The Urban Land Institute (ULI) has selected Englewood as one of four communities in the United States to receive grant funding for assessments of commercial corridors for its potential to contribute to better health and developments within its city limits.
A national panel from ULI visited Englewood in January 2018 and provided a comprehensive list of recommendations that the City of Englewood could consider in the coming years to improve the South Broadway corridor and the area extending from the Englewood light rail station to the hospital district.
Late last year, a second round of grant funding was made available by ULI for implementation of the recommendations that were identified in the final report of the national panel.
A key recommendation made by the Englewood panel suggested that the community consider establishing a downtown development authority (DDA) to manage the evolution of the district and to provide additional investment capability to fund suggested public improvements, such as enhanced pedestrian/bicycle connections, landscaping, lighting, etc.
The City of Englewood completed an initial feasibility effort to broadly outline the goals and objectives for establishing a DDA and the additional $7,500 grant will be devoted to continuing that assessment work by engaging a consultant to examine specific strategies and options associated with pursuing a DDA in the core area of Englewood.
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