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Elyria Swansea Neighborhood Plan

The Denver City Council adopted the Elyria and Swansea Neighborhoods Plan on February 23, 2015, following a public hearing. Thanks to participants and community partners from the Elyria and Swansea, Northeast Park Hill, Clayton, River North and Cole neighborhoods. 

40th & Colorado Station Area Workshop I

A 40th & Colorado station area workshop was held near the station on August 13, 2014. The meeting explored two alternative concepts depicting possible new development near the station, with the potential for new street connections, sidewalks, lighting and stormwater drainage improvements, as well as a possible park and new services in the neighborhood.

Alternative A shows more residential development, while Alternative B shows light industrial flex infill development that could attract cleaner, higher tech jobs to the area. 

In both alternatives, there is potential for residential development and light industrial flex uses to face each other across the same street, (as shown in the section in the presentation), with pedestrian-friendly building and street design and the majority of parking and truck / van loading to the rear. The section also depicts how light industrial flex uses could create a buffer between residential and larger-scale industrial uses.

Both alternatives show the market lead ditch being filled and redeveloped as a near- to mid-term opportunity (5 to 10 years). Two possible locations for an RTD park-n-ride garage are shown as a longer-term opportunity (10 to 20 years).  Alternative A shows the garage north of the Union Pacific tracks connected to the station platform by a pedestrian bridge. Alternative B shows the garage on the RTD surface parking area south of the tracks. For more information, view the PDF below. Please send comments and questions to the contacts listed at right.

40th & Colorado Station Area Workshop II

A second neighborhood workshop was held on September 17, 2014 to build on the input received in previous meetings and to further refine a vision for the 40th and Colorado station area in Denver. This supplemental meeting was co-sponsored by the Urban Land Conservancy and the City of Denver. The Urban Land Conservancy has been engaging community residents and stakeholders over the past year to explore development opportunities on 9.4 acres on the east side of Colorado Boulevard along Smith Road. The workshop looked at how sub-areas within the station area might better relate to each other, to the rail station platform, and to the surrounding neighborhoods. 


On September 15, 2014, the Denver Department of Environmental Health, Councilwoman Judy Montero and the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative (NDCC) announced the completion of the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) for Globeville, Elyria and Swansea. View the assessment here: Be Healthy Denver website

El Departamento de Salud Ambiental, la concejal Judy Montero y el Fundamento Colaborativo Comunitario del Norte de Denver (NDCC por su sigla en ingles) están contentos de anunciar la finalización de la Evaluación del Impacto en Salud (HIA por su sigla en ingles) para Globeville, Elyria y Swansea. Puede acceder a la HIA aqui: Sitio Web Be Healthy Denver

The last Swansea/Elyria Neighborhood Plan was adopted in 1983.  The River North Plan (pdf, 6MB), adopted in July 2003, includes a sizeable area of Elyria between 38th Street, Interstate 70, York Street, and 40th Avenue.

Swansea/Elyria Charrette Report, issued in 1989, summarized a series of meetings that addressed various neighborhood issues with community leaders. This report updated the 1983 neighborhood plan in some needed respects such as its urban design analysis. An Economic Assessment of the Elyria/Swansea Neighborhoods was completed in 1999 by the Colorado Center for Community Development at the University of Colorado Denver.This report provided partial but significant new information about the area’s economic conditions.
The  Elyria-Swansea Neighborhood Assessment (PDF), completed in 2003, documented the current conditions in the Elyria/Swansea statistical neighborhood in terms proscribed by Denver’s  Comprehensive Plan 2000 and Blueprint Denver, which prioritize housing, mobility, land use, environmental sustainability, and historical legacies. The neighborhood assessment found many changing conditions, needs and opportunities, and recommended undertaking a new area plan

Several environmental impact statement (EIS) processes for major new transportation have been completed or are currently being conducted in the area by other parties:

A new small area plan for the Elyria and Swansea neighborhoods was started in 2007 as part of a grant awarded by the US EPA to the Healthy Air for Northeast Denver (HAND) partnership, a collaboration between Groundwork Denver and the City. This funding was used to bring consulting assistance to the planning process to enhance public participation and to conduct analyses beyond the usual scope of the City’s small area plans.  

The City and County of Denver began a process to plan for change in the areas surrounding future transit stations. In 2006, the city completed a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Strategic Plan that identified a need for land use planning for the National Western Stock Show station area on RTD’s future North Metro commuter rail corridor.  The City and County of Denver along with RTD examined the station location as part of the North Metro Draft Environmental Impact Statement.  The City sought public input to help select the station location and as a result of this process, RTD is recommending the station be located at the National Western Stock Show. The City and County of Denver’s Community Planning and Development Department started a planning effort to develop a station area plan for the half-mile area surrounding the future NWSS station.  Public input and concepts, linked below, from the NWSS station area planning effort will be integrated into the larger neighborhood planning effort.   

Goals established during the NWSS planning effort:

  • Define a community vision for the neighborhoods, and provide goals, objectives, and strategies for achieving the vision.
  • Provide guidance on land use, density, and urban form for each study area.  Maximize short- and long-term land-use opportunities presented by the station.
  • Address access and circulation within the study area for all modes of transportation, including pedestrian and bicycle access between the study area and adjacent neighborhoods.
  • Establish a framework for a comfortable, attractive and vibrant public realm.
  • Establish an identity for the transit-oriented district.
  • Engage stakeholders in a planning process with public support.
  • Enhance the ridership base for the expanded transit system.
  • Guide and inform future policy decisions, including redevelopment, infill, and infrastructure improvements.
  • Address local market challenges and opportunities and issues relevant to the study area, including social services, public health, and access to open space and other public amenities.

Denver City Council Public Hearing
5:30 p.m., Monday, February 23, 2015
City and County Building
1437 Bannock St., Room 451

Denver Planning Board Public Hearing
3 p.m., Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Webb Municipal Office Building
201 W. Colfax Avenue, Room 4.F.6/4.G.2

40th and Colorado Public Workshop
Date: Wednesday, September 17
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: 4100 Jackson Street

40th and Colorado Public Workshop
Date: Wednesday, August 13 
Time: 6 – 8 p.m. 
Location: 4100 Jackson Street

Special Joint Public Meeting for Globeville and Elyria-Swansea Plans
Topic: Public Health, Environmental Quality and Health Impact Assessments
Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 6 p.m.
Colorado Miners Community Center, 4809 Race Street

Public meeting #2: Help plan a strong community!
Swansea Recreation Center
2650 E. 49th Ave.
Thursday, May 2, 2013, 6 - 8 p.m.
Download flyer (English and Spanish)

Public kick-off meeting (meeting #1)
Colorado Miners Recreation Center
4809 Race Street
Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 5:30p.m. - 7:30pm

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Steve Nalley

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