|The Central Platte Valley
(CPV) neighborhood is largely a blank slate at this time, a 120-acre expanse to the west
of Downtown Denver that is home to about 1,600 residential units with another 820 under
construction. However, after spending most of this century marked by rail yards,
warehouses, viaducts and garbage dumps, the Central Platte Valley area is on track to
evolve into an exciting, mixed-use urban neighborhood with even more homes, and more than
3 million square feet of offices, shops, restaurants and hotels.
Currently, the most prominent landmarks in this
area are entertainment venues: Pepsi Center arena, The Children's Museum of Denver, Six
Flags Elitch Gardens amusement park (one of few amusement parks located in a downtown in
the US), Downtown Aquarium in Denver (formerly Ocean's Journey) and the REI superstore (an
outdoor goods retailer) in the renovated former historic power plant for Denver's tramway
system. Another big shift in the neighborhood has been the addition of 90 acres of parks
along the South Platte River (Gates-Crescent, Centennial, Fishback, Confluence, Cuernavaca
and Commons Parks, and the exciting new Skate Park--the largest outdoor public skate park
in the US). These parks are the anchors for the Central Platte Valley's residential
community--"The Commons" neighborhood--that will be built over the next 20-30
years. Commons Park, the 30-acre centerpiece of this park system, was completed and
dedicated in 2001.
In addition to these entertainment,
recreation and cultural amenities, the Central Platte Valley's biggest advantage is its
proximity to Downtown Denver. Shuttle service on the 16th Street Mall--Downtown Denver's
primary retail, transportation and pedestrian corridor--was extended through LoDo and
behind Union Station in 2001. The extension brings closer access to the Millennium Bridge,
a pedestrian bridge over the consolidated train track that remains in the Central Platte
Valley. Central Platte Valley residents have a 10-minute walk into Lower Downtown and
Downtown's central business district.
To enhance access in the CPV, there are
plans to develop an inter-modal facility at the historic Denver Union Station that handles
passenger trains, regional buses, light rail and commuter rail, making it the hub of
Denver's metropolitan transportation system. A 1.5-mile light rail spur recently began
operating in the Central Platte Valley, linking the Auraria Higher Education Center and
Downtown, with stops at CPV entertainment destinations (such as the Pepsi Center) and
future housing and commercial developments.
While the land on the east side of the
South Platte River is largely undeveloped, the west side of the CPV between the river and
I-25 has some characteristic red-bricked buildings with ground floor retail and
restaurants and residential lofts above. Commons Park West, a newly constructed 340-unit
apartment complex, is the largest of recent developments, along with East-West Partners'
Riverfront Park and Greystar's new apartment complex, The Manhattan. There are also
several historic warehouses in the Prospect area (northeast of 20th Street), including
WaterTower Lofts, and Jack Kerouac Lofts in Prospect Place Village.
A smaller district in the Central Platte
Valley is the Prospect area, tucked between the Park Avenue flyover, 20th Street, Coors
Field and the CML line. There are several warehouses (functioning and vacant) that are
potential development opportunities for housing and mixed-uses.
I-25, Wewatta Street, Auraria Parkway, 23rd Street
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