Wadsworth Station

The City of Lakewood’s overall vision is to transform the area around the Wadsworth light rail station into a mixed-use urban village. Development that occurs in the station area is to be urban in form, with building entrances located directly on sidewalks to allow for easy walking access. The station area will be pedestrian friendly with wide sidewalks and street trees planted to create a pleasant atmosphere. The station area will be a lively commercial, employment, and residential district that will also serve the
surrounding neighborhoods. It will be a place for people to work, live, gather, shop, and enjoy community life. Multi-story office and residential buildings with ground floor retail are envisioned in the blocks nearest the station. Less dense residential will be located near existing residential neighborhoods on the perimeter of the station area. The new development will compliment and connect to the improvements already made in the vicinity of Colfax Avenue and Wadsworth.

Jurisdiction and Contact:

City of Lakewood planning@lakewood.org

Related Plans and Documents:

Wadsworth Station Area Plan 
North Wadsworth Boulevard Corridor Plan 
Wadsworth Boulevard Station Area Master Infrastructure Plan

Projects and Investments:

Wadsworth Station Betterments Project. The Lakewood Reinvestment Authority invested $2.8 million in upgrades to the Wadsworth and Oak light rail stations. The Wadsworth Station design is a significant enhancement of RTD’s standard design. The design features a dramatic continuous translucent canopy stretching the entire length of the bridge creating an elevated outdoor vestibule from the transit line to the City. When up lit at night, the bridge provides a unique and artistic transportation structure. The structure will also provide pedestrians an open and safely lit transit access and waiting area. The Wadsworth Station betterments will also include sculptured awnings, planters, landscaping, creative lighting, and enhanced signage. This bridge can be seen from a distance north and south along Wadsworth. The project is intended to serve as a catalyst for future development in this transit-oriented development area. 

Partners:

Lakewood – West Colfax Business Improvement District

Station Information:

Lakewood - Wadsworth Station RTD Fact Sheet
The Lakewood-Wadsworth Station is elevated over Wadsworth Boulevard at 13th Avenue. Public art is displayed in the stairwell on the platform. A 1,000 space, four level parking structure on the east side of Wadsworth Boulevard just north of the station serves as a park-n-ride for RTD customers using the Wadsworth station. Vehicular access to the parking garage is possible from both the east and west sides. The large pedestrian plaza on the west side of the garage includes decorative patterned concrete, seating walls, landscaping, and public art. Bike racks and a bus transfer area are also located at the station. 
Connecting the West Corridor Communities, CTOD Report