Union Station Neighborhood: Why not Jacksonville?

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With proper planning and a vision, a real transportation center plan emerges from Denver. Is Jacksonville taking notes?

Union Station Neighborhood - Denver, CO

A Notable History

The first trains rolled into Denver Union Station in June of 1870. Since then, the station has burnt down once, gone through a handful of renovations, added tracks, taken down historic arches, and witnessed famous, infamous and unknown passengers.

Restoring the Past, Rethinking the Future

Urban developments are defined by innovation and restoration; work with what is currently built. Union Station Neighborhood does exactly that, it intertwines Denver's past with its future.

Connecting Denver Through Transportation

Downtown Denver is pedestrian friendly, to a point. You can get in and out of the city quickly, but there is one major problem with venturing downtown, parking. An overabundance of two-hour meters and overly expensive parking garages is not the answer. Denverites are looking for convenience.

Pedestrian Friendly

When conjuring up images of a train station, two words come to mind, hustle and bustle. Train stations are defined by train arrivals and departures, gobs of people and the in-between. Inherently, there will be foot traffic. Daily.

Functional Train Hall

Functionality meets creativity when it comes to the Train Hall at Denver Union Station. The Train Hall allows passengers to move quickly from one destination to their next without the congestion and delays of older train stations.

Structural Train Hall

The Train Hall is the focal point of the Union Station Neighborhood development. A focal point that will accomplish a challenging feat. The design of the train hall must visually appeal to passengers, but not distract them from the beauty of the historic Union Station.

Underground Bus Terminal

Denver Union Station will accommodate 12 types of transportation when it is completely built-out; pedestrian traffic, bicycles, taxis, pedicabs, motor vehicles, the 16th street shuttle, the 18th street circulator, RTD regional buses, intercity buses, light rail, commuter rail, and heavy rail.

But, only four venture underground.

Real Estate Parcels

The Union Station Neighborhood is the last portion of land in downtown Denver left to development. It is the only portion where a multimodal transportation project will coincide with commercial and residential real estate. Therefore, it is inspired space.

Public Spaces

Public spaces define a development project. Think about it. There are a number of Union Stations throughout the country, and passengers expect timeliness, smooth connections and quality service. It is the aesthetics of a station that is remembered.

Riverfront Park
Riverfront Park in the most basic sense is an ideally located, master planned community in the heart of downtown Denver.

It is a genuine neighborhood where residents who live here know each other, play together, walk their dogs in the park together, dine together, and participate in neighborhood events together. It’s a first-name basis kind of place.

Increased Daily Activity

Denver is feeling more and more like a metropolis. Residents from within the Central Business District and throughout the region will travel through Denver Union Station at a rapid pace. Transforming downtown into a sea of moving and on a mission.

Again, a metropolis.

For more information: http://www.unionstationdenver.com/details.aspx

Back to Jacksonville

Jacksonville Terminal is surrounded by empty parcels that could be redeveloped to create a lively neighborhood with world class transportation center serving as the anchor.

Why can't Jacksonville have a transit neighborhood?