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South Lincoln Redevelopment Project Transportation Charrette

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Prepared Under:

Contract No. EP-W-07-023


Prepared for:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response
Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization
Washington, DC 20460


Prepared by:


 SRA
 INTERNATIONAL.INC.
www. sra. com/environment
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Table of Contents
1.   Executive Summary	1
    1.1.  Transportation Priorities	1
    1.2.  Summary of Key Findings	2

2.   Introduction	2
    2.1.  Framing the Problem	3
    2.2.  Charrette Process	3
    2.3.  Transportation Charrette Goal	3

3.   Priority Strategy Overview	4
    3.1.  Pedestrian  Strategies	5
    3.2.  Bicycle Strategies	6
    3.3.  Automobile Strategies	7
    3.4.  Public Transit Strategies	9

4.   Conclusions and Recommendations	12
    4.1.  Recommendations	12
    4.2.  Funding Mechanisms	12
    4.3.  Strategic Partnerships	13

5.   Appendix	13
    5.1.  Charrette Agenda, Presentation and Handouts	13
    5.2.  Charrette Photos	13
    5.3.  Charrette Notes	13
    5.4.  Charrette Attendees	24
    5.5.  Organizations and Acronyms	25
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1   Executive Summary
The Denver Partnership for Sustainable Communities Brownfield Pilot is led by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization (OBLR) and the Office of Sustainable Communities (OSC), and is comprised of the
EPA, the  Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Department of Transportation (DOT). These agencies
are working together to ensure federal resources and policies support the development of sustainable communities. The
partnership is based on  "livability principles" that guide inter-agency collaboration and support the integration of safe, reliable and
economical transportation; affordable, energy-efficient housing; and sustainable reuse of unoccupied or underutilized land. Pilot
communities were selected by EPAs Brownfields Program with input from  HUD and DOT, and receive technical assistance and
support from these agencies to build on past investments, identify opportunities to connect housing, transit and brownfields within
the development, and to coordinate resources that can further the integration of sustainability.

The Denver Housing Authority's (DHA) South Lincoln Redevelopment Project (SoLi) was selected as a Partnership for
Sustainable Communities Pilot in 2010. In recent years, the SoLi project has received much collaborative support from state, local
and community stakeholders and leaders in defining and establishing its concept and goals. In 2008, prior to being selected as a
Pilot project, a 3-acre portion of the SoLi site (at 10th and Osage, included as part of Phase 1 of the project) received funding from
the EPA's Brownfield Cleanup grant to cleanup the area to unrestricted residential use cleanup standards.

In  September 2009, The Denver Housing Authority and key project team  members finalized a Master Plan for SoLi focusing on
land use, energy, transportation and public health. In addition, this Master Plan identifies sustainability goals as integral to the
project vision. SoLi is a transit-oriented development (TOD) that has an opportunity to provide excellent transportation choices for
residents who walk, bike, drive, and use public transportation while improving the transportation network for residents of the La
Alma/ Lincoln  Park (LALP) neighborhood. EPA  has partnered with the DHA to develop an implementation plan focused on
providing safe and accessible walking, biking, driving, and public transportation options for South Lincoln residents. Developers,
designers, policy makers, and residents participated in an EPA sponsored Transportation Charrette to identify these various
transportation opportunities and barriers to their implementation. As part of the Pilot and charrette process, technical assistance
was provided under contract by SRA International, Inc., and YRG sustainability (Technical Assistance Team).

1.1 Transportation Priorities
While  the Transportation Charrette focused equally on four modes of transportation,  walking, biking, driving, and public transit,
many  of the participants acknowledged that the  LALP neighborhood has a car dominated transportation network. In several  key
locations, automobile transportation is prioritized over other modes of transportation. As the South Lincoln Redevelopment Project
strives to be a national model for transit-oriented development, the  project and neighborhood infrastructure and resident programs
aim to shift from standard practice and strive to create  a more balanced transportation network by prioritizing walking  and biking.
               STANDARD PRACTICE
SOUTH LINCOLN DEVELOPMENT
                                                      Aerial transit map for La Alma /Lincoln Park neighborhood
                                                                                                                         SoLi transit-oriented development map
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South Lincoln Redevelopment Master Plan rendering
1.2  Summary of Key Findings
The following report is a detailed summary of the discussions, working group sessions, and presentations that occurred at and
after the Transportation Charrette. The key findings below are a summary and synthesis of the major issues that were identified
during the charrette.

       The South Lincoln Development and LALP neighborhood lack strong connectivity to the larger Denver transportation
        network because railroads to the  west, Speer Blvd. to the east, and several major roads divide the neighborhood and
        isolate Soli. Future transportation infrastructure will need to respond to these barriers in order to enhance connectivity.
       Infrastructure developments that  prioritize pedestrian and bicycle amenities will  promote a balanced transportation
        network with safe and accessible walking, biking, driving, and public transportation options for all residents.
       Recent development plans including the Soli Master Plan and La Alma / Lincoln Park Neighborhood Plan identify
        several key issues that were addressed in the charrette but do not provide a clear implementation plan. Implementation
        of the priority transportation strategies identified during the charrette will require strong partnerships and ongoing
        communication and coordination  with  key agencies and stakeholders. Many of these agencies are identified below.
       These transportation strategies will  need to embrace the unique characteristics  and culture of the LALP neighborhood in
        order to be successful. There is no "off the shelf" formula for developing successful transportation connectivity.
  Master Plan Transit Goals
    Reducing vehicle speeds
    Improving pedestrian
     safety
    Enhancing
     neighborhood-serving
     transit service
    Ease of bike use for all
     residents
2  Introduction

The South Lincoln Redevelopment Project is a 17.5 acre development that seeks to revitalize South Lincoln homes by enabling
residents the opportunity to enjoy the unique advantages of a holistic, transit-oriented development realized through the core
attributes established during the design process: a highly green mixed-use community, focused on a healthy lifestyle, increased
non-auto mobility, an integration of the resource conservation and management systems, and a diverse mix of new and existing
residents. The redevelopment will  include new residential units and a mix of retail, commercial and community services at the
ground floor to encourage and promote activity along the streets. The project also includes planned outdoor amenities,  including a
new plaza and promenade, and a variety of open spaces, to enrich the neighborhood.

SoLi is a large multi-phase development project that is currently constructing the Phase 1 building and site plan in the Northwest
corner of the development. Active  and continuous community involvement and support has contributed to the development of the
Master Plan that was created in September 2009 and the Neighborhood Plan that was approved in September 2010. An ongoing
group of committed stakeholders have focused on defining  the project goals and vision, and have begun to identify the  design
elements of the  project. As the SoLi project has been selected to receive support by the Partnership agencies (HUD, DOT, and
EPA), DMA plans to utilize this interagency support to execute the vision and ideals for the project. Although future phases of the
project included in the SoLi Master Plan are awaiting funding and have not been designed, the scope of the Transportation
Charrette focused on the full development of all future phases of the SoLi development and surrounding neighborhood  areas. The
charrette utilized the efforts and progress to date, and allowed opportunity to further define the project's vision and next steps.
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2.1  Framing the Problem
Although a shuttle does exist for Santa Fe Arts District First Fridays and for the hospital, there is a need to expand the
accessibility and connectivity to neighborhood resources and amenities. Even though the LALP neighborhood has a light rail stop
and is well served by several major streets and bus routes, there are a number of barriers that constrain transportation
connectivity within the neighborhood. One major barrier within the neighborhood is the Kalamath / Santa Fe couplet which acts as
a "feeder road" for regional transit but limits pedestrian and bicycle connectivity within the neighborhood and access to the 10th &
Osage light rail stop. Other barriers include the railroad tracks to the west and Speer Blvd. to the east that isolate the
neighborhood and limit connectivity to the broader Denver transportation network. In addition, many of the existing streets are
missing adequate sidewalks, there is a lack of safe and secure bike storage, and poor signage limits awareness and usage of
non-auto transportation  options.

2.2  Charrette Process
DMA is committed to making the South Lincoln Redevelopment Project a successful transportation oriented development that
supports residents who  walk, bike, drive, and use public transportation. DMA, with the support of EPA, decided to  engage local,
state and federal government agencies, the LALP community, non-profit organizations, and private entities in a highly interactive
multi-day meeting, also  called a charrette.

The "Leadership Team" below was responsible for planning the charrette.  This effort included defining the overall charrette goals,
identifying the scope of  any analysis needed, and ensuring that charrette outcomes and lessons learned are distributed
throughout the Partnership agencies to support implementation on the SoLi project. This team included representatives from each
of the Partnership agencies as well as the design and technical assistance team. The members of this team included the
following:
  David Beckhouse, DOT
  Devon Bertram, YRG sustainability
  Aaron Bustow, DOT
  Cindy Cody, EPA Region 8
  Kimball Crangle, DMA
  Stacey Eriksen, EPA Region 8
Rebecca Fox, SRA International
Jim Godwin, Vision Land
Narada Golden, YRG sustainability
Will Haas, DOT
Josh Radoff, YRG sustainability
Jay Peters, Vision Land
The Transportation Charrette was an 8-hour session that occurred on October 21st and 22nd of 2010 at the La Alma Recreation
Center in the heart of the neighborhood. A charrette is an interactive meeting with a large group of stakeholders that is intended to
generate innovative design ideas, identify barriers to and strategies for implementation, and build key partnerships. Transportation
Charrette participants were asked to focus on IMPLEMENTATION in the working groups and  discussions by first discussing
barriers to implementation (Day 1), then solutions and partnerships to overcome those barriers (Day 2). The following report is a
summary of these discussions and working groups.

2.3  Transportation Charrette Goal
The Transportation Charrette goal was developed to guide the charrette agenda, discussions, and working groups.  Charrette
participants discussed and agreed to this goal at the beginning of the charrette.

    Identify priority strategies for creating safe and accessible walking, biking, driving, and public transportation options for South
    Lincoln residents and develop an implementation plan to overcome the anticipated barriers to each of those strategies.
                                                               ntersection at 10th Ave. and Santa Fe St.
                                                                                                                           Charrette working group presentation
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                                                       3  Priority Strategy Overview
                                                       Charrette participants divided into the following four self-selected working groups to identify and discuss priority strategies, major
                                                       barriers for each of those strategies, and develop an implementation plan focused on addressing the major barriers and
                                                       partnership opportunities for each priority strategy. Below are the priority strategies, barriers, actions, and partnerships identified
                                                       by each working group.
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3.1  Pedestrian Strategies

1. Wider Pedestrian Sidewalks / Narrower Streets
Generous sidewalks and narrow streets support increased pedestrian activity and traffic calming in commercial and residential areas. Existing property boundaries and fire codes currently limit
the width of sidewalks and city streets. New standards for street widths and access will need to be created for Soli and LALP if this strategy is to be implemented. Exploring the possibility of
getting variances for street width as well as using smaller fire trucks that are more reflective of the height of the buildings in the development should also be considered.
Barriers
Actions
Partnerships
Fire standards prevent narrow streets
Different street design (sidewalk one side; parking removal; urban
streetscape on one side)	
Public Works (PW); Denver Fire; Private Developers
Existing property lines
  a. Priorities (Auto oriented/political environment)
  b. City sidewalk standards are not ideal
  c. Pedestrians outside of street grid (separate
     pedestrian paths?)	
  a. Segregated pedestrian paths (Campus design)
  b. Closing 10th to autos
  c. Elevated pedestrian bridge over rail yard
  a. DMA
  b. Denver Fire; Denver Water, PW
  c. Public Utilities Commission (PUC); Regional
    Transportation District (RTD); Denver Water
2. Pedestrian and Bike Crossing with Traffic Signals at Santa Fe and Kalamath on 10th Ave.
Developing 10th Ave. as a pedestrian promenade from Osage to Santa Fe will create stronger pedestrian and bicycle access to the 10th &0sage light rail station and support future development.
Adding traffic signals at Santa Fe and Kalamath at 10th Ave. will be essential for developing a successful promenade. Traffic impacts on these two feeder streets will need to be analyzed and
evaluated before traffic signals can be added. Additionally, the use of variances to allow these traditional traffic stops will need to be explored.
 Barriers
Actions
Partnerships
Additional traffic stops not currently allowed
 Compete corridor study / assessment to evaluate impacts
 PW
Traffic speed and volume
 Resident engagement / buy in
 Neighborhood, Santa Fe Arts District, PW
 Road width at crossing
  a. Design speeds vs. posted speeds
  b. Current use / state hwy / one way
  c. Perceived safety concerns	
  a. Signage
  b. "Flow of interest' / pedestrian experience
  c. Enhance "protected" crossing w/ wider sidewalks
  a. Neighborhood, Santa Fe Arts District, PW
  b. PW
  c. PW, Auraria, High School	
3. Improving 13th Ave. for Bikes and Pedestrians
The railroad and Barnham Yards create a significant barrier for pedestrian and bicycle access to the west of the Soli development. 13th Ave. is one of the few roads that provide access to the
west but 13th Ave. is in poor condition and needs significant improvements to adequately support pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
 Barriers
Actions
Partnerships
 No sidewalks exist
   Improve sidewalk (curb, gutter, lighting, pedestrian barrier)
   Improve appeal, make more inviting	
 Union Pacific (UP) PW, Businesses on 13th, Public Utilities
 Easements (PUE)	
 Cost/ Funding
   Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) options,
    Incite development by creating a "quiet zone"
   TOD bond (west of Consolidated Main Line (CML) only)
City of Denver, DRCOG, HUD, Colorado Department of
Transportation (CDOT), railroads, developers
 Design feasibility (railroads)
   RTD Burnham Lead rebuild
   Feasibility study - use Mariposa approved cross-section
 RTD, UP, Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway,
 Auraria
Train tracks make street less desirable for biking and
walking	
 Create alternative route (11th at Grape or pedestrian bridge)
 UP, PW, Businesses on 13th, PUE
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4. Access to Grocery and Convenience Stores
LALP does not have a central grocery store that can provide healthy and reasonably priced food options for neighborhood residents. The only major grocery store in the neighborhood is King
Soopers (13th and Speer), which is not easily accessible for people traveling by bike, bus, or on foot.
 Barriers
Actions
Partnerships
 No central grocery store, King Soopers on edge
  Start urban gardens and/or a local market (farmer's market)
  Start "share cost program"	
Office of Economic Development (OED), Denver Urban
Gardens (DUG) w/ High School	
 Social barriers to closer farmers market
Develop community shopping options (food collaborative)
Grocery stores
 No safe pedestrian crossing at Santa Fe and 14th and
 unsafe parking and building at King Soopers
Add neighborhood shuttle with a stop at the grocery store
H.S., Auraria, Santa Fe, RTD, Denver Health
3.2  Bicycle Strategies

1. Improving 13th Ave.
See Improving 13th Ave. for Bikes and Pedestrians above.
2. Bicycle Routes and Signage
Clear and safe bike routes are important for providing viable biking options for Soli and LALP residents. Bike signage and access to information about bike routes and amenities in the
neighborhood will help raise general awareness about these options.
 Barriers
Actions
Partnerships
 Limited education about bike options
Develop signage plan for neighborhood with destinations and
distances
City and County of Denver (CCoD), PW, residents
 Lack of bike advocates
Identify community biking advocate
Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Committee (MBAC), Bike Denver
 Poor signage and connections to grocery stores
Engage Denver Moves effort- 14th
CCoD
3. Secure Bike Racks
Secure, safe, and well-distributed bike racks for daytime and nighttime use throughout the neighborhood are essential for supporting biking as an alternative form of transportation. Bike racks that
are visible and well lit will support community policing and improve bike security.
 Barriers
Actions
Partnerships
 Theft, limited security, and poor lighting
  Promote bike registration
  Add lighting where bike racks are installed
  Promote neighborhood safety programs, "eyes on street"
Local businesses and property owners, Denver Police
Department (DPD)
 Cost/ Funding
Identify local businesses and sponsors to install bike racks
Schools, Crash Data Improvements Program (CDIP),
Churches, Denver Health, B-Cycle, Santa Fe Arts District,
Denver Water, Auraria, Bike Denver, DeRailer Collective,
DPD
 Coordination with RTD, permitting / row clearance
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4. Bike Share / Bike Library
Biking is not possible without first having a bike. Creating a bike sharing program and bike library would ensure that most if not all Soli residents would have access to bikes for regular use.
Installing B-Cycle stations in the neighborhood and starting a bike library in the Soli development where residents share bikes and support services could meet this need.
 Barriers
Actions
Partnerships
 Limited community support and participation
Survey residents to better understand pros, cons and general
interest level
Schools, CDIP, Churches, Denver Health, B-Cycle, Arts
District, Denver Water, Auraria, Bike Denver, DeRailer
 Education about biking options
  Identify bicycle advocacy champion and organization
  Promote Safe Routes to Schools approach (administered by
Bicycle Collective, DPD, CDOT
                                                         CDOT)
 Logistical challenges
  Location - need physical space and sponsor
  Management and administration of program
  Community buy-in to sharing program
  Membership / access - participants need credit cards
3.3  Automobile Strategies

1. Sustainable Materials and Construction Practices for Automobile Infrastructure
Road construction and maintenance requires a large amount of natural resources and has a significant environmental impact. The use of sustainable materials and methods can contribute to
energy and materials savings, especially if the roads are as durable or more durable than typical.
 Barriers
Actions
Partnerships
 Construction feasibility
  Identify latest research, best practices, and case studies
  Clarify the City of Denver's regulations and specifications
  Use alternative methods for roads and other concrete or asphalt
  surfaces, (e.g. recycled shingles, hot mix asphalt, building
  demolition practices to reuse materials)	
CCoD, PW, CDOT, DRCOG, RTD, Denver Water
 Limitations of codes and regulations, unproven technology
  Provide general education about benefits of alternative systems
  Develop SoLi as a test pilot program
CCoD, PW, CDOT, DRCOG, RTD, Denver
                                                         Research best practices
 Durability in extreme weather conditions
Research best practices
University of Colorado Denver (UCD) sustainability (IGERT),
City of Fort Collins, Urban Drainage, Urban Watershed
Research Institute
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2. Enhance Pedestrian and Bicycle Access
Improving the pedestrian and bicycle network could reduce congestion and make the roads safer for all. Solutions to enhance access could include the creation of "transportation zones" that
prioritize pedestrian and bicycle access, car share programs that provide automobile options without ownership, and dedicated bike lanes. Most of these strategies will require broad neighborhood
support to be successful.
 Barriers
Actions
Partnerships
 Coordination with Denver transit network and other sites
  Car share
  B-Cycle stations
  Bike Parking
  Clear neighborhood network for pedestrian and bikes,
  destinations within neighborhood	
  Developers, car share companies
  B-Cycle, Bike Denver, CCoD, developers
  City of Denver, developers, La Alma Lincoln Park
  Neighborhood Association (LPNA), Auraria, Denver
  Health, Santa Fe Arts District	
 Limited regulations to support safety
  Create "pedestrian zone" district w/ in 0.5mi light rail (prioritize
  pedestrians in this zone)
  Create physically separated lanes from cars	
CCoD, LPNA, residents, land owners, Denver Moves
 Feasibility of community support
3. Enhanced Parking Options
Enhanced parking options such as shared parking and parking reduction "credits" could allow the SoLi development to "right size" parking for the entire development while supporting multi-modal
transportation options. City codes and administrative challenges would need to be addressed and negotiated in order to implement the strategy successfully.
 Barriers
Actions
Partnerships
 Code limitations (zoning, parking % requirements, limited
 flexibility for locating a parking structure)
a. Transit "in-lieu of" bucket, pay fee into fund if you can't/ don't
  want to build parking at your building (Inclusionary Housing
  Ordinance (IHO) Fund)
b. Shared parking Transportation Discrepancy Reports (TDRs)
c. Parking "credits" to reduce stalls required (example: car share
  on site = x % parking reduction)
d. TOD to have parking maximums
e. Make parking expensive and  hard	
a. Private market, bucket administrator
b. CCoD, TDR administrator
c. CCoD
d. CCoD
e. Density (re-develop SoLi); 0 supply (CCoD), convenience
  (retail, grocery, schools from SoLi re-development)
 Community support (getting people comfortable w/ using
 alternative forms of transit)	
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3.4  Public Transit Strategies
1. Extend Osage South from 10th Ave. to 9th Ave.
Extending Osage south from 10th to 9th will enhance connectivity and access to the 10th & Osage light rail station for all modes of transportation. This extension will improve bus access and make
it easier for RTD to add new bus stops at this light rail station.
 Barriers
Actions
Partnerships
 Costs / funding
 Would need to acquire private land
  Identify program funding, competitive grants, and a model to
  leverage the prototype approach
  Does Hope VI include transportation infrastructure? Is it a
  possibility?	
 Road and stormwater CCoD developer, RTD, EPA, HUD,
  Federal Transit Association (FTA)
 CCoD
 Impact of extending land
  Re-evaluate if the extension should extend to 8th (Phase 1 to
  9th, Phase 2 to 8th)
  Stormwater approach should include impacts of extending road
 City of Denver, developer
 City of Denver, developer, EPA, RTD
2. Reorganize Transit/ Improve Connectivity
The LALP neighborhood has a transportation network with a number of "broken links" that could be connected to create better transportation options to and from the neighborhood as well as
within the neighborhood. Leveraging the support of large organizations and employers such as Denver Health, Denver Water, and the Auraria Campus could create opportunity for funding and
support of neighborhood-wide solutions.
Barriers
Pre-existing configuration at Osage
No neighborhood transportation advocates
Disparate locations / destinations (DPS, Denver Health,
Denver Water)
No Transportation Management Association (TMA)
Actions
A new model for Denver to strategically increase transit ridership
in a neighborhood (through National Transportation Management
Association (NTMA))
Leverage neighborhood involvement
Engage large employers in a focused dialogue
TMA precursor study - seed money
Partnerships
UCD, Metro
CCoD
Denver Health/Human Services, Auraria,
CCoD, DRCOG



Denver Water

3. Improve Safety, Lighting, Access and Amenities
General safety is important for ensuring good access to public transportation. Adequate lighting and safety measures along with general education about the neighborhood public transit options
will help to develop better awareness, access to and support for bus and light rail use.
 Barriers
Actions
Partnerships
 Limited ridership at 10th & Osage station
Coordinate private development toward specific outcomes
Employ a regional approach to streetscape and transit supportive
amenities / routes
RTD, developers, City of Denver
 Lack of transportation advocates for neighborhood
Develop regional approach to streetscape and transit amenities
 Limited funding (allocated / headed to other areas)
Identify discretionary funding sources
 Lack of plan / strategy for implementation
Develop plan and phasing strategy for infrastructure critical to
safety and access (e.g. lighting, signage, and sidewalks)
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 4. Improve Identity, Visibility, and Marketing of Transportation Options
 As a transit-oriented development, the Soli project has established an identity as a transit centric neighborhood. Public art and expanded marketing and education campaigns can enhance this
 identity so residents and visitors have an increased awareness of the options for all modes of transportation.

 Barriers	Actions	Partnerships	
 No central agency to support station or transit	Strategic marketing of transit (focus on kids, younger generations)   Denver Public Schools (DPS)	
 Unclear bus stops                                         Improve bus stop signage to make more visible                 RTD, LPNA, Bike Denver, Denver Parks and Recreation
	 Create neighborhood transportation map	
 No art or "eye catching" features at transit nodes              Create program to extend art into neighborhood                 CCoD, Denver Office of Cultural Affairs (DOCA), RTD
                                                          Extend art at stations with "adopt a flair" program (new art
	partners)	
 No central resource for neighborhood transit amenities       Prepare a resource assessment guide for the neighborhood         RTD, CCoD
	amenities, service providers, employers, etc.	
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                                                       4  Conclusions and Recommendations
                                                       The South Lincoln Redevelopment Project has an opportunity to become a national model for innovative and exceptional transit-
                                                       oriented development practices and programs. Some of the major elements that will make this project a successful national model
                                                       are already in place at the project site and in the La Alma / Lincoln  Park Neighborhood but more work needs to be done. The
                                                       South Lincoln Redevelopment Master Plan and the  La Alma/ Lincoln Park Neighborhood Plan have already identified a number
                                                       of transportation issues and challenges. The Transportation Charrette discussions and working groups reinforced many of these
                                                       same issues and challenges,  and  identified  priority transportation strategies that were considered by the participants to be
                                                       essential for the project to become  a successful national model. The high level recommendations below are a summary of key
                                                       outcomes of the charrette.

                                                       4.1  Recommendations

                                                               Developing a successful pedestrian promenade along 10th Street will strengthen pedestrian access to the 10th & Osage
                                                               light rail station and support future development along this street. Add traffic signal and pedestrian crosswalk on 10thAve.
                                                               at Santa Fe and Kalamath streets to make the promenade successful.
                                                               Improving connectivity within the neighborhood public transit network is a priority for the SoLi development. Work with
                                                               RTD to adjust bus routes and add bus stops at the 10th & Osage light rail station.
                                                               DMA, with major organizations in  the LALP neighborhood, can play a major role in promoting healthy, safe, and cost
                                                               effective transportation options for SoLi residents. Partner with neighborhood organizations and stakeholders to develop
                                                               ongoing programs that promote and support accessible programs and facilities for biking and walking.
                                                               Choices for automobile drivers in  the LALP neighborhood need to become more integrated with other modes of
                                                               transportation. Develop a comprehensive parking and car sharing strategy that provides adequate choices for auto
                                                               drivers while balancing the  needs of pedestrians, bikers, and public transit users.
                                                               Extending Osage Street from 10th Ave. to 9th Ave. will increase connectivity for all modes of transportation and support
                                                               new bus routes to the 10th  & Osage station. Explore funding and planning options that support the purchase of private
                                                               land south of 10th & Osage to allow for this extension in the future.
                                                               Successful implementation  of the transportation strategies outlined below will require strong and ongoing partnerships
                                                               between DMA, HUD, RTD,  CDOT, and the City of Denver Planning and Public Works Department. Establish an ongoing
                                                               working group that will support information sharing and  collaboration between these strategic partners.

                                                       4.2  Funding mechanisms
                                                       DMA will need to acquire additional funding to implement many of the strategies outline in this report. The following funding
                                                       sources were identified to help support these strategies.

                                                               Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG)
                                                               Competitive Grants
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4.3  Strategic Partnerships

DMA will need to develop active working relationships with the following strategic partners in order to successfully implement the
transportation strategies recommended in this report.

         Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-HUD can provide support for resident programs and facilities that support
         car-free modes of transportation.

         Denver Public Works (DPW) - Denver Public Works plays a critical role in the approval and development of the
         streets in the Soli development and La Alma / Lincoln Park neighborhood.

         Denver Community Planning and Development (CPD) - Denver CPD has developed a comprehensive
         neighborhood plan for La Alma / Lincoln Park and will need to be involved in many of the major decisions moving
         forward.
Aerial map of La Alma / Lincoln Park neighborhood
         Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) - RTD can change bus lines and support a neighborhood shuttle to
         promote public transportation in the SoLi neighborhood.

         Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) - CDOT is required to approve any changes made to major
         connector streets that run through the La Alma / Lincoln Park neighborhood.

         La Alma Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association (LPNA f.k.a. LLPPG)  - Many of the transportation programs and
         infrastructure developments included in this report will not be successful without engaging and developing support
         within the LALP resident community.
5  Appendix
5.1  Charrette Agenda, Presentations, and Handouts
The agenda, a PDF of the PowerPoint presentations, and all handouts for the Transportation Charrette have been posted on a
public website for participants and the general public to access. Go to the following website to access those documents.

http://vrasustainabilitv.centraldesktop.com/denverscpcharrettesexternal/

5.2  Charrette Photos
Go to the following link to see photos taken during the Transportation Charrette.

http://picasaweb.aoogle.com/vraconsultants/PSCCharrettes?feat=directlink

5.3  Charrette Notes
The following pages contain all of the notes that were recorded on flip charts and taken during the discussions and working
groups in the Transportation Charrette. These notes are broken up into Day 1 and Day 2 notes and are color coded as follows.

        Red Text = Discussion notes taken by charrette facilitators not recorded on flip charts
        Blue Text = Flip chart notes recorded by charrette participants and charrette facilitators
Desired pedestrian crossing at 10th Ave. and Santa Fe St.
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Day 1:

Intro / Presentations:
      EPA: aligning resources and partnerships; Livability Principles; Mercado Coalition

Charrette  Goal:  include  affordability  as priority -  focus  on  car-free,  maintaining this
affordability even when more people move here

Presentations/ Overview:
      Master plan goals: reduce vehicle speeds; improve ped safety; enhance
       neighborhood serving transit service; ease of bike use
      10th and Osage needed station area plan and DMA needed master plan; these
       combined into Neighborhood Plan - goal here is to increase circulation / connectivity
      Union Pacific is reinvesting in site, assumes site will be there long term and will
       warrant long term planning
      Thoughts on inherent conflicts / considerations:
             o    Priorities for signals are at 1 1th and 9th, not 10th Ave.  10th will not get a
                  signal (not part of the tool box... yet)
             o    Bike lanes on Mariposa St. with sharo lanes (marking  shared lanes with
                  bike and autos) down 1 1th and Osage to the station
             o    Santa Fe and Kalamath corridors are a challenge - Denver Public Works
                  implementing a 6-9 month study on how to make it more pedestrian
                  friendly
             o    Look at how Denver Parks & Recs interconnects with  Denver Public
                  Works (deal with street bike lanes)  and where / how they can intersect
             o    Safety is #1 priority
      Goal of PW: get common understanding of what is possible and what is not possible
       (i.e. light at 10th)
Transportation Strategies to focus on:
       10th Ave crossings
       Extension of Osage south - how does this make the most sense and who should be
       the catalyst for this?
       13th: connecting this neighborhood to West neighborhood
       How do we get a shuttle to this neighborhood from station to neighborhood resources
       (Denver health has a shuttle that runs at peak hours and to Santa Fe First Friday
       shuttle)
       #9 bus stop may move 2 blocks north to 11th which will be short term solution and
       enhance connectivity
       RTD cannot connect to  grocery because Osage is so tight and does not extend
       Increasing pedestrian time allowed by lights / crosswalks across the city

Four Brainstorming Groups:
    A.   Biking Group
    B.   Automobile Group
    C.   Public Transit Group
    D.   Pedestrian Group

Four Brainstorming Tasks:
     1.   Identify strategies.
     2.   Identify barriers to achieving the strategies.
     3.   Identify actions for overcoming the barriers.
     4.   Identify potential action partnerships.
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A. Pedestrian Group

Strategy #1: Wider Pedestrian Sidewalks/Narrower Streets
Barriers:
- Fire standards
- Existing property lines
- Priorities (Auto oriented/political environment)
- City sidewalk standards and not ideal
- Peds outside of street grid (separate pedestrian paths?)

Actions:
1.  Different street design (sidewalk one side; parking removal; urbanscape on one side)
2.  Segregated pedestrian paths (Campus design)
3.  Closing 10th to autos
4.  Elevated pedestrian bridge over rail yard

Partnerships:
1.PW; Denver Fire; DMA; Private Developers
2.  DMA
3.  Denver  Fire; Denver Water, PW, DMA
4.  PUC; RTD; Denver Water, DMA

Strategy #2: Ped/Bike Crossing @ Santa Fe/Kalamath on 10th
Barriers:
- Traffic Stops
- Traffic Volume/speed
- Width of  Row
- Design Speed vs Posted Speed
- Current Use/State HWY/One Way
- Perceived Safety Concerns

Actions:
1.  Corridor study/Assessment
2.  Resident engagement/Buy-in
3.  Enhance crossing  (wider sidewalks; protected crossings)
4.  "Flow of interest" - Pedestrian experience
5.  Signage

Parfners/7/ps;
1.PW
2/3. Neighborhood; Art District; DMA; PW
4.PW; DMA
5.  PW;DHA;Auraria;H.S.;SoLi
Strategy #3: Improving 13th Ave for Bikes/Peds/Vehicles
Barriers:
- No sidewalk
-Cost
- Train tracks
- Existing truck route
- One-way/two-way disconnect
- River
- Land use/ Rail yard uncertainty

Actions:
1. Create alternative route (11th at Grape; Pedestrian bridge)
2. Improve sidewalk (curb gutter; lighting; pedestrian barrier)
3. Improve appeal/make more inviting

Parfners/7/ps;
Partnerships for all 3-action items include:
U.P.; PW; Businesses on 13th; PUE

Strategy #4: Access to Grocery/Convenience
Barriers:
- No central grocery store
- Social  barriers to closer farmers market
- No safe pedestrian crossing at Santa Fe and 14th
- Parking and building design (unsafe parking)
- Alternatives are  not healthy and/or expensive

Actions:
1. Urban gardens/local markets (farmers market)
2. "Shared cost program"
3. Community shopping options (collaborative)
4. 10th Ave "circulator" Tram

Parfners/7/ps;
1/2. OED;DHA;DUGw/H.S.
3. DMA;  Grocery stores
4. H.S. Auraria; Santa Fe; RTD; DMA; Denver Health
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Day 1: Breakout Notes : PEDESTRIAN GROUP

Connectivity within neighborhood needs to  be improved. Safety and access issue. Overall
barrier: Seems to be a lack of hierarchy of  movement - pedestrians should be at top (right
now, however, there is none and walkers are not where they should be)
         Widen pedestrian streets / increase sidewalk width
             o    Fire standards
             o    Existing property lines (have  to acquire private property to widen streets)
         Red / bike access on Santa Fe / Kalamath at 10th
             o    Traffic standards: this intersection won't meet warrants for traffic signal.
                  Right now, standards are that you don't have a signal at every block
                  (existing at 8th, 9th, 11th, etc.). Also relates to air quality challenges.
                  More stops = worse air quality.
             o    Traffic volume / speed (state  highway, one way street)
             o    Width of right of way
         Improving 13th Ave  west of Osage for Pedestrian access to Platte River
             o    Limited sidewalk right now (not ideal)
             o    Cost
             o    Heavy rail train tracks
         Access to grocery / convenience store  (King Supers on  Santa Fe and 14th)
             o    Is this grocery too far away for pedestrians?
             o    Social barriers to closer farmers market
             o    No safe pedestrian crossing
             o    Parking / design of store is less than ideal
Day 2: Breakout Notes : PEDESTRIAN GROUP

Narrower Streets and Increase Sidewalk Width
         Fire Standards
             o    Actions: Different Street Design with parking removed, urbanscape on 1
                  side,
             o    Partnerships: PW, Denver Fire, DMA, Private developers
         Segregated Ped Path
             o    Actions: closing 10th to autos; evaluate what streets are necessary for
                  cars; elevated pedestrian bridge over the railroad
             o    Partnerships: Denver Fire, PW, Denver Water

Pedestrian Connection Across Santa Fe/ Kalamath on 10th
         Traffic Standards
         Traffic Volume
    -    Width of ROW
             o    Actions: corridor study / assessment; resident involvement and buy in;
                  enhance; "flow of interest" - entice people to go here; signage;
                  institutional connector (pathway that connects Auraria campus and high
                  school)
             o    Partnerships:

13th Street Pedestrian
         Sidewalk
         Cost
         Train Tracks
             o    Actions: create alternative reuse; add sidewalks,
             o    Partnerships: PW, Businesses on 13th, PUC

Access to Grocery / Convenience Store
         No safe crossing on 14th and Santa Fe
             o    Actions: focus efforts on internal resources; urban garden, local  markets/
                  farmers markets;  "shared cart program"; community shopping; 10th ave
                  circulator/tram;
Partnerships: Santa Fe Redevelopment,  RTD, Denver Health, DMA, Auraria, H.S.
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B. Biking Group

Strategy #1: Improving 13th

    Barriers:
         Funding (not competitive with other DRCOG projects)
         Design feasibility (railroads)

    Actions:
        1.   DRCOG options;
        2.   Partnerships between HUD, RTD, CDOT;
        3.   Incite development (create a "quiet zone")
        4.   RTD Burnham  Lead rebuilds
        5.   TOD bond (West of CML ONLY!);
        6.   Feasibility Study - PW (Mariposa);
        7.   Approved cross-section

    Parfners/7/ps;
         1-3. City; DRCOG; HUD; RTD;CDOT; Railroads; Private Developments
         4-7.  RTD;  CCoD;  Union  Pacific;  Burlington  Northern;   Property
          Community; Auraria

Strategy #2: Routes/Signage
Barriers:
- Education
- Advocates
- Connections to grocery stores

Actions:
1.  Implement signage w/ destinations
2.  Finding community advocate/representative/organization
3.  Denver Moves- 14th

Parfners/7/ps;
ICCoD; PW; Neighborhood
2.  MBAC; Bike Denver
3.  CCoD
Owners;
Strategy #3: Bike racks/Protected bike racks
Barriers:
- Funding
- Education
- Security (theft) and Safety/lighting
- Coordination w/ RTD
- Permitting/Row clearance

Actions:
1. Identify sponsorships; local biz support
2. Outreach by partners
3. Lighting; community ("eyes on the street"); bike registration

Parfners/7/ps;
1. Schools, DHA (S. Lincoln/N.  Lincoln/Section 8); DICP; Churches; Denver Health; B-Cycle;
Arts District; Denver Water; Auraria; Bike Denver; DeRailer Collective; DPD
2. Bike Denver; City Dept.
3. Business organizations; DPD; DHA/other property owners

Strategy #4: Bike Share/Bike  Library
Barriers:
- Funding
- Community support/participation
-Community education
-Proper location: physical space/sponsor w/ location
-Program management/admin
-Understanding of bike network
-Need community buy-in/community ownership
-Membership Issues: people  need credit cards to access

Actions:
1. Emphasis on children and  health; maintenance: education/facility
2.  Surveys;  identify  an advocate or  champion;  safe routes to school (programmatic
approach)

Parfners/7/ps;
1 and 2. Schools; DHA (S. Lincoln/N. Lincoln/Section 8); DICP; Churches; Denver Health; B-
Cycle; Arts District; Denver Water; Auraria; Bike Denver; Derailer Bicycle Collective; DPD
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Day 1: Breakout Notes :  BIKING GROUP

         Improving 13th Avenue from Osage to Decatur
             o   Funding (entire street needs to be rebuilt b/c gutter / drainage, etc.) - but
                 have approved street profile
         Bike Share Program
             o   Funding for start up
             o   Because you need credit card to become a member of the program, how
                 do people access this if don't have credit card?
         Bike Library (in addition to B-cycle program): Family oriented neighborhood to
         provide education, awareness and resources (build your own bike program)
             o   Funding
             o   Community support and engagement
         Bike racks throughout neighborhood (commercial, station, etc.)
             o   Funding
             o   Theft
             o   Safety
             o   Lighting
         Bike facilities / amenities to meet diverse user groups (commuters, families,
         neighborhood rides, etc.) - all riders are prioritized and require different amenities

Day 2: Breakout Notes :  BIKING GROUP

Bike Library/Education
         Community support / Education
             o   Actions: survey? Identify advocate at DOC; safe routes to schools
                 (programmatic)
             o   Partnerships: schools, DMA, CDIP, churches, Denver Health, B-cycle,
                 Arts  District, Denver Water, Auraria, Bike Denver, Derailer Collective,
                 DPD
         Funding
             o   Actions: emphasis on children and health;  maintenance - education /
                 facility/storage
             o   Partnerships: see above
Bike Racks
         Funding
             o   Action: sponsorships; local biz support
             o   Partnerships: see above
         Education
             o   Action: outreach by partners
             o   Partnerships: Bike Denver, City Dept.
         Security / Safety
             o   Actions: lighting, community/eyes on the street, bike registration
             o   Partnerships: business orgs, DPD, DMA/other property owners

Routes / Signage
         Education (this is being worked on by Public Works)
             o   Actions: implement signage with destinations
             o   Partnerships: CCoD, PW, neighborhood based
         Advocate
             o   Actions: finding community advocate / rep / org
             o   Partnerships: MBAC,  Bike Denver
         Connections to Grocery
             o   Actions: Denver Moves (being worked on by Public Works)
             o   Partnerships: CCoD

Improving 13th
         Funding
             o   Actions: DRCOG options; Partnerships; incite development (quiet zone
                 creation)
             o   Partnerships: city, DRCOG, HUD, RTD, CDOT, private developments,
                 railroads
         Design  Feasibility (Railroads)
             o   Actions: (already in  motion):  RTD Burnham, lead rebuild; TOD Bond
                 (west of OML only)  Feasibility study (PW  mariposa - Decatur); Approved
                 Cross-section
             o   Partnerships: city, DRCOG, HUD, RTD, CDOT, Private developments,
                 railroads, CCoD; Union Pacific, Burlington Northern, Property Owners,
                 community, Auraria
Currently only allowed to have one type of bike rack in public ROW (due to access, blocking
pedestrian right of way and safety. Santa Fe may be  able to have a review process for this
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but there is limited space in public right of way to have a bike rack).
C. Automobile Group

Strategy #1: Use of sustainable construction materials and practices
Barriers:
- Feasibility (must know the 'specs' to direct the scope of work)
- Codes and regulations (does this meet CCoD standards?; proven technology? NO)
Weather (storage and performance of deconstructed materials)

Actions:
1.  Research:  where  has  this  been done?;  process:  HOT  vs WARM  method; life  cycle
analysis/costs; who is the supplier?; what are the city's  regulations, specifications?;  other
uses?: paths,  parking  lots,  porous asphalt
2.  Education
3.  Pilot program
4.  Research best practices

Partnerships:
1.    Boulder    supplier   (Kendra);   CCoD/DHA/PW;   CDOT/DRCOG/RTD;   Denver
Water/Wastewater
2.  CCoD/DHA/PW/CDOT/DRCOG/RTD/Denver Water/Wastewater/EPA
3/4. Consult whoever has  done this before; UCD sustainable (IGERT); City of Fort Collins;
Urban Drainage; Urban Watershed Research Institute

Strategy #2: Enhance pedestrian and bike access for all demographics
Barriers:
- Coordination w/ the rest of the transit network and other sites in Denver
- Regulations  to support safety
- Feasibility (marketability issues)
- Community support (territorial about parking spots)

Actions:
1.  Car share
2.  B-cycle stations
3.  Bike parking
4.  Clear neighborhood network for bikes and peds "destinations w/in the hood"
5.  Create "Ped Zone" district w/ in 0.5mi LTR (here, peds are first in hierarchy)
6.  Create physically separated bike lanes from autos

Parfners/7/ps;
1.  Developer;  program (actual company); B-cycle; Bike Denver; CCoD; Developer
2.  City; developer;  LPNA; Santa Fe; Auraria; Denver Health
5.  CCoD; Residents/LPNA
6. CCoD; Neighbors/landowners; Denver Moves
Strategy #3: Modify Parking Options/Shared parking/Support of EV infrastructure
Barriers:
- Codes (zoning: parking %; flexibility of where the parking structure is)
- Community support (getting people comfortable w/ using alternative forms of transit)

Actions:
1. Transit "in-lieu of" bucket: pay fee into fund if you can't/don't want to build parking at your
building (HHO fund)
2. Shared parking TDRs
3. Parking "credits" to reduce stall required (ex. Car share on site = x% parking reduction)
4. TOD to have parking MAXIMUMS
5. Make parking expensive and hard

Parfners/7/ps;
1. Private market; bucket administrator
2. CCoD; TDR administrator
3. CCoD
4. CCoD
5.  Density (re-develop Soli); 0 supply (CCoD); convenience  (retail/grocery/schools from
Soli re-development
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Day 1: Breakout Notes : AUTOMOBILE GROUP

         Use of sustainable materials
             o    Feasibility (contracting)
             o    Codes and regulations (city vs state vs fed)
         Reduce Parking (shared parking, car sharing, etc.)
             o    Codes and regulations (what is zoning? How can we change that?)
             o    Community support (are they going to like it?)
         Enhancing ped / bike access for all demographics = increasing safety between
         automobiles and everyone else
             o    Codes and regulations
             o    How do you get different groups together?
Day 2: Breakout Notes : AUTOMOBILE GROUP
         Sustainable construction materials
             o    Feasibility: Where has this been done? What is the net environmental
                  impact of using sustainable materials?
                         Actions:
                                   GreenPrint Denver is working on this, CDOT
                                    specifications. Use parking lots as pilot tests.
                                   Issue with using sustainable materials within ROW:
                                    Denver Water line comes in to replace pavers - are
                                    these accessible and always available? Colors
                                    available?
                         Partnerships available (Kendra)
             o    Codes and Regs: Talk to  people already doing this - what is working /
                  what isn't working, what are city specifications of this? What are the
                  regulations? (If not allowed, can this be a pilot project? Talk to Public
                  Works, Greenprint Denver)
                         Actions:
                                   Pilot program: partner with IGERT (sustainable
                                    infrastructure program)
                         Education
Ped / Bike Access
    o    Regs to support safety
                Actions: create "ped zone" district; create separated bike lanes
                 from autos
                Partnerships: CCoD
    o    Coordination
                Actions: bike station, bike parking, car share program, key
                 destinations prioritized (Denver health, light rail, etc.). Identify
                 advocate that can be involved in planning process: look at
                 technical standards and social standards -what is the process
                 for public process and advocacy? (Denver Move's website for
                 next meeting date)
                         This neighborhood should be model for creating tools
                          to create biking / walking easy. How do we make this
                          neighborhood special and elevate the bike / ped
                          access and use
                Partnerships: Bicycle, Bike Denver, CCoD, Developer
Parking
    o    Actions: transit in lieu fee (put money that would be put towards parking
         to be then put towards shared parking structure or public transit, etc.);
         shared parking development rights; parking credits / car share (zoning
         code already allows you to reduce parking due to near transit and low
         income - move beyond this). Need to create GDP that allows for  this
         modification. Parking maximums, making it expensive and difficult.
Partnerships: CCoD
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D. Public Transit Group

Strategy #1: Extend Osage
Barriers:
- "Funding is the biggest barrier"
- Issues with extension onto private land

Actions:
1.  Re-evaluate if the extension goes to 8th (Phase I - 9th; Phase II - 8th, why?)
2.  Stormwater approach should include impacts of extending road
3.  Does the Hope VI include transportation infrastructure? Is it a possibility?
4.  Identify program funding,  competitive grants, and  a  model to leverage  the prototype
approach

Partnerships:
1.  City of Denver; Developer/Owner; DMA
2.  City of Denver; Developer/Owner; DMA; EPA; RTD
3.  DMA, CCoD
4.  Road and stormwater; CCoD developer; DMA;  RTD; EPA; HUD; FTA

Strategy #2: Reorganize transit (a. neighborhood shuttle, b. private shuttle)
Barriers:
-Disparate locations/destinations (DPS/ Denver Health/Denver Water)
-Pre-existing configuration of Osage
-No one is advocating for it (prior to now)
-No TMA

Actions:
1.  TMA precursor study - seed money
2.  A new  model for  Denver to  strategically  increase  transit ridership in a  neighborhood
(NTMA)
3.  Leverage neighborhood involvement
4.  Engage large employers in  a focused dialogue

Parfners/7/ps;
1.DHA, CCoD, DRCOG
2.  UCD/Metro
3.  CCoD/DHA
4.  Denver Health/ Human Services, Auraria; Denver Water
Strategy #3: Improve safety, lighting, access (crosswalks, sidewalks, etc.)
Barriers:
-RTD to evaluate how to increase ridership and access to this station
-Lack of advocates in the past
-Funding is headed to other areas

Actions:
1. Coordinate private development towards specific outcomes
2.  Employ a regional approach  to  streetscape  and transit supportive  amenities/routes
(developers pay in)
3. Discretionary funding
4. Infrastructure details plan and phasing strategy (lighting, signage, sidewalks)

Parfners/7/ps;
RTD; Private Developers; City of Denver
Strategy #4: Improve  marketing/visibility/identity of transit w/ artistic services and
amenities
Barriers:
-No organizing/central entity to support station or transit
-Unclear stops for buses
-No art or 'eye catching' features drawing attention to transit
-No neighborhood list of amenities or info promoting transit for employers/developers/service
providers

Actions:
1. Prepare a resource assessment guide for the neighborhood amenities, service providers,
and employers
2. Create a program to extend art into neighborhood
3. Extend art at stations with "adopt with flair" program (new art partners)
4. Strategic marketing of transit (KIDS)

Parfners/7/ps;
1. RTD; CCoD
2. DHA; CCoD; DOCA
3. RTD; DOCA
4. DPS
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Day 1: Breakout Notes : PUBLIC TRANSIT GROUP

         Extend Osage (getting bus access to station)
             o    Funding
             o    Involves private land
             o    Not in Transit Improvement Plan (TIP)
         Reorganize Transit: connectivity
             o    Disparate locations / destinations (Denver Health, DPS, Denver Water,
                  schools)
             o    No uniform advocate for public transit group or org
         Safety / Access / Convenience
             o    RTD to evaluate how to increase ridership and access to this station
         Marketing / visibility / identity
             o    No organization / central entity to support station or transit
             o    No neighborhood list of amenities or info promoting transit for employers
                  / developers or service providers
Day 2: Breakout Notes : PUBLIC TRANSIT GROUP

Extending Osage
         Funding and Private Land Ownership
             o   Actions: re-evaluate if extension goes to 8th; sw approach; how does
                 Hope VI influence this?; identify program funding and competitive grants
                 (leverage as prototype/pilot project)
             o   Partnerships: City of Denver, Developer/Owner, DHA, EPA, RTD
Re-organize Transit
         Disparate locations / no one to do a study / is TMA feasible (this may not be the
         best/right action)?
             o   Actions: engaging employers, Denver Health, others, etc. to do study of
                 what works, what has been done, what needs to be done; leverage
                 neighborhood involvement; get DRCOG involved (potential source of
                 funding)
             o   Partnerships: DHA, CCoD, DRCOG
Safety / Access / Convenience
         Coordination of Physical Implementation
             o   Actions: coordinating private  development implementation towards
                 specific outcomes; discretionary grant funds; regional support for
                 streetscapes (?)
             o   Partnerships: RTD, Private Developers, City of  Denver
Marketing/Visibility/ Identity
         Lot of resources in neighborhood that are hidden
             o   Actions: create resource guide with services and amenities including a
                 transit piece;  building upon art component at service / transit locations -
                 use as demonstration program ("art in transit program") and create
                 identity, enhance relationships with artists, etc.; incorporate flair at
                 stations (maintenance issues?); get kids active  on transit side and
                 influencing parents - focus marketing here (look at NOFA requirements
                 for arts in transit, HUD is looking to incorporate  arts/ cultural into
                 projects throughout)
Partnerships: RTD, CCoD; DHA,  DOCA (Ginger White -  Creative Arts District Plan)
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DAY 2:

Day 1 RECAP (big issues and ideas):
         Experience and observations of walkthrough / report out of getting around
         neighborhood:
             o   People go over 20 at school zone
             o   Scary biking on 13th
             o   Park: tends to have start and stop time for activity - related to public
                  trans?
             o   Difficult to get to downtown, 14th connection is not clear and smooth
                  West of site - poor signage, etc.
             o   City is looking at 5-6 year bike signage plan
             o   Extension of Osage is very important - not only for buses but for
                  neighborhood connectivity
             o   Light rail is quiet, unsettling; not comfortable when it is dark
             o   Not a sense of ownership - there are private areas but not so much
                  private. No articulation to private / semi-private which makes  it difficult to
                  pass through when don't know who they belong to
             o   Not all spaces well lit at night
             o   Station is there but does not connect to  neighborhood - there isn't an
                  advocate for this station
         Additional thoughts:
             o   Tension around issues which is good because it helps identify barriers
                         Tension comes from  gradation of what one considers 'good'
                          walkability, connectivity, etc. - difficult to measure
                         Charrette provides opportunity to get out of mindset of what we
                          have. We're experiencing new density, new scale, etc. so how
                          can we raise the bar  and stand out?
                         Lots of interest in this neighborhood, partnerships, funding,
                          etc. so there are energy and resources available
             o   Grassroots level strategies may be different approach:
                         How do you activate  pedestrians along 10th?
                         Easy to put the strategies on agencies that don't have a face -
                          is this the best way?
                         We don't have control over a lot of funding and regulations, so
                          how do we make it happen?
             o   Improving  13th is a priority identified by many
                         Public works is working on this - doing a study,  etc.
         For charrette: balance what is already happening, what is practical and happening
         and technical, also with a dreaming component.

Priority Strategies and Barrier Action and Partnerships  Report Out:

See Day 2 group report out notes within the four working groups above.
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5.4 Charrette Attendees:
First Name
David
Devon
Cindy
Shayne
Brad
Aaron
Cindy
Kimball
Steven
Stacey
Rebecca
Kristin
Dana
Jim
Narada
Karen
Steve
Ismael
William
Guadalupe
Jack
Seneca
Abby
Last Name
Beckhouse
Bertram
Bosco
Brady
Buchanan
Bustow
Cody
Crangle
Egglestond
Eriksen
Fox
Fritz
Fulenwider
Godwin
Golden
Good
Gordon
Guerrero
Haas
Herrera
Hidinger
Holmes
Hugill
Organization
U.S. Dept of Transportation (DOT)
YRG sustainability
Denver Greenprint
HUD
BYG Group
U.S. Dept of Transportation (DOT)
EPA Region 8
Denver Housing Authority (DHA)
HUD
EPA Region 8
SRA International
Denver Community Planning and Development (CPD)
Urban Ventures
Vision Land
YRG sustainability
Denver Public Works
Denver Community Planning and Development (CPD)
Denver Housing Authority (DHA)
U.S. Dept of Transportation (DOT)
HUD
EPA Region 8
Office of Economic Development
HUD
First Name
Peter
Lizzie
Jim
Stella
Matthew
Renee
Aylene
Simon
Judy
Kendra
April
Jay
Susan
Josh
Masoud
Justin
Eddie
Bill
Tim
Ryan
Jim
Michael
Last Name
Hynes
Kemp
Larson
Madrid
Marshall
Martinez
McCallum
Montagu
Montero
Morrison
Nowak
Peters
Powers
Radoff
Sabounchi
Schmitz
Sierra
Sirois
Thornton
Tobin
Turner
Van Dalsem
Organization
South Lincoln Steering Committee
Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT)
Region 6
Denver Development Services
Denver Housing Authority (DMA)
Denver Environmental Health (DEH)
Perspectives
Downtown Denver Partnership
Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG)
City Council
EPA Region 8
EPA Region 8
Vision Land
Urban Ventures
YRG sustainability
ACE Code
Denver Public Works
EPA Region 8
Regional Transit District (RTD)
HUD
Denver Housing Authority (DHA)
City and County of Denver
Colorado State University
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5.5 Organizations and Acronyms:
Acronym
BNSF
CCoD
CDIP
CDOT
DMA
DOCA
DPD
DPS
DRCOG
DUG
EPA
HUD
IGERT
IHO
LA/LP
LPNA
MBAC
NTMA
OBLR
OED
PUC
PUE
PW
RTD
Soli
TDR
TMA
UP
UCD
Organization
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway
City and County of Denver
Crash Data Improvement Program
Colorado Department of Transportation
Denver Housing Authority
Denver Office of Cultural Affairs
Denver Police Department
Denver Public Schools
Denver Regional Council of Governments
Denver Urban Gardens
Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Integrative Graduate Education and Research
Inclusionary Housing Ordinance
La Alma/ Lincoln Park
La Alma Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association
Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Committee
National Transportation Management Association
EPA Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization
Office of Economic Development
Public Utilities Commission
Public Utility Easements
Public Works Department
Regional Transportation District
South Lincoln Redevelopment Project
Transportation Discrepancy Report
Transportation Management Association
Union Pacific
University of Colorado Denver
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