Development outside Union Station

DENVER - The Union Station construction in downtown Denver has really come together in the last couple months, but what some don't know is the entire area surrounding the station has also been developed and renovated.

Voca PR represents the Union Station Neighborhood. They've been monitoring the progress outside the station and how it will affect the surrounding areas.

The Triangle Building at 1550 Wewatta St. is a 10-story office building at the heart of the Union Station redevelopment project. This iconic new building will be both a city landmark and an office space with Gold LEED Certification.

One Union Station Building is at 16th and Wynkoop streets. It's a fully-leased office building that includes storefront retail. That retail includes a downtown branch of Colorado's own FirstBank, the Boulder-based restaurant Zoe Ma Ma and two national restaurants expanding into Denver - PROTEIN BARR and The Thirsty Lion Pub. Both restaurants open April 29.

The 17th Street Promenade is at 17th Street and Chestnut Place. There will be an outdoor, train waiting room complete with gardens and cafes designed specifically for Denver – this element hopes to attract pedestrians, bikers and kids.

Across from the new commuter train platform at 16th and Wewatta streets, a $98-million project is in progress. That includes a 200-room Kimpton Boutique Hotel, parking garage and commercial building.

The new activity in and around the area will create more traffic in that corridor. According to the Denver Post, a group of residents and critics are not happy with the amount of traffic scheduled to pass through LoDo on a daily basis. 9NEWS reached out to that group but did not hear back from them.

"What I can tell you is the group of residents is opposed to the City and County of Denver's plan to transform 18th Street from one-way to two-way traffic," Pauletta Tonilas, Sr. Manager, Public Relations & Public Information Regional Transportation District said. "They also are not happy about RTD buses returning to 18th Street, but the buses operated for years along 18th and were just temporarily re-routed to accommodate construction at Denver Union Station."

Tonilas said the buses will now return to the route they operated on for many years.

Tonilas said along with the opening of Denver Union Station in May, RTD will be opening the new, Free MetroRide that will operate along 18th and 19th streets as a complement to the 16th Street Free MallRide.

They say it will be another way to accommodate the increased capacity coming in and out of Denver Union Station and enhance transit in downtown Denver to move people between Denver Union Station and the Civic Center area.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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