Draft Plan Released
After several months of compiling and evaluating the comments received from the many members of the community that attended the project workshops and commented online and through our initial survey, a draft of the Downtown Lakewood Connectivity and Urban Design Plan has been released.
The draft plan contains a wide variety of recommendations to improve connectivity in Downtown Lakewood and to, and from, the surrounding neighborhoods, as well as ways to make finding destinations within the downtown area easier. The plan also recommends ways to create a more cohesive downtown area through common urban design and signage elements, and describes alternative ways to connect downtown to W Line rail stations.
Please view the Draft Downtown Lakewood Connectivity and Urban Design Plan (5 MB) for more detailed information regarding the recommendations.
The Planning Commission will be reviewing the draft plan at the November 6, 2013 meeting for adoption as an amendment to the City’s Comprehensive Plan. If adopted, the plan will then be reviewed by the City Council for approval, likely in early 2014.
The November 6th Planning Commission meeting will be held in the City Council Chamber beginning at 7:30pm. Additional information regarding the meeting can be found on the Planning Commission webpage.
Final Public Workshop Held
The final public workshop for the Plan was held on June 18th, 2013. The workshop focused on collecting public input on the specific draft recommendations for pedestrian, bicycle and transit connectivity, and downtown streetscape and design elements.
Please view a workshop presentation for more detailed information regarding the draft recommendations.
Based on the input received from the public at the four workshops, a draft plan document will be created over the next two months. The draft document will be made available for review by the public, the Planning Commission and the City Council.
It is anticipated that the draft plan will be posted on the website by late August 2013 for public review.
Additional information regarding this phase of the project, and the Planning Commission and City Council study session and public hearing dates, will be provided here once the draft plan has been released.
Third Public Workshop Held
The third public workshop was held on April 30th, 2013. Urban design and transit options to connect downtown to the Lakewood-Wadsworth light rail station were the primary topics of the workshop.
Some of the elements presented during the workshop include:
- Landscape and streetscape options for Wadsworth Boulevard and Alameda Avenue through the area.
- Enhanced paving and urban design elements at key intersections within the downtown area.
- Downtown gateway, monument, and way-finding signage.
- Potential redevelopment options for portions of Lakewood City Commons.
- Improvements to the transit facilities located in the area.
- Bus rapid transit, streetcar, and urban gondola options for connections between downtown and the Lakewood-Wadsworth light rail station at 13th and Wadsworth.
- Bike share and car share options.
Please view the workshop presentation for additional detail about the urban design and transit options.
Second Public Workshop Held
The second public workshop for the Plan was held on January 22, 2013. The focus of this workshop was on the physical improvements that could be made to Wadsworth Boulevard, Alameda Avenue, Virginia Avenue and other streets in the area to improve pedestrian and bike connectivity. Options for transit improvements, both in terms of connectivity to light rail and physical improvements to the existing transit facilities in the downtown area were presented.
Please view the workshop presentation for more information. (please note, this is a large file and may take some time to download).
Some of the options currently being evaluated include:
- Potential pedestrian and bike at-grade or underpass crossing of Wadsworth Boulevard at Alaska Drive (connecting Belmar to Lakewood City Commons).
- At-grade pedestrian improvements to the intersection of Wadsworth Boulevard and Virginia Avenue.
- Pedestrian improvements along Alameda Avenue within the project boundaries.
- Enhanced pedestrian connections to the Belmar area from Pierce Street.
- Improved pedestrian and bike connections to Belmar Park.
The final connectivity recommendations included in the plan will be prioritized and may depend on meeting additional transportation engineering criteria before implementation can occur. Funding will also need to be allocated to these improvements.
Downtown Lakewood Survey Results
During the fall of 2012, we surveyed citizens regarding connectivity and urban design issues in Downtown Lakewood.
Please view the results of the survey. The results will be used to determine the options for physical improvements within the area, as well as future design elements that will help create a more cohesive downtown district.
First Public Workshop Held
The first public workshop for the project was held on October 2nd, 2012. The public workshop provided the public an opportunity to provide input regarding pedestrian, bike and transit facilities in the downtown area. Additionally, those in attendance were asked how the area could be improved through the use of common urban design elements, such as benches, trash receptacles, and lighting; and how way finding signs could be incorporated in the area.
Please view the presentation from the meeting.
Those in attendance provided comments regarding concerns about pedestrian safety when crossing Wadsworth and Alameda; the lack of access to Belmar from the neighborhoods on the eastern side of the study area; the limited visibility of the downtown RTD transit center; and the lack of an east-west pedestrian crossing at Alaska Drive.
The comments received through the open house and the survey below will be used to determine the types of improvements that will be recommended for implementation in the final connectivity and urban design plan.
If you were not able to attend the meeting, you can still provide input through the Downtown Lakewood survey at the top of the page.
The City of Lakewood has begun a planning effort to increase multi-modal connectivity within the Downtown Lakewood area. The effort will focus on creating safe and convenient pedestrian and bike connections within the downtown area. Additionally, the study will evaluate transit options in the area, as well as possible connections to the West Corridor light rail stations at Wadsworth and the Federal Center.
This planning effort will also evaluate and recommend ways to create a more cohesive downtown area through the development of common urban design elements, such as benches, landscaping, and directional signage.
The Downtown Lakewood area consists of the Belmar mixed-use project, Lakewood City Commons, properties on the north side of Alameda Avenue between Carr and Pierce Streets, Belmar Park and the City facilities, and the large multifamily area south of Belmar to Ohio Avenue.
The downtown area consists of dense commercial, mixed-use and high-density residential areas that are separated from one-another by large 4- and 6-lane arterial streets. Significant recreational areas and civic institutions, as well as transit facilities are also located within the area.
This planning effort began in the fall of 2012. A number of public workshops and other public outreach efforts will be held during the winter of 2012 and spring of 2013. The effort is anticipated to take approximately one year to complete.
Additional information regarding this effort will be added regularly. Please check back often.
Downtown Lakewood Facts:
Area: Approximately 585 acres
Population (2010 Census): 5,614 (an increase of 30% since 2000)
Residential Units: 3,347
Retail Space: 1,230,000 square feet
Office Space: 574,500 square feet
Civic and Public Building Space: 332,000 square feet
Open Space: Approximately 136 acres (23% of the Downtown Lakewood area)
North Wadsworth Boulevard Corridor Plan
Alameda Avenue Cornerstone Plan
Lakewood City Center Placemaking Signage Guidelines