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Jun 5, 2015
New skyline icon ahead!
1144 Fifteenth Street underway
Hines, the international real estate firm, celebrated its groundbreaking this month of the start of construction of 1144 Fifteenth, a new 660,900 sq ft, Class A office tower in Denver. It's our first skyscraper of this magnitude added in nearly 30 years, and at 40 stories will be among Denver's top five tallest. The 27 floors of office space will be atop a 13-story podium, the latter including 6,000 sq ft of retail, restaurants, and a 5,000 sq ft fitness facility. Hines is building the tower as a 100% speculative project, which is a testament to the strength of the Denver market and the firm's confidence of our stellar economic status. Jones Lang LaSalle is heading the leasing assignment. Completion is set for January 2018.
Jun 3, 2015
Where East meets West
Uniqlo coming to Denver
Uniqlo, a trendy Japanese casual-fashion retailer, will open its first Colorado store in 2016 at the Denver Pavilions. The global chain also announced plans for new stores in Bellevue, Washington, near Seattle, and in McLean, VA. The Denver store will be the largest of the three, at 22,000 sq ft. Having established a foothold in a number of key locations along the East and West Coasts, Uniqlo is now expanding its national presence further in these new markets.
Jun 1, 2015
Union Station market
Whole Foods plans 2017 store
Whole Foods Market will open a flagship store in downtown Denver in 2017. The store will be located in a new 56,000 sq ft development at 17th and Wewatta Streets near Denver Union Station. The firm’s leadership team met extensively with residents, customers, civic and business leaders and local employees as they refined their goal to create a state-of-the-art store that truly represents the history, spirit and vibrancy of Denver’s urban core and to offer its guests an unparalleled experience of food, quality and customer service.
May 26, 2015
Make the Connection
DIA proximity boosts Montbello
Airport growth is driving strong retail sales in the Montbello area, particularly eating and drinking establishments as well as distribution networks. Major planned travel and transit-oriented developments along Peña Blvd and Tower Road are boosting demand for retail space, including the Denver Connection, a 400-acre mixed-use development east of Tower Road. Retailers already operating on 27 acres of Denver Connection land include Walgreens, Chase Bank, TCF Bank, Carl's Jr., McDonalds, 7-Eleven, Family Dollar, and an inline building with frontage on 48th Avenue that includes an H&R Block, a Domino's Pizza, and medical offices.
May 18, 2015
Kit and Ace bringing unique attire
A new retail concept started by the family of Lululemon founder Chip Wilson, Kit and Ace is opening soon in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood. The Vancouver-based apparel startup, which offers clothing of a material it calls “technical cashmere,” has leased 1,400 sq ft. The company chose its RiNo storefront for its location amid creative businesses. Kit and Ace sells luxury casual wear for both men and women; unlike Lululemon, Kit and Ace apparel isn’t intended for workouts. Instead, the nascent brand sells more everyday garments that work well for office meetings and then out for drinks in the evening. The company plans rapid expansion— between 30 and 50 stores globally.
Apr 13, 2015
Where pedestrians rule
Golden Triangle plan for versatile urban space
The Denver Office of Community Planning and Development has released their Golden Triangle Neighborhood Plan. The small but mighty Golden Triangle (bordered by Broadway, Colfax, and Speer) includes historic houses, commercial buildings, large apartment and condominium buildings and other structures with a diverse range of scale and design. The area’s unique mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented character blends public and private spaces, parking, Civic Center, the Cherry Creek Greenway, and the Acoma Greenway, all immediately adjacent to downtown. The plan places a strong value on pedestrian-active uses, such as retail, restaurants, and galleries at the ground level of any new development.
Mar 10, 2015
La Alma/Lincoln among “Great Places in America”
American Planning Association's 2014 honors
The American Planning Association recently named Denver’s La Alma/Lincoln Park neighborhood to its annual “Great Places in America” list. The honor describes exemplary streets, neighborhoods and public spaces that add value to communities and foster economic growth. Just southwest of downtown, La Alma/Lincoln Park is one of Denver’s oldest areas, dating back to the 1850s, with growing mixed-use today that includes diverse housing, transit, a strong job base, parks, and the Santa Fe Arts District. Its rise now embodies Denver’s goals to create places to walk, bike, and play, with fresh foods that are as accessible as jobs, health care and education.
Feb 5, 2015
New BID along the ‘FAX
FAX-Mayfair district gets thumbs-up vote
Along East Colfax, the Fax-Mayfair BID has been promoted by a committed group of business owners with assistance from The Fax Partnership, a nonprofit economic development organization, and the Denver Office of Economic Development. With owners voting overwhelmingly to grant taxing authority, the new BID’s seven-member board is supporting existing businesses and attracting new neighborhood services and amenities to revitalize Denver’s historic main street, overseeing an anticipated annual budget of about $118,000. The BID includes both sides of Colfax from Elm St. to Monaco, and includes the area known as the Mayfair Town Center area between Kearney and Leyden from Colfax south to 14th Ave.
Jan 2, 2015
Mayor’s 2014 Denver Design Awards
Winning places to live, work, play--and shop
Fifteen projects showcasing excellence in architecture, design and place-making were announced recently as the winners of the 2014 Denver Mayor's Design Awards. This year's winning projects (including the Fox-Tjaden residences, shown here) are phenomenal examples of what makes Denver a vibrant city to live, work, and play. Several of the 2015 winners have connections via funding and other support from the Office of Economic Development, including the retail-rich SOURCE in the RiNo district.
Dec 22, 2014
Historic Art District gets fresh boost
Santa Fe BID wins taxing authority vote
On Santa Fe Dr. between 6th to 13th Ave., in an area comprising more than 800,000 sq ft of commercial space, the Santa Fe Art District’s new BID received an enthusiastic reception from business owners’ vote in November. With an expected annual budget of $100,000, the new district will provide a framework for physical public improvements, more pedestrian-friendly features, increased safety, enhanced maintenance, improved water drainage and all forms of strategic economic development. A growing spirit of collaboration between area businesses, residents and stakeholders has made this milestone effort possible and will ultimately upgrade the gallery-rich corridor to an even more beautiful entry to downtown.
Dec 9, 2014
Get your “Googie” on!
West Colfax signage blends old, new
“Googie” is a retro, mid-century motif that was popular on commercial corridors throughout America, most certainly including Denver’s legendary Colfax Avenue. The West Colfax Business Improvement District (BID) has created a new set of wayfinding signs, shown here, that reflect the prevalence of "Googie" signage here. Together with bicycle signage also being installed throughout the neighborhood as well as monument signs at the gateways to the district, these signs are designed to comprehensively connect pedestrians and bicyclists to neighborhood assets -- including light rail -- and a more healthy, dynamic and interactive community culture that will support local businesses.
Nov 24, 2014
Bus shelters double as cool art
Local art boosts W. Colfax streetscape
Say hello to the new “Prismatics,” a set of bus shelters which have appeared along W. Colfax, thanks to a partnership between the West Colfax Business Improvement District, the Denver Office of Economic Development, and the Regional Transportation District (RTD). Funky and functional, the new structures feature inflated steel columns inspired by the airstream, come in seven colors of the spectrum reflecting the diversity of the area, and are Colfax's first artist-designed bus shelters—in this case, local artist Emmett Culligan.
Oct 20, 2014
More color and comfort
Southwest Airlines adds retail to DIA gates
21st century amenities in Southwest’s newest gate areas are designed to keep waiting passengers happy, comfortable and connected. With the completion of the $46 million, 39,000 sq ft extension of the C Concourse this fall, Gates C23-27 now features iPads built into custom high top tables, making it easy to order beverages and receive concierge service or simply to check e-mail, review flight status and catch up on the news. Added stores include eSavvy, a partnership with PeachMac featuring popular electronic accessories and devices from the top brands, including Apple; Say Si Bon Marketplace, offering gourmet snacks and news in an atmosphere that evokes a French market; the Coors Silver Bullet Sports Pub, where sports fans can gather to watch Denver’s top teams; a full menu of farm fresh offerings from Modmarket; and pop-up concepts such as Colorado’s own ink! Coffee, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, and creative cocktails from Tapas Sky Bar.
Oct 15, 2014
Hot trend, cool night out
Paint-and-sip studios big here
The creative explosion of painting/wine tasting locations has happily spilled across the country, and Denver is now home to at least four: Pinot’s Palette in Highland; Bottles & Bottega near downtown; Canvas & Cocktails in Cherry Creek North, and SippingnPainting near Hampden & 1-25. Most are franchises and all are wonderful event/party venues, too.
Oct 1, 2014
Transit? The city plans it
New strategy analyzes 34 stations
Successful transit-oriented development is attractive, walkable and sustainable, and allows Denver residents to have fair housing, ample transportation choices and the ability to live convenient, affordable, enjoyable lives. Denver is focusing on TOD implementation through case-by-case analyses, investment and planning. Transit-Oriented Denver is the city’s new development strategic plan.
Sep 30, 2014
Bikes mean business on S Pearl
Merchants encouraging people to pedal
A single parking spot for a car provides room for 12 bikes to park, thanks to new “corrals” in place along S Pearl St. The South Pearl Street Merchants Association, City Councilman Chris Nevitt, and Denver Public Works celebrated the corrals’ installation recently as part of a pilot project to explore all the implications of our emerging multimodel city. More hourly revenue per parking space, better street visibility for businesses, and more total visitors to events, shops and restaurants overall are among the project goals.
Aug 1, 2014
Your keys to the city
Downtown sounds abound
Keys to the city are yours for the asking--piano keys, that is! The soundscape of the 16th Street Mall comes to life between May and September thanks to the outdoor installation of ten pianos available for the public to play at their leisure. Sponsored by the Downtown Denver Partnership, the outdoor pianos appear each summer to encourage residents, employees and visitors to interact with their public spaces in new and spontaneous ways—while contributing to the vibrancy within our urban core. All pianos are donated to the program and painted by Colorado artists.
Jul 8, 2014
To shop is lovely; to dine, divine!
Books, blooms, and bratwurst at Union Station
Larimer Associates, part of the team that is completely remodeling Denver’s historic Union Station to include the 112-room luxury Crawford Hotel, has inked deals with a winning roster of retailers that will offer everything from flowers and gifts to quick bites and sumptious meals, coffee and high-end cocktails.
The vibrant line-up includes Tattered Cover Book Store, Milkbox Ice Creamery, Eatmore Burgers & Brats, Pigtrain Coffee, The Cooper Lounge, The Terminal Bar, Bloom, Fresh Exchange, Snooze A.M. Eatery, The Kitchen Next Door, and Stoic & Genuine Fish—the latter being the newest offering from Denver’s rising culinary star Jennifer Jasinski.
Jul 7, 2014
Retail IS the Point
Five Points blossoming with shops
Mixed-use developments were the predominant winners in the City of Denver’s first-ever Welton Design and Development Challenge, a unique funding opportunity that awarded $475,000 earlier this spring to projects that fuel the regeneration of one of Denver’s oldest and most culturally vibrant neighborhoods.
Each of the winning five projects in Five Points includes retail in some capacity—along with various proposals for innovative approaches for rental and owned housing, office space, and dining. The Rossonian Development, which will renovate and restore the historic hotel as well as add an entire block of new construction along 2600 Welton, will be anchored by two restaurants and great exposure for street-level shops.
Jul 7, 2014
Cherry Creek’s RH flagship
Cherry Creek’s RH flagship
The interior design chain Restoration Hardware, which is re-branding itself as RH, is opening a four-level full line design gallery in Cherry Creek that will connect to Fillmore Plaza. The new RH will fill 53,000 sq ft— more than four times the size of its existing Cherry Creek store.
Cherry Creek has been a successful location for the firm’s current store and will be the first Rocky Mountain venue for this new, broader expression of its new brand. California-based RH offers home and garden collections of timeless, updated classics, authentic reproductions and artisan works that combine inspired design and high quality.
Jul 3, 2014
Remember the Alamo a second time
Former hospital site holds healthy interest
A 750-seat Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will anchor a retail center planned for the redeveloping St. Anthony Central property along Colfax Ave. on Denver's west side.
It’s a great place for the area’s second Alamo Drafthouse given its proximity to Highland and LoHi, as well as its accessibility to transit, downtown Denver and the Auraria campus, owners said. The eight-screen theater will open in 2015 and joins an Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton.
Planners are redeveloping the former hospital property, bounded on the north by Sloan's Lake Park, to create a mixed-use urban neighborhood with up to 1,200 residential units as well as a boutique hotel and restaurants.
Jul 2, 2014
“The Gold Standard” in Denver
Lawrence Covell, Andrisen Morton called out
The May 2014 print edition of Esquire magazine lists just a few men’s clothiers across the country that embody their definition of “stores that continuously raise the bar on what it means to be the best in the business.” Denver’s elegant, legendary duo from Cherry Creek North both land securely on the list—a fact that surprises no one fortunate enough to be an ardent fan of either one.
Classic, timeless, fashionable, yet fresh and adventurous too, Lawrence Covell and Andrisen Morton Men’s represent what is truly the highest standard of quality and exemplary, personalized service in Denver retail. Together they dress local gentlemen and more than a few celebrities.
Jul 1, 2014
Timbuk2 opens with a splash
Celebration + messenger bags + dogs + beer
Timbuk2, the San Francisco maker of beautifully rugged messenger/bike bags, luggage and totes, recently opened their first Denver store in Larimer Square. Dog-friendly Timbuk2 got its start selling custom messenger bags to bike shops in the 1990s; their legendarily loyal product offering has grown to include luggage and laptop bags, totes, and backpacks. It’s a brand already much loved by Colorado’s outdoor activists and leisure-lovers.
With amazing durability, great colors, and options for bags to be manufactured to your custom order, the sky truly is the limit on making your Timbuk2 your own.