With all the news this week of the Monday opening of Charlie Palmer’s Wazee Wood Fire Pizza (next to District Meats), the signing of noted Highlands restaurant The Squeaky Bean in the Saddlery Building (we reported that possibility last August) and what is supposed to be the Tuesday decision by the Board of RTD on the outcome of the re-development of the historic Union Station building itself (This week saw the chiming in of the group owning renowned Frasca in Boulder as promoters and operators of a Food Market in the station, part of one of the proposals being considered. Apparently, someone thinks it would be a great idea to have a “Boulder experience” right here in Downtown. Honk if you like that one.)…construction disruption on the LoDo side of the station will precede all of those other developments.
And, DUSPA (Denver Union Station Project Authority) wants to tell you about it. They will hold a public meeting on Thursday, December 15 at 6 pm at the RTD offices at 16th and Blake Street.
No doubt they will roll out the graphics showing further and continuing work on 16th Street adjacent to the station, continued work on the bus and rail facilities west of the station, and, now, the beginning of the construction of the Wynkoop Plaza areas and, eventually, the groundbreaking for the north and south “wing” buildings. The first and most notable impacts of that, with regard to Downtown residents, will be the announced January 2 closing of the parking lots in front of the station. The noise will commence.
The impacts on the neighborhood are notable, and Denver by the Slice is hopeful that some residents will come with questions that need to be addressed and communicated by the DUSPA team.
Ask about working hours, compliance with city ordinances for times, noise levels, engine idling, communications to would-be parkers especially during evenings and weekends, staging areas and a 24/7 contact name and phone number for complaints or questions. There will be both.
Showing construction plans and anticipated schedules is one thing. Communicating to the residents and businesses affected by those is quite something else. If you can’t make the meeting, count on Denver by the Slice to put out the right stuff!