38th ave Streetscape
Client: City of Wheat Ridge
The City of Wheat Ridge retained THK Associates to develop a demonstration project to reflect the design guidelines outlined in the City of Wheat Ridge Streetscape and Architectural Design Manual. The Architectural Design Manual was prepared by THK Associates. 38th Avenue was chosen as the pilot project location because of the City’s desire to stimulate economic redevelopment of the area.
The street was reclaimed for the pedestrians, with sidewalks being added to both sides of the street. Automobile access was controlled by the addition of new curb cuts and the addition of landscape areas and parking islands which established parking areas. A gateway statement at 38th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard was created that included entry monuments, a plaza clock and seating. Screening of the parking lots was achieved through the use of low walls, fences and landscaping. Finally, a tree lawn with street trees and pedestrian lighting was added to both sides of the street.
Ongoing efforts on the street include redevelopment of private signage in a “retro” theme, as well as working with developers to redevelop several properties along the street to mixed-use with minimal front set backs.