Meet your District Attorney Candidates!
Our March meeting will be on the 2nd at 7:30pm, 3014 East Colfax, Southside Bar and Grill.
Topics discussed will include:
- District Attorney candidates: Helen Morgan & Beth McCann, candidates for District Attorney
- City Park Neighborhood Advisory Committee
Other Neighborhood Issues And next month, at the April Meeting…
Storm Water Runoff Project – Platte to the Park Hill.
Next month at our April meeting, organizers from the Storm Water Runoff project now under development will provide a presentation of their project. This plan directly affects the CPW neighborhood, and we encourage anyone to read up on what the city is planning, and to attend the presentation. They intend to make a decision very soon and the window for feedback is closing fast. More info here: https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/denver-department-of-public-works/projects/current/platte-park-hill-stormwater.html
Other exciting news in and around our neighborhood:
News from Historic Denver on a solution for saving the historic Tavern Building on 17th Avenue: “The Tavern Building, and the adjacent one-story building to the west, is part of a series of streetcar commercial buildings that line this section of 17th Avenue. To preserve the exterior of the buildings and honor the existing street pattern and pedestrian experience, SLC has agreed to explore in good faith a site plan that pulls the new structure back from 17th, retaining the Tavern building and the most significant aspects of the adjacent one-story building, as well as the traditional scale of 17th Avenue. SLC can do this by shifting some of the units that would have been built along 17th by adjusting the zoning to allow for two more floor plates. However, it is important to note that even with these additional floor plates, the project will not exceed the current height limit set by the existing zoning, which is 110 ft at the northern portion of the site and 70 ft at the southern, 16th Street edge. A zoning change is only required to allow for the additional floor-plates, and would not result in additional maximum height. This means that what could have been an 8-story, 110 foot building at 17th will now be a 10-story, 110 foot building pulled back from 17th, stepping down to a six story, 70 foot building at 16th. Historic Denver supports this proposal and has entered into a legal agreement with SLC outlining the details. SLC and Historic Denver have further written and agreed to execute a second, even more detailed, Preservation Agreement that will protect the Tavern Building long into the future. The Preservation Agreement would take effect if the re-zoning solution is approved.” For more information: http://www.historicdenver.org/programs/current-issues/historic-tavern-building/
Denver Walks Supports City Funded Sidewalks
2,500 residents have signed the Denver Deserves Sidewalks petition, and 30 organizations have provided letters of support (see the full list on the WalkDenver website). By their estimate, it would cost residents $1.25 per linear feet of frontage annually, and the city would pick up the tab for sidewalk repairs. Here is their petition: https://www.change.org/p/denver-city-council-denver-deserves-sidewalks
Vision Zero recently rolled out
Vision Zero is a strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all. Mayor Hancock’s 2016 budget includes $350,000 to create a plan and public marketing campaign that will “formally declare” Denver as a Vision Zero city. For more information: http://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/mayors-office/newsroom/2016/denver-commits- to-vision-zero.html
Colfax Business Improvement District upgrade plan.
Nice story on an interesting initiative. http://www.businessden.com/2016/01/26/colfax-group-laying-groundwork-for-upgrade-plan/
Sustainable Neighborhood Matching Fund (SNMF): This pilot project provides funding and resources for resident-led sustainability projects in Denver. Application deadline is March 15th. See: http://sustainableneighborhoodnetwork.org/sustainable-neighborhoods-denver
City Survey on Public Participation Terms: From the City, “We are interested in hearing how Denver residents define some commonly used terms in the processes to reach out to the public on decision- making and planning efforts by their local government. Some people may define the terms below the same and others and others would define them differently. How do you define the terms?”. If you are interested in taking this survey, Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FJ73FZK.
Short-Term Rentals (e.g., airBnB, VRBO)
Did you know these are currently illegal in Denver? The City is considering legalizing them, but only for citizens renting out their primary residence. This is the most controversial component of this proposed regulation. Lots of good discussion happening on this issue. You might consider emailing your city council person should you have an interest in this. For more information, check out this Denver Post article: http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_27585730/council-committee-mulls-plan-regulate-short-term-rentals
Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital would like to resume community meetings regarding status of the new hospital construction, and mainly the demolition of the old campus. Exempla/St.Joe’s is also interested in any neighborhood concerns or feedback regarding the demolition of the old campus. Right now they are forming a Community Advisory Board.
Cabinet in the Community
Please join Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock for his quarterly neighborhood Cabinet in the Community meeting. Meeting topics include: an Interactive City Fair, a Safety Vehicle Demonstration, Animal Care and Control Pet Adoption, as well as a Free Continental Breakfast! Cabinet in the Community will be held Saturday, April 2nd, 9:00am-11:00am, at Thomas Jefferson High School- 3950 S. Holly St.For more information/questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our last newsletter described a large eight story project at 1655 York. The correct address is 1655 Lafayette. Originally, this property was to be used as medical office building, but is now slated for high-end residential. The developers are planning on having the first story reserved for commercial spaces. Patrick Henry, the developer, has built in the neighborhood before and presented to our December meeting. No changes to zoning needed.
For other updates, see our neighborhood Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/cityparkwest/. More information is posted here than is generally sent out in the newsletter, mainly due to the fact that we receive new info on a daily basis. Please share with friends and neighbors!!