Denver Federal Center Project
GSA completed the Final Federal Center Site Plan Study - a new 20-year Master Site Plan, and an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) - for the Denver Federal Center, Lakewood, Colorado.
Over 330 individual comments were received on the April 2007 Draft Study. The comments covered a wide range of topics from open space, to traffic, to site security. GSA and its team of consultants worked diligently to review and consider all of the comments, evaluate and respond to questions and concerns, and develop a “preferred alternative” for the Final Master Site Plan and Final EIS.
Key components of the 20-year vision and redevelopment of the Denver Federal Center site plan include:
- A mix of land use districts centered around a "Federal Quad";
- Transit Oriented Development (TOD) - higher-density, pedestrian-friendly districts in proximity to transit adjacent and around the new RTD Intermodal Station;
- A stepped-down density pattern from the north to the south of the Federal Center site approaching Alameda Avenue, and from the west to the east approaching Kipling Street, integrating new uses with existing development;
- Increasing community recreational amenities for federal tenants and the general public in both active and passive open space;
- An aggressive building demolition and replacement plan;
- Preservation and enhancement of natural systems and open space areas.
GSA also completed a Final EIS and Record of Decision, which evaluates the potential impacts of implementing this redevelopment plan on the Federal Center. Completion and implementation of the new Federal Center Master Plan only adds to the already exciting changes happening on the site. In September 2007, GSA sold 65 acres on the west side of the Federal Center to the City of Lakewood. The land was in turn sold immediately to St. Anthony Hospital and to the Regional Transportation District (RTD) for the construction of St. Anthony West Hospital and an RTD intermodal light rail transit station. Construction of both projects is well underway. In this very unique and precedent-setting market value land sale, GSA retained the sale proceeds and will utilize it for capital infrastructure improvements to the Federal Center.
Although the Federal Center Master Plan is a long-term vision and will occur in stages over the course of twenty years, it sets forth a clear and exciting strategy and framework for meeting the current and future needs of our Federal tenants and the larger community.