CityCenter Redevelopment

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The Regional Transportation District’s Englewood Light Rail Transit Station and the City of Englewood’s transit-oriented development CityCenter Englewood were developed simultaneously in 2000. The two projects combined to provide great synergies and value for the Englewood community in the areas of shopping, library, recreation, cultural arts, employment, housing, and transit for twenty years.


However, as CityCenter ages, its long-term value to the community has been slowly diminishing over time. This circumstance is due to the changing nature of retail in the form of online sales, a stagnant supporting housing supply, the need for infrastructure replacement, and an environment surrounded by uninviting surface parking lots, and the lack of or obsolescent bicycle and pedestrian facilities. After twenty years, it is time to renew, revitalize, and reinvent the greater Englewood Station area, starting with CityCenter.


At the direction of the Englewood City Council, the Englewood Community Development Department identified a preferred master developer for portions of CityCenter, and initiated conversations with the owner of the Hampden fronting retail box stores to come to a general agreement on how the three parties could work together to create a cohesive redevelopment of these parcels to revitalize the CityCenter area.


The first step in the CityCenter redevelopment project is the replacement of the original CityCenter Planned Unit Development zoning regulations with a zoning strategy that is supportive of an infill redevelopment strategy not only for the CityCenter property, but rather for the greater Englewood Station area extending one half mile out from the station platform to the east towards the historical Broadway Main Street.


The Englewood Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended rezoning the original CityCenter Planned Unit Development back to its previous MU-B-1 (Mixed Use Central Business District), that would control the types of land uses that are allowable. The MU-B-1 zone district allows retail (with the exception of drive-through), office, and high-density residential housing. In addition to the MU-B-1 zoning regulation of allowable land uses, the Commission recommends the establishment of a Transit Station Overlay district that would facilitate true transit-oriented development within the context of selective infill redevelopment planning both at CityCenter and the area east of CityCenter bordering the historical Broadway Main Street.


At this point in time, the Englewood Planning and Zoning Commission and Englewood Community Development staff are ready to share details of the recently developed proposed recommendation to City Council regarding the establishment of a new zoning regulatory system for the greater Englewood Station area, in order to receive public feedback before moving forward.



The Regional Transportation District’s Englewood Light Rail Transit Station and the City of Englewood’s transit-oriented development CityCenter Englewood were developed simultaneously in 2000. The two projects combined to provide great synergies and value for the Englewood community in the areas of shopping, library, recreation, cultural arts, employment, housing, and transit for twenty years.


However, as CityCenter ages, its long-term value to the community has been slowly diminishing over time. This circumstance is due to the changing nature of retail in the form of online sales, a stagnant supporting housing supply, the need for infrastructure replacement, and an environment surrounded by uninviting surface parking lots, and the lack of or obsolescent bicycle and pedestrian facilities. After twenty years, it is time to renew, revitalize, and reinvent the greater Englewood Station area, starting with CityCenter.


At the direction of the Englewood City Council, the Englewood Community Development Department identified a preferred master developer for portions of CityCenter, and initiated conversations with the owner of the Hampden fronting retail box stores to come to a general agreement on how the three parties could work together to create a cohesive redevelopment of these parcels to revitalize the CityCenter area.


The first step in the CityCenter redevelopment project is the replacement of the original CityCenter Planned Unit Development zoning regulations with a zoning strategy that is supportive of an infill redevelopment strategy not only for the CityCenter property, but rather for the greater Englewood Station area extending one half mile out from the station platform to the east towards the historical Broadway Main Street.


The Englewood Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended rezoning the original CityCenter Planned Unit Development back to its previous MU-B-1 (Mixed Use Central Business District), that would control the types of land uses that are allowable. The MU-B-1 zone district allows retail (with the exception of drive-through), office, and high-density residential housing. In addition to the MU-B-1 zoning regulation of allowable land uses, the Commission recommends the establishment of a Transit Station Overlay district that would facilitate true transit-oriented development within the context of selective infill redevelopment planning both at CityCenter and the area east of CityCenter bordering the historical Broadway Main Street.


At this point in time, the Englewood Planning and Zoning Commission and Englewood Community Development staff are ready to share details of the recently developed proposed recommendation to City Council regarding the establishment of a new zoning regulatory system for the greater Englewood Station area, in order to receive public feedback before moving forward.


  • CityCenter and the Englewood Downtown Development Authority

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    As depicted below, CityCenter is one of three subareas of downtown Englewood included in the newly formed Englewood Downtown Development Authority (EDDA).


    As the envisioned redevelopment of CityCenter is implemented, the EDDA will play an important role in helping to re-integrate this important transit-oriented development (TOD) area into the revitalized fabric of downtown, with the goal of making all of downtown more economically vibrant, connected, safe and green. Subject to the passage of a debt authorization measure by the qualified voters in the EDDA on November 2, 2021, the EDDA will also become a source of critical public financing for the various public improvements needed to kickstart the redevelopment of CityCenter. For more information about the EDDA and the upcoming debt authorization ballot measure, please visit: www.DowntownEnglewood.com

  • August Update

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    The city’s master development partner, SKB, and city staff conducted an online redevelopment planning update meeting on July 27, 2021. Tryba Architects also provided information on similar transit-oriented development (TOD) projects underway in the Denver area.

    Background: SKB was selected by the city council in 2020 as the preferred master developer partner for redevelopment of the city-controlled property at CityCenter (in blue), which is owned or controlled by the city and/or the Englewood Environmental Foundation (EEF).



    Staff also continues to coordinate with LNR Partners about their plans to sell the former Weingarten property (in red). LNR represents the bondholders that foreclosed on this property in 2018. Following city council direction, city and LNR representatives have been negotiating a detailed “Framework Agreement” which defines the steps for terminating the underlying ground lease (54 years left). Outright ownership of the buildings and underlying land would then be conveyed to third parties selected as a result of LNR’s marketing campaign to sell the property. SKB would also agree to purchase four key sub-parcels from LNR. The Framework Agreement is in the final stages of negotiation and a final agreement should be ready for city council consideration in October.

    The ground lease termination would encourage the redevelopment of a larger portion of CityCenter with an updated, coordinated mix of uses and densities.

    In accordance with the pending Framework Agreement, and also to support the overall envisioned redevelopment, the city is coordinating a rezoning of the CityCenter area from PUD to MU-B-1 (the mixed-use zoning for the downtown area).

  • Redevelopment Planning Update

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    Why is this project being discussed? As CityCenter continues to age, its long-term value to the community has been slowly diminishing. This circumstance is due to the following trends:

    Changing nature of shopping in the form of online sales.

    There has been no increase in new housing options at CityCenter.

    Key elements of the infrastructure require replacement.

    The environment is surrounded by uninviting surface parking lots.

    There is a lack of or obsolescent bicycle and pedestrian facilities and amenities.

    After twenty years, it is time to renew, revitalize, and reinvent the greater Englewood Station area, starting with CityCenter.

    What is being recommended? The CityCenter was redeveloped twenty years ago through a public/private partnership and a new partnership is envisioned for the redevelopment of parts of CityCenter in the coming years. The Planning and Zoning Commission recently recommended rezoning the area to enable additional and sustainable development in order to take advantage of CityCenter’s proximity to regional light rail and bus transportation. The Englewood City Council will consider the rezoning in August and September, which will lead to additional and more specific planning and agreements later this year between the city and its CityCenter development partner, SKB of Portland, OR.

    Why are you having an informational meeting? The Englewood Community Development staff and the city’s selected master developer, SKB, will provide an overview of the redevelopment planning that has been achieved to date under the Preliminary Development Agreement between the City of Englewood and SKB.

    City and SKB representatives will also provide updates on the status of the former Weingarten property that was foreclosed on in August of 2018. This property is bordered by Elati on the east, Hampden/US 285 on the south, Inca on the west and Englewood Parkway on the north, and also includes the former 24-Hour Fitness and the Tokyo Joes buildings adjacent to the Civic Center building. Pending city council approval in August, a Framework Agreement between the city and LNR Partners will help guide the redevelopment of portions of the former Weingarten property. LNR is the firm that represents the bondholders that foreclosed on this property.

  • CityCenter Rezoning - April 27, 2021 Virtual Community Meeting

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    Please join us for a virtual community meeting on April 27, 2021, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm.

    To ask questions or provide comments, register HERE.

    To only watch the meeting and not ask questions or provide comments, click HERE.

    Why is this project being discussed?

    As CityCenter continues to age, its long-term value to the community has been slowly diminishing. This circumstance is due to the following trends:

    • Changing nature of shopping in the form of online sales.
    • There has been no increase in new housing options at CityCenter.
    • Key elements of the infrastructure require replacement.
    • The environment is surrounded by uninviting surface parking lots.
    • There is a lack of or obsolescent bicycle and pedestrian facilities and amenities.

    After 20 years, it is time to renew, revitalize, and reinvent the greater Englewood Station area, starting with CityCenter.

    What is being recommended?

    The Englewood Planning and Zoning Commission recommends rezoning the original CityCenter Planned Unit Development back to its previous MU-B-1 zone district designation (Mixed Use Central Business District), which would control the types of land uses that are allowed by right. The MU-B-1 zone district allows retail (with the exception of drive-through), office, and high-density residential housing. In addition to the MU-B-1 zoning regulation of allowable land uses, the Commission recommends the establishment of a Transit Station Overlay district that would facilitate additional transit-oriented developments within CityCenter and the area east of CityCenter bordering the historic South Broadway area.

    Why are you having a public meeting?

    The Englewood Planning and Zoning Commission and Englewood Community Development staff will present the recently developed proposed rezoning recommendation for community review and comment prior to submitting the proposal to the City Council.

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