First building under construction at 9th & Colorado

The first new building on the former University of Colorado Health Sciences Center campus is under construction.

Block 7, a 275-unit residential building with more than 40,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, is expected to be complete by mid-2018. Construction also has started on the utility and roadway infrastructure for the larger 9th & Colorado project. Roads and utilities on the northern half of the site are scheduled to be be completed by the end of this year.

"The start of vertical construction is a major milestone for the 9th & Colorado project," says Frank Cannon, development director for Continuum Partners, which is developing the site in partnership with CIM Group as 9th Avenue (Denver) Land LLC. "Our demolition work is substantially complete, and now we're focused on fulfilling the vision to create a dynamic neighborhood. It's great to be bringing new buildings up instead of tearing old ones down."

The site-wide demolition included nearly 2 million square feet of buildings, including the implosion last year of the former Biomedical Research Building. Structures that remain and will be renovated include a 1,000-car parking structure at 11th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard, the former Nurses' Dormitory and the five-story Research Bridge that spans Ninth Avenue, which has been fully gutted and is in preliminary design for adaptive reuse.

Construction also has begun on Ash Street Apartments by Ash Street Affordable Housing LLC, a joint venture between Koelbel and Company and Mile High Development. The 112-unit affordable housing development is being built on land that 9th Avenue (Denver) Land recently conveyed to Ash Street to fulfill its vision and commitment to providing affordable housing in the community.

When completed, the 9th & Colorado project will include about 2 million square feet of new development on 26 acres.

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