DENVER – McWHINNEY, a Colorado-based real estate investor and developer with expertise in mixed-use, commercial, multi-family and hospitality assets, is perhaps best known for its part in the impressive redevelopment of downtown Denver’s Union Station, and more recently the development of the highly anticipated Dairy Block in Lodo, a mixed-use office, retail and hospitality development located in the heart of downtown Denver. Adding to its portfolio of memorable projects, McWhinney has broken ground on two new multi-family projects in downtown Denver: RiDE at RiNo and Sova.
RiDE at RiNo
Located at the corner of 36th and Wynkoop in Denver’s booming RiNo district, RiDE at RiNo will be comprised of 84 micro-loft apartment homes with high-end interior finishes. The boutique apartment homes are, as David Jaudes, vice president of multi-family development describes them, cleverly spaced and designed for efficient living. “All of the units are open space studios or ground floor live/work units with garage doors,” he says. “The spaces are all open, allowing tenants to configure their units however they want. For instance all of the kitchens are open and flow straight into the open space/bedroom. The only separate portion in the unit is the bathroom.”
Desirable amenities will include onsite EV charging stations and convenient access to the A-Line Train at 38th and Blake, a roof top deck, a 5th floor clubhouse, as well as on-site management.
RiDE at RiNo has also contracted with Car 2 Go, who will maintain two vehicles on site and an additional partnership with the neighboring Helicon Gallery will offer a rotating art display throughout the property.
McWHINNEY has also begun construction at Sova, 211 luxury apartment homes in Denver’s centrally located Uptown neighborhood, at the corner of 19th Avenue and Grant Street. The multi-family property will replace a surface parking lot with 12 stories of maintenance-free living.
The majority of Sova’s mountain modern units will be studios and one-bedrooms, with a sprinkling of two-bedrooms. “We found there to be a dearth of studios and one bedrooms in this submarket, which put them in the highest demand,” says Jaudes. A reflection, Jaudes feels, of a demand for more affordable living in downtown Denver. “It goes along with the theme that folks will sacrifice unit space for a great location and high quality finishes and experiential community amenities, which SOVA will offer.”
Sova’s Class A amenities will more than make up for the unit size. Residents can look forward to the use of a rooftop deck, spa, golf simulator, bike and ski repair shop, dog wash, and EV car charging stations. “If you head to the 4th floor we have another outdoor deck with a hammock yard and a yoga studio, spin room, full fitness center and a spa with steam room,” says Jaudes.
To better accommodate the online-shopping community, Sova also has plans to expand its parcel pending room, “As Amazon continues to take over the universe, we are adapting our properties to accept a new level of package delivery, so your items are securely stored in lockers and waiting for you when you get home from work.”
Sova will also feature a row of street-level, townhome-style rental units, which will be a practical and visually pleasing addition to the neighborhood. “We always try and activate the ground floor whenever possible. It is in keeping with the neighborhood and also helps shield the parking garage, which the neighbors appreciated,” Jaudes explains.
McWHINNEY currently has two other multi-family projects under development: Pinyon Pointe, a 166-apartment project in Loveland and Cycle Apartments in Fort Collins. Cycle will offer 405 apartment homes located adjacent to The Foothills Mall and near the MAX line. Cycle will feature a mix of studio, one and two-bedroom layouts with quality finishes and unique amenities including a golf simulator, a 24-hour fitness facility, co-working spaces, bike and ski repair, a dog spa and bark park and co-working spaces. Pinyon Point will offer residents a clubhouse, outdoor pool, a fitness center, a tot lot and a dog park.
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