Once a working Air Force base in Denver, Colorado, Lowry was transformed into a forward-thinking, mixed-use community. The idea behind Lowry was to take an existing urban area, give it new life and avoid adding to the problem of urban sprawl. Lowry has been so successful that it received the Governor's Award for Smart Growth and has become a model community for urban-infill projects across the country.
In 1994, the Lowry Air Force Base closed, offering Denver and Aurora, the two communities with jurisdiction over the base's property, a chance to use the former military base to create a new neighborhood. The planning process took place from 1991 to 1993 and involved local residents and businesses. 4,500 homes, 2 million square feet of commercial space, schools and 800 acres of parks and recreational amenities were planned. Blending with surrounding neighborhoods was important, as was establishing and following architectural design guidelines to ensure high quality design and construction. Amenities like restaurants, parks and shops are within walking distance.
A diversity of home styles and prices, along with pedestrian friendly streets characterize Lowry. Many of the distinctive and historic features of the Air Force base were retained. Two airplane hangars were preserved and converted into the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum. Many of the officers' quarters have been redeveloped as high-end housing, while the enormous, 1,000-man barracks building has been transformed into apartments for senior citizens. The original steam plant has been redeveloped into the Power House Lofts and, on the parade grounds, loft homes have been constructed on Officers' Row.
Old architecture blends with new designs from Denver's best architects. It offers an upscale, urban lifestyle in a truly unique place within the Lowry real estate redevelopment. Sidewalks line every street, and a trail system connects to parks, the town center, and the neighborhood library. It is bounded by the Sixth Avenue Parkway, Quebec Street, Lowry Boulevard and Uinta Way.
Lowry has carefully preserved the best aspects of a traditional, city neighborhood, while creating a new urban environment — distinguished by open spaces and great park areas, small shops and centers, state-of-the-art educational facilities and more. Lowry homes are a collection of dwellings and businesses as diverse as the people who live here.
Mean Household Income: $75,375
• Number of households:1,072
• Population Under 5 years old: 10.42%
• Population Aged 5 to 18: 18.27%
• Population Aged 19 to 64: 66.79%
• Population Aged 65 and older: 11.27%
• Residents with college degrees: 55.25%
• Lowry average household size: 2.31