Tomorrow: Help Shape Development By the I-25 and Broadway Station

Image: City & County of Denver
Image: City and County of Denver

How can South Broadway build on the I-25 and Broadway rail station to make a more walkable, active neighborhood? City planners are in the process of creating a plan that will shape the streets and development near the station, and they’re looking for ideas. If you want to weigh in on the neighborhood’s future, head over to Baker tomorrow for the walking tour and workshop.

Here’s more from Community Planning and Development:

I-25 and Broadway, like many of Denver’s rail stations, has barriers to surrounding areas. How development occurs around this and other stations is critical to delivering a more complete network of walkable urban places, increasing accessibility to transit and making some housing choices more affordable.

The workshop is meant to gain insight from residents and businesses, officials said.

The I-25 and Broadway station anchors a broader plan for Baker that includes a protected two-way bike lane and pedestrian enhancements accompanied, illogically, by additional lanes for cars entering and exiting the nearby highway. That’s another conversation and a separate process, though, which Streetsblog will cover next week.

Until then, take a look at this map to familiarize yourself with city planners’ intentions. It shows the core area of focus around the station and the areas most likely to receive new development as a result. The land formerly belonging to the Gates Rubber Factory, now a demolished relic, is a major piece of the redevelopment.

“[Transit-oriented development] is more than just building structures around rail stations,” said Brad Buchanan, executive director of Denver Community Planning and Development, in a statement. “It is about creating transit communities around stations that mend the urban fabric more tightly together, making Denver a more seamless, multi-modal and vibrant community.”

The workshop is tomorrow from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Denver Design District, 595 S. Broadway. Here’s the agenda:

  • 8:30 – 9: Light Breakfast
  • 9 – 10:30: Walking Tour
  • 10:30 – 11:30: Working Groups
  • 11:30 – 12: Next Steps

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