City Council District 10 is in the heart of Denver, and it includes the closely-knit neighborhoods of Capitol Hill, Congress Park, Bellevue-Hale, Mayfair, Cherry Creek, Country Club, Alamo Placita, and the Golden Triangle.
In District 10 you will also find our government center, the Denver Art Museum, the Colorado History Museum, and the Botanic Gardens. Within our wonderful District, we have 9 schools, 12 historic districts, 1 fire station, the Denver Police Department headquarters, 1 swimming pool, 4 hospitals, and the heart of Denver’s historic park and parkway system. So put your walking shoes on. In District 10, we live close together and it’s easy to walk to a movie theater, the grocery store, or the park.
Central Denver Recreation Center
The Stakeholders’ met in January 2015 to hear more about program and cost for the new facility. The new recreation center will include an 8 lane lap pool, a leisure pool, a gym, a cardio/weight area, exercise space, and community rooms. Construction costs have increased significantly, so Council recently appropriated an additional $6 million to the construction budget. Final demolition has been completed, including the removal of underground tanks and removal of soil; 13 ground water monitoring wells were installed and will be monitored quarterly through the summer of 2015. Adolfson & Peterson Construction was selected as the Construction Management/General Contractor for the project and is already at work reviewing construction cost estimates with architects from Barker, Rinker, Seacat. We’d love to add two more lanes to the lap pool, have a climbing wall for the outside of the building, and create a roof-top event space with a catering kitchen, terrace, and community room. So we are actively looking for financial sponsors and making the Parks and Rec naming policy available to them.
Storm Water Improvements
The City and County of Denver’s continuing drainage Improvements in the Cherry Creek area are designed to upgrade the storm sewer and inlet capacity in the area to relieve the periodic flooding that has occurred historically during storm events. Many Cherry Creek merchants and residents alike have experienced flood damage to their properties and many streets become impassable during these events. While the improvements will not eliminate the risk, they will dramatically improve the capacity of the system to handle storm water. The project cost will be paid for with Denver Waste Water Capital Project funds and represents another major investment and upgrade in the City’s infrastructure for the neighborhood.
The first segment is scheduled to begin on January 12, 2015 from the Whole Foods parking lot entrance on 2nd Avenue and move east to Columbine Street. This segment is planned to be completed through the intersection by February 9, 2015. Both the Whole Foods driveway and the Clayton Lane Garage entrance on 2nd and Columbine will remain open at all times though detours will likely be required. The second segment will go north on Columbine to 3rd Avenue and turn the corner onto 3rd Avenue going east to near Clayton Street. This segment should be completed by March 9th. The third segment continues east on 3rd Avenue to Detroit and turns north on Detroit to the northern edge of the CCN BID. This segment also included some work to add capacity in Clayton Street north of 3rd. The fourth and final segment is outside the CCN BID area, continuing north on Detroit to 4th Avenue. This segment also adds some capacity in 4th Avenue to relieve some residential flooding risk in that area.
The overall project is planned to be completed by May 4, 2015. Once the pipe work in each segment is complete, the trench will be backfilled and temporary paving applied. If the weather is not conducive, the final milling and repaving of the street may need to be delayed to later in the project schedule. As in all construction outdoors, especially in winter, the schedule and work is dependent on weather, existing utilities, and other unforeseen conditions. To learn more about the project visit www.denverstorm.com.
9th & Colorado
Continuum Partners closed on the property formerly owned by the University of Colorado in January 2015. They are mobilizing their contractor and work will begin immediately! As part of the project, developers George Thorn and John Huggins will be building multi-unit apartment building at 11th and Ash that will be available to renters who make 40 to 60% of area median income. Continuum’s agreement with Denver Urban Renewal Authority which Council approved requires at least 100 affordable units in the overall development.
The 9th & Colorado Project is located on the former campus of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in the vicinity of East 9th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard. The 26-acre redevelopment site sits approximately three miles southeast of Downtown Denver’s Central Business District. The anticipated redevelopment plan proposed by 9th Avenue (Denver) Land, LLC (a joint venture between Continuum Partners and CIM) will provide a wide range of uses and emphasizes place making attributes. The plan calls for the creation of a highly walkable and bikeable project, integrating open green space and pedestrian amenities. The redevelopment will include a horizontal and vertical mix of uses, including residential, office, retail, restaurant, hotel and public space. The retail component will focus on creating a mix of retailers and restaurants, which will include national, regional and local businesses. The development plan contemplates adaptive reuse of the existing iconic Research Bridge, and the Nurses’ Dormitory. This 9th & Colorado redevelopment concept is consistent with the strategic vision and the goals of the General Development Plan and the 9th & Colorado Urban Redevelopment Plan.
For project updates visit www.9thandColorado.com.
A Collaborative Effort to Increase Public Transit
The City and County of Denver, in coordination with the City of Aurora, kicked of the new transportation planning project in October of 2012. The collaborative movement seeks to identify and develop ways to improve transit and overall mobility in the East Colfax corridor, which is roughly bounded by I-25 to the west, I-225 to the east, 12th Avenue to the south and 20th Avenue to the north.
"Colfax Corridor Connections will provide a road-map for us to begin improving mobility and accessibility for transit users, pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers"
-Terry Ruiter, Colfax Corridor Connections
Project Manager with the City and County of Denver
Until November of 2013, CCC will study mobility and accessibility needs in the corridor and identify transit and other improvements. This project seeks to improve mobility, livability and accessibility within the corridor. Funding is a current roadblock to immediate implementation, though Colfax Corridor Connections views the current research as a stepping stone toward the procurement of funding in the near future. Community input is essential, and more information can be found at www.ColfaxCorridorConnections.com.
To contact the organization, please call (303)-223-6595 or emailInfo@ColfaxCorridorConnections.com