On February 17, 2011, the City held the Lakewood Transit Oriented Development Forum. The forum provided those in attendance -- who have an interest in transit-oriented development (TOD) -- an opportunity to learn about the exciting development opportunities that are available at six stations along the West Rail Line and West Colfax Avenue.
The 12.1-mile-long West Rail Line, which is currently under construction and set to open in April 2013, will connect Lakewood to downtown Denver's Union Station and nearby Golden. The line will provide access to:
- The Union Boulevard business corridor, with 7,000 employees.
- The Denver Federal Center, with 6,000 employees.
- The new St. Anthony hospital complex, with 2,000 employees.
- The Colfax Avenue corridor, with hundreds of businesses.
- The expanding Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, with 700 students and staff.
- Red Rocks Community College, with 6,000 students and staff.
- Numerous, established neighborhoods with single and multi-family homes
- The Lakewood Technology Center
The approximately 80 attendees learned about the City's efforts to adopt plans and rezone almost 1,100 acres within the six station areas and along Colfax Avenue for higher-density, transit-oriented development near these key employment and business areas.
Mayor Bob Murphy and City Manager Kathleen E. Hodgson emphasized the City's excellent financial health and identified Lakewood as the one city in metro Denver most prepared to accommodate TOD.
Comprehensive Planning staff presented the public investments the City has made in several of the station platforms and adjacent public spaces.
The highlight of the event was the roundtable discussion with several developers and representatives of entities that have recently invested in Lakewood. Participants included:
The discussion was moderated by Catherine Cox Blair - Center for Transit Oriented Development, Reconnecting America
A number of local organizations with strong commitments to transit-oriented development were also present at the forum. The organizations included:
- Denver Regional Council of Governments
- Regional Transportation District
- Urban Land Institute - Colorado
- Center for Transit Oriented Development
- General Services Administration
- Metro West Housing Solutions
- Colorado Brownfields Foundation
Learn about the six stations in Lakewood featured during the forum in this informative brochure.
View videos of the forum presentation and roundtable discussion:
Watch our exciting video - "Building Lakewood - Development Opportunities Along the West Corridor":