A master planning process is expected to begin several weeks from now on an innovative project that will transform more than 50 acres of parking space in Denver into a mixed-use residential neighborhood.
The parking spaces belong to the Denver Broncos football team and are located on the south side of the team’s Mile High Stadium at 1701 Bryant Street.
Officials with the Metropolitan Football Stadium District are hoping to come up with a workable plan that would turn the acreage of cement into a combination neighborhood and entertainment district populated with one and two-story buildings housing restaurant and retail space.
The project would also see the creation of public seating and walking space.
As envisioned, the project includes the construction of a new garage with enough room to make up for the lost parking lot spaces. Once that structure is completed, work would begin on building the neighborhood and entertainment district.
The project would most likely be built in phases over a 7 to 10-year period and will more than likely require a zoning change approval from the City of Denver.
The master planning process itself, coordinated by the Denver Community Planning and Development Department, will put an emphasis on public input and is expected to take a year to complete.
In a statement, Brad Buchanan, the executive director of the Denver County Planning and Development Department, described the project as one that will turn “surface parking lots into a neighborhood asset.”
“We want to work with the community to guide that transformation and ensure it conforms to Denver’s values,” he added.
By Garry Boulard