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Old Posted Jan 7, 2018, 4:44 PM
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Sun Valley, long known as Denver’s poorest neighborhood, is going to look very different in five years
December 13, 2016 by Erica Meltzer - Denverite

Good review and some updates; nice coverage by Erica.
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  • Denver Housing Authority and its partners are planning $240 million in investments over the next five years that will drastically change the neighborhood...
  • U.S. Housing and Urban Development and the Denver Housing Authority on Monday announced a $30 million Choice Neighborhoods grant that is part of the overall funding package.
  • Total public and private investment over the next 10 years is expected to be in the $500 million to $600 million range, city and housing authority officials said.
The article also reminds of the neighborhood vision they hope to accomplish. Hint: the redevelopment of Mariposa provides inspiration.
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The “transformation plan” for Sun Valley includes the creation of an EcoDistrict that will generate renewable energy within the neighborhood and improve water and stormwater management, micro-business opportunities, loans for manufacturing businesses to bring more jobs to nearby industrial areas, a “youth hub” to provide “cradle to career” services for children, an International Food Market to address food scarcity and meet the needs of immigrant families, a 10-acre riverfront park … the list goes on.
What about funding (always important)?
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All of this moving around of housing will open up land that can be sold to private developers, a practice DHA has used at three other sites in the last two years. The transformation plan calls for 1,900 homes and apartments to eventually be built in Sun Valley.
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^ If the Broncos development goes pretty close to planned Sun Valley could become one of the more denser TOD's after Union Station..
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TOTAL Recall

Was testing out my new telephoto lens today, and happened upon a remnant of a corporate logo I thought was lost to history. Some may remember the red TOTAL logo atop the Denver Place South Tower. Not sure when it was installed, but it was removed around 1997 or so.



Over 20 years later, the building still offers a vague reminder of the sign, featuring small patches on its facade to cover up the holes for the sign's bolt attachments. If you play "Connect the Dots", you can essentially retrace the outline of the orignal channel signage. Not relevant to Denver development, but still a cool find I thought I'd share...

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Old Posted Jan 8, 2018, 5:38 AM
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^ There was a Total sign atop the North Tower as well-I remember working for the Census Bureau back in 1999-2000 in the old Total offices which were on floors 19-21 in the North Tower (while there I watched the construction across the street of the new Federal Court House at the time and saw them put up the crane).
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Those are pretty amazing numbers. The speed at which gentrification is happening is stunning.

It makes sense though - many of these neighborhoods had a big uptick in student population because of their relative affordability in the late 1990s until around 2010/2011. Now that's changing.

I am curious where are these students (and their families) moving to? Where is the "more affordable" part of the metro? Or are they leaving the metro area entirely?
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Those are pretty amazing numbers. The speed at which gentrification is happening is stunning.

It makes sense though - many of these neighborhoods had a big uptick in student population because of their relative affordability in the late 1990s until around 2010/2011. Now that's changing.

I am curious where are these students (and their families) moving to? Where is the "more affordable" part of the metro? Or are they leaving the metro area entirely?
Many of my friends (late 20s) have moved out of Denver to Greeley, Firestone, Parker etc. As prices go up, affordability gets increasingly removed from the core. When my uncle bought his house in Northglenn thirty years ago he was at about the upper end of what he could afford and commuted in. Now his same job (which is a govt job and relatively kept pace with inflation) could not afford that same house and he would be looking in areas like Firestone for something similar. If the market continues to even marginally increase we won't be able to afford a single family house and will look elsewhere as well. A $300k house in Denver proper buys you a tear down in a bad neighborhood or small condo; it's ridiculous for new buyers.
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1144 15th Street at Night

The lighting strips on the sides have recently been turned on, giving us a preview of what the building will look like in the Denver nighttime skyline from various angles. While the lighting within the side notches is cool, I find the building to be overal underwhelming at night and a major disappointment. Such an absolute shame - a travesty - that the crown isn't illuminated. 1144 falls into relative obscurity in Denver's nighttime skyline, much like Republic Plaza or 17th Street Plaza.



Even Four Seasons seems to outshine 1144 at night. Looking at 1144's top, just "MEH"...













YAWN...







While 1144 is undoubtedly one of our biggest icons in Denver's daytime skyline, it really fails to impress at nighttime - even with the side lighting strips, which were never conceived to change or rotate through color cycles as they rightly should. Such a shame that our new icon skyscraper falls into bland obscurity at nighttime. What a tremendously wasted opportunity not to have illuminated the crown to give our skyline that nighttime pinnacle we so desperately need. I guess we still have to rely on Four Seasons to crown our nighttime skyline.

On a more positive note, I was happy to see additional illumination added to our skyline. I didn't think this building was going to be lit at night, but it really adds a touch of class and handsome elegance to the skyline:

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^ Sad!! Yawn is an overstatement!
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If it isn't allowed to have illuminated crown because four seasons didn't want it to have it illuminated, then why should four seasons be allowed to have an illuminated crown? Couldn't 1144 insist four seasons not illuminate its crown? Or is there a double standard?
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Image courtesy of Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite

LOOK: Colfax’s new rec center is finally ready for you
January 8, 2018 by Kevin Beaty - Denverite
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The Carla Madison Recreation Center, which has been in the works for more than a decade, finally earned a ribbon cutting on Monday afternoon. The four-story, 67,000-square-foot castle of swimming pools, barbells and shiny wooden floors is now open to facilitate your recreation.
And people came from far and wide to hear Deputy Mayor Happy Haynes introduce this fabulous amenity for East Denver.


Photo credit: Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite

Always nice to visit a project's completion. More pics at Denverite and Dominic Garcia has some nice coverage at CBS4 Denver.
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If it isn't allowed to have illuminated crown because four seasons didn't want it to have it illuminated, then why should four seasons be allowed to have an illuminated crown? Couldn't 1144 insist four seasons not illuminate its crown? Or is there a double standard?
A race to the bottom so that nothing is illuminated? I agree with the double standard, but Hines really needs to reconsider this misguided concession they made to appease a few residents in Four Seasons. How can any developer be proud of how an iconic building that captivated Denver during its construction actually turned out to be a dud in the nighttime skyline?

Also, the impact of the side lighting in the notches will be mitigated since it essentially blends in with the randomly lit office windows at night. The side lighting just looks like interior office window lights. Maybe they should have used a different color like blue or purple, or better yet the ability to rotate through color cycles and change colors based on season, holidays, and sporting events.

Hines needs to fix this for the sake of following through with the iconic statement they wanted to make in our skyline. Light the damn crown!
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agree the light should aleast change colors, #sad
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I think the crown of 1144 could be lit in blue and it would look amazing while still not being a harsh white that could be aggravating to a few people in the 4S upper floors. The crown doesn’t even have to be lit all night.
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^ Yeah that would work have the lights automatically go off at 10PM.
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I think the crown of 1144 could be lit in blue and it would look amazing while still not being a harsh white that could be aggravating to a few people in the 4S upper floors. The crown doesn’t even have to be lit all night.

I demand it also say QWEST and serve as a calibration locator for ISS experiments.
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I think the crown of 1144 could be lit in blue and it would look amazing while still not being a harsh white that could be aggravating to a few people in the 4S upper floors. The crown doesn’t even have to be lit all night.
And orange on Broncos Gamedays and during playoffs..
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I, too, feel that this building should cater to my personal preferences.
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I spent a semester abroad in Shanghai, China in 2010. Out there, all of the non-aircraft warning lights would turn off at 10 pm. It seems that that solution could have worked here. I am in no position to make Hines cater to my will but I definitely would have preferred the nighttime look of 1144 with an illuminated crown. Even if they continued that track light along the upper rim of the crown, that would have been pretty cool. Oh well.
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I sent an email in March 2017 to James Roupp, Vice President of JLL (one of the developers on the project) asking what, if any, nighttime lighting features we could expect on the building. This was his response:

Hi Luke,

Originally, the top two floors were planned to be illuminated.

I am not sure if this is still the case…
Additionally, there are plan for vertical lights along the curtain wall running from the ground up.

Delivery of the Building is scheduled for 2/1/18.

We’ll know for sure then.
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