Activity continues on transit development plan
(Nov 01, 2011)
Plans for a transit-oriented development centered on the FasTracks rail station in South Westminster continue to progress. The planning area is bounded by 72nd Avenue, Lowell Boulevard, Federal Boulevard and the railroad tracks – about 85 acres.
A draft plan was presented to Westminster City Council during the Oct. 3 study session.
View the draft plan from the study session.
The plan proposes the construction of a traditional "grid" street network with several streets directed toward the area between the station at roughly 71st Avenue and Hooker Street and Federal Boulevard. The redevelopment of the larger TOD area will likely extend over several decades.
Of pivotal importance is an agreement between the City of Westminster and the Regional Transportation District that council will be considering later this fall (currently scheduled for the Post Council Meeting on Nov. 14) that would provide the city about $10 million to construct a parking structure to serve the station area and make other significant enhancements to the base plan proposed by RTD’s concessionaire on this project. The structured parking is especially important to the development of a TOD concept because it preserves prime land around the station for commercial development.
The city is also planning a major drainage and park project immediately south of the railroad and TOD area – 40 acres needed for storm drainage but also providing an opportunity for a wonderful amenity in the form of a newly graded creek channel, bike trail, retention lake and new street along south side of park, the commuter rail station will be located on the south side of the railroad tracks within the park, construction of the park/drainage project will start in fall 2012.
The city and Adams County have acquired almost all the land needed for the park portion of the project.
Public meetings will be scheduled in the near future (following council’s review of the TOD plan).