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City moves forward with 16th Street Mall Improvement Project

Posted: 4:23 PM, Apr 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-15 22:25:00Z
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DENVER — Officials are moving forward with the planned redevelopment of Denver’s 16th Street Mall.

The project team released on Monday a draft environmental assessment of the proposed project, which describes the need for the project, the alternatives considered, the environmental impacts of each alternative and how impacts would be mitigated.

The 16th Street Mall Improvement Project would expand sidewalks and move transit lanes to the center in order to, according to the city, enhance the mall experience for visitors while improving pedestrian safety and mobility at one of Denver's signature attractions.

The project is still awaiting environmental clearance. If approved, the project will be funded through a combination of Denver Urban Renewal Authority Tax Increment Financing, federal grants, and local funds, including the Elevate Denver bond program. Construction could start next year and take up to three years to complete.

The public is invited to review the assessment and submit comments at upcoming meetings at the Regional Transportation District, 1660 Blake on Wednesday, May 1, from 12-1 p.m. and 5-6 p.m.