48th & Race

Elyria-Swansea, Denver
Master Planning

Radian | Placematters worked with Urban Land Conservancy to rezone and design a site in the Globeville neighborhood and conducted community meetings in both conventional and non-conventional methods based on feedback from our partners and community residents in the neighborhood. We held 2 sessions during the day, each was identical in its agenda, each meeting broke into 2 separate groups, facilitated by volunteers to work with the community and design the site based on their needs and wants which were as follows:

Women’s Center: This group emphasized the need in the community for more women focused services, with community kitchen, garden, market place, homeless services, child day care and medical clinic.

Housing Focused: This group choose a more traditional design, of a variety type of housing from 3 story townhomes “accessory dwelling units” (ADU) along 48th, mid rises on the northern edge, a green connection running down the site to the recreation center, with senior housing and retail.

Service Center: This group was focused their attention to the needs of children and young adults, housing was focused on the North edge of the site, child day care, open market and commercial kitchen.Kids HeavenThis group was designed by the kids for the kids. It included an amusement park, garden, markets, arcade, high rise on the North East corner of the site to take advantage of the views, roof top gardens, a tall “marker” for the site, swimming pool, and townhomes along the 48th Street

Partners: Urban Land Conservancy, Studio Completiva