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Glenwood MeadowsGlenwood Springs, Colorado

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"Our corporate philosophy is to bring high quality projects to the municipalities we enter and for the tenants we attract. To do so requires an excellent team. Clearly, we are fans of RTA, having utilized their skills many times. More importantly, we intend to utilize them in the future.”

Steven Shoflick, President, Miller Real Estate Investments

The city of Glenwood Springs created a zoning plan specifically to develop Glenwood Meadows while also focusing on maintaining its small-town character. The city’s plan envisioned a Main Street shopping district supported by large-format retail. Land use and quality goals were defined to:

  • Promote Glenwood Springs as the tourism and service center of the Roaring Fork and Colorado River Valleys

  • Establish Glenwood Meadows as a retail hub and the economic catalyst for neighborhood housing opportunities, jobs, shopping, hospitality, recreation, and tourism

  • Preserve, maintain, and enhance the visual qualities of the west entrance to Glenwood Springs

  • Focus neighborhood retail around pedestrian-oriented streets and to break up large commercial parking fields

The heart of the Glenwood Meadows retail center is Market Street. RTA’s design reversed the typical shopping center orientation of the building layout by backing the buildings toward the highway and main vehicular access. This reverse orientation is instrumental in strategically placed pedestrian shopping activities coexisting with large retail anchors. The street has angled parking with overflow parking located behind. Shoppers access Market Street through “pedestrian alleys.” Masonry materials, transom storefronts, and a variety of awning and canopy types, together with a varied signage program, help create a street shopping experience. Traditional roof forms, alley canopies, and two-story building elements combine to screen rooftop clutter from neighborhood vantages above the site. A pedestrian plaza terminates Market Street to the north, complete with a spring-like stone water feature and quiet lawn area. A free standing tower is the focal element of the project and identifying icon of the center.

  • Client: Miller Weingarten Realty, LLC

  • Site Area: 58.50 acres (Phase 1)

  • Building Total Area: 19 buildings totaling 402,000 square feet


  • 2008 Top Projects of Colorado – Plaque of Honor, Presented by Real Estate & Construction Review