Determining “Great Paths” in our Community

Right-of-Way GameChange is in the air within communities along the Boulevard. New residents, new businesses – people out and about. How often do you walk to the store, to the coffee shop, or to the park? Whether you have been here for awhile or are new to the area, where do like to go and how do you get there? How can we encourage more walking and less driving in northwest Denver?

Please join us for a community meeting October 21 at 6:00 PM (additional mtg details to right under Events) to identify top walking destinations and to gather suggestions for improving pedestrian routes. The effort involves a unique coalition of neighborhood interests including WalkDenver, Federal Blvd Business Improvement District and Partnership, Jefferson Park United Neighbors and Sloan’s Lake Citizens Group.

Bring your thoughts and ideas to the community meeting about the destinations you walk (school, restaurant, park, bus stop, grocery store, etc.). Are their barriers along the path to your destinations and what might improve the experience? Are there other paths? The meeting will be a fun and interactive exercise with mapping stations to brainstorm destinations, paths and barriers. The mapping area is roughly bounded by Lowell Blvd to I-25, W. 29th to 20th Ave’s. Refreshments and food will be provided, hope to see you there!

Pedestrian Safety Concerns with Federal Reconstruction

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Reconstruction of Federal Blvd between W 6th Ave and W Howard Pl (W 14th Ave) is slated to begin in 2016. Roadway and right-of-way designs were presented in a public house meeting held in August. From the review of the plans provided, the Partnership is concerned that pedestrian safety is not adequately addressed by the redesign, especially between W 10th Ave to W Howard Pl. As reference, the power point presentation provided at the meeting with drawings can be found online.

The reconstruction project requires an Environmental Assessment Plan (EA), which should be released in mid-October. The draft EA will have a 30 day public comment period. The primary purpose of the project is to add a new northbound lane so that there are three vehicular lanes in each direction, and to improve the right-of-way for traffic and pedestrians. The project will also install new medians with accompanying landscaping.

The Partnership will work with local community interests and neighborhood organizations during October and November to forward a set of recommendations as part of the EA public solicitation process. From the Partnership’s initial review of the designs, the bulleted recommendations below are contemplated to be forwarded before the end of the comment period. These recommendations may change as community members and organizations are consulted with. Read the rest of this entry »

Federal Reconstruction Meeting and Open House

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Hope to See you There!

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 »