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This premier TOD station at the intersection of S Colo Blvd and 1-25 is in final stages of development, having opened with the 2006 Southeast line and serving a retail/commercial office/restaurant mix that includes the Colorado Center Stadium 9+IMAX Theatre and Dave & Buster's. Aggressive plans include a 200,000 SF office building and a 189-unit residential tower, with additional retail, cafes and entertainment to create a thriving post-work atmosphere.
The busy light rail station at Alameda, a central-corridor stop since 1994, rates impressively Medium-High on all three main criteria in the city’s 2014 transit study (market readiness, development potential, and transit-oriented characteristics). More than 300 RTD parking spaces and high ridership stats (5,381 daily), plus great proximity to downtown, the Broadway corridor, and a vibrant urban residential mix add up to a winning equation for this TOD pilot-project site.
Running from 6th Ave south to Alameda, this is a healthy dozen blocks that is rapidly gaining momentum as a hip location for edgy local entrepreneurs to open boutiques, eateries and entertainment venues. 74% of the area’s total activity is from retail, not including restaurants. Surrounding the area’s epicenter at 1st and Broadway--where the historic Mayan Theatre and newly created Punch Bowl serve as anchors --are vogue/retro gift shops, craft collectives and specialty apparel.
Arguably one of Denver’s hottest developing areas and located within the booming River North (RiNo) district, this artery begins just north of downtown and angles northeast. The level of residential infill has been unprecedented for this region in the last decade, with blossoming clusters of retail, restaurant and arts-related businesses. The City has supported such recent renovation projects as INDUSTRY (a business accelerator) and The Source (an open indoor retail venue).
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The Welton Corridor
The City is focusing significant investment in the historically and culturally important Five Points area and encouraging collaborative projects between longtime property owners and bold developers to do the same. New infill housing and renovations are creating great prospects for retail and restaurants. With its proximity to downtown, excellent transit and rising incomes, the area is attracting entrepreneurs and start-ups as well as larger mixed-use projects that all include street-level retail spaces.
9th and Colorado
With its high-visibility central location and excellent accessibility in all directions, the site formerly occupied by the University of Colorado Medical Center is creating fresh retail infill opportunities. Trader Joe’s opened recently and additional new established and discovered retail and restaurants will further complement the existing site and nearby openings. It’s proximity to Cherry Creek retail as well as strong income areas also enhances the prospect of attracting high-end customers.