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East Central Area Plan

Latest News: Upcoming opportunities to provide input

If you would like to participate in the development of the East Central Area Neighborhood Plan for the Capitol Hill, North Capitol Hill, City Park West, City Park, Cheesman Park and Congress Park neighborhoods, there are several meetings and workshops planned for early 2019 where you can provide input.

Coming in February 

Planning process schedule for 2019

Planning process schedule for 2019

Save these dates and check back for information on community workshops for the entire plan area as well as for specific neighborhoods set to take place in early 2019:

East Central Area-wide Community Workshops
Tuesday, February 5 

  • Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 1370 Grant St, Denver, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Neighborhood Workshops
Thursday, February 7 – North Capitol Hill and City Park West, 

  • Colorado Health Foundation, 1780 Pennsylvania St, Denver, 6-8 pm

Tuesday, February 12 – Capitol Hill and Cheesman Park  

  • Althea Center, 1400 N Williams St, Denver, 6-8 pm

Wednesday, February 13 – City Park and Congress Park - 

  • Church in the City - Beth Abraham, 2280 E 16th Ave, Denver, 6-8 pm

 


East Central Area Survey Results: What you have told us

The East Central Area Plan team has surveyed more than 1,100 people who live, work, or play in the East Central Area to learn more about their hopes and concerns. The results of this survey have been guiding the planners and the Steering Committee as they identify key topics to be addressed in the neighborhood plan. Below, you’ll find a summary of the feedback we have received.

Question: "What do you like most about the East Central Area?"

Top six most frequent responses

  • Walkability: 287 mentions
  • Parks and green spaces: 279 mentions
  • Local shops and restaurants: 248 mentions
  • Housing, architecture, history: 199 mentions
  • Proximity/location: 176 mentions
  • Cultural & recreational amenities: 143 mentions

Respondents: 781

Residents love the East Central Area’s walkability, parks and green space, and mix of bustling shops and restaurants. They also appreciate its historic architecture, local character, and cultural institutions.

Graphic showing survey results on what respondents like most about East Central area

Question: “"What are your biggest concerns about the East Central Area, now and in the future?"

Top six most frequent responses:

  • Traffic, speeding and parking: 335
  • Development and loss of character: 249
  • Crime and personal safety: 209
  • Homelessness and panhandling: 152
  • Declining affordability: 103
  • Pedestrian safety and sidewalks: 82

Respondents: 771

Residents in the East Central area are most concerned about traffic and congestion, particularly with regards to how it affects safety for pedestrians and parking availability as well as crime and general cleanliness along East Colfax and nearby areas. Other frequently cited concerns include members of the community who are experiencing homelessness and need better access to services and facilities, and the potential impacts of development on affordability and character.

Graphic showing survey results on respondents' biggest concerns about the East Central Area

Question: "What is your big idea for improving the East Central area?"

  • Improve public transit: 107 mentions
  • Reinvigorate/beautify Colfax: 97
  • Improve pedestrian safety and walkability: 80
  • Improve bikeability and connect bike paths: 78
  • Reduce crime/increase police presence: 49
  • Innovative parking solutions: 44

Respondents: 556

The most common “big ideas” submitted by residents were improvements to public transit, ways to reinvigorate and beautify Colfax, and improvements to walkability and pedestrian safety. Twenty respondents suggested the idea of adding a trolley/streetcar with service along Colfax.

Graphic showing survey results for big ideas for the East Central Area

Question: "Please tell us what neighborhood amenities are important to you. These can be amenities that exist today or ones you would like to see in the future."

  • Dining: 72 percent
  • Grocery shopping: 69 percent
  • Recreational activities: 37 percent
  • Cultural amenities/events: 36 percent
  • Other retail/entertainment: 24 percent
  • Medical services: 17 percent
  • Outdoor seating and plazas: 16 percent
  • Educational opportunities: 4 percent
  • Child care: 1 percent

Respondents: 768

Access to food dominated the list of top amenities for residents in the East Central Area. Ranked highest were Grocery Shopping and Dining, followed by Recreational Activities and Cultural Amenities & Events. Respondents expressed much less interest in prioritizing economic development amenities like childcare and education opportunities.

Graphic showing survey results for top amenities in the East Central Area

Question: "Please tell us how friendly the East Central Area is for pedestrians, including the quality of sidewalks and ease of access to amenities?"

  • Very easy: 38 percent
  • Fairly easy: 53 percent
  • Not easy: 9 percent

Respondents: 792

The majority of residents agreed that walking in the East Central Area is “very” or “fairly” easy; however, respondents also made it clear walkability in the area is important to them, and can still be improved via safer pedestrian crossings, an improved sidewalk network and reduced crime along Colfax.

Graphic showing survey results on walking in the East Central Area

Question: "Please tell us how friendly the East Central Area is for cyclists, including the quality of bicycle facilities and ease of access to amenities?”

  • Very easy: 15 percent
  • Fairly easy: 56 percent
  • Not easy: 29 percent

Respondents: 742

Nearly one third of residents expressed that biking in the East Central Area is “not easy”. Comments elsewhere in the survey suggested bikability could be improved via a more robust bike lane network and better connectivity between routes.

Graphic showing survey results on biking in the East Central Area

Question: "Please tell us how often you use public transit in the East Central Area?"

  • Frequently: 17 percent
  • Occasionally: 29 percent
  • Rarely: 28 percent
  • Never: 25 percent

Respondents: 786

Respondents were split evenly along the spectrum in their current use of public transit; however, comments provided suggest that improvements to transit should be prioritized. Many respondents requested more frequent and reliable transit, particularly along Colfax.

Graphic showing survey results on transit use in East Central Area

Question: "Please tell us about housing options in the East Central Area. The East Central Area has good housing options for…"

  • Young professionals: 89 percent agreed
  • Families: 61 percent agreed
  • Seniors: 37 percent agreed
  • Low-income residents: 16 percent agreed
  • Disabled residents: 13 percent agreed

Respondents: 732

Residents agreed the East Central Area has good housing options for young professionals as well as families. They also expressed the area does not currently provide good housing options for seniors, low-income residents and disabled residents. 

Graphic showing survey results on housing options in the East Central Area

Question: "Please tell us your opinion on the businesses in the East Central Area."

  • Local businesses meet most of my daily needs: 60 percent
  • Local businesses meet some of my daily needs: 36 percent
  • Local businesses don't meet my daily needs: 4 percent

Respondents: 783

Summary: The community agrees that businesses in the East Central Area meet “most” or “some’ of their daily needs, and that the area’s local, independent businesses are part of what makes it a great place to live.

Graphic showing survey results on businesses in the East Central Area

Question: "Please tell us how safe you feel in the East Central Area?"

  • Always safe: 17 percent
  • Usually safe: 77 percent
  • Rarely safe: 6 percent

Respondents: 790

Summary: While most of the community reported feeling safe “usually” in the East area (77%), some also expressed concern with local crime and panhandling.

Graphic showing survey results on safety concerns in the East Central Area


About the East Central Planning Area

The East Central Planning Area includes the statistical neighborhoods adjacent to Colfax Avenue between Broadway and Colorado Boulevard, including Capitol Hill, North Capitol Hill, Cheesman Park, Congress Park, City Park and City Park West. The area contains a rich mix of amenities, jobs, and housing options, and remains one of the most dynamic places in the city. The area’s outdated plans coupled with additional changes on the horizon—including plans to improve City Park, add Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along Colfax Avenue, and new amenities such as Civic Center Transit Station and the Carla Madison Recreation Center—make East Central a top priority for engaging the community in a new plan.

Currently, the East Central planning area is zoned according to the following breakdown:

32% Urban context
27% General urban context
19% Open space
11% Urban center context
11% Other (Former Chapter 59, Downtown context, Campus context)

Pie chart showing zoning context breakdown for east central planning area

To help inform the NPI Strategic Plan, the city developed data-based indicators of planning need at the neighborhood scale. Click here to read more about the indicators.

Table showing planning need indicator scores

Text translation of above infographic (PDF)

Statistics
  • Area: 3.89 square miles
  • Population: 46,488 people
  • Housing units: 32,684 units
Regional destinations
  • Denver Zoo
  • Denver Museum of Nature & Science
  • Botanic Gardens
  • Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center
  • St. Joseph Hospital
  • National Jewish Health
  • State Capitol
  • History Colorado Center
Natural features
  • Cheesman Park
  • City Park
  • Congress Park
Key corridors
  • Park Avenue
  • Colfax Avenue
  • 17th Avenue
  • 7th Avenue Parkway
  • Broadway Boulevard
  • Downing Street
  • Colorado Boulevard

Steering Committee Meeting #1
6-8 p.m., Wednesday, July 19
Colorado Health Foundation, 1780 Pennsylvania Street, Denver
Presentation (PDF)
Agenda (PDF)
Meeting summary (PDF)

Steering Committee Meeting #2
6-8 p.m., Wednesday, August 16
CHUN Tears McFarlane House, 1290 Williams St., Community Hall
Agenda (PDF)
Meeting summary (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)

Steering Committee Meeting #3
6-8 p.m., Wednesday, September 13
Webb Municipal Building, 201 W. Colfax Ave. 
Agenda (PDF)
Meeting summary (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)

Steering Committee Meeting #4
6-8 p.m., Thursday, October 12
Bicycle Café 1308 E 17th Ave
Agenda (PDF)
Meeting summary (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)

Steering Committee Meeting #5
6-8 p.m., Thursday, November 9
CHUN Tears McFarlane House, 1290 Williams St., Community Hall
Agenda (PDF)
Meeting Summary (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)

Steering Committee Meeting #6
6-8 pm Thursday December 14
CHUN Tears McFarlane House, 1290 Williams St., Community Hall
Agenda (PDF)
Meeting Summary (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)

Steering Committee Meeting #7
6-8 p.m., Thursday, January 11
CHUN Tears McFarlane House, 1290 Williams St., Community Hall
Agenda (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)
Meeting Summary (PDF)

Steering Committee Meeting 8
6-8 p.m., Thursday, February 8
CHUN Tears McFarlane House, 1290 Williams St., Community Hall
Agenda (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)
Meeting Summary (PDF)

Steering Committee Meeting 9
6-8 p.m., Thursday, March 8
CHUN Tears McFarlane House, 1290 Williams St., Community Hall
Agenda (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)
Meeting Summary (PDF)

Steering Committee Meeting 10
6-8 p.m., Thursday, April 12
CHUN Tears McFarlane House, 1290 Williams St., Community Hall
Agenda (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)
Meeting Summary (PDF)

Steering Committee Meeting 11
6-8 p.m., Thursday, May 10
CHUN Tears McFarlane House, 1290 Williams St., Community Hall
Agenda (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)
Meeting Summary (PDF)

Steering Committee Meeting 12
6-8 p.m., Thursday, June 14
CHUN Tears McFarlane House, 1290 Williams St., Community Hall
Agenda (PDF)
Summary (PDF)

Steering Committee Meeting 13
6-8 p.m., Thursday, July 12
CHUN Tears McFarlane House, 1290 Williams St., Community Hall
Agenda (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)
Summary (PDF) 

Steering Committee Meeting 14
6-8 p.m., Thursday, August 9
CHUN Tears McFarlane House, 1290 Williams St., Community Hall
Agenda (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)
Summary (PDF)

Steering Committee Meeting 15
6-8 p.m., Thursday, September 13
CHUN Tears McFarlane House, 1290 Williams St., Community Hall
Agenda (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)
Summary (PDF)

Steering Committee Meeting 16
6-8 p.m., Thursday, October 11
CHUN Tears McFarlane House, 1290 Williams St., Community Hall
Agenda (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)
Summary (PDF)

Focus Group: Design Quality and Character Preservation Meeting #1
Presentation (PDF)

Steering Committee Meeting 17
6-8 p.m., Thursday, November 8
CHUN Tears McFarlane House, 1290 Williams St., Community Hall
Agenda (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)

Summary (PDF)

Steering Committee Meeting 18
5:30-6:30 pm, Thursday, December 13
Irish Snug, 1201 Colfax Ave
Agenda (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)

Summary (PDF)

Steering Committee Meeting 19
6:00-8:00 pm, Thursday, January 10
CHUN Tears McFarlane House, 1290 Williams St., Community Agenda (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)

 

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Contact Us

Scott Robinson
Senior City Planner
scott.robinson@denvergov.org

Steering Committee

Council members Wayne New and Albus Brooks have convened the Steering Committee for the East Central Area Plan. All meetings for the committee will be open to the public.

Meeting schedule:
6-8 p.m., 2nd Thursday of the month
CHUN Tears-McFarlane House Community Room, 1290 Williams St.

December meeting: 
5:30 p.m., Thursday, December 13
Irish Snug, 1201 E. Colfax Ave. 

Name Affiliation
Jimmy Balafas Colfax Business Improvement District 
Brad Cameron Cheesman Park
Megan Deffner City Park West
Buzz Geller Commercial property owner
Neil Goldblatt Commercial property owner
Bob Hampe North Capitol Hill
Frank Locantore Uptown on the Hill, Colfax Ave Business Improvement District
Don Novak Bluebird Business Improvement District
Heather O'Neil City Park West
Michelle Reichmuth City Park Neigborhood Advisory
Caroline Schomp Capitol Hill
Myles Tangalin Congress Park
Trent Thompson South City Park
Charlie Woolley Commercial property owner


Focus Groups

As part of the planning process, we are bringing together local experts to serve on focus groups that will hold technical discussions on specific topics. 

Focus group meetings will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Carla Madison Recreation Center on the dates below, except where noted. The meetings are open for the public to attend and observe the discussion. 

  • January 8: Affordable housing, social services, & financial stability
  • January 9: Small business retention, real estate/transit oriented development, & healthy food
  • January 15: Mobility & access (Art Gym Denver, 1460 Leyden Street)
  • January 17: Green infrastructure, recreation, open space
  • January 29: Design quality & character preservation