Denver’s River North (RiNo) neighborhood is on a development roll that doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon! This trendy area has long been an artists haven and is transitioning from a primarily industrial area to one of Denver’s cultural hubs. From office space to hotels to stylish new bars and restaurants, there is no shortage of new development popping up in RiNo.

As a firm that specializes in commercial real estate and placemaking, we’ve been working closely with a number of clients on projects in the area, which has only deepened our love for this neighborhood. Here’s what we have our eye on right now:

One of the newest projects to break ground is The HUB. At 275,00 square feet, this mixed-use development sits on two acres of prime real estate adjacent to the 38th and Blake Street RTD commuter rail station. The striking design of the building includes floor-to-ceiling glass windows and an expansive fourth-floor garden terrace. Even though the building won’t be completed until the fourth quarter of 2018, it is quickly leasing and attracting big names including HomeAdvisor, which relocated from Denver West with the intent of moving its headquarters to The HUB upon completion. SideCar client JLL Denver is serving as the leasing agent.

Across the street, the 35th/36th Street pedestrian bridge opened in early August, just in time for the Velorama Festival. The bridge crosses the railroad tracks, connecting Blake and Wazee Streets between 35th and 36th Streets, providing safer access for pedestrians to the commuter rail station. Another important connection is in the planning stages at the TAXI development where the developer and the City of Denver are working to build a bridge that would connect the development to the west side of RiNo. The envisioned connection would be approximately 310 feet and cross the Platte River, linking TAXI with the intersection at 35th Street and Arkins Court.

In addition to an influx of office space, the RiNo neighborhood has quickly become known for its bar scene. RiNo now has the highest concentration of craft beverage producers in the U.S. with 15 craft breweries, cideries, urban wineries and distilleries in a one-mile radius. (SideCar pro-bono client DRinK RiNo is an association of these makers; be sure to check them out!)

One of the latest additions is craft winery Bigsby’s Folly. Rooted in the belief that wine doesn’t need to be intimidating to be extraordinary, Bigsby’s features a 1920s-inspired tasting room and full production facility. The SideCar team loves dropping by to enjoy a glass of wine on the patio, which has fantastic mountain and city views.

This fall, Ironton Distillery will open, bringing a variety of handcrafted sprits (farm-to-table, small batches – you get the idea) to the area. The development will include Ironton Studios art gallery and a large garden, where patrons can enjoy house-made cocktails in a variety of settings. The Block Distilling Co. will also open, offering another opportunity to sip on grain-to-bottle gin, vodka, whiskey, rum, brandy and liqueurs in the neighborhood.

Also emerging in RiNo is a boutique hotel scene. SideCar client JOHNSON NATHAN STROHE designed the much-anticipated The Ramble Hotel, which will open in early 2018. This 50-room boutique hotel will feature a marquee lobby bar by famed New York cocktail bar Death & Co., which will also run room service, a morning café bar and more.

The Source Hotel, located adjacent to The Source market hall, will also open in early 2018. Focused on lifestyle, the 100-room hotel will be located in an eight-story tower with an indoor/outdoor restaurant on the rooftop terrace. If you needed any more proof of RiNo’s status as a craft beverage hub, New Belgium will open its first Denver production facility on-site, allowing guests to see the brewing process first-hand.

This is just a taste of what’s to come for RiNo, and the SideCar team plans to be on hand to tour all of the new developments (and of course perform a little quality control at all these new wineries and breweries!)

Image Credit: RiNo Art District