For the past twelve years, DenverInfill has been tracking development in and around downtown Denver. There has been plenty to follow. The surface parking lots, which spanned multiple city blocks in the 1970s, have slowly but surely been turned into apartments, offices, hotels, and other structures which have worked to reunite the urban fabric that comprises Downtown Denver. In some of the neighborhoods surrounding Downtown, new development is taking on a slightly different form.
Capitol Hill was not spared from the razing which occurred throughout the mid-1900s, but for the most part, it was limited to the northwest corner of the neighborhood around the Colorado State Capitol and along Broadway. Small parking lots exist throughout the neighborhood, but these aren’t large enough to build significant structures offering hundreds of apartments. Many of these lots have seen small scale development, but larger projects have been absent for the most part. Only two projects have been completed in the eastern half of Capitol Hill in the last ten years, compared to Brighton Boulevard where there are 17 projects planned, under construction, or completed in the last five years. This can partially be attributed to the fact that Capitol Hill wasn’t subjected to as much demolition as other neighborhoods and maintained a higher density level than other parts of Denver. As Denver continues to grow, developers will look for new opportunities to build to meet the strong demand for new urban housing. At the same time, the public’s desire for historical preservation can affect these developments. This is the case with two small adaptive reuse projects presently being constructed in Capitol Hill.
Empty for several years, 821 Corona was previously an antique shop in an old two-floor mixed-use structure from the early 1900s. Last year, under the direction of Endurance Partners, the building was gutted, save for the original brickwork on three sides. Next month, it will open as a 30-unit apartment building on three floors with a ground level parking garage. Called The Jux, the structure preserves some of the look and feel of the neighborhood while adding density to the area. It is expected to be completed in June 2017.
At one point in the past, Chevron Gasoline clearly had something to do with this building as this beautiful brickwork sign was revealed and restored during renovations. Included in the images below is a rendering of the completed project, courtesy of Endurance Partners.