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Market Station: Creating a Community, Not Just a Place

For most of 2020, COVID-19 cut off the lifelines of our center city. Conventions were canceled, business travelers were grounded, and most offices were under stay-at-home protocols. While people rediscovered their back yards and turned spare bedrooms into makeshift offices, those involved in construction kept making the trek downtown every day to complete several large new projects, which were well underway when the pandemic took hold. Some large surprises will greet people when restrictions are finally lifted.

Building Dialogue

December 14, 2020

Creating Union Hall, a Community-Focused Arts Space

Union Hall serves as a community-focused arts space and culture concierge, providing opportunities for emerging and well-known artists alike to exhibit their work. It’s also a place for locals and visitors to Denver to engage in enriching and educational creative experiences.

Building Dialogue

December 30, 2019

Managed homesharing coming to Union Denver apartments

A Denver-based firm founded last year to create a new type of urban residential model made its first acquisition with the purchase of Union Denver. The firm, daydream apartments, purchased the 13-story, 579-unit property at 1770 Chestnut Place. The sales price for the three-tower property, anchored by Whole Foods Market, which covers a full city…

Jolene Wollett

June 8, 2019
Riverfront Park

Riverfront Park 20 years old

Mark Smith first laid eyes on what would become Riverfront Park as a child in the 1950s. His father and grandfather both worked in the dairy equipment business and sometimes took him to the rail yards and gritty industrial wasteland in the Central Platte Valley behind Union Station. “It smelled like a slaughterhouse,” recalled Smith,…

Kris Oppermann Stern

May 13, 2019
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Smart Cities Require the Context of Their People

Have you ever noticed that after you buy a new car, you start to notice that model of car everywhere you look? That phenomenon wears off about the same time that the car stops being a shiny new toy and simply becomes a dependable means of getting from point A to point B. I like to think about the city the same way, less shiny new toy and more dependable. But lately it is as if I bought a new city called “smart” because everywhere I look, I see this idea of a smart city. 

Building Dialogue

April 1, 2019
dairy block alley

Infusing Art to Enhance Private Development

You notice a thin white structure pouring down the side of a building and splashing to the ground like spilled milk. You smile and enter the alleyway. You turn a mysterious knob on the wall and are surprised to unlock the sounds of the Colorado Symphony. You enter the building to see a yarn-bombed tree and a gigantic wooden hand epitomizing hospitality.

Building Dialogue

December 20, 2018

Look at last Union Station development site

The clock is ticking on an opportunity to buy a parking lot at 19th Street and Walnut Place that is described as the last development parcel available near Denver Union Station. Offer are due this Thursday, Sept. 27, for the 16,091-square-foot parking lot at 2001 19th St. and 1903 Chestnut Place. The property, which is zoned for a…

Kris Oppermann Stern

September 26, 2018

Union Station asset capitalizes on condo demand

The real estate market in Denver is hot, with home prices continuing to climb and inventory at an all-time low. This is particularly true for condos, as there are very few developers actively building condos in Denver today.


August 17, 2018
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Antero Bridge: Not Your Ordinary Weekend Project

If you’ve spent time near Denver’s Union Station recently, you may have noticed a new pedestrian bridge spanning two adjacent buildings. Unlike most construction projects, the Antero Pedestrian Bridge was erected quickly in nearly finished form, coming together over the course of a single weekend in October. What took just two days to complete was the culmination of months of effort and creative problem-solving. 

Building Dialogue

May 14, 2018

Food halls’ impact on Denver dining is undeniable

In Denver, it seems, the food hall is king. The metro area is currently home to six food hall concepts: Avanti F&B, Denver Central Market, The Source, Zeppelin Station Market Hall and Union Station in the city of Denver,


May 7, 2018