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 Belleview Station has two apartment buildings: The MileHouse with 352 units and The Den with 325 units. Four stores have opened with more restaurants and high-end amenities planned in the future. A 15-story office building will house the global headquarters of Western Union. Current restaurants include: Backcountry Delicatessen, Urban Egg, Ambli, Los Chingones, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Sushi-Rama, Tap & Burger Belleview Station, and Midici.
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 offer affordable family/workforce housing. Residents receive an eco-pass to take advantage of public transit. The Yale 25 Station Apartments offer 112 urban-living style units.
The Colorado Station is a fast-growing transit hub located at the northern point of Council District 4. The Colorado Center is directly adjacent to the light rail station and offers office and retail space. The Colorado Center provides a pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use community that encourages residents and workers to drive their cars less and ride transit more. A new food hall with 10 original concepts, plus a bar and coffee shop, is under construction and expected to open January 2020.
Near Hampden & Monaco, the Southmoor Station is in a centrally-located community, but is underutilized. There are several apartments nearby that 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. Transportation Solutions received a grant this year to conduct a Multi-Station Plan & Mobility Study focused on the Belleview, Southmoor, and Yale light rail stations.