"​Original Thornton at 88th" Station Area Master Plan

88th Avenue Tracks

Station Area Master Plan Project Background

The "Original Thornton at 88th" Station Area Master Plan was adopted by City Council on January 13, 2015. The City worked with consulting firm Steer Davies Gleave on this Plan for the land surrounding the proposed FasTracks North Metro Rail station at 88th Avenue and Welby Road. The project was initiated to capitalize on opportunities that FasTracks commuter rail service will bring to the community, and to help facilitate the transformation of the station area into a vibrant, walkable, mixed-use community with convenient train access.  

The Station Area Master Plan is funded in part through federal Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) funds awarded to the City.

Original Thornton at 88th Station Area Master Plan CoverOriginal Thornton at 88th Station Area Master Plan

The Plan provides a vision and planning framework for future private development and public investment. This Plan will serve as a blueprint for policy, regulatory and investment decisions needed to make transit-oriented development (TOD) in the station area a reality. The Plan establishes a flexible framework for private investment in development and redevelopment, while providing appropriate guidance related to the types of land uses, transportation infrastructure and station area amenities desired by the community.  The final Plan can be downloaded by chapter on this page. 

Planning Process

The planning process for the Original Thornton at 88th Station Area included five phases:

  • Phase 1 - Exisiting conditions and market analysis;
  • Phase 2 - Creating a vision for future development of the station area;
  • Phase 3 - Consideration of land use alternatives for the station area;
  • Phase 4 - Selection of a prefererred land use alternative; and
  • Phase 5 - Creation and adoption of the "Original Thornton at 88th Station Area Master Plan"

Involving community members and key stakeholders in the planning process was an important part of developing the plan.  Three community meetings were held throughout the project to gain input on different phases of the plan.