The NDCC’s first effort was to collaborate with community stakeholders to create neighborhood plans for Globeville, Elyria, and Swansea. These Plans are the guiding documents for everything we do. They provide a framework for integrating major projects like the National Western Center, Central 70, and RTD Stations into these historic communities.
The Neighborhood Plans were approved by city council in 2014 and 2015. They are guided by four key principles:
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.
The intersection at 47th and York has severe challenges, where the railroad and two major roads converge in an "at-grade" crossing. A number or previous studies, including the Elyria Swansea Neighborhood Plan (2015) identified the need to address this intersection, which the community uses to access Swansea Elementary School.
The NDCC has taken a comprehensive approach to improving transportation through this project. In 2016, the Elyria Swansea at York East/West Connectivity Study was launched. The study focused broadly on improving transportation in the area, with specific focus on designing a safe pedestrian and bicycle grade-separated crossing at 47th & York. The goal is to minimize property impact while providing much-needed connection.
The Globeville Landing Outfall (GLO) project includes a redesign of Globeville Landing Park combined with a new storm water open channel connecting to the South Platte River. The overall project is referred to as an ‘outfall’ because this is the location where the storm water enters (or ‘outfalls’ to) the South Platte River. This project is essential to improving flood protection in the areas addressed in the Platte to Park Hill Stormwater Systems plan, and is scheduled to be completed first in order to safely receive storm water from the other project areas.
A new open channel design will help clean storm water naturally when possible and will move the water to its ultimate destination, the South Platte River. The redesign of the drainage system provides the surrounding neighborhoods with a unique opportunity to improve and renovate the entire Globeville Landing Park by:
The Globeville Stormwater Systems Study involves the community in exploring solutions around stormwater management options, making residents and businesses active players in defining tools and infrastructure that enhance the safety of their neighborhoods.
Transportation within the NDCC area can be challenging, with its mix of intertwined highways, rail corridors, and waterways. The area’s current mix of established industrial and residential properties and rapidly transforming areas of change further add to the challenges of creating a well balanced multi-modal transportation network. The City and County of Denver aims to sort through these challenging transportation issues by using past and current planning efforts to develop a roadmap for future transportation investments through the Mobility Master Plan.
Odor was identified as a top priority in the Globeville and Elyria Swansea Health Impact Assessment (2014), as well as the Globeville (2014) and Elyria Swansea (2015) Neighborhood Plans. In response to the community's feedback, the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) and the NDCC proposed changes to Denver’s odor ordinance, aiming to improve the city's responses to complaints and charter a course for change if odors become to disruptive. Changes include:
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.
We are now beginning a commmunity outreach process that will guide the city as we work towards initial designs of a redeveloped Washington St.