Written by: Emilie Rusch, The Denver Post

Dairy Block is buzzing with activity — and not just of the construction variety.

The Maven, Sage Hospitality’s new independent boutique hotel, has already sold out a number of nights since unveiling its 172 loft-style guest rooms almost two months ago.

Kachina Southwestern Grill and Poka Lola Social Club opened their doors — and in Kachina’s case, a retro Airstream camper — around the same time to loud fanfare.

On the office side of things, the first tenants have also started settling in — McWhinney’s new Denver office opened in March, and anchor tenant Prologis was moving in this week.

But the development team behind Dairy Block — McWhinney, Sage and Grand American —  said the best is yet to come for the high-profile redevelopment transforming the downtown city block once home to the historic Windsor Dairy through a mix of adaptive reuse and new construction.

“Once the alley is activated, it’s going to feel so different,” said Celeste Smith, McWhinney’s vice president of marketing.

That pedestrian alley cuts through the heart of the block, bounded by 18th, 19th, Wazee and Blake streets, and will be lined with restaurants, bars, retail storefronts and the hotel’s event space when completed this fall.

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