- Glendale was once a destination for entertainment and family activities. The area declined becoming the location for unsavory activity. The redevelopment of Glendale returns the site into a center for entertainment, dining, shopping, and community activities.
- The design protects floodplain function and aquatic ecosystems by conserving the Cherry Creek basin area.
- The project conserves habitats for threatened and endangered species.
- A series of erosion control strategies are implemented, including the use of geotextiles to stabilize soils, plants selected for root stability and retaining walls to divert water.
- A pre-design soil assessment was conducted, allowing for healthy soils to be conserved and others amended.
- Soil protection zones were communicated through a soil management plan.
- 365 trees were planted on-site.
- Reference communities were considered when choosing plants.
- The soil profile was considered during plant selection.
- The project minimizes pesticide and fertilizer use.
- Plants are allowed to go from seed to flower life.
- The project avoids annual planting.
- Low-water-usage planting was used on-site.
- The parking lot is divided by bioswales which act as stormwater filters while providing an amenity. In the case of a small rain or snowmelt event, pavement run-off is naturally infiltrated. During a large event, the overflow travels to a collection tank.
- Trees have the potential for intercepting 182,000 gallons of water which are equivalent to the water usage for 1,820 American residents for one day.*
- Water is reused for landscape irrigation.
Carbon, Energy + Air
- The project uses regional materials.
- The planting strategy reduces temperatures in urban areas.
- The trees sequester 43,800 pounds of carbon annually, which offset 5.2 cars per year.**
- Glendale’s Target, located across the road from the site, accounts for 40% of the revenue in the city. The introduction of this mixed-use development facilitates job creation. The project’s construction will generate around 1,000,000 man hours, enough work for 1,242 construction jobs. Once open, the project will offer more than 1,016 jobs.
- The project provides optimal site accessibility, safety, and wayfinding.
- By placing bollards up, guests can walk around with open alcohol. This allows the outdoor space to become very active in the evenings.
- The Cherry Creek Basin is enhanced for pedestrian enjoyment with berm planting, added seating, and creek enhancements. The redevelopment is connected to the Cherry Creek bike path which has 37,000 monthly riders.
- The project is currently stalled because of a property ownership controversy.