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Globeville and Elyria-Swansea Neighborhoods

The Globeville, Elyria and Swansea neighborhoods are located in North Denver – major physical landmarks include Interstate 25, Interstate 70 and the South Platte River.  (Globeville map). Historically, Globeville, Elyria, and Swansea were home to large industry, especially smelting and meat packing. Eastern European immigrants settled in the area and worked in the local industries. Today, a strong industrial presence remains, as does an established community, including a majority Latino population.  All three neighborhoods have home ownership rates that are higher than the Denver average. While strong community ties and civic pride bolster the neighborhood, the area’s infrastructure and connectivity can be problematic for mobility, health and quality of life.  The neighborhoods are anticipating major investments, including four new rail stations, Interstate 70 improvements and a new vision for the National Western Stock Show – a land area of some 95 acres that hosts an annual, historic event for 16 days in January.

A planning process for Globeville began in June 2012 and for Elyria-Swansea in January 2013. These planning processes involved looking comprehensively at a vision for the future of these neighborhoods.  The Globeville Neighborhood Plan was adopted by City Council in December 2015. The Elyria Swansea Neighborhood Plan follwed in February 2015. The plans serve as official policy for future decision making on both land use, urban design and infrastructure AND identify key partnerships that will aid in realizing the vision contained within the official plan.

Guiding principles were developed in the early stages of the process and serve as guideposts for recommendations that will be developed throughout the planning process:

  • A Strong Community – parks & open space, housing, jobs, and services
  • A Connected Neighborhood – transit, automobile, bike and pedestrian networks
  • A Healthy Neighborhood – air, odor, noise and ground pollution and healthy eating active living
  • A Unique Neighborhood - history, culture, and urban design 

Each principle brings value to the planning process and was guided by strong community collaboration made up of residents, business owners, property owners and nonprofits.

Supporting Documents 

Health Impact Assessment for Globeville, Elyria & Swansea 
Executive Summary of Health Impact Assessment in English and Spanish
Video: Globeville, Elyria Swansea Legacy Project 
Housing Denver: A 5 Year Plan 


Current Projects in GES

Platte to Park Hill: Stormwater Systems is a collaborative effort being led by the City and County of Denver (CCD) in partnership with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Regional Transportation District (RTD). Through previous neighborhood planning efforts, as well as assessments of rainfall and water flow trends in the area, drainage was identified as a significant challenge by the surrounding communities. This project will build much-needed drainage improvements for the Cole, Globeville, Elyria, Swansea, River North, Clayton and Northeast Park Hill communities, providing a foundation for protection from a 5-year to a 100-year flood event. Specific areas of focus include:

  • Storm drain and open channel improvements between the East Rail Line (38th & Blake Station) and the South Platte River (Globeville Landing Outfall)
  • Stormwater detention/conveyance between the East Rail Line (38th & Blake Station) and Colorado Blvd. (Montclair Basin)
  • Stormwater detention/ conveyance immediately east of Colorado Blvd. (Park Hill Basin)

The Globeville Neighborhood Plan and The National Western Center Master Plan were recently adopted and reflect the community’s desire for new connections, increased mobility options, and land use changes. The Globeville Neighborhood Plan identifies Washington Street as a Transformative Project, stating that the goal is “to make Washington Street an attractive corridor that creates a positive sense of place, attracts private reinvestment, and better accommodates all transportation modes.”

To implement the plan goal of improving Washington Street, careful study and analysis must first occur. Specifically, there needs to be a better understanding of the opportunities and barriers to realizing the community’s vision of a main street. This involves determining the economic potential of the corridor, as well as brainstorming and evaluating the various ways to balance the transportation needs with the redevelopment and placemaking opportunities. Through the process of identifying tradeoffs, this process aims to build stakeholder ownership and further refinement of the vision for Washington Street.

During the 2015 summer, the NDCC engaged the Colorado District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI Colorado) to provide an independent study called a Technical Advisory Panel (TAP), with analysis and strategic recommendations regarding redevelopment and urban design opportunities in the Globeville neighborhood around 48th and Washington. ULI Colorado TAPs consisted of ULI members. They were hand-picked to address the issues raised and offered objective, third-party strategic directions to help solve land-use and real estate issues. 

The report will be made available to the public later this year. 

This Denver Public Works transportation study builds off the connectivity recommendations in the Elyria Swansea Neighborhood Plan, adopted in 2015 as part of the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative.

The study team will examine multi-modal transportation improvements to 40th Avenue between York Street and Colorado Boulevard, and bike and pedestrian connectivity improvements between the neighborhoods, Bruce Randolph Middle School, the RTD Commuter Rail Station and new development east of Colorado Boulevard in the Park Hill neighborhood.

Additionally, the project team will work with the community to develop a vision for future redevelopment north of the station and the integration of land use, transportation and water quality opportunities in three primary Focus Areas highlighted on the Study Area map.

Click here to learn more about this study. 


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