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Portman Holdings has acquired a development site at 18th St. and Wewatta St. in Denver’s Lower Downtown neighborhood (LoDo), across the street from the new Union Station multimodal transit terminal.

The project is currently in pre-development, with plans to break ground in fall 2014. Current plans for the property include a 200,000 square foot mixed-use development featuring office space and a hotel. John Portman & Associates will provide architectural services and intends to differentiate the building through an architecturally significant design and a proposed public outdoor space facing 18th and Wewatta Streets. General Contractor Hensel Phelps plans to complete construction within 18 months of breaking ground.

“This location is unbeatable,” said Ambrish Baisiwala, CEO of Portman Holdings. “Denver is just the type of market we are bullish about, and we appreciate the dynamics of the Union Station neighborhood as well as the walkability and integrated transit.”

Denver has recovered 110 percent of jobs lost during the recession, and as of December 2013 there was $1.5 billion under construction in Downtown alone. In addition to the favorable dynamics of the overall Denver and downtown Denver markets, the superior location of the site led the development partnership to purchase the land. The Union Station neighborhood, is seeing a spike in development activity. The neighborhood is home to a $484 million infrastructure project—Union Station multimodal terminal—and is within walking distance of Denver’s riverfront, the new 17-acre Commons Park, Wynkoop Plaza, the Wewatta Pavilion, Coors Field, and some of Denver’s most popular attractions.

About Portman Holdings
Throughout the past 60 years, Portman Holdings has developed over 50 million square feet of premium real estate across the world with a focus on hospitality, office and mixed-use properties. The vertically integrated real estate development, investment and management company commands a successful global network and has a proven track record with the world’s top financial institutions. Teams in the company’s global offices seamlessly connect to develop, finance and manage a diverse portfolio in the world’s core and emerging markets. Portman Holdings continues to achieve success through investor, partner, and client relationships that deliver exceptional real estate projects. For additional information, visit www.portmanholdings.com and follow the company on Twitter via @PortmanRE.

About John Portman & Associates
John Portman & Associates, Inc. (JP&A) is an internationally renowned architectural design firm with offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Shanghai, China. Established in 1953, JP&A has over 60 years of expertise in designing hotels, residences, offices, universities, exhibition centers and mixed-use urban complexes. JP&A projects can be seen in more than 60 cities worldwide. The firm’s architecture transcends national borders by striving for universal human appeal, delivering a memorable experience for users and maintaining a sound investment for owners and operators. For more information on John Portman & Associates, visit www.portmanusa.com and follow the company on Twitter via @JPortmanAssoc.

About Hensel Phelps
HENSEL PHELPS Plan. Build. Manage. From planning and design, to construction, and facility management, Hensel Phelps work to solve their clients’ challenges from start to finish, and beyond. Hensel Phelps clients, both domestic and international, have entrusted them with a tremendous range of landmark projects, in nearly every market sector. Established in 1937, the employee-owned company delivers value through their People, Processes, Partnership and Technology, collectively recognized as The HENSEL PHELPS Way. Visit www.henselphelps.com and follow the company on Twitter via @HenselPhelps