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Lowry completes mobility study

An aerali view of Lowry, where a mobility study recently was completed.

The Lowry Redevelopment Authority has completed a mobility study for the 1,866-acre community that includes homes, apartments, retail and office space.

Development of the former Air Force base began in 1994 and is now almost complete.

The study assesses the current multimodal network at Lowry along with planned and recommended improvements.

“Lowry was carefully planned as a walkable, bikeable, transit-served community from the beginning,” said Hilarie Portell, spokeswoman for the LRA.

 “But with the city’s rapid growth, and community concerns about traffic congestion, we wanted to make sure we addressed any gaps and positioned the area for long-term mobility enhancements,” Portell said.

The study is broken into six parts, with recommendations for short and long-term improvements. The LRA has committed to numerous short-term actions that can be implemented in coordination with the Boulevard One project build-out by 2020. The document is being shared with community groups, design review committees, RTD and the City of Denver as a resource and to inform future mobility initiatives.

During Lowry’s 22-year history, it has shown itself to be an attractive location for both businesses and homeowners.

 “This is consistent with research findings that walkable, rideable neighborhoods are in demand by urban homebuyers, support property values and drive local business,” Portell said.

Kris Oppermann Stern is publisher and editor of Building Dialogue, a Colorado Real Estate Journal publication, and editor of CREJ's construction, design, and engineering section, including news and bylined articles. Building Dialogue is a quarterly, four-color magazine that caters specifically to the AEC industry, including features on projects and people, as well as covering trends…