and there will be a new kind of energy," said Dynia.
Rendering of Gauge courtesy Dynia Architects.

Rendering of Gauge courtesy Dynia Architects.

Dynia Architects and Zeppelin development have collaborated on several other projects including the buildings at the TAXI campus, The Source marketplace and The Source Hotel. "It is completely independent from our other projects. It is an entirely new idea. We have new ideas for every building and this building is about having a garden on the upper levels," states Dynia. "We are not in a temperate place, but there are things that grow and stay green in the winter."
Rendering of Gauge courtesy Dynia Architects.

Rendering of Gauge courtesy Dynia Architects.

Denver's RiNo is an eclectic mix of old industrial buildings, unique retail, and several new developments are currently under construction in the neighborhood. Dynia expresses his take on RiNo. "The great thing about RiNo is it has this mix of stuff that will probably stay there for quite a while– a combination that makes it interesting. It is not a homogenous fabric. There will be new things developed that will coexist with things that have been there for a long time. Dynia founded his eponymous firm in 1993 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Before that, he began his career working for the well known architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill after receiving his architecture degree from the Rhode Island School of Design.
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Construction Updates
RiNo and Five Points construction update
May 26, 2015 at 12:35 am 3
Mother nature provided just enough of a gap between rain showers to allow me to sneak out to Denver's Five Points and River North (RiNo) neighborhoods to snap some photos of the constructions projects taking shape. 2300 Welton Pictured above is the 2300 Welton project that just began construction. The development will include 223 residential units. This project was designed by Denver-based Humphries Poli Architects. The Wheatley Also under construction in Denver's Five Points is The Wheatley at 25th Street and Welton. This development will include 14 for-sale town homes, 82 apartments and space for ground floor retail. This site was the location of the Phillis Wheatley Young Woman's Christian Association which operated from 1916-1964. Phillis Wheatley was the first published African-American woman and first published African-American poet. Larimer Row Pictured above is the Larimer Row townhome project in Denver's River North (RiNo) neighborhood. This project is taking shape 34th and Larimer. Once fully completed will include 28 townhomes. Factory Flats Factory Flats broke ground this month and is a for-sale condo development. It will include space for ground floor retail. This project is located at 3198 Blake Street. Factory Flats is targeting LEED and ENERGY STAR certifications and each unit will be solar-powered. Backyard on Blake Pictured above is the Backyard on Blake development. This project includes the adaptive reuse of an existing brick structure and new construction to create a development that will feature, office, retail and residential components. Hartley Flats Pictured above is the Hartley Flats project that is nearing completion at 27th and Walnut Street. This project will house one and two bedroom apartment units. 31st and Brighton Boulevard Above is the construction site of a mixed-use development on Brighton Boulevard that stretches between 31st Street and 35 Street. Featured in this development will be condominiums and retail space. Below is the site of the new Great Divide Brewing Co brewery at 35th Street and Brighton Boulevard. Great Divide Brewing Co   The Crossing at Denargo Market Above is The Crossing at Denargo Market apartments located at 2525 Wewatta Way currently under construction at the confluence of Denver's Ballpark and RiNo neighborhoods. This development includes 321 apartment units in a 5 story building, wrapped around a 6 level parking structure. Freight Residences Pictured above construction continues on the Freight Residences located at TAXI. Unlike most of Denver’s current apartment projects under construction, Freight Residences is designed to attract young families. The lobby of the building will serve as a children’s art area. Zeppelin Development is building this 48-unit project.
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Construction Updates
Larimer Row phase 1 set for new residents
May 18, 2015 at 12:19 am 1
Larimer Row rendering courtesy BLVD Builders.

Larimer Row rendering courtesy EVStudio.

Larimer Row Phase 1. Photo courtesy EVstudio.

Larimer Row Phase 1. Photo courtesy EVstudio.

The Larimer Row townhome project is taking shape in Denver's River North neighborhood (RiNo). Once fully completed, 28 units will be delivered at the 3400 block of Larimer Street. Phase 1 of this development is now ready for residents with all other units being delivered by January 2016. This project was designed by EVstudio and is being built by BLVD builders—both of which are Denver based. "BLVD chose to build in the River North Art District because of its creative energy and strong community that is not found in many other locations around Denver," states BLVD Builders president of development Aaron Foy. "We anticipated built-in demand for reasonably priced townhomes from professionals working in the RiNo district's large number of creative businesses. We have found that to be the case with several of our buyers attracted to Larimer Row because they will be able to walk to work." Larimer Row homes are available in two and three bedroom options with prices ranging from the high $300s to the high $400. The size of the units spans between 1,229 square feet and 1,673 square feet. Rooftop decks are featured in all homes along with hardwood floors and quartz countertops.  Currently under construction four blocks from the site of the Larimer Row project is a RTD commuter rail station. Once completed in 2016 this station will serve RTD's East Line that will deliver passengers to Denver International Airport. "We designed the townhomes with Denver’s outdoor lifestyle in mind. Each unit has a rooftop deck that spans their entire roof with fantastic views of downtown and panoramic views of the mountains from Mount Evans to the Flatirons to Longs Peak," said Foy. "For our 2 bedroom units, considered nearby transit and have an option where buyers can select an oversized 1-car garage, in lieu of a 2-car tandem garage, and get a den for additional living space."
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