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.

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.

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.

City House

After Glass House was such a huge success, the development team made up of East West Partners and Wood Partners, began working on a second building called City House.  The project is now considerably different than it was 2007, but like the real estate market, it has changed to fit the time.  City House is set to break ground this August and will be a 280 unit, five story, luxury apartment complex.  The site is a full block set between 18th and 19th Street and between Chestnut and the Consolidated Main Line (CML).  The building will connect to the 18th Street Pedestrian Bridge and be steps from the light rail plaza.  It will consist of one, two and three bedroom apartments and will be ready for move in September of 2013.  The community will include a fitness center, two-story club room, cafe, game room, two courtyards, a pool, outdoor fireplace and a roof top deck with year-round outdoor kitchen.  Stay tuned for more information!

 

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.

Vote for Us!

The battle for the development of the Historic Union Station is still up for grabs.  Union Station Neighborhood Company which is a combination of East West Partners and Continuum Partners is battling against Sage Hospitality Group.   Our proposal is to add a market and restaurants to the first floor while also keeping it as a train station.  The other proposal wants to make the upper floors into a 130 unit hotel.   For more information about the two proposals, click here.  I personally believe that a market would better serve the community and support the 100,000 daily travelers better than a hotel.  We could use your help, your opinion really does make a difference!  Please follow the link below and vote for the option to build “MARKET WITH RETAIL AND RESTAURANTS.” 

http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/poll/results/6792031

The Historic Union Station

As the Union Station redevelopment is moving at a fast pace, RTD is getting close to deciding what will happen to the historic station.  This is one of Denver’s first landmarks and is very important to the community.  There are two very different plans which both have appeal.  First is the Union Station Neighborhood Company’s plan to make a market.  The market would have a variety of local foods, a restaurant, some office space on the upper floors and of course a train terminal.  The second plan is by Union Station Alliance to do a boutique hotel.  They would like to turn Union Station into a 130 unit hotel with main floor serving as a lobby and train station.  They believe this will become “Denver’s living room”.  Today the Denver Post had an interesting article about the debt financing for both plans.  I personally believe that a market would better serve the community and support the 100,000 daily travelers better than a hotel.   RTD will announce their decision on November 22nd.  You can click here to give your feedback to RTD on which plan you would prefer.

Eagle Line Grant

The Federal Transit Administration gave RTD a $1 billion full funding grant agreement for the Eagle Project.  This is the highly anticipated train from Downtown Denver to Denver International Airport.  This is great news for Denver as the line was lacking funding to make the 2016 completion date.  This grant will also be for the Gold Line Train that goes to Wheat Ridge and Arvada.  To read the article in the Denver Post, click here.

Photo Credit.

Union Station Construction Photo 7/20/11

This slideshow was taken from the 8th floor of Glass House.  To view a slideshow of pictures, click here.

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