Former taxi dispatch center transforms into one of Denver’s edgiest urban developments
The TAXI II Redevelopment project transformed the site of a former taxi dispatch center, within a light-industrial neighborhood along the South Platte River, into thriving, high density, mixed-use community. Previously a landfill, the site was extremely flat, and traditional piped stormwater drainage around the new building would be costly. With the project well underway, the developer engaged Wenk Associates to rethink the landscape and develop more innovative and cost-effective solutions to the site’s infrastructure challenges.
The new site strategy was a holistic approach that integrated the multi-use outdoor spaces with the site’s stormwater infrastructure to create flexible spaces that can be used for everyday leisure as well as events, and that encourages activity throughout the workday and evening. Stormwater gardens infiltrate runoff from buildings and paved areas to create native landscapes that reflect the South Platte River ecosystem.
Curbless streets and painted stripes blur the lines between parking and pedestrian circulation to create safe, walkable streets, and plaza areas. Recycled site materials, such as binblocks, were used to provide seating and control vehicle access while reflecting the neighborhood’s industrial context.
The TAXI development has expanded through multiple phases to include diverse housing types, office spaces, and community amenities, all supported by the unique stormwater landscape.