Transit Oriented Development (TODs) around rail stations is part of Denver’s plan to become a world-class city where everyone is part of the community. This concept creates a village around light rail stations where people can conveniently access affordable housing, restaurants and grocery shops, retail stores, and public transit options. With a housing shortfall, high density TOD developments help reduce traffic congestion instead of increasing urban sprawl as Denver continues to grow.
The Yale Station features mixed-income TOD developments. Currently, the Yale Station Apartments provide affordable senior housing. The Garden Court Apartments opened in 2016 and are affordable family/workforce housing. Residents receive an eco-pass to take advantage of public transit. A new 112-unit, 118-parking space apartment building at 5101 E. Yale Ave is underway. Estimated completion date: March 2018.
The Colorado Center is a centrally located TOD with businesses, housing and entertainment options. The planned additions include an energy efficient 15-story building office space with 5 floors of parking, a residential tower containing 260 apartments, and 40,000 square feet of Main Street retail and restaurants.
Near Hampden and Monaco, the Southmoor Station is in a centrally located community but is underutilized. There are several apartments nearby but lack convenient access to the light rail. In June 2017, Urban Land Institute conducted a Technical Advisory Panel with real estate experts, neighbors and business owners to look at challenges and solutions to improve access to the light rail station. Southmoor visioning workshops will be held winter 2018 to create a community-driven vision.
Denver Public Works is working with Arapahoe County to design and fund improvements on Yale Ave. from I-25 to Monaco. Plans include adding a crosswalk near the Yale Station, widening the lanes to improve traffic flow, adding more turn lanes and repaving the corridor. Other improvements include a light at Yale Circle so pedestrians can get tot he light rail station, improved sidewalks, a High Line Canal tunnel at Yale & Holly, installing better signage at Bible crosswalks.
As part of the SH 30 Hampden/Havana Pedestrian Safety Connections Improvements Project, Denver and CDOT are proposing to improve pedestrian safety along Hampden Avenue and Havana Street from approximately Dayton Street to Dartmouth Avenue. New 8-10 foot sidewalks have been installed on the western edge of the Kennedy Golf Course and the eastern edge of Hentzell Park. The new sidewalk will connect to the Cherry Creek Trail to enhance trail access.
These properties are not for sale, and the owners do not have plans for them at this time. Redeveloping the properties are top priorities for Councilwoman Black who is working with our real estate department to explore land use solutions. As we enter 2018 Councilwoman Black is escalating her efforts to ensure this property sells to a developer that will develop a meaningful project that will benefit the neighborhood and community. Read more on actions taken and future options here.
There was a significant fire at the Rockies Inn on Evans and I-25. Demolition of the site started on July 7, 2016. A storage facility with 920 units is planned. Greenbox Storage plans to build on the former Rockies Inn site (Evans & I-25). Construction has been delayed because the company opted to design the original plan to a "smarter" building (net zero energy output). Work on the project is expected to begin early 2018.
The Canal is not an efficient water conveyance. Denver Water owns the Canal but is transitioning its customers off because over 70% of the delivered water is lost through seepage and evaporation. Denver Water and Parks & Recreation are working together to install a new irrigation system at Wellshire and move it off of the Canal as a water source and onto potable water. Click here to read the Denver Post article on the irrigation project to learn more.
Denver Water is making upgrades to the Hillcrest water storage facility at 4100 S. Happy Canyon Road. The first phase (the tanks) will run from 2016 through late 2019. The second phase (pumping station) will overlap the first and is anticipated to run from 2018 through early 2020. To find out more information, go to denverwater.org/hillcrest.
Bible Park Bridges
After inspection by bridge engineers, Denver Parks & Recreation regrets to inform the Bible Park community that the 3 bridges listed below have been closed due to structural deficiencies and associated safety concerns. For additional information, please review the Bible Park Bridge Closures FAQ and refer to DPR's Trail Detours webpage for updates.
A CVS will be built on the southwest corner of Tamarac & Hampden. Three existing office buildings will be torn down. Plans include a pedestrian and bicycle zone and other retail shops. Construction is expected to begin in 2018.
MGL Partners will break ground in the coming weeks on a new $51 million senior living facility north of Belleview Avenue along Niagara Street. MGL bought 2.1 acres of land for the project earlier this week from Westfield for about $4.8 million. The site is a surface parking lot, immediately north of the planned One DTC West office building at Belleview and Niagara streets.
Eisenhower courts: A full replacement of the Eisenhower tennis courts will begin in winter 2017.
Rosamond courts: The Rosamond Park tennis courts crack and surface repair began in early June 2017 and is expected to conclude by June 25, 2017. The project has a phased schedule that will allow 2 courts to remain open during the repairs. Courts 1 and 2 will be repaired first, then 3 and 4.