Neighborhood Retail and Office Space
Parks and Open Space
Pedestrian Safety and Mobility Projects
Media and Real Estate Broker Contact
How big is Boulevard One?
At 70 acres, Boulevard One is one of Denver’s largest urban infill sites, about the size of Cherry Creek North. Homes, work/play spaces, offices and neighborhood retail are all part of the local mix, as is easy connectivity to Downtown Denver, Lowry and Cherry Creek. Take a look at the Boulevard One neighborhood map for more.
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How many homes are planned?
About 800 residential units will be part of Boulevard One, housing some 1,800 people. Dwellings will span a range of price points and include approximately 130 detached single-family homes, approximately 250 rowhomes and attached homes, and approximately 420 apartments. This includes at least 14 townhomes and 72 apartments offered at affordable prices and rents. In keeping with the development’s urban vibe, the interior of the site will contain a handful of multi-story buildings (maximum of 4-5 stories) surrounded by lower-profile construction. For locations of housing types within the development, explore the Boulevard One neighborhood map for more.
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What kind of walk-to retail and office space will there be?
Watch our video.
Pedestrian trails throughout Boulevard One will lead residents to a vibrant commercial core with restaurants, cafés, boutiques, entertainment or other retail uses. The 185,000 square feet of space may also include professional offices and community work/play spaces. This mixed-use center will feature a plaza, seating and engaging public art. It will be the perfect setting for chatting with friends, catching up on work or just taking in the sunshine. Site planning and design review will occur throughout 2016 with construction underway in 2017.
Lucky’s Market, an affordable natural foods grocer, will be on the ground floor of this three-story commercial core of Boulevard One, located at Quebec Street and Lowry Boulevard. The store will span 25,000 square feet and mark the first Denver location for the Boulder-based grocery store chain. Lucky’s is planned to break ground in 2019.
For a look at where the retail and office spaces will be located, check out the Boulevard One neighborhood map. Watch our video. To learn more about Boulevard One’s mixed-use builder, read the Kelmore Development press release.
Is Boulevard One going to be like Cherry Creek?
No. Although just a short ride away, Cherry Creek is nothing like Boulevard One. Cherry Creek is a regional shopping hub that draws millions of visitors annually. Parking, traffic volume and high-rise housing make this dense urban district hum with activity.
Boulevard One’s commercial and retail space is designed to be more like the Town Center. Zoning would allow for a specialty grocery store; restaurants, entertainment and shops on the first floor with offices and living spaces above. Buildings may be no higher than 5 stories and density is capped. This is not a venue for a big retailer or a magnet for shoppers from the suburbs.
Does Boulevard One have a commitment to affordable housing?
Absolutely. Since 1999, Lowry has championed building quality housing for those of limited means, including seniors, area workers and formerly homeless families. To date, there are more than 1,000 affordable units throughout Lowry. Boulevard One will offer an additional 85 affordable apartments and for-sale townhomes, which will be fully integrated into the community.
The Housing Authority of the City and County of Denver and Volunteers of America has built, owns and manages a 71-unit, mixed-income apartment community at 6756 E. Archer Drive. The four-story, sustainable building was designed by Parikh Stevens Architects to meet Enterprise Green Communities standards. VOA provides supportive services to residents, including case management, health and nutrition services, recreational and leisure time activities, and volunteer opportunities. VOA also connects with Lowry schools, nonprofits and employers.
The Colorado Community Land Trust is building 14 rowhomes on E. Archer Drive within Boulevard One. These homes are anticipated to be priced from $158,000 to $179,000 and will meet Boulevard One sustainability and design guidelines. Homes are affordably priced in perpetuity. Homeowners can move up in housing because they receive a portion of the equity when they sell.
Are parks and open space part of the picture?
A total of 19 percent of Boulevard One, about 13 acres, is dedicated to sustainable public landscapes that lean on water-smart native grasses and plants that pop with seasonal color. Original public art is integrated into the urban design, enhancing the daily lives of people living, working and visiting Boulevard One. These work/play spaces take the form of a wildlife weave berm along Monaco Parkway, a pleasant corridor for walking and bicycling along First Avenue, shady Kiva Park to the east, Center Park with perennial gardens and lawn, Adventure Park for exploring boulders and a cottonwood grove, intimate Triangle Park, five-acre Community Park, an additional neighborhood park and natural open space. You’ll find public artwork, comfy benches and sitting nooks along the way where you can linger, people watch and read your e-book. The Boulevard One community association will maintain this urban landscape. Check out the plans by viewing the Parks Overview.
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How is Boulevard One enhancing pedestrian safety and mobility?
Boulevard One is envisioned as a multimodal, mixed-use community. Several projects are in the works to make it easier and safer to get around, whether you’re walking, rolling, taking transit or driving.
The city’s rapid growth and community concerns about traffic congestion prompted a mobility study in 2016. Now the LRA is implementing many of the recommendations. “In order to make a place multimodal, you have to design for it,” said Hilarie Portell, mobility projects manager.
“We should encourage smart development like this throughout the city,” said Councilwoman Mary Beth Susman, District 5, who secured matching funds for the safety projects. “As our community grows, we need to provide more safe and convenient ways for people to get around.”
Pedestrian Safety Improvements
Quebec Street is a “high injury network” street according to city plans, and the area between First Avenue and Lowry Boulevard is a “pedestrian priority area,” where families, seniors, children, people with disabilities, transit riders and others are trying to get to various destinations.
Safety modifications are expected to be completed later this year at Quebec Street and First Avenue and at Quebec Street and Lowry Boulevard. The improvements may include: wider medians that extend through the crosswalk to shorten the crossing distance; smaller turning motions for motorists; elimination of bus pullouts; and slightly narrower travel lanes. These are not major changes but will greatly improve pedestrian safety while continuing to accommodate a high volume of vehicular traffic. The LRA is working with WalkDenver, RTD and Denver Public Works.
First Avenue Pedestrian Crossing and Bike Lane
During the Boulevard One planning process, community members pointed out the need for a crosswalk between the Schlessman Family Library and the Boulevard One retail center. The LRA is proposing an “enhanced pedestrian crosswalk” at First Avenue and Poplar Street, which may include a pedestrian-activated signal. New bike lanes will also be added to both sides of First Avenue.
Signalized Intersection on Lowry Boulevard
A new signalized intersection will be installed at Lowry Boulevard and Pontiac Street later this year. It is expected to calm traffic and provide a safe pedestrian crossing between the mixed-use center and the community park.
The LRA consulted with Transportation Solutions, an area transportation management association; design and construction is by Confluent Development and Kelmore Development Corporation.
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What was the decision-making process behind the development of Boulevard One?
Boulevard One is the result of an open and comprehensive planning process from 2006-2013 that balanced many different stakeholder interests. Planning was guided by Blueprint Denver, the City’s land use and transportation plan. One of Denver’s last large urban infill sites and a designated “Area of Change,” Boulevard One helps accommodate city growth through a mix of land uses, diversity of homes, multimodal streets, access to transit routes, and parks and open space.
The community has helped shape Boulevard One, providing valuable input every step of the way. As a result, these important changes have been realized:
- Medium density that fits into the local context. The plan downscaled from 1,200 residential units to a maximum of 800. At approximately 11 dwelling units per acre, this is a medium density area, similar to the Lowry Town Center and surrounding homes and offices.
- Building heights that mirror the rest of Lowry. Building heights in the mixed-use sections of Boulevard One were reduced from up to 12 stories to a maximum of 4-5 stories, although most buildings will not exceed 3 stories. The same maximum building heights apply to Boulevard One as to the rest of Lowry.
- Traffic volume consistent with former uses. Planned development will create approximately 9,500 daily car trips, the same volume created by the former Department of Defense employees on the site. Transportation studies show that the surrounding transportation network can accommodate this. The mixed-use nature of the development will also make it easier for people to live, work and run daily errands within walking or biking distance.
- Ample parking, in keeping with Lowry neighborhoods. Minimum parking requirements will be consistent with the existing standards that apply throughout Lowry. The Boulevard one Community Design Guidelines require a minimum of 2 parking spaces for rowhomes, for example, and 1.5 spaces for apartments. These are higher than city requirements.
How does Boulevard One support sustainability?
Mindful of the environment from the get-go, Boulevard One recycled 32,000 tons of pavement from the area’s 24-acres of old roads, parking lots, former taxiways and tarmac. The on-site process will eliminate about 1,000 truck trips and save space in local landfills. Recycled aggregate is being used as base for new roads.
Our stylish mixed-use neighborhood will bring residents the best in sustainable, low-impact urban living, including:
- A smart location linked to surrounding neighborhoods via paths, alternative transportation and surface streets
- A variety of dwelling types and flex spaces within easy walking distance of stores, offices and a school
- Narrow, shaded and connected streets that welcome pedestrians and cyclists
- Structures close to the street at a pedestrian scale
- Innovative outdoor spaces for socializing, relaxing and working
- Green building practices and rigorous energy-efficiency standards to manage environmental impacts
Is alternative transportation available?
See images of the Neighborhood Mobility Hub.
Residents are connected to Boulevard One homes, work/play spaces, offices, walk-to retail and the surrounding neighborhoods through streets, sidewalks, bike lanes and bus routes. You can walk or ride to the community plaza or to Lowry Town Center, or catch an RTD bus to Downtown Denver or nearby Cherry Creek. Save your gas and check out the five bus routes (3, 3L, 6, 65, 73) that currently serve Boulevard One.
Lowry was carefully planned as a walkable, bikeable, transit-served community from the beginning. The city’s rapid growth and community concerns about traffic congestion prompted the Lowry Mobility Study in 2016. The study assesses the current multimodal network, along with planned and recommended improvements. You can also read a synopsis of the plan in our press release.
The mixed-use center at Boulevard One will include a mobility hub to accommodate some 25% of people who arrive without their private vehicles. The hub will include bike racks, scooter parking, car share parking and a meeting spot for Uber/Lyft or a future shuttle. The “Flight Ride” art installation will be repurposed as a meeting spot or waiting area. Generous sidewalks will provide safe pedestrian access on all sides and within the center. See images of the Neighborhood Mobility Hub.
Boulevard One benefits from the interconnectivity of the surrounding community, plus boasts multimodal features all its own:
- Neighborhood mobility hub
- Multi-use trail connecting to the mixed-use center and parks in Lowry and Crestmoor
- Bicycle paths
- 10 bike parking locations and a bike repair station
- Two sites for electric car charging stations
- Bulbouts at key pedestrian crosswalks to shorten the walking distance and increase safety
The result is plenty of choices for residents and surrounding neighbors to travel in and around Boulevard One. More often than not, it is quicker to walk or bike to local shops and parks than to drive. For once, losing your car keys may be a good thing!
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Where will children at Boulevard One go to school?
The estimated 100-125 children who could live at Boulevard One will have their choice of quality educational options. The community falls within the boundaries of Lowry Elementary School. There are also private, charter and alternative institutions nearby, such as Denver Language School, International School of Denver, The Logan School for Creative Learning, Stanley British Primary School, Machebeuf High School and others. Explore local educational institutions here.
In addition, a wonderful educational resource, the Schlessman Family Branch Library, is located within easy walking distance of Boulevard One, at Quebec Street and Lowry Boulevard.
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Information on this website is based on current plans by the Lowry Redevelopment Authority; subject to change.