Groundbreaking at Brighton Boulevard

By: Daniel Kalkman

Today, community members and enthusiasts gathered as city leaders announced the start of the first of six major developments to impact northeast Denver in the coming years. The Brighton Boulevard Corridor improvements began today and will carry through 2018. The street developments are highlighted by 2.6 miles of new sidewalks, elevated and protected bicycle tracks, 100+ new benches, 2 new traffic lights, 80 on-street parking spaces, and over 400+ new trees.

Brighton Blvd. will be the first green infrastructure project by Denver Public Works adding over 28,000 square feet of water quality to help in the ecological restoration efforts along the South Platte River.

City officials including Council president Albus Brooks and Mayor Michael B. Hancock gave insight into the lengthy process they have been a part of to get this project moved forward – thanking many individuals that helped along the way. The RiNo, River North Art District played a key role in gathering community energy and enthusiasm to make this new gateway into Denver a possibility. Albus Brooks mentioned that, “RiNo is what it is today because of the people and community that have built it. The businesses and art energy have made this place unique.” It’s obvious that Denver is poised to make this the new entry into Denver with a focus on connecting communities and providing access across the city.

At OZ Architecture, we are excited to play a major role in several developments along Brighton Boulevard by helping to shape the new growth while preserving its character and respecting it’s residents. RiNo is, “Where Art Is Made,” and we want to see it continue to be that place.

In summary, Mayor Hancock said it best, “We have all worked together to lift this city up and anything worth having is going to hurt a little bit. (eluding to the construction efforts on the horizon) So, let’s move some dirt and get this party started!”

Read more about the bright future of RiNo and view our 2020 RiNo Rendering here.