17th Street Plan Little Raven Street
Chestnut Street Cross Section
Streets for the Commons Neighborhood will be the critical ties between
the new development and neighboring downtown Denver. Design
Workshop prepared design plans that establish a hierarchy of seven street
types within The Commons Neighborhood. The streetscape designs
specifically address and incorporate the extension of the 16th Street
pedestrian and transit mall, the preliminary design of a pedestrian
crossing over the railroad tracks, the 17th Street park, and the parkway-like
Little Raven Street. In addition, the first phase of Chestnut Street, the
signature street within the Commons Neighborhood, was designed and
detailed for construction in 1997.
Each street design results in a distinct and identifiable image for the public
domain located within the street right-of-way. The personality of each
street is defined by a unique palette of paving, plant material, furniture,
lighting, banner poles, and banners. These elements create a street
environment that encourages pedestrian activity, enhances retail frontage,
and provides a desirable setting for sidewalk cafes. Design Workshop also
worked closely with the project engineer and the City to coordinate
requirements for road cross sections, travel lane width, landscape easements,
grading, utility locations, sidewalk locations, and street light placement.
Commons Streetscapes Schematic Design
The streets of The Commons Neighborhood are extensions of
Denver’s traditional grid. They reflect elements of the city’s most
attractive streets, which feature the consistent use of high quality
paving, benches, street lights, and other streetscape furnishings.
Street trees will provide shade for pedestrians and will spatially
define and unify the overall streetscape theme. While streets differ
in dimension and design, they all relate to a network that
promotes physical comfort and visual interest for pedestrians.
Design treatments have been established for proposed streets that
are appropriate to the vehicular and pedestrian use of each street,
as well as adjacent land uses. The street system not only estab-lishes
a street hierarchy that serves regional, district and local
access needs, it also plays a strong role in the integration of the
project site with surrounding neighborhoods. ◆
16th Street Mall
Little Raven Street
Wewatta Street Character Sketch
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