“Placemaking is about turning a place you can’t wait to get through into one you never want to leave.”
After many decades of neglect, plans are now underway to make Colfax Avenue a more welcoming community corridor that is safer and easier for everyone to get around. The Colfax Mayfair Business Improvement District served as a catalyst and is actively involved in these initiatives.
In 2017, we partnered with other Colfax BIDs to advocate general obligation bond-funded pedestrian improvements. The $20 million project, approved by the voters, will address safety concerns and add streetscape elements to Colfax, from Monaco to Sheridan Boulevard. Our district streetscape plan is designed to make the area more attractive, safe and easier to get around for the thousands of people who work, live, shop and socialize on Colfax. Here’s a project summary. Construction is tentatively scheduled to start in 2020.
Bus Rapid Transit
The bond list also includes $55 million for Bus Rapid Transit improvements. This “light rail on wheels” project involves streetscape improvements, transit stations and buses that run every 5 minutes between the Auraria Center downtown to the Anschutz Medical Center. There are many benefits to this: increased retail sales; new development investment; freed up public realm for outdoor dining; more foot traffic; more efficient vehicular traffic, landscape, and tree canopy. The BID is working with the city to ensure that business needs are met in the final design. More information and videos are posted here. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in 2020.
Storm Water Management
The City of Denver and the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District are studying storm water flooding in this area. Solutions will include installation of higher volume pipes, new storm water detention and things every property owner can do on their own property. Learn more about this and upcoming community meetings at www.denvergov.org/uppermontclairbasin.
Branded bicycle racks were installed in 15 locations in 2017 to serve area consumers. The BID owns and maintains them.
The City has kicked off the East Area Plan, which will guide growth and development in our area for many years to come. Colfax is defined as a “community corridor” by the city, meaning that it serves the daily needs of adjacent and area neighborhoods. More on this project here.