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St. Vrain River Corridor

 

University of Colorado at Denver Class Projects

Over three semesters (Fall 2010, Spring 2010 and Fall 2009), students and their instructor from the University of Colorado at Denver School of Architecture and Planning worked with the City to analyze and prepare findings and recommendations regarding the St. Vrain River corridor. These class projects were initiated based on a request that the City explore opportunities for redevelopment and master planning along the St. Vrain.

The class projects focused on the St. Vrain River corridor as a valuable asset for the community, not only in terms of aesthetic, recreational, wildlife, wetland vegetation, irrigation, and flood control value, but also because the corridor presents unique redevelopment and place gathering opportunities that other communities in Colorado and elsewhere have made a reality.

In Fall 2009, three student interns worked with staff to develop and present design concepts and recommendations for the St. Vrain River corridor. The students presented their report to the City Council on November 17, 2009. Concepts presented included pedestrian and multi-modal connectivity, bridge designs and access, visual corridors, way-finding, mixed use and transit oriented development.

In Spring 2010, a design policy and regulation class included the St. Vrain River corridor as one of their class projects for the semester. Three class groups made presentations to interested parties in the Council Chambers on May 5, 2010 as part of their final class meeting. Concepts presented included river corridor overlay zoning, urban agriculture and form-based zoning, various residential and urban agriculture lot/development typologies, river corridor activation, multi-modal connections, and river health and water quality.

The Fall 2010 class presented information to City Council on November 16, 2010 regarding pedestrian and vehicle linkages, a river way loop concept, a river overlay district, transit oriented development around the flour mill and redevelopment of portions of S. Main Street, under utilized industrial areas near the river and a business overlay district, and urban agriculture concepts including a floating zoning district. A final class report was submitted at the conclusion of the semester that elaborated on the policy topics presented to City Council in November.

The various reports and presentations can be found using the following links:

Fall 2009 University of Colorado at Denver presentation (11.7MB)
Fall 2009 University of Colorado at Denver report (513KB)

Spring 2010 University of Colorado at Denver presentation - group 1 (1.65MB)
Spring 2010 University of Colorado at Denver presentation - group 2 (3.95MB)
Spring 2010 University of Colorado at Denver presentation - group 3 (5.51MB)

Fall 2010 University of Colorado at Denver presentation (9.06MB)
Fall 2010 University of Colorado at Denver final report (36MB)

 

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