Union Station Update

Union Station Day
The Union Station Neighborhood is starting to take shape.  Cadence, the first apartment building, is now open with tenants happily enjoying the building.  The North and South Wing buildings are getting very close and the retail on the first floor will be open in a few short months.  Additionally, all of the retail was just announced in the Historic Union Station.  As you probably know, the majority of the building is being converted into 112 unit hotel named the Crawford Hotel.  Here is the list of tenants that will be open as of July 12th.
  • Milkbox Ice Creamery –Serving Little Man Ice Cream
  • Pigtrain Coffee – Serving Novo Coffee
  • Cooper Lounge
  • Terminal Bar – Serving 30 Colorado craft beers
  • Bloom – Great florist out of Cherry Creek
  • Eatmore Burgers and Brats
  • Fresh Exchange
  • Tattered Cover Book Store
  • Snooze – My personal favorite breakfast restaurant
  • The Kitchen Next Door
  • Alex Seidel’s Mercantile Dining and Provision – Chef and owner of Fruition
  • Stoic and Genuine Fish
The Union Station Neighborhood will have some of the best restaurants in all of Downtown.  Stay tuned as more great places open.

DIA South Terminal

The construction of the light rail platform at DIA is starting to go vertical.  Click here to see a live video of the job site.  Along with the train station is the South Terminal Redevelopment.  This will be a 519-room Westin Hotel and Conference Center sitting above the train hall and a public plaza for events and programs.  This is one of the most important pieces of the FasTracks project as it will connect DIA to downtown Denver for passengers and employees.  The hotel is scheduled to be completed in 2015 with the East Line rail opening in 2016.  Click here for an animated video of what this project will look like.

Commuter Rail Canopy

The canopy for the heavy rail trains is coming along quickly.  This week the final pieces of the arches for the canopy structure was installed.  The commuter rail canopy is a focal point for the project.  Additionally, the square piece of land in the bottom left is about to break ground.  1650 Wewatta is going to be a 21 story apartment building developed by Holland.  It’s exciting to watch things change daily over there.


Union Station Update

The Union Station development is moving along quickly.  It’s amazing to watch it change daily. The most noticeable change right now is the commuter train hall canopy that is being constructed.  The large white canopy will house the Amtrak trains, trains to DIA and trains to Broomfield.  On the Wynkoop side of Union Staion, work is being done on the two pedestrian plazas.  Crews are constructing the water feature, granite wall seat, tree trenches and light fixtures.  In the underground bus station the escalators and elevators are going in along with the glass storefront that separates the pedestrian concourse and the bus loading area.  To read a more in depth article about the updates, click here.

Union Station Update

It has been a while since I’ve done a Union Station update.  Things are continuing to move at a fast pace.  The first half of the bus box is getting electrical and mechanical rough-ins, fire protection and lighting.  The ventilation system has started running and it can move up to 150,000 cubic feet of air per minute.  The bus and pedestrian concourses are taking shape as well.  On the second half of the bus box, the crews have almost finished pouring the concrete for the roof.  After the roof is in place, the waterproofing will be attached and mechanical and electrical work can start.  The other exciting change is the start of the fabrication of the steel train hall canopy.  The trusses will be erected starting at the end of this month.

One Union Station starting construction

One Union Station has its lead tenant and will start construction on August 1st!  Antero Resources, a Denver based energy company, will occupy 70,000 of the 110,000 square feet of office space.  They will have the third, fourth and fifth floors of this new building sitting just to the south of the Historic Union Station at 16th and Wynkoop.  One Union Station will be a LEED Gold building and is a joint venture with East West Partners and Starwood Capital Group.  Paul Rady, chairman and chief executive, said Antero Resources has “Been committed to Lower Downtown Denver for over a decade.  One Union Station will provide our employees with a state of the art building in a location that they will love.”

RTD Starts Northwest Rail Line

RTD broke ground today on the Northwest Rail Line.  This is for the first segment of the line going between Denver Union Station and the Westminster Station near 71st and Lowell.  The first 6.2 miles has been funded by a public-private partnership called the Eagle P3 Project.  The rest of the 41 mile line which is designed to go up to Longmont is still up for debate.  The RTD Board decided not to seek a tax increase to as the plan was too vague and and would be too rushed to appeal to voters in NOvember.  Currently, there is much talk of the rest of the line being a bus rapid transit service.  To read more, click on the Broomfield Enterprise report.

Light Rail Plaza Grand Opening

On Friday, May 18th, the Denver Union Station Project Authority (DUSPA) and RTD will hold a Grand Opening Celebration for the Light Rail Plaza.  The festivities will start at 11:30 and will go through 1:00.  There will be a concert with Electric Hammer at 11:30, a Zumba demonstration at 12:15, a short program at 12:30 and a performance with Roz Brown at 12:40.  The public is encouraged to bring lunch and enjoy the entertainment.  For more information, click here.

Ground Breaking, IMA Financial

Big News!  IMA Financial broke ground last week on the first building in the Union Station Redevelopment.  Several City Officials, including Mayor Hancock and Governor Hickenlooper were there for the ceremony.  This five-story, $35 million building, will be the headquarters for IMA Financial.  Located between 17th and 18th Streets on Wynkoop, this building will be right next to Union Station.  This is the first of many buildings that will reshape this part of town.

North Wing is Starting

The first building in the Union Station Redevelopment will break ground next month.  The North Wing building will be the new headquarters of IMA Financial and will be built by Haselden Construction.  The $32 million building was designed by AndersonMasonDale Architects and will be located just to the North of the historic station.  The four story building will have 108,000 square feet of office space with   ground floor retail.  This move will allow the company to grow from approximately 200 employees in Denver to 300-400 over the next decade.  Construction is expected to be completed at the end of 2013.

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