Alleys are an important, yet underutilized part of Glenwood’s downtown pedestrian-friendly street network. Several years ago, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) completed an Alley Revitalization Strategy that outlined improvements to transform the alleys into inviting, active places that foster social interaction with paving, benches, signage, lighting and color.
The first phase of the Downtown Alleys Revitalization project will fix the drainage, bury the utilities, repave and add lighting conduits on Blocks 44 and 45, which are the alleys between Grand Avenue, Blake Avenue, and 7th and 8th Streets. The second phase will bring light posts and beautiful overhead string lighting to further enhance the walking environment. These improvements will improve year-round safety and security, providing a pedestrian-only pathway from the Hotel Denver to the County Courthouse.
Timeline and Funding
The City and Downtown Development Authority (DDA) jointly funded the Subsurface Utility Engineering Study (SUE) necessary for improvements in 2022 and the DDA is completing construction drawings in October 2023. Project construction is anticipated to begin in 2024. The Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) Energy/Mineral Impact Assistance Fund Grant will cover about 30% of the estimated $1.2 million project cost. In addition to the DOLA EIAF Grant, the DDA will contribute $600,000 to implement Phase 1 of the project, and plans to fully cover the cost of Phase 2 (lighting).