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The Happy Canyon Shopping Center project has temporarily stopped, but is expected to start back up again very soon. The plans for the market in the old Safeway remain the same. We will provide updates via our e-newsletter, The Scoop, and on this webpage when they are made available. 

CONSTRUCTION & IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS IN THE DISTRICT

 

CITY & STATE FUNDED CONSTRUCTION & IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

S Glencoe during a major flooding event shows cars and front lawns flooded.

Yale Stormwater 

Most of the construction on the Yale Stormwater Project is wrapping up. Here's an update on the final phase:

New, 8-foot sidewalks will be constructed on the southside of Yale from Dahlia to Glencoe. The utility lines will also be buried. One lane of traffic will be closed during this construction. A new signal at Dahlia will be built after the sidewalks are installed. The date is TBD. The signal at Yale Cir has not yet been designed or scheduled.

More information and current project updates can be found at denvergov.org/eastyalestorm.

Aerial view of a wide crosswalk with a geometrical pattern.

Other Mobility Projects

Crosswalks

  • An enhanced crosswalk to Bible Park at Amherst & Tamarac will be constructed this fall. The crosswalk will offer a pedestrian refuge halfway across Quebec. The new bridge will have an ADA accessible ramp to connect the crosswalk to the bridge. 
  • An enhanced crosswalk and median will be constructed on S. Holly St. at the High Line Canal crossing near Iliff. The crosswalk will be built in 2019. 
  • A signalized crosswalk on Quincy at Syracuse is planned. No start date has been identified.

Colorado & Hampden Tunnels 
Tunnels under Colorado & Hampden will be constructed to connect Denver and Cherry Hills Village via the High Line Canal Trail. The project is currently in design and construction is expected to begin in 2019. 

Bike Lanes 

  • Mansfield from S. Monaco to Tamarac Dr. will get a bike lane this fall, providing access to the Southmoor Station. 
  • More info at denvergov.org/bicycling
 

2017 Elevate Denver GO Bond

  • Yale improvements: I-25 to Quebec
  • Yale Station pedestrian safety improvements
  • High Line Canal tunnel @ Yale & Holly 
  • Hampden Corridor multi-modal improvements
  • Buchtel & Colorado Blvd. bike/ped improvements
  • Ross-University Hills Library renovation
  • Eisenhower Rec Center upgrades
  • New playground @ Rosamond Park
  • New playground @ Bible Park
  • Trail resurfacing @ Hampden Heights Park
  • Upgrades for fire stations 13 & 22
  • Bike lanes on S. Birch & E. Princeton

*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/elevatedenver.

Wastewater Projects

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. 

 

The Hampden Ave Corridor Study logo.

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

Mt. Blanca Stormwater Project

To minimize ponding on S Dayton St during storm events, Public Works will be constructing the following drainage improvements:

  • S Geneva St @ S Dayton St: Construction begins 10/7 and will last ~6 weeks. S Geneva St will be closed, with access only to local residents coordinated by contractors.
  • S Emporia Ct @ S Dayton St: Construction begins 11/28 and will last ~6 weeks. There will be partial road closures as the contractor works at this intersection. The contractors will coordinate access with those affected, along with their temporary sanitary and water disruptions.

For more information, visit denvergov.org/wcpm or contact the City's project inspector Shawn Callahan @ shawn.callahan@denvergov.org or 720-663-1748.

 

PARKS & TRAIL IMPROVEMENTS (CITY-FUNDED)

City-owned tennis courts.

Recreational Court Repairs

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. 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN THE DISTRICT (NOT CITY-FUNDED)

CVS at Tamarac

A CVS will be built on the southwest corner of Tamarac & Hampden. Three existing office buildings will be torn down late this fall. Plans include a pedestrian and bicycle zone and other retail shops. Construction is expected to be completed by late summer 2019.

 



 

 

 

CDOT I-225 PROJECT

CDOT completed a project in late 2017 to reduce congestion on southbound I-225 in the Denver Tech Center (DTC) area by converting the shoulder into an additional lane. This was done by restriping less than a mile of southbound I-225 from Yosemite Street to I-25.

View CDOT's presentation on the I-225 re-striping project (PDF).
Visit CDOT's I-225 re-striping project webpage.
Review the statewide transportation funding ballot initiative (Let's Go Colorado) webpage.

Residential Construction

  • The Bridge Creek Townhomes, 50 single-family attached units, are scheduled to be built near the corner of Yosemite & Hampden. Construction is expected to begin late this year or early 2019.
  • The former office building at 10020 E. Girard will be converted into 18, 2-bedroom apartments. 
  • Shea Properties is constructing the Tangent Apartments, a 5-story 140-unit apartment building at Monaco & Happy Canyon. Construction will be completed by the end of 2018. 
  • Iliff Rowhomes at 4745 E. Iliff (Iliff & Dahlia) will include 23 row homes with 42 parking spaces. 
  • JEhome is building 7 custom home sites on a cul-de-sac at 4224 E Dickenson Pl (off of Colorado Blvd).
  • A 350-apartment building is under construction at the southeast corner of Evans and Colorado Blvd. The Crown Burger will remain in its current location!
 

The former K-mart site, now abandoned with a massive surface parking lot.

K-Mart (Evans & Monaco)

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. A developer has made some progress with Sears in taking over the lease and is trying to negotiate with the owner to purchase the property.

Read more on actions taken and future options here.

The former Rockies Inn in the aftermath of the massive fire that destroyed the structure.

Rockies Inn (Evans & I-25)

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. Their plans are currently being reviewed at the City's Community Planning and Developmenet Department. 

 

The Hillcrest Reservoir project featuring the new tanks, part of the first phase of construction.

Hillcrest Reservoir

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.

Commercial Construction

  • Denver Academy broke ground on renovation of the elementary & 6th grade building and a building a new athletic facility. Both projects wil be completed in early 2019. New 5' sidewalks will be installed on Birch. Learn more.
  • The opening of Southside Social, planned for the former Jim & Nick’s at I-25 & Hampden, has been canceled.
  • The Happy Canyon Shopping Center project has temporarily stopped, but is expected to start back up again very soon. The plans for the market in the old Safeway remain the same. Features include: Tony's Meat & Market, wine & liquor store, central bar, flowers shop, restaurants. 
  • Construction has begun at 2865 S Colorado Blvd, the site of the former Robinson Law Building. The structure will have space for one or two tenants and is expected to be completed early next year.
  • The former office at 4242 E. Amherst was demolished. The plan is to build new offices with a dwelling unit on the 2nd floor.
  • Shred415, a Chicago-based fitness club chain will open their first club in Colorado at the Shoppes at Highpointe Center (I-25 & Hampden). The company plans to open 30 new fitness studios in the state. Read more. 
  • UMB is constructing a smaller bank closer to the Oneida/Hampden corner. UMB has sold the eastern half of their property (where the old bank is) to Centura Health which has also purchased the adjacent purple building. The old bank will be torn down in September. Centura plans to build a 24,000 sq. ft. medical building that will include a free-standing emergency room, internal medicine practice & imaging. They may plan a community meeting to share their plans. 
  • Garts Properties which owns the last remaining undeveloped Southmoor parcel on Monaco near the movie theater is selling the land to a day care provider.
  • Cigna will move their regional headquarters to the Colorado Center Tower 3. More info here.
 

TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

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. 

A traffic map focusing on the Belleview Station with light rail stops marked by small circles.

Belleview Station

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. 

 

Amixed-use high density apartment complex located at the Yale Light Rail Station sits in front of a dusky blue sky.

Yale Station

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. 



 

Colorado Station

 

An under-highway tunnel is lit by an art installation with colorful neon lights.

Southmoor Station

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.