- Littleton Boulevard is one of the city’s original gateways to the community and as such maintains a significant number of its original commercial and residential structures, some at various levels of deterioration and others suggesting recent investment. Among the residential buildings located adjacent to the Boulevard, most have been adapted for commercial purposes.
- Given the age of the Littleton Boulevard corridor, much of the existing infrastructure is aged and deteriorating and efforts to improve it are hampered by the fact that they are serviced and maintained by multiple districts other than the City. Known deficiencies as reported by the City’s Public Works Director are in the alleys and arterials connecting the residential neighborhoods north and south to the Boulevard. While capacity is not an issue, accommodations for safe non-vehicular movement are inconsistent. Further, some roadways, while surrounded by urban development, lack paving, curbs, gutters or adequate drainage improvements, and several commercial parcels lack adequate parking. Note: A full inventory of city roads is currently underway.
- Most notable within the Littleton Boulevard study area is the presence of a 100-year flood zone which traverses several properties located in the northwest quadrant of Bannock Street and Littleton Boulevard. The presence of a flood zone can limit the redevelopment potential of a property and cause insurance costs to be higher.
- While police incidents in the study area between 2009 and 2013 on average represented approximately 5% of the citywide total, the more pronounced condition identified by the City’s Fire Department is the lack of sprinklers in commercial structures. Of the more than 100 buildings being used for commercial purposes, only one has sprinklers. As explained in the full conditions survey, the owners of commercial facilities built before adoption of the building code are not required to bring their properties up to code until any improvement meets a specified threshold of size and / or value, however, it is encouraged. Whereas code upgrades can be costly, many property owners avoid improvements that cause them to exceed the thresholds.
- Slightly more than 20 percent of the parcels within the study area are presently under the oversight of the Environmental Protection Agency. Interest types include compliance activity, ground and air emissions that exceed established standards, and the presence (past or present) of other hazardous pollutants.
- Emergency calls for urgent medical assistance during the first half of 2013 represented 73% of all calls for service in the study area, and slightly more than 8% of the citywide total.