Plan for 81-floor skyscraper takes a tiny step forward in Denver

The city received a “concept” for an 81-floor building at 17th and California streets.

A rendering of the skyscraper planned for 650 17th Street. (Courtesy of Greenwich Realty Capital)
A rendering of the skyscraper planned for 650 17th Street. (Courtesy of Greenwich Realty Capital)
An earlier rendering of a skyscraper proposed for 650 17th Street. This visual may be outdated. (Courtesy of Greenwich Realty Capital)

A developer’s proposal to build Denver’s tallest building took an initial step into the city’s planning process.

Last week, the city received a “concept” for an 81-floor building at 17th and California streets. The document describes a tower with residences, a hotel, 780 parking spaces and room for a restaurant and bar, according to city officials.

Update, Feb. 20: We just posted visuals and new details of the proposal.

If it’s approved and built, it could be the tallest building in the state. It would stand at 650 17th Street, currently a parking lot. The developer is Greenwich Realty Capital, a New York City firm. They’re working with Crown Architecture and Consulting on the project.

Michael Santora of Crown confirmed that the development team had submitted the concept filing. Greenwich is “excited to (be) part of Denver’s vibrant growth and pleased that the project is progressing,” Santora wrote. Greenwich doesn’t want to make further comments at this time, he added.

Greenwich leadership previously spoke to Denverite about plans for the site, and they’ve published a website about the plan.

“We want to exhaust any possibility of increasing the size of the building so that we can really deliver a truly iconic and progressive building for the city,” Greenwich partner Michael Ursini told Denverite in August.

” … We came in, we identified the culture, we tried to put something together that took into consideration that cachet that Colorado has, that country-city type feel and then we tried to put a little bit of New York on it to add to the progression.”

Architect Carlos Ott also has been affiliated with the site. The land belongs to Paradise Investment Properties, which bought it in 2002 for $3.5 million.

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