Denver is on fire. Here are 12 of the most anticipated openings of projects currently in the works across the city. See you there soon.
From LoDo to Cherry Creek to industrial patches off South Broadway, it's hard to mistake the energy coursing through the city right now. Fueled by an entrepreneurial streak that's a mile high, an oil and gas boom in the hinterlands and a one-of-a-kind lifestyle, Denver is hitting its potential -- and then some.
With all of the cranes on the horizon and hardhat sites below, it's easy to lose track of the projects in progress. Here's a primer of 12 of the buildings, parks, breweries and more that are begetting butterflies in our bellies.
The ART, a hotel (1201 Broadway): March 2015
"This is such a marvelous project," says GM David Bodette. "It's 165 rooms that are much needed at the tip of the Golden Triangle."
The ART promises to be more than a lodging. Bodette sees it as a neighborhood catalyst. "It's much more than just a building," he says. "It's the people, the vibrancy, the events. I'm blessed to be steps away from two world-class venues in the Denver Art Museum and History Colorado Center."
Bodette touts the layout -- the hotel's lobby and restaurant will be on the fourth floor, above three floors of offices and possibly ground-floor retail. While he can't divulge the chef yet, the restaurant will focus on "New American cuisine and a craft cocktail and craft beer bar."
"It's the tip of the glass point sticking out over Broadway," says Bodette of the restaurant's enviable perch. Likewise, he touts stunning city and mountain views from the rooms and suites on the fifth through ninth floors.
Then there's the art inside, which includes works from as-yet-unnamed artists "who are at the forefront of their movements," says Bodette, and the possibility of displaying works on loan from the Denver Art Museum. "The art is also integrated into the rooms. It's definitely going to add to the experience."
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