During the coming year, the Downtown Denver Partnership
plans to hire a private security team for the 16th Street Mall and establish a security command center to coordinate information sharing and implement the Downtown Security Action Plan.
It's one of several initiatives the Partnership announced during its 61st annual meeting, which showcased activities that align with the strategies outlined in the 2007 Downtown Area Plan geared toward building a healthy and vital downtown.
"The Downtown Denver Partnership leads the private sector to build downtown Denver as the premier economic hub of the region," says Tami Door, president and chief executive of the Downtown Denver Partnership. "We have a bias for action through results-driven planning and execution, and our impact on the center city is significant."
Other priorities for the coming year include:
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- Launching an interactive Arapahoe Square Property Owner Map to allow developers, investors and city agencies to see parcel-specific information regarding ownership, improvements and zoning.
- Leading marketing efforts to recruit senior developers to downtown Denver to expand its culture of innovation and entrepreneurship and meet the growing demand for top talent.
- Advocating for affordable housing options while balancing business and property owner interests, including evaluating funding sources, uses and governance for the city's proposed dedicated revenue fund for affordable housing.
- Working with public- and private-sector partners to develop a competitiveness report that will define key indicators to inform policy decisions, including tax initiatives, business incentives and infrastructure investments.
- Defining a clear vision for the future of the Mall in collaboration with the City and County of Denver and the Regional Transportation District through The Mall Experience Study.
- Developing a strategic plan for economic development for the Mall that will emphasize retail and development opportunities and take into account amenities that support visitors, workers and residents.
- Pursuing a Local Maintenance District for Skyline Park to provide additional private sector support of maintenance, infrastructure and programming.
- Establishing the vision and course for the Downtown Loop, an urban trail that will weave through the city center to connect cultural destinations, attract visitors and represent Denver's outdoor, environmental and artistic values.
- Engaging with the city to update the Downtown Multi Modal Access Plan to advance the use of emerging transportation technologies, choices in mobility and a network of options to support how people move in cities.