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.
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.
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.
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. Read the Hampden Corridor Study Report.
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.
2017 Elevate Denver GO Bond
*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.
To minimize ponding on S Dayton St during storm events, Public Works will be constructing the following drainage improvements:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.