Transforming Parking to Community
Civitas was retained by a development and investment team to create an urban design vision, based in market and infrastructure realities, for the South Lots District at Broncos Stadium. This prominent site has direct access to two light rail stations, Lakewood Gulch and the South Platte River regional trails, is surrounded by pervasive reinvestment, is high visiable from I-25 and Downtown and is a location known nationally as a visual landmark and home of the Broncos.
Civitas worked closely with the development team to create and active placemaking and development strategy that will be key to achieving this success, from both a community benefits and return on investment standpoint. The Stadium is clearly the anchor and reason for the new district to exist, but, that is only part of the story. The grid of streets and hierarchy of open spaces create connection and various distinct neighborhoods and sub-addresses within the distrct bringing a continuous retail, food and entertament connection from Stadium Plaza to Old Colfax.
The development program carefully distributes public spaces, residential, hotels, retail and signature office sites to create and active, vibrant neighborhood on non-game days. The organization and clustering of varying building types also creates a logistical infrastructure and market phasing strategy that will result in creation of a ‘place’ in early phases. Furthermore, the buildings and associated parking garages are strategically located in a manner allow primary streets and plaza spaces to be used for gamed-day activities and accommodate game-day access and parking without disrupting game-day activities and celebrations.