Downtown Denver Momentum
16th STREET PLAN: A ViSION FOR THE FUTURE Since its opening in 1982, the 16th Street Mall has met and exceeded all of the objectives of its original grand vision. On average, 55,000 people use the free MallRide shuttles every day. Longwoods studies have consistently rated the Mall as the #1 “visitor attraction in the metro area.” The original design and layout of the 16th Street Mall was created by world-renowned architectural firm I.M. Pei and Partners, which also designed the Pyramid du Louvre in Paris and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. The landscape architecture firm, Hanna/Olin, co-designed the Mall.
But it’s time for an upgrade. In order to ensure its success and continual evolution, the 16th Street Plan was created in 2008 — to re-envision and re-build the Mall into an ever-changing retail district, while improving below-ground infrastructure, above-ground amenities (signage, lighting), people-flow and shuttle transportation. Currently, various funding options are being researched and explored to make this $62 million project a reality.
FASTRACKS: CONNECTING DOWNTOWN DENVER TO DIA AND THE REGION The RTD FasTracks Program is a multi-billion dollar comprehensive transit expansion plan to build 122 miles of new commuter rail and light rail, 18 miles of bus rapid transit, 21,000 new parking spaces at light rail and bus stations, and enhance bus service for easy, convenient bus/rail connections across the eight-county district. Construction is underway for the 22.8-mile East Corridor commuter rail line that when completed in 2016, will connect Downtown Denver to Denver International Airport (DIA). The 12.1-mile West Corridor light rail line, which is the first completed component of the FasTracks Program that connects Downtown Denver to the Jefferson County Government Center in Golden, Colorado, opened in April of 2013. For more information, please visit www.rtd-fastracks.com
HISTORIC DENVER UNION STATION REDEVELOPMENT UNDERWAY In February 2010, $304 million dollars in Federal financing were approved and ground was broken for the redevelopment of Denver Union Station. Over the next several years, Denver Union Station will be transformed into a mixed-use development that will serve as the multimodal transportation hub for the entire region. In 2011 the 16th St. Mall shuttle was extended and a new light rail station was completed. All remaining transportation infrastructure components are scheduled to be completed in 2014. The historic station is in the process of being converted into a 110-room boutique hotel, and two of the five private office projects will open at the end of 2013, bringing 200,000 SF of office space to Downtown. For more information visit www.unionstationdenver.com
Construction is underway on redevelopment of the historic Denver Union Station, transforming it into a mixed-use development and multi- modal transportation hub.
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