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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 

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 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.

 

Aerial view of a wide crosswalk with a geometrical pattern.

Other Mobility Projects

Crosswalks

  • An enhanced crosswalk to Bible Park at Amherst & Quebec 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.
  • A crosswalk at Holly & Iliff connecting the High Line Canal trail will be designed summer 2018 with construction anticipated in early 2019. 
  • A pedestrian crosswalk to the Yale Station will be designed in 2018 as part of the first grouping of projects from the 2017 General Obligation Bond. 

Sidewalks
The remainder of Hampden Heights Park paths will 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.

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. 

 

The 2017 GO Bond logo.

2017 GO Bond: SE Denver

  • 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/2017gobond.
 

Wastewater Projects

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.  

 

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

 

 

S. Parker Rd. Median Safety

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 parkerroadmedian@gmail.com.

Travel Impacts:
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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PARKS & TRAIL IMPROVEMENTS (CITY-FUNDED)

Aerial view of Bible Park, featuring the baseball fields and the sidewalk loop.

Bible Park Bridges

The south bridge officially re-opened to the public on March 21. A contractor has been selected for the east and west bridges which will be fabricated, installed and open to park users in fall 2018.

Read more in the FAQs here. 

Cherry Creek Greenway Vegetation

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.

For more information, please contact Cincere.Eades@denvergov.org. To learn more about Denver Parks and Recreation's Natural Resources work, click here. 

 

City-owned tennis courts.

Recreational Court Repairs

Eisenhower Park tennis courts: The courts will reopen for public use on Friday, June 29 (weather permitting). The new post tensioned slab will feature four pickleball courts and three tennis courts. 

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. 

 

Wellshire Golf Course.

Wellshire Irrigation

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.

Click here to read the Denver Post article on the irrigation project.

 



 

The Goldsmith Gulch running under the bridge on Eastman Ave.

Bridge Rehabilitation

Public Works will be rehabing 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. 

 

PRIVATE CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN THE DISTRICT

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 summer 2018 and will last 11 months. 

 



 

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.
 

 

 




 

Residential Construction

  • The Carillon at Belleview Station (4855 S. Niagara St.) is set to open July 2018 and offers independent living, assisted living and memory care services for seniors. Located within steps of the Belleview light rail station, residents will be able to conveniently use public transportation and walk to restaurants and shops nearby. To learn more on rates and availability, call 720-440-8200.
  • 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. 
  • The Iliff Rowhomes, located @ 4100 E. Iliff Ave., will consist of 20 unique 3-story townhomes. The units will average 1750 sf and include private garages and roof terraces. 
  • Additionally, 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 112-unit apartment building at the Yale Light Rail Station is expected to open spring 2018.
 

The old surface parking lot replaced by a brand-new senior living facility on Niagara Street in DTC.

Belleview & Niagara

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.


 

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. 




 

 

 

 

 

 

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 former Jim & Nick's BBQ at Hampden and I-25 will become South Side Social House, a bar-restaurant featuring American comfort food. The new restaurant will open this summer.  

  • The former Safeway at Happy Canyon will become a central market with indoor and outdoor seating. Features include: Tony's Meat & Market, wine & liquor store, central bar, flowers shop, restaurants. The market is expected to open this summer. 

  • The former Beau Jo's in the U-Hills Shopping Center will be a custom-built Chick-Fil-A. The project is currently under construction. We had hoped for a local restaurant since this sentiment is what community members expressed during the 2016 Visioning Series. 

  • 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.
 

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.

 

 

Denver Water Line Replacements

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 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. 



 

A construction site with cranes in the background and two seven-level parking garage structures in the center.

Colorado Center

The Colorado Center is a centrally located TOD with office and entertainment options. A new residential tower is planned, and new restaurant and retail options will be coming soon. 


 




 

 

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. 

Southmoor Visioning Community Meeting: Tues. Feb. 20, 5:30-7:30 pm at Thomas Jefferson High School (3950 S. Holly St.)