As commercial real estate communications experts, we make it a point to stay on top of the latest developments in the markets we serve. In Denver, we’re accustomed to seeing downtown surface parking lots turn into beautiful hotels and office buildings, retail ventures pop up in RiNo and trendy apartment communities rise in Cherry Creek and Highland.
Recently however, our focus has turned to East Denver with City Council passing the East Area Plan, a vision for development that spans the East Colfax, Hale, Montclair and South Park Hill neighborhoods. The area is home to over 33,000 people and stretches from Colorado Boulevard to Yosemite Street and 23rd Avenue to 6th Avenue.
The plan kicked off in July 2017 with the establishment of a steering committee. This fall, the committee unveiled a 255-page document that provides area-wide recommendations for land use and built form, economy and housing, mobility, and quality-of-life infrastructure. Here’s a snapshot of the plan’s guiding principles for the next 20 years:
The plan is thoughtfully laid out, and we’re especially inspired by a few of the its features:
Successful implementation the East Area Plan will rely on the passions and efforts from community members, public/private partnerships and the City of Denver. We’re excited to see thoughtful planning that is informed by equity, public transportation and community input because we know how important placekeeping and community-building are to creating a vibrant city that is for everyone.