The "Six Fifty 17" skyscraper proposed by a New York developer would stand 90 stories tall and ultimately change the look of downtown Denver.A New York City-based real estate developer says it plans to build a giant $400 million skyscraper in downtown Denver -- one that would reach 90 stories and 1,000 feet tall, becoming by far the tallest structure in the city. The project would be located at 650 17th Street, hence the building's proposed name: Six Fifty 17. Greenwich Realty Capital (GRC) is working together with renowned architect Carlos Ott, the New York firm Crown Architecture, and Denver-based Davis Partnership Architects to design the tower, which would encompass 1,000,000 square feet of mixed-use space.
Transforming a skyline -- especially in a city with as much history and progressive spirit as Denver -- takes powerful collaboration between global and local talent. I can confidently say that GRC has accomplished this with 650 17th Street," quotes Mike Ursini, managing director of GRC, in the online literature provided by Crown Architecture.GRC first set its sights on Denver a few years back, identifying the city as an ideal spot for its next big project, which is expected to include 22,000 square feet of retail space, a boutique hotel, and 248 luxury condos, with amenities like terraces, pools, a spa and sauna, fitness center, day care, butler service, and -- of course -- sweeping views. [caption id="attachment_24408" align="aligncenter" width="650"] Featured image courtesy of sixfifty17.com[/caption] The developer cites the potential location for the skyscraper as "purposefully positioned" so "residents will have the luxury of living surrounded by award-winning chef-driven restaurants, local boutiques, international retailers, and nearby trails." The site is also conveniently located within a mile of public transportation, the Colorado Convention Center, the Denver Center of Performing Arts, Larimer Square, the Denver Art Museum, the Cherry Creek Trail, and Union Station.
"650 17th Street will add to the city’s undeniable energy and passion for excellence, quality of life, and novelty," the project's website states. However, according to the Denver Community Planning and Development department, the project has only been submitted through a preliminary application process (months ago) and has not yet been approved. [caption id="attachment_24406" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Featured image courtesy of sixfifty17.com[/caption] “We don’t consider this an active project right now, but when they bring us something, we’ll be happy to review it,” Andrea Burns, the office's spokesperson, said. But though GRC still needs to gain final approval from the city, Ursini says the project is pretty much a done deal and that the company would like to break ground next summer. The 25,000-square-foot site is currently occupied by a parking lot owned by Paradise Land Co., who confirmed that the property's sale to GRC is already under contract. For more information on Six Fifty 17, click here.
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