West 13th Ave Realignment Study Open House

Map of W. 13th Ave Study Area

Map of W. 13th Ave Study Area

After several years of community discussions, research and documentation led by the Denver Planning Office the Decatur Federal Station Area Plan was passed by Denver City Council in April of 2013. Earlier this year, City Council passed the General Development Plan for Sun Valley. The adopted plans recommend a redesign of West 13th Avenue between Federal Blvd to approximately Zuni St (directly east of the South Platte River). The plans recommended the redesign should accommodate bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists in a balanced transportation solution. They further recommended the solution should include separated sidewalks, a tree-lawn, on-street parking and enhanced bike facilities.

The recently announced W. 13th Avenue Realignment Study by the Denver Planning Office is the effort that will “take the bull by the horns” and determine how to best design and accomplish the potential transformative project. The project involving two community meetings will take place and conclude in 2014.

The first public meeting and open house is scheduled for Wednesday, June 4, 5:30 to 7:00 PM at Fairview Elementary School, 2715 W. 11th Ave. Another public meeting should occur in August. Read the rest of this entry »

A Lot Happening at The Boulevard in Jefferson Park

Jefferson Park Pub - 2445 Eliot

Jefferson Park Pub – 2445 Eliot

If you haven’t stopped by The Boulevard at Jefferson Park the past several months, then it’s way past due! Early in the winter Chili Verde opened at W. 23rd and Federal. Several months later in time for spring Crossfit Jefferson ParkJefferson Park Pub and Sexy Pizza opened along Eliot at W. 23rd Ave. Early this summer, Sartos is slated for opening at W. 25th and Eliot. Even existing businesses are getting into the act. Pioneer 2914 Coffee continues to expand their offerings, Federal Bar and Grill is planning to add an outdoor deck and Santiago’s is upgrading and expanding their deck at Federal at W. 25th. It is rumored that a Yogurt shop will be in the offing later this summer.

For those unfamiliar with The Boulevard at Jefferson Park, this is the new brand for the Federal Blvd Business Improvement District (Federal BID). The new Federal BID has had an active year so far, hiring two co-directors Kendra Sandoval and Leslie Twarogowski in March. Both have been busy “making the rounds” meeting business and property owners. They have helped shepherd a new parking plan with Denver’s Parking Management incorporating business and local residential input. The new plan involving changing much of the existing parking zones to 2-hour restricted, is meant to mitigate anticipated parking demands with the new business openings in the district. Kendra and Leslie have applied for streetscape grant funds for the district and are looking at other funding opportunities to support public art and continued public right-of-way improvements. Executing marketing efforts on behalf of businesses associated to The Boulevard at Jefferson Park is “job one” this summer. Look for more to come!

Federal Reconstruction Schedule Released – TDM Planning Effort Underway

TMAProject milestones for the reconstruction of Federal Boulevard have been recently released. On the drawing boards for many years, it was a pleasant surprise to the Partnership when the Colorado Department of Transportation RAMP program funded the project in late 2013. The project involves full reconstruction of the roadway between W. 6th Avenue to W. Howard Place (W. 14th Ave.) adding one northbound lane, improving sidewalks, adding center median, improving the W. 10th Avenue and Federal intersection and adding landscaping. The project involves private property acquisition for adding to the public right-of-way along the east side of Federal. Project milestones include:

  • Environmental Assessment update from spring 2014 to November 2014
  • Public Open House in the summer of 2014
  • Right-of-Way acquisition beginning late 2014 and continuing to early 2016
  • Project reconstruction begins in 2016

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What do Bronco Fans and Federal Boulevard Partnership Have in Common?

Both have a lot of drive and support to show that they can make a difference. In the last three years, Federal Boulevard Partnership (Partnership) established a Business Improvement District and brought attention to a new brand, supporting new family-friendly businesses that not only serve local neighborhoods but Bronco fans!

The Partnership brought support and advise in the planning efforts of the new Decatur Federal light rail station and other city transportation needs surrounding the Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Denver city officials recognize the Partnership as a viable voice for Northwest Denver, hence bringing more participation from other neighboring organizations. Streetscape approaches, Parkway setback allowances, Denver’s new zoning code adoption with events like “Better Block Jefferson Park” and “Fun on Federal” are examples of local collaborations and accomplishments by the Partnership.

The Partnership kicks off 2014 with five strategic goals and plans of action. The Partnership board representing both local businesses, property owners and neighborhood associations, narrowed down realistic goals and priorities. Members and fans of Federal Boulevard will be able to participate along the way to help make a difference. Read the rest of this entry »