TOD Orchard Station Coming to Greenwood Village
by Julie Wanzer, LEED AP
Greenwood Village, CO – A new transit-oriented development (TOD) in Greenwood Village has been unveiled by Alberta Development Partners. This type of development first took center stage in 2006 when the City and County of Denver released its TOD Strategic Plan to help guide TOD related policies, set the ground work for external partnerships and to establish a working plan for future investment. In 2014, a second TOD Strategic Plan was released that defined TOD in Denver as “a development in an existing or planned transit community that adds to the walkable, vibrant, mixed-use environment and is oriented towards frequent, high-quality transit service that connects the community to the rest of the region.”
The Orchard Station exemplifies this characteristics in the following ways. The 24-acre site is being coined as “contemporary parkitecture” according to the Orchard Station website, with the park as the focal point of the development. Orchard Station will include 300,000 SF of retail space, 1.7 million SF of residential, 1.2 million SF of office space, and a hotel with 177 keys.
Incorporating the latest development trends of “live, work, play”, Orchard Station will feature 40 restaurants and eateries among luxury apartments and condos, with a Whole Foods retail outlet and a park that will host year-round events. These amenities are currently scarce in the Denver Tech Center where office buildings outnumber residential and retail spaces.
The RTD Orchard light-rail station will also receive a make-over in this development plan. According to the latest blog post on the site, Orchard Station will feature “a completely re-imagined light rail station anchored by a new plaza replete with fountains, a performance stage, and a best-of-class market hall.”
[Editor’s Note: For a more in-depth look, reference the recent Denver Business Journal article. The full version of the can only be accessed with DBJ subscription.]
Rendering courtesy of Alberta Development Partners, LLC