In 1998 the Arvada Urban Redevelopment Authority in Arvada, Colorado, asked PPS to join a team participating in a downtown renewal project known as “Arvada Renaissance.” The project began with four very specific objectives: improve the physical appearance of Old Wadsworth, the Main Street of Olde Town; slow down traffic and improve the pedestrian environment both for shopping and to encourage people to walk; develop Olde Town as a destination in terms of attracting new uses and providing incentives for investment; and create a series of “special places” both on Old Wadsworth and in other areas in Olde Town.
Working with Urban Neighborhoods, Inc. and local partners, PPS prepared streetscape and traffic calming plans for several retail streets, as well as plans to improve the use of Olde Town’s Square. Special emphasis was placed on redesign of storefronts to animate adjacent public spaces. Several of these projects are underway or have been completed.
In 2002, PPS was asked to follow up on its earlier recommendations to initiate concepts for gateways into the Olde Town from I-70. PPS and its team designed several concepts, including traffic calming and gateway features at different points on the approach.