Public Works will be addressing major flooding issues that have been ongoing for decades near the Yale Station by upgrading storm water infrastructure. This major construction project on Yale began in January, between Dahlia & I-25, and on S. Glencoe. The Yale construction will last 4-6 months. We can expect lane closures and traffic delays. The Glencoe portion of the project will go beyond that first phase.
We also expect that a new traffic signal and curb ramps will be installed at Yale & Dahlia in about March. Other Yale improvement projects that are funded, but not planned or scheduled include a new traffic signal at Yale Cr., pedestrian safety and sidewalk improvements, High Line tunnel at Yale & Holly, High Line crosswalk improvements at Bible Park, and traffic flow improvements.
More information and current project updates can be found at denvergov.org/eastyalestorm.
An enhanced crosswalk to Bible Park at Amherst & Quebec is expected to be constructed in 2018 in coordination with the Bible Park bridge replacements. The crosswalk will offer a pedestrian refuge halfway across Quebec. The staircase leading to the bridge will be replaced by an ADA accessible ramp to connect the crosswalk to the bridge.
The remainder of Hampden Heights Park paths should be completed in 2018. If you see a particularly hazardous section of a path, please alert our office with the exact location and we’ll report it for repair.
Separated bike lanes were installed August 2017 on Union St. from Monaco to Yosemite and on Ulster St. from Princeton to Belleview, providing critical connectivity to the Southmoor and Belleview light rail stations. Learn more on bike lanes here.
Colorado & Hampden Tunnels
Tunnels under Colorado and Hampden will be constructed to connect Denver and Cherry Hills Village via the High Line Canal. The project is currently in design and construction is expected to begin in 2019.
2017 GO Bond: SE Denver
*City-wide projects include bike lanes, sidewalk construction, arterial street repaving, curb & gutter repairs, bridge rehabilitation, irrigation renovation, & deferred maintenance.
For more information about GO Bond projects across the city, visit denvergov.org/2017gobond.
Hampden Heights Laterals Stormwater System: The proposed project will install a new stormwater system where one does not exist today. Key streets are Dayton and Geneva. Project dates are TBD.
High Line Canal Water Quality Facility: Denver is funding a pilot project along the High Line Canal, between Wellshire Golf Course and I-25, to determine the feasibility of turning the canal into a Water Quality facility. 3 structures will be installed along the canal to hold the water quality event and release it slowly over an extended period of time. Project dates are TBD.
Ross-University Hills Library Water Quality Upgrades: Future drainage, water quality, and landscaping upgrades (possible rain gardens on the east and west sides of the library) will serve as a pilot project ot educate residents on stormwater. The design is expected to begin in early 2018 with construction beginning in late 2018-early 2019.
Goldsmith Gulch Major Drainagewat Plan (MDP) & Flood Hazard Delineation (FHAD): A study will be conducted beginning in early 2018 to update the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District mapping of the Goldsmith Gulch. The project will provide up-to-date estimated 100-year flood flow rates and identify alternative solutions to reduce flood risk and improve water quality.
Hampden Corridor Study
Hampden is a vast car-oriented road that is unwelcoming and unsafe to pedestrians. Safety is the number one challenge on this thoroughfare with an unusually high number of car crashes and car/pedestrian incidents. Other challenges include pedestrian accessibility to the Southmoor and Dayton Light Rail Stations.
Community meetings were held in November and January to discuss Hampden safety improvements. The Hampden Corridor Study has concluded and will recommend improvements for 2019 and beyond. For more updates, visit denvergov.org/hampdenave.
Beginning in early February 2018, CDOT will begin work on a lighted and raised center median installation project along Colorado Highway 83/Parker Road between E. Mississippi and E. Harvard.
This $1.9 million project will prevent median crossover crashes and improve the safety of both motorists and pedestrians. Crews will install 18 raised concrete median islands and 35-foot light poles along this stretch of Parker Road. The project will continue until fall 2018. For more info on the project, call (720) 527-0878 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
One lane of traffic will remain open in each direction during the project. Motorists can expect work to occur Mondays through Fridays, with work hours as follows:
Northbound Parker Road: 7PM-8AM and 9AM-2PM
Southbound Parker Road: 7PM-7AM and 9AM-NOON
Bible Park Bridges
The first bridge (south) arrived on 2/7/18. Maintenance crews will set the concrete and perform other routine procedures. As soon as the cure product is set up, the bridge will be open to the public and the construction fencing will transition to protect the native landscape restoration areas. Please stay off the bridge until it is officially open (March 31, 2018.)
West (S Newport St) bridges is underway, and construction is anticipated to begin in late summer/early fall 2018. Read the updated FAQ here.
The City and County of Denver, Arapahoe County Open Space, Denver Water, and Urban Drainage and Flood Control District will be implementing a vegetation management effort along the Cherry Creek Greenway corridor - downstream of Cherry Creek Reservoir between Iliff Avenue and Quebec Street. The purpose of this work is to remove dead, invasive, and “weed” species trees in order to improve the ecological health and function of the corridor. Work starts in early Spring, with additional efforts likely occurring in the Fall of 2018 and/or Winter of 2019.
Recreational Court Repairs
Eisenhower Park tennis courts: A full replacement of the Eisenhower tennis courts began the first week in February. Acrylic surfacing will occur in the spring/when temperatures are consistently above 40 degrees. The contractor's completion date is June 30. One of the four tennis courts will be converted into a pickleball court.
Southmoor Park basketball court: Replacement of the basketball court in Southmoor Park is an identified 2017 GO Bond project. Parks & Recreation employees are working on a schedule for repairs.
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 that will move it off of the Canal as a water source and onto potable water.
Public Works will be rehabbing bridges with basic repairs at 3 locations: Over the Goldsmith Gulch at Eastman, over the Goldsmith Gulch at Monaco & Evans, and over the S Platte River at Mississippi. Myers and Sons Contracting was awarded the $1.6M contract.
Update on Bridge Rehabilitation Project @ Eastman over the Goldsmith Gulch
The project contractor filed for a one week road closure extension last week in order to complete road paving next week (1/22-1/26). The portion of Eastman over the Goldsmith Gulch will remained closed through next week. The entire scope of the project will continue through April 26. For additional information, contact Kevin Rens @ email@example.com.
CVS at Tamarac
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.
This property is not for sale, and the owner does not have plans at this time. Redeveloping the property is a top priority for Councilwoman Black. We are working with our real estate department to explore land use solutions. Due to strong commumity support, Councilwoman Black has escalated efforts to ensure this property sells to a developer that will develop a meaningful project that will benefit the neighborhood and community.
MGL Partners is building a new $51 million senior living facility north of Belleview Avenue along Niagara Street. MGL bought 2.1 acres of land for the project from Westfield for ~ $4.8 million. The site was a surface parking lot, immediately north of the planned One DTC West office building at Belleview and Niagara streets.
Construction of the Green Box Storage on the site of the former Rockies Inn on Evans & I-25 will begin in mid-2018. It will be a net zero building, meaning the total amount of energy used by the building on an annual basis is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site.
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.
Additional information on pipe replacement projects can be found at www.denverwater.org/pipes.
A water main and service line replacement project is scheduled to begin on Friday, March 9 on Yale Way from South Steele Street to South Adams Street. Denver Water expects the project will take about one month to complete.
All project timelines are subject to change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Water service emergencies, such as main breaks in other parts of Denver Water’s system, may also take precedence over this project. The crew may leave at a moment’s notice to work on those emergencies and may not return the following day.
Additional information on pipe replacement projects can be found at www.denverwater.org/pipes.
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, and Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. Sushi-Rama and Highland Tap & Burger are expected to open soon.
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. A new 112-unit, 118-parking space apartment building is expected to open mid April 2018.
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.
Review the draft community vision at the follow-up meeting on April 3.