Comments open on Sixth Street master plan |

Comments open on Sixth Street master plan

A rendering of the park area that is envisioned where the exsiting Grand Avenue bridge lands at Sixth Street, as laid out in the draft master plan for the area.
Rendering by Studio Insite |

Comments are being taken until Nov. 11 for the new Glenwood Springs Sixth Street corridor master plan.

The goal of the several-months-long planning effort has been to anticipate public improvements along Sixth Street and in the north Glenwood area after the new Grand Avenue bridge is complete in early 2018. The new bridge alignment will free up Sixth Street for redevelopment since it will no longer be carrying Colorado 82 highway traffic.

Conceptual plans include streetscape improvements, bike facilities, public parking, public gathering areas and opportunities for private redevelopment.

Denver-based StudioINSITE and a team of local consultants guided the effort. The focus has been to create a pedestrian zone and an extension of the improvements being done along Seventh Street on the south side of the Colorado River. A new pedestrian bridge will connect the two areas.

“Draft plans envision retaining the original character of surrounding neighborhoods, while changing the auto-dominated character of east Sixth Street,” according to a city news release. “It outlines the vision for property owners and anticipated future development along the corridor and, if adopted, would ultimately require revisions to the zoning ordinance to accommodate land use and height recommendations.”

The draft plan also envisions future pedestrian and vehicular connections to the north Glenwood area from Two Rivers Park, the Glenwood Community Center and Glenwood Meadows shopping center.

Gathering spaces might include a performance stage, promenade for pop-up vendors, art walk, children’s play area, and a water feature.

The master plan is available for public review, and can be found online at A final draft is expected to be reviewed by the city Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council in early 2017.

Written comments can be sent via email to, or by regular mail to: Gretchen Ricehill, senior planner, Community Development Department, 101 W. Eighth St., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.

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