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 open this fall.
The Yale Station features mixed-income TOD developments. Currently, the Yale Station Apartments provide affordable senior housing. The Garden Court Apartments opened in August and are affordable family/workforce housing. Residents receive an eco-pass to take advantage of public transit. A new 112-unit, 118-parking space apartment building at 5101 E. Yale Ave is underway. Estimated completion date: March 2018.
The Colorado Center is a centrally located TOD with businesses, housing and entertainment options. The planned additions include an energy efficient 15-story building office space with 5 floors of parking, a residential tower containing 260 apartments, and 40,000 square feet of Main Street retail and restaurants.
Near Hampden and Monaco, the Southmoor Station is in a centrally located community but is underutilized. There are several apartments nearby but lack convenient access to the light rail.
Denver Public Works is working with Arapahoe County to design and fund improvements on Yale Ave. from I-25 to Monaco. Plans include adding a crosswalk near the Yale Station, widening the lanes to improve traffic flow, adding more turn lanes and repaving the corridor.
Ramp construction in compliance with ADA federal law will continue in southeast neighborhoods and will be completed in 2017. Refer to the weekly construction update at denvergov.org/adaramps to track ADA ramp construction in your neighborhood and to learn more about the process.
As part of the SH 30 Hampden/Havana Pedestrian Safety Connections Improvements Project, Denver and CDOT are proposing to improve pedestrian safety along Hampden Avenue and Havana Street from approximately Dayton Street to Dartmouth Avenue.
These properties are not for sale, and the owners do not have plans for them at this time. Redeveloping the properties are top priorities for Councilwoman Black who is working with our real estate department and the property owners to explore land use solutions.
There was a significant fire at the Rockies Inn on Evans and I-25. Demolition of the site started on July 7, 2016. A storage facility with 920 units is planned.
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 and 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 to learn more.
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.
Bible Park Bridges
After inspection by bridge engineers, Denver Parks & Recreation regrets to inform the Bible Park community that the 3 bridges listed below have been closed due to structural deficiencies and associated safety concerns. For additional information, please review the Bible Park Bridge Closures FAQ and refer to DPR's Trail Detours webpage for updates.
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.
MGL Partners will break ground in the coming weeks on a new $51 million senior living facility north of Belleview Avenue along Niagara Street. MGL bought 2.1 acres of land for the project earlier this week from Westfield for about $4.8 million. The site is a surface parking lot, immediately north of the planned One DTC West office building at Belleview and Niagara streets.