There’s nothing we love more than getting an inside look into Denver’s bourgeoning development scene. This week, we joined the Downtown Denver Partnership for a tour of the rapidly changing Sun Valley neighborhood.
From a new mixed-income, multifamily community spurring the neighborhood’s growth to Meow Wolf’s immersive art experience and a vibrant mixed-use community, it’s safe to say that Sun Valley is becoming a dynamic destination with awesome places to live, eat, work and play.
Couldn’t make it on the tour? No worries, here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the neighborhood’s major developments.
Stop #1: Gateway North and South
Our first stop was at the construction site for Denver Housing Authority’s Gateway North and South, two multifamily buildings containing a mix of affordable and market-rate rental apartment units.
Designed by WORKSHOP8, Gateway North will house 95 units (ranging from one to five bedrooms), a leasing office and a small commercial space. The site will also include Gateway Rowhouses, featuring six-plex and for-sale rowhouse style condos.
General Contractor I-Kota Construction took us inside Gateway South, which will offer 92 units with one to two bedrooms as well as a fresh food market for the neighborhood. Slated for completion this fall, the Gateway projects allow a diversity of incomes and continued growth for the neighborhood.
Stop #2: Meow Wolf
We can’t lie, one of the best parts of this tour was getting an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at Meow Wolf’s new Denver exhibition. Turner Construction Company and Shears Adkins Rockmore gave us the full scoop on the new location, and although we can’t share any images or information from the tour (we were sworn to secrecy), you can definitely expect Meow Wolf to offer an immersive, explorative and collaborative experience for art lovers and creatives.
Stop #3: STEAM on the Platte
We ended the tour with Urban Ventures at STEAM on the Platte, a working community with a mission to spur innovation, energy and collaboration. The project team transformed this 65,000-square-foot former industrial warehouse, built in 1918, into a creative workspace. The site is home to high-profile tenants including Lyft, Turner Construction Company, MedCAD, Nimbl, and more.
We’re looking forward to spending (a lot) more time in Sun Valley!