Community Open House

Good evening, RNOs—

I hope this email finds you well! My name is Hannah and I’m working with DOTI on the South Central Community Transportation Network process. My role as a consultant is to help manage the community engagement and outreach.

I’m reaching out because the Community Transportation Networks – South Central team is hosting a kickoff Community Open House on Thursday, March 19 from 5:30-7:30pm at La Familia Rec Center (65 S Elati St.). This is an opportunity for residents to come learn about this process and help us identify neighborhood projects to improve safety and meet Denver’s ambitious goals to increase the percentage of Denverites walking, bicycling and taking transit.

I’ve attached the flyers (English and Spanish versions in one attachment) to this email. If you can, please post it on your social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, NextDoor, etc.,) and share it in any upcoming newsletters or meetings you have scheduled prior to the 19th.

Thank you in advance for your help spreading the word, and please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

See Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/187174829370357/.

Best,
Hannah

Hannah Rimar | Senior Associate
South Central Community Transportation Network Project Team
t: 303-825-6100 | e: hannahrimar@gbsm.com | w: www.gbsm.com

What to do when it snows

from Chris Hinds

As you may all remember, last November there was a large snow storm. My office heard many of you voice concerns about snow clearance and enforcement, sidewalk and curb ramp access, and pedestrian safety. The maintenance of safe sidewalks is one of my highest priorities, so I am keeping you all updated about how Denver is responding to the current storm and what you can do help keep our sidewalks safe and accessible for all.

First, Denver’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) publishes their current snow removal plan HERE.

As of now, Denver’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure has the full fleet of heavy snow plows working on clearing the main streets. This morning, Denver deployed its 36 residential plows. Use the tracker above for frequent updates. You can even take a peek at the live plow tracker posted there. (I have it on good authority that this is similar technology that was used to track Santa!)

The snow plan site offers some tips about traveling during snow storms – we’d like to add to their suggestions that in addition to cyclists being aware they might have to share the road with cars that drivers of cars should also be aware that cyclists will be using the public road infrastructure if DOTI has not been able to clear bike paths. We all deserve the freedom to get from A to B safely, and people choosing economics, physical health, or our planet – even in these weather conditions – should be given the opportunity to get to their destination safely, too. Remember, they don’t have a few tons of metal and glass protecting them like drivers of vehicles do.

Snow Shoveling Tips:

Denver requires that property owners clear snow and ice from their sidewalks, including adjacent ADA ramps, so that EVERYONE has safe access throughout the city!

Timing: After snow has stopped falling, businesses have 4 hours and residents have 24 hours to shovel snow off sidewalks “through the accessible path of travel” (in other words, through curb ramps).
Inspections: Inspectors leave a time-stamped notice at properties with un-shoveled sidewalks. After receiving a notice, businesses have four hours and residences have 24 hours before the inspectors re-check (and potentially issue a $150 fine).
Report A Problem: Please report addresses of unshoveled sidewalks, curb ramps, and bike lanes to Denver 311 or pocketgov.org. If you’re up for it, send your receipt or confirmation to District10@denvergov.org so we can keep track of how well the City is responding to your concerns.

I was in the news A LOT recently regarding the City’s enforcement for keeping the Right-Of-Way clear of snow. Read up on my thoughts on Denver and snow removal with a partial list of news articles:

Lack of enforcement creates obstacles during snowy week for disabled community
Plows Hit Denver’s Residential Streets With De-Icer To Clear Roads
When it comes to clearing snowy and icy sidewalks, snitches prevent stitches
Denver to treat icy residential streets following complaints
After big storm, Denver residents reported 1,439 unshoveled sidewalks. Only 36 tickets have been issued.

TREEcycle

Recycle Your Christmas Tree with Denver’s Treecycle Program

This year Treecycle collections will occur on normal trash collection days between January 6-17.

Recycling your Christmas tree is as easy as 1, 2, 3 with Denver Recycles/Solid Waste Management’s annual Treecycle program. By recycling your tree through Denver’s Treecycle program, you can help keep trees out of the landfill, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and help create mulch that is available to Denver residents for free at the Annual Treecycle Mulch Giveaway Compost Sale in the spring.

Here’s how easy it is to recycle your Christmas tree:
Remove all decorations, lights and tree stands. Only natural (real) trees are collected for recycling during Treecycle. No artificial or flocked trees are accepted.
Set your tree out for collection no later than 7 a.m. on one of your scheduled trash collection days between January 6 and 17.
Reclaim free mulch made from your tree at the annual Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale in May!

Remember:
Do NOT place trees inside bags, carts or dumpsters.
Be sure to set trees at least 2 feet away from trash or recycling carts, and all other obstacles.
This program suspends Extra Trash Collection by two weeks. If your scheduled Extra Trash Collection occurs during January 6-17, it will be pushed back.
After January 17th, trees can be dropped off for recycling at the Cherry Creek Recycling Drop-off.
Last year, Denver residents recycled nearly 21,500 trees. Participate in this year’s Treecycle program and help us recycle even more!

For more information about Treecycle, Recycle Your Holiday Lights, or other Denver Recycles programs, visit DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles call 311 (720-913-1311).

Letter From District 10 Councilman Chris Hinds

Happy Fall!
It’s been three months since I took office in Denver’s Perfect District 10. We’ve been busy getting oriented and meeting with a lot of you. I organized our office with three Aides helping to cover three distinct District 10 areas to cover a lot of District 10 territory. Our response time has been getting faster and faster. To date, our office has handled just shy of 200 constituent cases!
Here are just a handful of items you could find on the District 10 calendar:
• City Agency Speed Dating: We got a 10-minute intro to 35 different Denver departments and agencies where we met leadership, learned about organizational structure, were told about funding needs and issues, and who to reach out to when our constituents need help.
• 5280 Trail: This is a project I’m proud to champion. It’s great for District 10. More coming soon.
• City Contracts 101: Though City Council has a strong bully pulpit, the real authority of Council is over two areas of the City – approving contracts and passing legislation. While Mayor Hancock has our ear, City operations fall under the Mayor’s purview.
• Lobbyists: Whaaa? We met with several paid and unpaid lobbyists on various issues such the implementation of 5G cell towers and scooter safety, enforcement, and rules and regulations respectively. Both cell towers and scooters proved to be two of our first incredibly contentious issues.
• Developers: Whooo? It’s no news to you all that there is a lot of development happening across Denver, and quite a bit is in the Cherry Creek area. These meetings are important because we can help the community stay up to date on the latest information, and can reiterate issues around development that are important to all of you. Two priorities I make sure developers know that I’ll be looking out for are 1) the important relationship between land use and transit infrastructure and how development will address it, and 2) that development shouldn’t happen TO neighborhoods, it should happen FOR Perfect 10 neighborhoods.
• Transit Demand Management systems will be vital in helping Denver address the potential for hundreds of thousands of cars arriving with the new Denverites over the next 20 years. I’m supportive of alternatives that make it easy to forgo the automobile.
• Staff meetings: Each week we have two staff meetings that are an hour and a half long. It takes at least one hour to go over all our scheduling requests and event invitations. The rest of staff time is to talk through District office projects and trickier constituent issues….like those that might require mediation.
• Mediation: Sometimes constituents can be so passionate about multiple sides of an issue that we call in Denver’s mediator to help facilitate a productive conversation.
There is so much more I’d love to share with you and I look forward to doing that during your annual meeting. Teresa St Peter in our office has just started working with CCHN on several traffic calming concerns in Country Club so we’ll have an update on those when we see you next. In the meantime, please drive safe and watch out for our kids, who are back in school and going to be out and about on Halloween.
Sincerely, Chris

City Issues Statement on Ips Engraver Beetle

Denver Parks & Recreation Office of the City Forestry has identified conifer trees in the Denver area infected with the Ips engraver beetle. The bark beetle is always present in Denver’s urban forest and flares up every 9 to 10 years. The beetle rarely attacks healthy trees and mostly occurs in newly transplanted or stressed trees. In 2002, we lost over 300 spruce throughout the city; in 2012, we lost over 200. Currently, we have documented about 74 this year throughout the city and the park system.
Denver Forestry’s strategy for the park and parkway system is to remove infested trees quickly, inspect existing trees, and apply a preventative treatment to trees that are in proximity but not infested. All removed trees will be replaced.
The Ips engraver beetle is 1/8 to 3/8-inch-long, reddish-brown to black in color and lives under the bark of conifer trees, producing girdling tunnels that cause foliage discoloration, crown dieback, eventually killing the tree.
To aid in the prevention of beetle infestation, practice proper tree maintenance including adequate watering, pruning out deadwood, protecting the tree from injury from construction activities, mechanical damage and soil compaction.
Preventative treatments may be helpful for other trees but once infected, no chemical treatment exists, and swift removal is the only option to keep the beetle from spreading.
To identify if your tree may be infected, look for fading needle color at the very top of your conifer or signs that the top of the tree is dead. If you suspect your tree is infected, contact a licensed and insured tree company for inspection. Colorado State University Extension also provides information on this pest and others. https://extension.colostate.edu/

Update on Parkways and Beautification

When the founders of the Denver Country Club (formerly Overland Park Club) purchased the 120 acres for the Club in 1902, they also formed the 4th Avenue Realty Company and acquired additional land to the north for housing development. William E. Fisher was hired to establish the layout of the project. His design incorporated a series of landscaped parkways from 1st to 4th Avenues along Franklin, Gilpin and High Streets, expanding green spaces within the City of Denver.
Today these parkways are managed by Denver Parks and Recreation as part of Denver’s urban park system. Because they are an important asset for our neighborhood, representatives of the CCHN Board work closely with the Operations Supervisor of Parks & Recreation to protect and maintain these historic parkways.
Concerns about the condition of the parkways were raised this year by several CCHN residents. CCHN President Diane Woodworth-Jordon and I met with the Parks Supervisor to establish a plan to rejuvenate this aging landscape, which incorporates lawn, shrubs and trees. Acting quickly on the plan, Parks & Rec has already redefined the tree rings and shrub beds and will mulch these areas in the spring, when they will plant replacement shrubs.
The lawns have been aerated and over seeded. This winter, Denver Forestry will prune trees. Tree replacement is on a rotating schedule by zones throughout the City. This part of Denver isn’t up for replacement for a few more years. We are working with Forestry to maintain a list of trees to replace. Also on the winter schedule is resetting of the remaining concrete “Dragon’s Teeth” placed at the north and south ends of each parkway so that they stand upright.
Parks and Rec has asked all residents to call 311 if they see sprinkler issues or fallen trees in the parkways. They also request that residents not put their own broken branches or trees in the parkways for cleanup. There aren’t enough funds or personnel to handle park debris after a major storm, so removal of residential trees and branches needs to be the responsibility of the homeowner.
When Spring 2020 arrives, the parkways of Franklin, Gilpin and High Street should be bursting with new growth and again beautify the neighborhood.
If you have interest in being part of our neighborhood beautification effort, please contact our neighborhood president for more information about how you can become involved.

Secret Rooms Can Be Treasures Found

We are fortunate to have beautiful and unique architecture and design throughout our neighborhood. Perhaps one of the more intriguing elements is the secret or hidden room. These rooms can be found most anywhere in the house and are fun to discover. One such room is in the home of Anne and Matt Quallick. When they renovated and redesigned their lovely historic Tudor on Vine Street several years ago, Anne, an architect by trade, decided to incorporate this surprise feature for their two young boys. A whimsical “secret” room, accessed via false-front doorways, joins their bedrooms. “The boys never tire of showing friends the hidden doorways,” Quallick says, “They always react with delight as if it’s the first time they’ve discovered it.”

Break Ins / Be Aware

Sadly, there was a break-in on Vine Street yesterday early evening (5 PM). Someone walked through a gate and busted through a back door of one of our neighbors.

Please be aware of any strange vehicles or behavior in our neighborhood and promptly call police. Alternatively, you can call our security company who – if on patrol – will swing by. Their number is ‭(303) 603-3090‬. Please use your home alarms at ALL times.

Potential Flooding

Potential flooding of Cherry Creek Trail on Wed. May 22, 2019: Annual reservoir sediment flush

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22: the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will conduct their annual sediment flush of the Cherry Creek Reservoir & Dam. As always, the released water is not expected to reach the Cherry Creek Channel until Wednesday evening, at which point the trail could experience flooding.

This year is a low-flow year, so any flooding should be minimal—operations crews anticipate that the Cherry Creek Trail will remain open but remind everyone to use extra caution if water is on the trail, and to consider using an alternate route if possible. If necessary, please use the sidewalk along Speer Blvd. Crews will be out early on Thursday morning to address any needed cleanup. Thanks for your patience!

Find full details from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers HERE

Run-Off Election

Press Release – For immediate release.

Press Contact: Marcia Verba, League of Women Voters Denver at mverba1@msn.com 303-629-0614

Denver Municipal Run-Off Election Forums

7 Candidate and 1 Ballot Issue Forums

Denver Decides, a consortium composed of the League of Women Voters of Denver, Inter-Neighborhood

Cooperation, Historic Denver, and Denver 8 TV, will once again hold candidate and ballot issue forums, this

time for the Municipal Run-Off election on June 4. The forums will be held in the Sharp Auditorium at the

Denver Art Museum on Tuesday, May 21 and Thursday, May 23. They will also be taped for later viewing on

Denver 8 TV and available to be streamed through the Denver Decides website.

Election Day Tuesday, June 4

Ballots will be mailed on May 20

Tuesday, May 21

6:00 p.m. Clerk and Recorder – Paul Lopez and Peg Perl

6:45 p.m. Council District 1 – Amanda Sandoval and Mike Somma

7:30 p.m. Council District 3 – Veronica Barela and Jamie Torres

8:15 p.m. Council District 5 – Amanda Sawyer and Mary Beth Susman

Thursday, May 23

5:00 p.m. Mayor – Jamie Giellis and Michael Hancock

6:00 p.m. Council District 9 – Albus Brooks and Candi CdeBaca

7:30 p.m. Council District 10 – Chris Hinds and Wayne New

8:15 p.m. Initiative Ordinance 302 – Let Denver Vote (Olympics)

This has proven to be an exciting election season. Join us for these two informative evenings before you vote.

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parking is available on the street or in Cultural Center Garage – access 12th Ave.

between Broadway and Bannock. Enter building and proceed to Lower Level via stairs or elevator to Sharp Auditorium

DenverDecides.org

Denver Decides: A Community Partnership for Accessible, Transparent Elections

Reminder: VOTE!

Tuesday is city-wide election day and ballots cannot be mailed at this point.  Vote by hand delivering to a ballot collection box or vote in person. 24 hour ballot boxes reside at the Denver Botanic Gardens and on the east side of the Cherry Creek Ross library. Every vote counts!!!

STREET SWEEPING

Just passing along a friendly reminder that residential street sweeping begins Tuesday, April 2 and runs through November. In the past, Denver’s street sweepers have removed phosphorous, copper, lead, zinc, chloride and mercury off our streets, which is why it’s so important for residents to move their vehicle on street sweeping day. It helps keep all that crud out of Denver’s waterways!

When residents move their vehicles, crews can sweep all the way to the curb line and provide the best service possible. Residents are urged to follow the red and white signs posted on the block for street sweeping parking restrictions to avoid getting a $50 ticket. Even if it appears a sweeper has cleaned the street, it’s still important to not park during the restricted times posted, as the sweeper may need to return to the area to make another pass.

For those who need help remembering street sweeping day, there are some tools out there! Denver residents can sign-up for text and email reminders online at www.pocketgov.com. For those who aren’t tech savvy, they can call 311 to request “no parking” calendar stickers.

For more information on Denver’s street sweeping program, please visit www.denvergov.org/streetsweeping.

Sincerely,

DPW Public Information Office

MEDIA ADVISORY: Denver Strengthens Permitting Procedures to Increase Safety and Access around Construction Zones

Denver Public Works is releasing updated procedures that aim to lessen construction impacts to people as they move about the city and to improve access to adjacent homes and businesses. The department worked in conjunction with City Council members Wayne New, Paul Kashmann, Albus Brooks, Jolon Clark and Raphael Espinoza, and community and business leaders to implement new requirements on contractors when closing the public right of way (vehicle travel lanes, parking lanes, alleys, and sidewalks) for construction activities:

Traffic Management Plan for All Modes
A contractor’s traffic control plan will be required to show how all modes will be provided safe and convenient access around a project site, including pedestrians, people on bikes and scooters, transit riders, and drivers. Specifically, the traffic control plan will be required to have a strong focus on pedestrian safety. The plan must be included in a contractor’s street occupancy permit application.
Denver Public Works will also require additional barricades, signs and provisions for pedestrians in the traffic control plan.

Pedestrian Canopies
Pedestrian canopies will be required, with limited exceptions, on new projects where vertical construction is occurring directly adjacent to a pedestrian pathway (ex: multi-story building).
Existing large projects will be reviewed to determine if any mobility improvements can be made.

Construction Worker Parking Plan
Large projects (greater than $100,000 and lasting longer than a week) will be required to submit a parking plan for their workers and subcontractors’ workers who will access the construction site.
The parking plan must aim to minimize impacts to surrounding businesses and residences.
Workers will be allowed to use the front of the project site for parking, but otherwise must utilize off-site parking that the contractor will be required to provide.

Additionally, beginning April 1, Denver Public Works will require the posting of information signs for all private projects in the public right of way lasting longer than seven days. The signs will list the contractor, their contact information along with details of the permit including permit number, location, duration, and description of the project. Denver Public Works will work to standardize the placement of similar information signage as part of existing building permit requirements so this contact and description information is accessible to the public.

Cherry Creek Election Forum

I hope you can join Cherry Creek Business Alliance for our rescheduled Cherry Creek Election Forum.  Please share this invitation with your neighborhood organizations.  All are welcome! We’ll have a panel discussion with the 3 candidates running to represent Council District 10 and a presentation from the No on 300 campaign.  We’ll also have No on 300 Yard Signs available at the event.

Thank you for your help spreading the word!  I hope to see you on April 4th!  – Bethany

May 2019 Municipal Elections

Get Ready for the May Municipal Elections!
7 Candidate and Ballot Issue Forums

Denver Decides, a consortium composed of the League of Women Voters of Denver, Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation, Historic Denver, and Denver 8 TV, will once again hold candidate and ballot issue forums for the upcoming May 7 election. The forums will be held in the community and also taped for later viewing on Denver 8 TV or streamed through the Denver Decides website.

Election Day Tuesday, May 7
Ballots will be mailed on April 15

Tuesday, March 19 District 1 (Northwest), Auditor
6:00 p.m. Scheitler Rec Center, 5031 W 46th Ave, Denver, CO 80212

Wednesday, March 20 Districts 2 (Southwest) and 7 (Southwest-central); Ballot Issues
6:00 p.m. SWIC, 1000 S Lowell Blvd, Denver, CO 80219 (Sandos Hall)

Wednesday, March 27 Districts 4 (Southeast), 5 (East-central), 6 (Southeast)
6:00 p.m. Cook Park Rec Center, 7100 Cherry Creek S Dr., Denver, CO 80224

Thursday, March 28* District 9 (Northcentral Denver), Clerk and Recorder
6:00 p.m. Johnson Rec Center, 4809 Race St, Denver, CO 80216

Tuesday, April 2** District 10 (Central) and At-Large (city-wide)
6:00 p.m. Denver Art Museum (Sharp Auditorium)

Thursday, April 4 Districts 8 (Northeast) and 11 (Montbello/Green Valley Ranch)
6:00 p.m. Montbello Rec Center, 15555 E 53rd Ave, Denver, CO 80239

Saturday, April 13*** Mayoral Candidates, District 3 (West-central)
9:30 a.m. SWIC, 1000 S Lowell Blvd, Denver, CO 80219 (Sandos Hall)

*Please plan extra travel time due to heavy construction in the surrounding area.

**Street Parking or in Cultural Center Garage – access 12th Ave. between Broadway and Bannock. Enter building and proceed to Lower Level via stairs or elevator to Sharp Auditorium

***This event coincides with Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation’s monthly meeting.

RESCHEDULED Public Hearing for Game Plan for a Healthy City @ Parks & Recreation Advisory Board NOW APRIL 10

The Public Hearing for “Game Plan for a Healthy City” (originally scheduled for 3/13/19) has been rescheduled to WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10 at the regular Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) meeting.

The PRAB meeting on April 10, 2019, begins at 5:30pm. It is held at the Wellington Webb Municipal Building, located at 201 W. Colfax Ave., Room 4.F.6.

A copy of the “Game Plan for a Healthy City” is accessible through the City of Denver’s Denveright website. Review the plan directly via this link. The 3-Year Action Plan is also now available for review online. Please email parksandrecreation@denvergov.org with questions.

Initiative 300 – “Right To Survive”

Last night, our board discussed Initiative 300, which is on the ballot for our election this May. The executive committee unanimously voted to take a ‘NO’ stance on this controversial initiative.
Please consider voting this May, and consider your neighborhood representatives’ position.
To read more, visit BALLOTPEDIA.

Neighborhoods Work Better When They Work Together Upcoming Meeting March 9 2019

Location: Brookdale University Park, 2020 S. Monroe
AGENDA:
8:30-9:00AM: Meet and Greet
9:00AM: Call to Order
9:00-9:10AM: Election of Vice-President, Treasurer, and two at-Large positions.
9:10-9:30AM: Approval of February Minutes and Committee reports
9:30-9:40AM: City Ordinance regarding camping, presented by Marley Bordovski, Director Prosecution and Code Enforcement, Denver City Attorney’s Office
9:40-10:00AM: Initiative 300, Right to Survive, Speaker to be announced
10:00-10:20AM:  Togetherdenver, Speaker to be announced
10:20AM: Around the City
11:00AM: AdjournPlease don’t forget to renew your dues.

“RNO dues not paid by February 28 of each year, shall mean the RNO delegate(s) shall not be eligible to vote or run for office in the annual election” 
INC By-laws Dues can be paid electronically via Pay Pal. It is not necessary to have a Pay Pal account. Please go to for further information. https://www.denverinc.org/membership/  Open to ALL Denver residents.
For INC events and INC committee meetings, please visit http://www.denverinc.org/calendar-2/


Our other committees that are meeting soon

INC Transportation March 14 2019
6:00 – 8:00 PM 1201 Williams St. 19th Floor Party room
Sign up for email notifications HERE

INC PARC March 19 2019
6:00 – 8:00 PM 2020 S. Monroe Arts and Crafts rm
Sign up for email notifications HERE


 

Comprehensive Plan 2000 and Blueprint Denver

by Tricia Schmid

Almost twenty years ago, the city of Denver adopted Denver Comprehensive Plan 2000 and Blueprint Denver. These plans outlined a 20 year vision for integrated land use and transportation. Well, 2020 is right around the corner and it is time for a new plan:  Comprehensive Plan 2040.

Comprehensive Denver 2040 is the culmination of a two-year outreach and planning effort (called Denveright). The plan outlines six main tenets in building the Denver of tomorrow:  a more inclusive city; authentic neighborhoods; safe, reliable and well connected transportation; a diverse and vibrant economy; an environmentally resilient city; and a healthy and active city. The vision outlined in Comprehensive Denver 2040 is further specified in four supplemental plans – Blueprint Denver; Game Plan for a Healthy City; Denver Moves: Transit and Denver Moves: Pedestrians and Trails.

Blueprint Denver outlines a framework for the city’s policies regarding growth, land use and transportation. It “guides were new jobs and homes should go, how our transportation system will improve, how to strengthen our neighborhoods and were and how we invest in our communities with new infrastructure and amenities.” This plan does not specify actual codes or policies but rather it outlines an overall citywide plan by identifying future growth areas, neighborhood contexts and descriptions, and recommendations for transit, pedestrian and bike mobility and safety. The vision outlined in Blueprint Denver will be used as the basis for small area plans that will be developed as part of a Neighborhood Planning Initiative.

Game Plan for a Heathy City states that “parks and public spaces are vital elements of urban infrastructure”. The plan outlines recommendations for making parks and recreation centers accessible to all residents, ensuring a resilient and environmentally sustainable park system in response to climate change (including stormwater/water use and energy conservation recommendations), and operating and managing a park and recreation system with long-term fiscal viability.

Denver Moves: Transit and Denver Moves: Pedestrians and Trails discuss moving people around the city via bus, rail, car, bicycle, and a person’s own two feet. The Transit plan is the city’s first ever transit plan and is in response to the fact that traffic has risen exponentially over the past few years with the rapid growth of Denver. The Transit plan outlines ways to improve the city’s infrastructure and transit system to more effectively move people around and through the city. The Pedestrians and Trails plan calls for improving sidewalks, street crossing and trails.

So, if you are like me, you might be asking yourself right about now, what does this mean for our neighborhood and its environs? Blueprint Denver has identified Cherry Creek North as a Regional/Urban Center. The city estimates that Regional Centers throughout Denver will account for 30% of new households and 50% of new jobs by 2040. As a Regional/Urban Center, the focus is on larger scale mixed use development with multi-unit residential; high levels of pedestrian and bicycle use and good access to high capacity transit with minimal reliance on cars. Open space should be integrated into streetscape with plazas in various locations. We have already begun to see the transformation of Cherry Creek North into a Regional/Urban Center.  Country Club is designated both as Urban and Urban Edge.  The one issue that may be problematic in the future is the designation of the University corridor between 1st and 4th Avenues (currently part of the Cherry Creek North Business Improvements District) as Urban Center which allows for multi-story buildings.  

Denver Moves: Transit identifies First Avenue/Speer Boulevard as a high capacity transit corridor (full Bus Rapid Transit and/or Rail). Full Bus Rapid Transit is a rubber tired transit mode similar to rail that has the flexibility to operate in a combination of transit lanes and mixed traffic. The plan recognizes that when establishing a high capacity transit corridor, trade-offs might need to be made. These trade-offs could include removal of a general purpose travel lane so that it might be dedicated “Transit Only”. The plan stipulates that when a trade-off needs to be made, transit reliability and access will be given priority. University Avenue is identified as a Medium-Capacity Transit Corridor (rapid bus to full BRT). Sixth Avenue is identified as a Speed and Reliability Corridor (enhanced bus). Plans for transit priority signals and dedicated transit lanes at key locations are included in this corridor. What this actually means for Speer Boulevard/First Avenue, University Avenue and Sixth Avenue remains to be seen, but the city has for some time been actively discussing the removal of the plant bed median along the section of First Avenue that runs through Cherry Creek North. The CCHN Board will remain vigilant!

Meanwhile, if you would like to read more, you may access the plans online at https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/denveright.html. This is the second draft of plans for review (the first drafts were available for review last year). Feedback for the Comprehensive Plan 2040, Blueprint Denver and Game Plan for a Healthy City is due by February 27th. You may access a feedback form online.  The Denver Moves: Transit and Denver Moves: Pedestrians and Trails plans do not require council approval and therefore are being finalized in the next several weeks.

In The Know

– Pura Vida Fitness and Spa will officially close at the end of February.

– Dior: From Paris to the World, Denver Art Museum, ends March 3rd

– Fridays and Saturdays – Free Wine Tastings at The Vineyard Wine Shop (261 Fillmore Street) from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm 

– Stop by The Brass Bed’s 42nd Annual March Storewide Sale (3113 E 3rd Ave)

– Artist Philllip Anthony with be at Fascination Street Fine Arts March 15th (5:00 pm to 8:00 pm) and March 16th (11:00 am to 4:00 pm)

– The 15th annual Denver Restaurant Week takes place Feb. 22 – March 3. Hundreds of Denver’s top restaurants will offer multi-course dinners for three tasty prices: $25, $35 or $45.

– Stop by The Brass Bed’s 42nd Annual March Storewide Sale (3113 E 3rd Ave)

6th Avenue Learning

Take a class in the neighborhood! All in walking distance from your home, the following take place from 6th & Corona to 6th & Milwaukee:

MoonDance Botanicals – Reiki, soap-making, and herbals

Denver School of Photography – Digital photography, Photoshop or Lightroom

Trouts Fly Fishing – Casting, tying flies, or a trip out on the water.

Novo Coffee – Brewing, steaming and seed-to cup with your local barista.

The Truffle Cheese Shop – Buratta making or pairing cheese with beer or cider.

Apothecary Tinctura – Wellness, meditation, aromatherapy, herbalism and accupuncture.

Denver Divers – Swim and diving lessons, first aid and rescue.

Swarms Are Coming

Our beautiful neighborhood is a hotbed for swarming bees in the late Spring due to the plentiful gardens and trees. In April, May or early June, you might see a swarm take residence in a nearby tree or other temporary home.

Bees swarm when there are too many bees in the hive. The queen leaves with half of the hive bees, allowing another queen to take residence. The swarm heads for a temporary spot to rest while the scout bees seek a more permanent home, such as inside a rotted out tree.

There is nothing to fear. Bees are in a pretty docile mood when they are swarming. However, do not consider moving them, and do not spray them with anything. You don’t want to anger them, and do not want to kill these precious insects. Instead, call the Bee Swarm Hotline at 1-844-SPY-BEES and someone will come to remove the bees. They will find the lot a good home with a beekeeper, allowing them to have a better chance of making it through the next winter.

To learn more about bees and beekeeping, visit coloradobeekeepers.org or take a class at the Botanic Gardens or To Bee or Not to Bee in Littleton.

Focus on 556 Circle Drive: East Coast Colonial Architecture

In November 1928, on the day after Herbert Hoover was elected President, the Fontius family (of Denver’s Fontius Shoe Co.) moved into their new home at 556 Circle Drive. The house was designed by notable local architect Lester Varian. In hopes of creating a “real” colonial home in Denver, Varian and the family consulted with esteemed Boston firm Cram and Ferguson who designed many prominent residential, university and church buildings on the east coast. The colonial style is evident in the tall chimneys, brick laid in Flemish bond, window frames set flush with the brick and a mantel copied from a house in Salem, Massachusetts. One of the most distinct elements of this home is the semicircular portico over the front door.
Harry and Helen Fontius lived in the house for many decades and raised their two children, Jean and Harry Jr., in the home. As business and community leaders, the Fontius’s entertained frequently and hosted many other familiar names in Denver such as the Jonas Fur family. They also held annual events for Colorado College. Additionally, they hosted their daughter Jean’s wedding in the side yard.
John and Mona Ferrugia are just the fifth owners of this neighborhood gem and have called it home since moving to Denver from Washington, DC in 1989. Though they have remodeled the house over the years to adapt to today’s family life, the Ferrrugias embrace and enjoy the history of their home and have kept many of the architectural elements in tact. They also carry on Mrs. Fontius’s decades-long tradition of hanging the U.S. flag over that beautiful portico.

New City Construction Requirements Being Implemented

by Councilman Wayne New, District 10

Over the past several months Councilman Wayne New and neighborhood and business leaders have been working with City Department of Public Works to implement new and revised construction management policy and practice improvements. These citywide regulations should mitigate the undesirable construction project impacts experienced by neighbors and retailers. On January 24th a final review of these regulatory changes will be conducted with discussion on the following issues:

Construction Worker Parking Plans – All new construction projects will have to provide defined parking plans for all construction workers before project right of way permits can be approved.  These plans are to define locations outside of neighborhood and business on-street parking areas to be used by workers.

Street and Sidewalk Closures – Closure timing and approvals will be regulated more effectively, and enforcement will be strengthened.  A new inconvenience fee that is utilized in many cities for excessive closures will be addressed.

Infrastructure Repairs – The repair cost of damage to streets, sidewalks, and streetscape from construction will be responsibility of the construction project. Construction bonds are required by the City for construction projects. These funds are meant to be used for infrastructure repairs but have not be used in the past.  This repair cost on construction projects will no longer be funded by City taxpayers but by bond funds.  Repairs are also to be made to meet pre-construction existing conditions.

Sidewalk Canopies – Present sidewalk canopy requirements to protect pedestrians along construction sites will be more strictly utilized and enforced.

Parking Enforcement – Many current construction related regulations have not been effective due the lack of City Enforcement staff.  Even though Enforcement staff has improved recently, enforcement activities will need to be closely monitored.  An inconvenience fee for lack of regulation compliance will be discussed.

Construction Communications and Review – Monthly meetings have begun by Public Works and business leaders to discuss planned and ongoing construction activities to better manage projects and to reduce their impacts on residents and businesses.

Intersection and Alley Signage – At many neighborhood alleys and major intersections the City has not placed signage to instruct parkers on how close to an alley or intersection entrance is allowed.  This distance is important to allow safe sight lines for drivers entering or exiting an alley or intersection. This signage is now available for instruction upon request.

Construction Signage – Many times construction signage for sidewalk and street closures are not removed on a timely basis.  The removal by City Right of Way is now being enforced.

Construction Hours – The present construction hour regulations allow weekday construction from 7 AM to 9 PM and on weekends 8 AM to 5 PM.  These hours have not be strictly enforced in the past but will be in the future.  A change in weekday hours is being considered.

Parking District Development – Parking districts have been formed in many city business areas to enhance parking management, especially related to parking meters and restricted neighborhood parking.  The formation of such a district is presently being considered by the Cherry Creek North Business Improvement District.

These ten construction project regulations and improvement issues will make a difference in residential quality of life and retail customer support. Since the lack of enforcement has been one of the primary causes of construction difficulties, the formation of a parking district will be important so enforcement can be managed more effectively on a local level. 

Some of these improvements are being respected and implemented by developers and Public Works now. These should especially have a positive effect on the 2019 anticipated beginning of the Clayton / Whole Foods development.  If some of the improvement recommendations are not supported for implementation by City Administration, a City Council ordinance will be developed by CM New and several other supportive City Council members. A follow-up report will be communicated in the near future. 

Learn About Residential Building and Zoning Codes

Denver Community Planning and Development is hosting TWO upcoming events for homeowners and residential contractors – one this Sunday at the Garden and Home Show and a second in March at the Decker Public Library. These forums are great places to send residents who have zoning questions, want to learn more about accessory dwelling units (ADUs) or other home projects, or have questions about permits or contractors. Each event will include a presentation from our code experts and ample opportunity for Q&A.

Please share the two dates below with your residents and neighbors, in newsletters, and on social. Graphics are attached.

Links to Facebook events: February 17 | March 26

Denver Community Planning and Development invites you to learn about residential zoning and building codes

Join Denver’s residential code experts at the Garden and Home Show this Sunday, or at the Decker Public Library in March, for a presentation on Denver’s residential building and zoning codes. We’ll discuss the basics of pulling permits, hiring contractors or doing-it-yourself, and codes to consider when planning for common home projects, from fences to remodels to building a backyard cottage (an “accessory dwelling unit” or ADU). Your questions are important! We’ll have ample time for Q&A.

4 p.m., Sunday, February 17

Garden and Home Show at the Colorado Convention Center (look for the theater at the end of aisle 1200)

700 14th St., Denver

Visit www.coloradogardenfoundation.org for show hours and prices.

AND

6 p.m., Tuesday, March 26

Decker Public Library

1501 S. Logan St., Denver

Thank you,

Laura Swartz | Development Services Communications

Community Planning and Development | City and County of Denver

p: (720) 865.2947 c: (720) 584.9137 | laura.swartz@denvergov.org

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Cherish Spirits Lounge / 221 Detroit Street

Meeting: 3/15/19 at 1:30 PM

THE DEPARTMENT OF EXCISE & LICENSES NOTIFIES REGISTERED NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATIONS (“RNO’S”) OF RELEVANT LICENSE ACTIVITIES BY EMAIL.  WHEN EMAIL NOTIFICATION IS MADE, THERE WILL BE NO NOTIFICATION THROUGH THE POSTAL SERVICE.  WE WILL ONLY USE THE EMAIL ADDRESS THAT IS REGISTERED WITH THE CITY’S OFFICE OF COMMUNITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT (“CPD”).  WE WILL ALSO SEND NOTIFICATIONS TO A SECOND RNO EMAIL ADDRESS, IF THE RNO HAS PROVIDED A SECOND ADDRESS TO CPD.  IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EACH RNO TO MAINTAIN A CORRECT EMAIL ADDRESS WITH CPD.  WE WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR FAILURE TO CHECK YOUR EMAILS OR FOR BOUNCED EMAILS, WHETHER BECAUSE OF A FULL MAILBOX, OR CHANGED EMAIL ADDRESS, OR FAILURE TO MAINTAIN A CORRECT EMAIL ADDRESS WITH CPD.  FINALLY, IF AN RNO HAS NOT PROVIDED ANY EMAIL ADDRESS TO CPD, WE WILL SEND NOTIFICATION THROUGH THE POSTAL SERVICE.

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Game Plan for a Healthy City

City & County of Denver
Denver Department of Parks & Recreation
Notice of “Game Plan for a Healthy City” Public Hearing

Notice is hereby given that the Department of Parks and Recreation is seeking input on the second draft of the “Game Plan for a Healthy City”, and will host a public hearing prior to its final approval process at City Council. This long-range strategic plan is intended to help the city respond to challenges including growth, limited water resources, and changes in our climate. The plan proclaims easy access to parks and open space as a basic right for all residents, and establishes our city’s parks, facilities and recreational programs as essential for healthy environment, healthy residents, and a high quality of life for everyone. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will hear public comments on this draft on March 13, 2019 at 5:30 pm at the regular meeting of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, held at the Wellington Webb Municipal Building, located at 201 W. Colfax Ave., Room 4.F.6. A copy of the “Game Plan for a Healthy City” is on file with the Manager of Parks and Recreation and accessible through the City of Denver’s Denveright website. Review the plan directly via this link.

Comprehensive Plan 2040 and Blueprint Denver

In an effort to give community members an opportunity to share their thoughts on Denver’s vision for growth over the next 20 years with Denver’s Planning Board, a stand-alone listening session with the board will be held Wednesday, February 27. The session will be focused on the current drafts of Comprehensive Plan 2040 and Blueprint Denver, part of the Denveright family of plans that will help shape a more inclusive, connected and healthy city.

Planning Board Listening Session
4-7 p.m., Wednesday, February 27
Webb Municipal Building, Room 4.G.2-4.F.6
201 W. Colfax Ave., Denver

The session will be broadcast live on Denver 8.
The listening session is not a formal hearing. The board will not vote or take any action in the meeting.

City planners will use the comments to make final edits to the plan drafts. Complete information on the meeting is available on the Denveright website. We encourage you to help us get the word out about the meeting using the links below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Best, Alex

Alexandra Foster | Communications Program Manager

Community Planning and Development | City and County of Denver

p: (720) 865.2969 | alexandra.foster@denvergov.org

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Autonomous Shuttle

Autonomous Vehicle now deployed on Denver streets at RTD’s 61st and Peña Commuter Rail Station


DENVER, CO — Today marks the first on-road deployment of an autonomous vehicle (AV) shuttle in both Denver and the State of Colorado. The EasyMile 100 percent electric, autonomous shuttle made its debut this morning and will continue operating for the next six months. The self-driving shuttle will connect passengers from the 61st and Peña commuter rail station to the Panasonic and EasyMile offices and to the 61st and Peña Park-n-Ride lot via four stops. Mayor Michael B. Hancock joined representatives from the Regional Transportation District (RTD), EasyMile, Panasonic, Transdev, and L.C. Fulenwider, Inc. for a ribbon cutting and ride aboard the unit.

“We’re excited to see how driverless technology will work in Denver and to embrace new, innovative and better mobility options to move more people and improve travel for residents and visitors alike,” Mayor Hancock said.

Transdev will operate the EasyMile autonomous shuttle for the Denver RTD in a new route called 61AV, serving people who park and live near the 61st and Peña commuter rail station free of charge. The project’s main goal is to assess the viability of autonomous services in providing first and last mile connections to and from transit.

“RTD is pleased to participate in this groundbreaking partnership to explore how innovations in mobility are creating new and expanded opportunities for public transportation,” said RTD CEO and General Manager Dave Genova “The 61AV partnership allows us to interface directly with an autonomous vehicle demonstration and assess how this technology can be applied in a transit setting to meet the future mobility needs of the people and communities we serve.” 

The shuttle will run a predetermined route Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., making a complete loop every 15 minutes. Although it will not have a driver, an ambassador will be on the shuttle at all times to help answer questions and ensure safety for the passengers and operations. Transdev, will also provide the ambassador for the RTD service. Partners in this AV demonstration project believe autonomous shuttle services will transform local communities and become an integral part of how communities are designed in the future.

“Having an EasyMile autonomous shuttle circulating throughout the entire Peña Station NEXT and Peña Station NORTH developments will be a key element that will help change the overall complexion of real estate development…and it’s being tested now!,” said Cal Fulenwider, III, CEO and Chairman, L.C. Fulenwider, Inc.

The EasyMile shuttle will be programmed to make designated stops along predetermined routes (see attached maps). It runs an average speed of 12-15 miles per hour and can carry up to 12 passengers. This autonomous vehicle demonstration project is approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the newly-formed Colorado Autonomous Vehicle Task Force for six months of operations. Data collected on usage and operability will be shared between project partners to improve future deployments and bring autonomous services into wider usage.

“We are pleased that our CityNOW stakeholder alignment process is resulting in yet another transformational industry ‘first’,” said Jarrett Wendt, Executive Vice President Panasonic Corporation of North America. “Together with the City and County of Denver, Denver International Airport, RTD, L.C. Fulenwider, and EasyMile we continue to produce groundbreaking advancements that none of us could accomplish on our own.”

EasyMile says its shuttle and operating system have been tested and verified over 200,000 miles in 22 counties, and have transported over 320,000 people with no accidents or injuries. The shuttles have air conditioning, automatic wheelchair ramps, passenger information systems, electric batteries, and onboard USB chargers. Passenger feedback on all of these deployments has been extremely positive.

Transdev and EasyMile have partnered on over 50 deployments covering more than 10,000 passenger trips in the US. Globally, Transdev has provided over 2,000,000 fully autonomous passenger trips in the past 10 years, and works with several vehicle and software system providers to design and implement fully integrated autonomous mobility solutions.

“EasyMile is proud to be deploying our EZ10 as an integrated part of the RTD transit system. Driverless technology is a key part of our future transit systems and we thank RTD for their leadership and vision,” said Sharad Agarwal, Senior Vice President of EasyMile North America.

More information about the Route 61AV project is at www.rtd-denver.com/61AV.

Dockless Mobility

Today we are providing you with an update on Denver’s Dockless Mobility Pilot Permit Program, which has been progressing since it launched in July 2018.

For the next few weeks, Denver Public Works will be gathering the public’s feedback to get their thoughts on the first six-months of the pilot through an online survey: http://bit.ly/DenBikeScooter. (This survey can also be found at denvergov.org/docklessmobility.) Comments received will help determine if adjustments should be made to the pilot program and inform the potential development of an ongoing program. The pilot will continue through the summer.

Currently, a maximum of 1,750 electric scooters and 1,000 electric bikes are permitted for use in the city through Denver’s Dockless Mobility Pilot Permit Program. Last week, Denver City Council passed an ordinance which changed the rules for where electric scooters can ride. Under the new law, electric scooters are now allowed to operate in bike lanes or streets with speed limits of 30mph or less. If either of those aren’t an option, electric scooters can operate on the sidewalk, travelling at a speed of 6mph or less.

For more information, please visit denvergov.org/docklessmobility.

Sincerely,

DPW Public Information Office

September 2018 Annual Party – What A Night!

September 12th was the beautiful night of our memorable neighborhood party. A very big thanks to Michelle and Mike Fries, who hosted the event at their exquisite home. For those unable to make it, please be sure that you come this year. Details will be arriving to your membership email addresses in late July.

Denverright Draft Plans

Have you reviewed the Denveright Draft Plans yet? Hurry down to one of the 4 remaining Community Office Hours to ask questions about the plans and learn how to give feedback during the public review period (which closes Oct. 31st). Visit denvergov.org/Denveright and check the calendar for locations and days of office hours. These plans are YOUR plans and are aiming to create a more inclusive, connected and healthy city-make sure to check them out!
Organizations that would like more time to review and understand the plans can request an extension by emailing us at blueprint@denvergov.org.

Afor Chavez | Operations and Outreach Assistant
Community Planning and Development | City and County of Denver
p: (720) 865.2984 | afor.chavez@denvergov.org

Leafdrop 2018

Drop off your leaves for free! Keep your leaves out of the landfill by composting them through the annual LeafDrop program.

WEEKDAY Drop Sites
Monday—Friday
Oct. 1 – Dec. 7 | 8 AM to 2 PM

CHERRY CREEK TRANSFER STATION
7301 E. Jewell Ave. (Quebec St. & E. Jewell Ave.)

HAVANA NURSERY
10450 Smith Rd. (Enter on Smith Rd.)

SOUTH PLATTE *
678 S. Jason St. (Enter on W. Exposition Ave.)
(All leaves brought to Havana & South Platte during the week must be in bags.)


WEEKEND Drop Sites
Saturdays and Sundays
Nov. 3 – 18 | 11 AM to 3 PM

BRUCE RANDOLPH HIGH SCHOOL
E. 40th Ave. & Steele St.

CHERRY CREEK TRANSFER STATION
7301 E. Jewell Ave. (Quebec St. & E. Jewell Ave.)

HAVANA NURSERY *
10450 Smith Rd. (Enter on Havana St

SABINE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL *
S. Vrain St. and W. Dartmouth Ave.

SLOAN’S LAKE PARK
17th Ave. & Sheridan Blvd.

VETERANS PARK
S. Vine St. & E. Iowa Ave.

Bring your Leaves in Paper Bags
Denver Recycles, Be A Smart Ash, and Ace Hardware stores are teaming up to give away FREE 5-packs of 30-gallon paper leaf bags to help Denver residents keep leaves out of the landfill! Unlike plastic bags, brown paper bags can be composted along with the leaves; saving time and reducing plastic waste.

Composting Your Leaves this Fall is as Easy as 1-2-3
Display the leaf bag coupon at an Ace Hardware Store to get a FREE 5-pack of paper leaf bags.
Fill the paper bags with your leaves
Drop off your paper leaf bags at a LeafDrop site near you

-> COUPON CAN BE ACCESSED HERE

Special Ballot Measures

With the November 2018 election quickly approaching, we wanted to update you on all of the questions that will be on the ballot at the state and municipal level. This memo is intended to give you a snapshot of the ballot content and the city agencies that may be affected. The memo also provides guidance on allowable election activities to you as elected officials. Please review the information below and feel free to contact Kirsten or me with any questions you may have on these.

CLICK HERE FOR THE BALLOT MEASURES

A Little Cherry Creek History

Did you know that a large portion of Cherry Creek was once a town called Harman? In the late 1800s, Edwin P. Harman purchased 320 acres and gave the ‘town’ his name. According to Erin Blakemore, “the town was apparently formed ‘because irrigation for crops and trees was needed for protection against tramps, bums, bummers, and the liquor traffic.'” The town did not last very long, as it was annexed by Denver in March of 1894. The old town hall still stands on the northeast corner of 4th Avenue and St. Paul. Over the last 10 years, the building has been restored and developed into an interesting mix of the old and new of Cherry Creek. In 1906, the local school called Harman Community School was renamed Bromwell.

by Kathleen Woodberry

Letter From Wayne New

Over the past several years, the City has been growing tremendously with development projects in many areas. This exponential increase in residential, office, and retail development can especially be seen in the Cherry Creek North (CCN) area with over 20 projects completed or underway. This growth and excessive development within a relatively small area comes with imposing impacts on existing retail and neighborhoods, especially if not controlled and managed properly.
In the past year, with 10 projects underway, the following major problems in the Cherry Creek North community could have a direct effect on the Country Club Historic neighborhood as construction continues on the west side of the Business Improvement District or BID:
(1) Construction workers parking in metered spaces that are needed for retail customers and parking throughout the neighborhoods in restricted areas;
(2) Trucks carrying construction material traveling through and parking in the neighborhoods;
(3) Partial and full street closures to allow the expansion of constuction sites; and
(4) The City allowing construction to occur without considering impacts to retailers and residents, the lack of enforcement which is needed to mitigate problems and the concern for pedestrian safety.
Over the past year, I have worked with Public Works on the following improvements:
(a) The Cherry Creek Shopping Center has provided 250 parking spaces at minimal cost for construction workers;
(b) Parking Enforcement has been urged to recruit additional enforcement staff to ticket violators such as construction workers using resident and retail parking;
(c) Right of Way has been constantly encouraged to monitor the inappropriate use of bagged meters; and
(d) My staff and I have constantly communicated with Public Works and developers to supervise construction workers and minimize impacts on the community.
Even though efforts have been made to mitigate problems, Public Works and construction support has been insufficient. In order to address the problems, the CCN Business Improvement District, CCH and CCN neighborhood leaders and I have proposed the following key improvements to be implemented as Public Works regulations or as a City Council Ordinance.
1. Excessive Construction and City Enforcment Staffing – When excessive construction projects occur in a given area, Public Works Right of Way and Parking Enforcement staffing must be increased to manage construction impacts more effectively.
2. Proper Notification on Meter Bagging, Street Closures, and Construction Schedules – Since Public Works Permitting, Right of Way, and Parking divisions have not communicated effectively with each other and with businesses and residents, bi-weekly construction meetings are proposed. This will ensure all parties are aware of pending construction project impacts on the community and provide the opportunity to address those impacts before they occur.
3. Partial and Full Street Closures – Partial and full street closures to expand construction sites should not be allowed. Closures should only be allowed for legitimate activities that will have safety concerns to the public.
4. Pedestrian Sidewalks – Closed sidewalks must be replaced by covered, waterproofed, and lighted walkways.
5. Damage to Streetscape and Streets – Construction projects should be responsible for repairing streetscapes and streets to their original condition and appearance. These repair costs should not be paid by taxpayers as is the present Public Works practice. If repairs are required, the cost should be considered a cost of construction.
6. Parking Plans – Parking plans for construction trucks and workers must be developed, evaluated, and approved prior to receiving building permits. If offsite parking is necessary, developers must facilitate and insist on worker conpliance.
7. Parking at Alley and Intersection Entrances – Entrances at alleys and intersections should be properly marked to provide safe vehicle sightlines for customers and residents, and regulations must be diligently enforced to ensure compliance.
8. Parking District – A parking district, which is common in many cities, should be developed to (a) manage parking operations and enforcement; (b) enhance permitting communication for construction projects; and (c) improve everyday traffic management in the business area and neighborhoods.
These improvements have been presented and discussed with Public Works. If improvements are not addressed by regulations, then a City Council ordiance will be proposed to implement the improvements on a citywide basis. This is not only a District 10 problem but one that is citywide, with other areas of the city suffering with some, if not all, of these construction issues.
The new Public Works Executive Director, Eulois Cleckley, has been receptive to changes, which will be addressing our recommendations in the near future. Progress on these improvements will be communicated to you. I welcome your comments and suggestions.
The complete listing of issues and recommendations is found on our District 10 website at https://goo.gl/4FrcVu

Wayne New, City Council, District 10

Sidewalks Throughout Denver

Beginning in mid-August, the city of Denver will implement a new Neighborhood Sidewalk Repair Program which will ultimately include our CCHN area. Although no firm timetable is in place, CCHN inspection will be the second citywide area of the program to be addressed. Per city ordinance, property owners are responsible for maintaining the sidewalks adjacent to their properties. In order to assess existing sidewalks that present a hazard to public travel, the city will perform formal inspections to determine sidewalks, citywide, that are damaged, uneven, or sloping excessively. Denver Public Works (DPW) will contact property owners of the required repairs mandating repair work begin 45 days after home notices are left and mailed notices are issued. This repair program will not address missing sidewalks or gaps in sidewalks which is dealt with by Denver’s Sidewalk Gap Program.

To begin the repair process, property owners may choose a DPW contractor to do repairs based on cost estimates provided or can hire their own preferred contractor. Ultimately, DPW will re-inspect all properties to determine if issues have been adequately corrected. Nancy Kuhn, DPW Director of the Public Information Office, indicates homeowners in historic designated districts like CCHN will not encounter additional city approvals to fix their sidewalk problems. Financial assistance will be provided to homeowners who qualify.

Sidewalk repair options include patching with grout or epoxy to fill cracks, gaps or holes, mud jacking to repair tilted slabs to level the grade of the sidewalk, and grinding/shaving repair to remove a portion of the elevated slab. In some cases, sidewalk hazard situations will require partial or full replacement. Particular challenges may be faced by property owners with flagstone sidewalks due to cost and limited contractor expertise issues. Regarding healthy mature trees with roots lifting up sidewalks, the DPW supports finding creative solutions with the property owners, including arborist opinions, to remedy walking hazards.

Information about the Neighborhood Sidewalk Repair Program can be found HERE.

By Alice Anneberg

Chuck Warren

It is with deep regret that we announce the recent passing of Chuck Warren, founder of CCHN.


Services/Reception:
A memorial service is scheduled for Wednesday, August 8th at St. John’s Cathedral at 11 am, with a Celebration of his Life to follow at the Denver Country Club.

In Lieu of Flowers:
In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to the Denver Zoo, Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation or The Park People.

Obituary (Charles Lyon-Campbell Warren (April 26 1926 – July 29, 2018)
Charles “Chuck” Warren passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, July 29th surrounded by his family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Emma Josephine “E.J.” and children Diana Warren, Robin Warren Buckalew and Charles Warren, Jr.

Chuck spent his boyhood in Fort Collins, CO where his great grandfather homesteaded in 1866. After graduating from high school in 1944, Charles served for two years in the Navy as an Electronic Technician. After his service, Chuck returned to Colorado to continue his education, earning a degree in Business Administration from University of Colorado in 1950. That same year, he married the love of his life, Emma Josephine Palmer. After graduating from CU, Charles was hired by Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, where he worked as a stockbroker for 20 years, completing his career with the firm as Vice President.

Ever the student of life and academics, Chuck went back to school in the 1970’s, earning a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication from the University of Denver in 1973. Upon the death of his father in 1978 he took over as president of the Moody Warren Company, a company incorporated by his grandfather in 1912, and actively managed the farms in Northern Colorado owned by Chuck and his sister Anne Denig.

His extraordinary early success provided him with an opportunity to retire early and focus his energy on many philanthropic endeavors. He contributed to nearly every philanthropic organization in Denver, with a particular interest in environmental and humanitarian causes, as well as arts and cultural organizations. His many accomplishments in the charitable sector included serving as Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) from 1985 to 1988, setting the stage for successful passage of SCFD, which is now a model for cities around the country! In addition, he was a founding member, and Lifetime Trustee of The Park People/Denver Digs Trees, leading one of it’s first projects to restore Denver’s Civic Center Park and its Greek Amphitheater. He was a member and frequent chair of numerous nonprofit boards, including The Denver Zoo, The Denver Foundation, Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation and Colorado Wildlife Heritage Foundation, just to name a few.

Chuck also loved to travel, something which he and his beloved wife E.J. shared with a myriad of friends. He was a sports and music enthusiast, both as participant and as spectator. He was very involved with the University Club’s Twelfth Night Show, as a songwriter, performer and leader of the 12th Night Show band, playing drums for 64 continuous years! In addition, he played with several other small combos that developed among fellow musicians.

More than anything, Charles L. Warren had a zest for life in all its dimensions. He worked to make the world a better place and inspired people to be involved. The comfort, care and advice he provided for his friends and family was a model of devotion. He will be dearly missed by all those whose lives he touched.

As published in the Denver Post

Fix-A-Flat Bike Repair Pilot Program

When you ride your bike, there’s nothing worse than being away from home and getting a flat tire or needing to make an adjustment to your bike and not having the tools to get you back on the road. Or, you notice a malfunction before you even leave the house and you don’t have the tools you need. Whether you’re en route or just without tools, the Denver Public Library, in collaboration with the Denver Community Active Living Coalition, is providing bicycle repair kits at seven library branch locations beginning May 22 for short-term check-out:
Athmar Park
Byers
Ford-Warren
Ross-Barnum
Ross-Broadway
Sam Gary
Schlessman Family

Kits can be checked out for up to two hours on-site (at the library) and are available free with your Denver Public Library card. Don’t have a card? Don’t worry! Staff can get you signed up instantly.
Each kit contains basic tools to repair tires or make adjustments to your ride:
1 dual-valve pump with pressure gauge for inflating tires
1 set of allen wrenches for minor adjustments
1 adjustable wrench for minor adjustments
1 set of tire levers to remove/replace a tire
Tube patches, sandpaper and glue for patching a hole in a tube
Illustrated instructions (English and Spanish) for fixing a flat tire

You can find more information about the toolkits at the DenverCALC blog and the Denver Public Library blog.
Map of sites: CLICK HERE
Follow @DenverHEAL on Facebook for updates or reach out to with any questions at calc@denvergov.org

Kayla Gilbert
Built Environment Equity Program Manager
Community Health Division
City and County of Denver, Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE)

Kayla.Gilbert@denvergov.org
Office: 720-865-4948 | Cell: 303-250-0540

Neighborhood Sidewalk Repair Program

A meeting will be held on August 11 for residents of our neighborhood to hear information about the sidewalk repair program.


The City of Denver is implementing a new program which affects our neighborhood. Denver’s Neighborhood Sidewalk Repair Program is addressing sidewalks, citywide, that are damaged, uneven, or sloping excessively. Denver Public Works has identified 11 sidewalk regions by grouping neighborhoods into roughly comparable areas, and will begin by addressing one region at a time, using criteria based on community feedback gathered in the Denver Moves: Pedestrians & Trails plan. The Country Club Historic Neighborhood is located in Region 1 which is the first region that will be addressed.
Per city ordinance, Denver property owners are responsible for the repair and maintenance of sidewalks adjacent to their properties. To help with the repairs, the City will offer extended repayment assistance and affordability discounts for property owners who qualify. The City is also authorizing less expensive repair methods not currently allowed, such as patching and grinding.

Program Implementation
In 2018, Denver Public Works will begin formal inspections at properties in Region 1, including the neighborhoods of City Park, Congress Park, Cherry Creek, Country Club Historic Neighborhood, Cheesman Park, Speer, Capitol Hill and North Capitol Hill. Public Works will contact property owners whose sidewalks are in need of repair and provide additional information on repair requirements, estimated costs, extended repayment, and affordability programs, including extended repayment assistance and affordability discounts for those who qualify. Adjacent property owners will need to correct violations on their own or can choose to have Public Works complete the work based on a set fee schedule.

Public Informational Meeting on August 11
You’re Invited: Public Meeting Saturday, August 11, 10 a.m. — Noon
Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St, Denver, CO 80206

Residents and property owners are encouraged to attend. Program staff will be available to provide information about the program and answer
questions. Free entry to meeting room.

Additional Information
Additional information regarding this program can be found at HERE.

Neighborhood Festivals and Events

Neighborhood 4th of July Parade & Celebration
July 4 | Franklin Street
The 4th of July is right around corner and so is our annual neighborhood CCHN Independence Day parade. We will have balloon twisting and face painting for the kids as well as a food cart for treats.

We’ll send out a reminder by email as a way to sign up to bring items such as fruit, ice, etc.

As always, we will gather at 9:30 am in the green belt between 3rd and 4th on Franklin St. The parade will start at the sound of a car horn around 9:45 am. We look forward to seeing many of you there!

Cherry Creek Arts Festival
July 6 – 8 | Cherry Creek North
This year, the arts festival will run from July 6 – 8. There will be 250 selected artists showing a range of art styles and mediums. The festival provides an opportunity to experience great food, music and entertainment, all right here in our ‘back yard.’ Such easy access to this world-class event is only one of the many benefits to living in our beautiful neighborhood.

Steele Street will host a slew of interactive artistic activities, which can be enjoyed by visitors of all ages.

Please be aware that the 3-day event has an attendance of 350,000 visitors! This means that traffic will be understandably congested and we must prepare for extra travel time to and from our homes on the east side of the neighborhood.

Festival Hours
Friday – Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

You can learn more at cherrycreekartsfestival.org

Cherry Creek Food & Wine
August 11 | Fillmore Plaza
Enjoy bites from 20 neighborhood restaurants as well as wine, beer, spirits and music at this ticketed event. Each year, participating vendors compete for awards for Best of Show, Best Dessert, Best Table Décor and People’s Choice. More information will be available in late June at the cherrycreeknorth.com site.

A Taste of Colorado
September 1 – 3 | Civic Center Park
As an end-of-summer-salute, visit Civic Center Park on Labor Day weekend to catch a glimpse of more than 50 area restaurants, 275 marketplace artisans and vendors, six stages, and educational programs promoting the diverse cultural and Western heritage of our area.

The New Carla Madison Recreation Center

Did you know that our area has a new 67,000 square foot, 5 story recreation center with exercise machines and rooms, a climbing wall, basketball court, two pools (including a lazy river and an 8-lane lap pool), a child watching room, and rooftop event space? Denver Parks and Recreation opened its new $44 million facility to much fanfare in January.

Denver voters approved the Denver Better Bond Program in 2007 to enhance and construct facilites that touch the lives of all residents. The facility became the dream of Carla Madison, a local colorful personality, who lost her fight with cancer in 2011 while serving on city council.

Now, The Carla Madison Recreation Center at Colfax and York offers residents an impressive option for health and wellness. For $45 to $332 for an annual membership, residents can enjoy the array of exercise options as well as the benefits of up to 15 different kinds of exercise classes, including various types of yoga, cycling and even dance classes. There are also day passes available.

The LEED Gold certified facility will cheer any visitor with its bright colors and large windows that connect the indoor indoor space with the sunny Colorado outdoors.

The exercise machines face west, providing inspirational views of the mountains. Also, the center boasts Colorado’s first recreation center climbing wall, which resides outdoors and stands 30 feet tall. In keeping with Carla’s vision, there are activities for all ages.

Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday 5:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday 5:30 AM – 8:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Private Label Distillery LLC – Permanent Colorado Liquor Sales Room – 2500 E. 1st Avenue, Denver, CO

Please be advised that an application for a Colorado Liquor Sales Room Permit has been filed with the state liquor licensing authority for an establishment in your neighborhood. Please review the attached documents for information regarding this application.

Pursuant to a state law passed in 2015, a Colorado Liquor Sales Room Permit allows a licensed winery, distillery, or brewery to operate a Sales Room for the sale or service of their alcoholic beverages for on-premises or off-premises (packaged) consumption. Denver Department of Excise and Licenses, as the local liquor licensing authority, may solicit public input regarding this permit’s impact on “traffic, noise, or other neighborhood concerns” and other factors listed on the attached application form.

Please provide any public input regarding this application within twenty (20) days via email to:

Ashley Kilroy, Executive Director, Denver Department of Excise and Licenses, Ashley.Kilroy@denvergov.org
EXLRecordsManagement@denvergov.org
CAOExciseandLicense@denvergov.org

Annual Neighborhood Party

Neighbors gathered on Friday, September 8 for an evening of delicious food and fun conversation at the annual CCHN neighbor-hood party. Thank you to Geoff and Marty Lord for hosting this wonderful event. A great time was had by all!

GO Bond Funding Projects Finalized

by Councilman Wayne New, District 10

On Monday, August 14th, the General Obligation (GO) bond measures were unanimously approved by the City Council for referral to the November ballot. These seven measures encompass transportation and mobility projects, city-owned cultural facility improvements, a new outpatient care center at Denver Health Medical Center, safety facility projects, Denver Public Library improvements, city-owned facility improvements and parks and recreation projects. The package of infrastructure in-vestments includes 460 projects valued at $937 million, with the largest percentage of the bond dedicated to the city’s biggest challenge: transportation and mobility.

Below are the seven GO Bond measures and a few of their key projects for District 10 and/or citywide.

Transportation and Mobility Systems
Twenty-five transportation projects valued at $431 million that include investments in pedestrian, bicycle and transit networks; multimodal roadway improvements; and street repairs and repaving.

– District 10: Colfax Bus Rapid Transit – $55 million; Colfax Street Improvements – $20 million; Broadway Corridor Multi-Modal Improvements – $12 million
– Citywide: Sidewalk Construction – $30.7 million; Deferred Maintenance for Streets – $101 million

Cultural Facilities
Six projects valued at $116.9 million to improve facilities at arts and cultural centers.
– District 10: Denver Art Museum Expansion – $35.5 million; Denver Botanic Gardens – $18 million
– Citywide: Denver Zoo – $20 million; DCPA Bonfils Theatre Complex Upgrades – $19 million

Denver Health & Hospital Authority
The addition of a new outpatient care center.
– Citywide: Denver Health Medical Center Ambulatory Care Center – $75 million

Public Safety System
Six projects valued at $77 million, including building one new fire station and repairing run-down police and fire stations citywide.

District 10: District 6 Police Station Replacement – $25 million
Citywide: District 5 Police Station Replacement – $17.3 million; New Fire Station at 72nd & Tower Road – $16.1 million

Library System
11 library system renovations valued at $69.3 million.
District 10: Central Library – $38 million
Citywide: Ross-Broadway Library – $2.3 million; Eugene Field Library – $2.1 million

Parks and Recreation System
18 parks projects valued at $151.6 million, including repairs and improvements at existing recreation centers and parks and the construction of a new recreation center to serve West Denver.
District 10: Congress Park Pool Reconstruction – $8.3 million; Civic Center Greek Theatre
Improvements – $4 million
Citywide: Neighborhood Park Improvements – $15 million; Recreation Center Improvements and Renovations – $8 million

Public Facilities System
Two projects valued at $16.5 million.
Citywide: ADA Projects/Corrections – $10 million

The city began the GO Bond process in 2016 by engaging the Denver community in a conversation about the enhancements they want in their neighborhoods and throughout the city. With six public meetings, a map-based online tool, City Council engagement and comment cards located at libraries and recreation centers, the city received more than 3,000 investment ideas.

Please review these infrastructure improvements for the city. For more information about the bond process or to view the final project list, please visit www.denvergov.org/2017GObond

Update on Citywide Short Term Rental Program

Each new generation brings fresh ideas and concepts to our world. Some truly beneficial visions become trends and a new way of life; other ill-conceived notions become thankfully just fads. When a concept involves economic gain, it spreads quickly and often without organization or consideration of unintended consequences. It is the job of government to provide proper guidelines to protect the public and the landscape of its jurisdiction…and to enforce those guidelines.

Short term rentals (STRs) are found in all parts of Denver, but there is a noticeably heavy concentration of them in the central neighborhoods of District 10. Capitol Hill, Cheesman Park and Congress Park have the most STRs but options exist in almost all District 10 neighborhoods. In the Country Club zip codes very few licenses have been issued.

On June 12, 2016, after two years of discussion, Denver City Council approved a measure to allow STRs only in primary residences. The rules took effect on July 1st and gave hosts until December 31, 2016 to obtain a business license with the city, pay the city’s 10.75 percent Lodger’s Tax and come into compliance with the new regulations. Enforcement of the new law began on January 1, 2017. Less than seven weeks into enforcement, the City and County of Denver is approaching 1,000 Short Term Rental licenses issued, or close to one-third of known STR properties in the city. Although more work needs to be done to license hosts, Denver is believed to be a leader in compliance rates, ahead of other municipalities including Austin, Nashville, Portland and San Francisco, in compliance rate and/or number of licenses issued. This is a work in progress with a “host” of moving targets.

During these early stages of STR enforcement, the city is primarily focused on compliance. Excise & Licenses will be sending more than 1,000 Notice of Violation letters to unlicensed operators by the end of February. Those operators will have 14 days to comply before fines are issued. Penalties for operating a STR without a license can be up to $999 per incident, or per day, in the most egregious circumstances.

Although a majority of rentals operate within the law, Denver accepts reports of unlicensed STRs or other complaints three ways: calls to 3-1-1, online reports on Pocketgov (https://www.denvergov.org/ pocketgov/#/report-a-problem) or via email (STR@denvergov.org). If you see anything suspicious in your neighborhood, please report it. The city also proactively tracks and monitors properties using Denver Police calls for service, 311 reports and through a third-party software company called Host Compliance.

Host Compliance scans and monitors all STR websites, including Airbnb, VRBO, Flipkey and others looking for compliance with the requirement that STR operators must list their business license number in their advertisement. Host Compliance uses various algorithms and old-fashioned detective work to provide the operator name and address to Excise & Licenses so the department can issue violations and citations to those hosts who are operating without a license. Citations are sent via mail and in the most problematic cases, a property can be “red-tagged” or physically posted of a violation.

As part of an effort to continually assess the program and make policy recommendations on STR enforcement, Excise & Licenses has convened an advisory committee consisting of hosts, non-hosts, neighborhood representatives and industry representatives. All STR Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public, and presentation materials and minutes can be found on the advisory committee website (https://www.denvergov.org/content/ denvergov/en/denver-business-licensing-center/business-licenses/short-term-rentals/short-term-rental-advisory-committee.html). For more information on the city’s STR licensing requirements, please visit
www.Denvergov.org/ShortTermRentals.

The advancement of technology initiated the need for this STR program. The work of E&L in formulating the policies and procedures to govern this program should help manage this industry and maintain quality of life in our neighborhoods.

Highlighted History of the Country Club Historic District

by Anne Quallick, AIA, Principal at HQ Architects, CCHN Resident and Board Member

When researching the history of the Country Club Historic District, I stumbled across “Country Club Heritage, A History and Guide to a Denver Neighborhood” and was excited to share some passages from this wonderful book combined with historical information from the “Design Guidelines for Country Club Historic District” from the Denver Landmark Preservation information about our storied neighborhood!

Country Club Historic Neighborhood, as the name suggests, was developed in conjunction with the Denver Country Club. Generally, the layout of the streets and lots in the district is far more generous than the typical grid. It is the combination of different streetscape configurations combined with a range of early 20th century architectural styles that create the unique character of our neighborhood.

Before Country Club was established, there was a Gentleman’s Driving Association that hosted harness horse racing from 1880-1888 with a 1/2 mile track at 4th and Corona. In the first years of the last century, a group of wealthy men who had organized the Overland Park Club changed the name to the Denver Country Club and began looking for a new site. In 1902, sale of 120 acres (mostly wheat farms) along Cherry Creek was made to the club, and the same day this group incorporated the Fourth Avenue Realty Company and purchased the land to the north which was to be developed for housing.
The Fourth Avenue Realty Company chose William E. Fisher as its principal designer. Fisher designed landscaped parkways as the defining elements of the area, basing the design on concepts espoused by Frederick Law Olmstead, father of American landscape design. Fisher also designed the Mediterranean gateways along Fourth Avenue, setting the tone for the other subdivisions included in the district.
Dates of the various additions that make up the Country Club Historic Neighborhood are indicative of the pace of development. Park Club Place was filed in two portions, the first in 1905 and the second in 1907 (East of Downing to Humboldt and North from Speer to Fourth Ave). Because Park Club Place was the first subdivision to be developed, the architecture reflects Victorian characteristics such as wide front or wrap porches, converted carriage houses with second floor haylofts, and abandoned ashpits still visible on many alleys. Even hitching posts for horses can still be found.
Country Club Place (East of Humboldt to High and North from Speer to Fourth Ave) was filed in 1906. Although the same size as its predecessor, Park Club Place, architect William Ellsworth Fisher planned wide parkways with landscaped medians and tree lawns, resulting in one less street than the earlier subdivision. Most of the first houses were located on corners of First Avenue (which was a quiet two-lane graveled street) with sweeping views of Denver Country Club. Examples of original building requirements for Franklin Street include: no residence costing less than $4,500 shall be built, no industrial enterprise, no liquor sold, no fence over three feet, and the grantee agrees to begin construction within two months.

Country Club Annex, the area east of Country Club Place, was amended between 1924 and 1927 (East of High to Gaylord and North from Speer to Fourth Ave). The eastern subdivisions were developed more than twenty years after the western ones. The architecture is similar to its neighbor, Country Club Place, with wide lots, large rectilinear houses raised from the streets, sidewalks and tree lawns. However, it has no parkways. Rather than a preponderance of Mediterranean style there are more Tudor-inspired houses in this area. Although many houses are custom-designed by architects, some were built from speculation by developers.

Park Lane Square, the area to the north of Fourth Avenue (from East of High to University and North to Sixth Ave.), was filed in 1926. Landscape architect Saco DeBoer redesigned this original rectilinear plat into a circular pattern. Intended as a large country estate – a piece of suburbia in the city – the curved narrow streets, lack of sidewalks, and 58 large lots without alleys form its own private community. Stately English gates mark the entrances. Anchoring the neighborhood on 21/4 acres is a castle completed in 1931 at 475 Circle Drive by Mary Dean Reed, president of Dean Realty.

Recognition of the Country Club neighborhood’s significance first occurred in 1979 when the western half of the district was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Country Club Historic District was designated as a Landmark District in 1990. The L-shaped district includes 380 residences and was found to qualify as a Landmark district because of its historical, architectural, and geographical significance.

Historical significance relates to its association with Denver’s social, political, and economic elite, including figures such as Mayor Robert Speer, founders of most of Denver’s major banks, and heads of some of Denver’s major mining, oil, sugar, and real estate companies. It’s also representative of exclusive residential development of the time.

The district incorporates some of Denver’s finest examples of the Denver Square style and Gothic, Colonial, Mediterranean, and other early 20th century eclectic revival styles. Furthermore, many of these houses were designed by Denver’s most prominent architects including Fisher and Fisher, Benedict, Biscoe, Gove and Walsh, and Varian and Sterner.


Credit: “Country Club Heritage, A History and Guide to a Denver Neighborhood” by Alice Millett and “Design Guidelines for Country Club Historic District” by Denver Landmark Preservation Commission.

Development Growth in Cherry Creek

by Councilman Wayne New, District 10

Viewing the incredible development growth in the Cherry Creek area is truly amazing. So far, 12 development proj- ects have been completed (see full list at www.countryclubhistoric.org). As an ex- ample, Columbine Street has been trans- formed with the new Halcyon Hotel, the luxury condos at 250 Columbine, and the new restaurants and retail stores. The new Restoration Hardware at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center is only the third branded store of its type in the nation. New apartment projects have been com- pleted, bringing in more customers for the Cherry Creek BID and Shopping Center businesses.

In process of development, there are seven total projects with two additional hotels, four apartment buildings, and two office structures. In the plan- ning stage is the largest project – the re- development of the Sears/Whole Foods property between 1st and 2nd Avenues on University with an expanded Whole Foods, apartment buildings, office space, and a new Columbine Street connection between 1st and 2nd Avenues. In addition, future planned projects indicate more residential growth with one condominium and two apartment projects and additional office space. Additional unde- fined projects are on the drawing board. To residents who are concerned about traffic congestion and demands for more parking, keep this in mind: when the CCN BID zoning was com pleted, the professional parking and traf- fic analyses funded by the CCNNA and CCH neighborhoods indicated that if the total BID future development was at least 50% residential, then the onsite building parking and resulting traffic could be managed. Presently, this report indicates that over 50% of the develop- ment is residential. The area of concern is still the BID west side at Josephine and University with its traffic light timing, one way and minimal lane streets, and development activity.

Working together, efforts can be made to minimize the congestion, cut- through traffic, and on street parking limiitations in order to enjoy the new retail shops, restaurants, and other businesses.

 

Cherry Creek Area Development Overview

Location

Type

Developer

Status

Expected Completion/ Begin Construction

Coda (100 Steel Street)

Apartments

Zocola Development

In Process

4th Qtr 2016

Moxy by Marriottt Hotel (240 Josephine St.)

Hotel

BMC Investments

In Process

Spring 2017

Alexan Cherry Creek (55 Cook Street)

Apartments

Trammel Crow

In Process

Fall 2017

Autograph by Marriott (222 Milwaukee St.)

Hotel

Stonebridge

In Process

1st Qtr 2018

Gables Phases 2 & 3 (360 S. Monroe St.)

Apartments

Gables Residential

In Process

Spring 2018

CIVICA (250 Fillmore St.)

Office

Schnitzer West

In Process

Spring 2018

210 St. Paul Street

Apartments

BMC Investments

In Process

Spring 2018

Sie Foundation (3239 E. 2nd Ave.)

Office / Resid

Sie Foundation

Plans Complete

Begin 2017?

155 Steele Street

Condo

Pauls Corp

Plans Complete

Begin 2017?

3000 E. 3rd Avenue

Apartments

BMC Investments

Plans Complete

Begin 2017?

235 Fillmore Street

Undecided

Western Development

Planning Underway

Begin 2017?

Sears/Whole Foods

Retail/Apts

Oliver Macmillan

Planning Underway

Begin 2018?

Source: Cherry Creek Chamber of Commerce, as of 10/16

Noise Complaint Procedures

Many neighbors are concerned about the potential noise pollution from the new hotels and restaurants in Cherry Creek North. If the noise becomes an issue there are specific steps you can take to have the issue investigated. If the noise occurs between the hours of 7am to 8pm Monday through Friday, or 8am to 5pm on the weekends, please call 311. If the noise occurs outside of those hours, please call the Denver Police non-emergency number: 720-913-2000.

Developing and Preserving the Character of Colfax

By Wayne New

On June 2nd the first Colfax stakeholder meeting was held to discuss and plan the re-development of the 15 mile length of Colfax Avenue in conjunction with the first implementation of the bus rapid transit (BRT) system. Led by the City’s Community Planning and Development, this discussion included over 70 attendees representing City departments, Colfax business improvement district leaders, developers, architects, and neighborhood and professional representatives. The meeting’s primary focus was to identify and address present and future limitations and obstacles to development. The key issues were:

1) Zoning – The present main street zoning will need to be evaluated to enable properties to be more productive and to enhance pedestrian and retail streetscape amenities. This may include vacating some alley sections to accommodate the existing depth of some lot and to create a safer environment.

2) Streetscape Planning – Activating sidewalks will bring greater life and vitality to the street and support the unique character and landmarks in many Colfax areas. Attractive, inviting patios and specialty retail will increase retail business from tourists, local residents, and other visitors.

3) Traffic Management – The objective of BRT is to reduce the number of cars and traffic on our streets. Presently, Colfax has three lanes going east and west – two travel lanes and one parking lane on each side. To implement BRT one of the travel lanes will be dedicated to these BRT buses only during peak hours in order to balance and manage the traffic and parking for businesses on this busy street.

4) Affordable Housing – The lack of affordable housing is one of the City’s most important issues, and the re- development of Colfax and implementing transit should encourage affordable housing construction. The Mayor will be asking for approval on a $150 million, 10 year plan to provide greater financial assistance to developers for affordable housing.

5) Homeless and Public Safety – The City is striving to improve its efforts and programs to reduce our homeless population and to provide greater safety and security for our residents, businesses, and tourists. Issues to improve public safety on Colfax are as follows:
a. Housing – Since Colfax has a significant homeless population, increasing emergency and transitional housing will be a priority for Colfax development and safety improvement, as it is recognized nationally that these are some of the elements that can help break the cycle of homelessness.
b. Police Presence – Increased police patrols and visibility will help homeless individuals reach supportive services, and will create a safer environment for businesses and the public by combating drug sales and use, as well as deterring crime. Public safety is key to success.
c. Mental Health Support – Mental health support workers are now riding with the police to assist with the growing number of homeless with mental health issues.
d. Lighting – According to Chief of Police Robert White, an effective safety improvement is to illuminate high crime areas on streets and in alleys. Funding has been requested for this high intensity lighting on Colfax similar to the new lighting implemented on the 16th Street Mall.

6. Connectivity – The Colfax BRT implementation plan does not include Colfax from the Auraria Campus to Sheridan Boulevard to the west nor to the east from Yosemite to the I-225 light rail station. Transit network connectivity is a major factor in our City’s transportation strategic planning.

7. DURA and TIF – Denver Urban Renewal Authority (DURA) and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) assistance is being sought to develop specific blighted Colfax sites and larger areas on East Colfax. By using the incremental increase in property and retail taxes to offset new construction financial cost, retail and affordable housing development is promoted.

8. State Highway or City Street – Planning and improving Colfax is more difficult since the street is classified as a State highway, requiring State approval with many changes, which begs the question: should Colfax be designated as only a City street and not a State highway?

9. Parking – Parking has been the most frequent discussion topic for businesses and neighborhoods. Maintaining street parking spaces was the influencing factor on the decision to use a Colfax travel lane rather than parking lane for BRT use.
Garages – Providing parking flexibility will be an important incentive for affordable housing construction. In many cities the shared use and cost of parking garages in suitable locations has provided increased commercial and resident parking and offset new development parking requirements. Shared parking will complement transit and minimize neighborhood parking and traffic concerns.

10. Improving Colfax has been a long term desire and dream that needs to become reality. For this goal to be achieved, it will require cooperative planning and assistance from all City agencies; developer and neighborhood support; and capital improvement financing. Re-developing and preserving Colfax can and will be accomplished with all of us working together to create an exciting and productive street for our businesses and residents to live, work, and play.

Neighborhood Hot Button Topic: Windows!

Window restoration and/or replacement was one of the most discussed items on our neighborhood survey last fall. Windows are to any house as the eyes are to a face, and therefore give it character. New windows not properly designed to match a home’s era can be spotted by even the untrained eye. The Landmark Preservation guidelines stress the importance of preserving a house’s original windows. With the appropriate weather stripping and sealing, historic windows can be very close in weather efficiency to new ones. There are a few companies in town that do great restoration work (e.g. Phoenix Restoration and Lyons Historic Window).

If one of your original windows is beyond all repair, you can apply to the CCHN Design Review for permission to replace it. With the proper documentation stating the window’s irreversible state, you will be able to help get
your house the care it needs.

Beautification Committee Updates

The beautification committees is responsible for planting and weeding the urns on the north side of 1st Avenue, the gardens at Race Circle and 3rd and Race, and the borders in front of the walls on High, Gilpin and Franklin Streets. All the annuals will be planted in the coming weeks and will be a mix of hardy species in colors to attract desirable pollinators!

New hedges of Green Velvet boxwood were planted earlier this month at the corners of Gaylord and Race, and will provide a more well-defined entrance into the neighborhood.

Xavier Banuelos and his crew have been doing the planting and maintenance for the past five years. Denver Parks & Recreation is responsible for mowing, wee control, watering and tree care in all of our medians. The committee works closely with the city to keep our landscapes attractive and healthy year round.

Summer 2016 General News

Urn & Gate Cleaning

If you walk by our iconic gates and welcoming urns, you have probably
noticed that they were in desperate need of cleaning and repair.
After bidding out the job to several companies, Rocky Mountain Hot Jetting
services completed the cleaning work on all 29 planters recently as well as the
gates, for a total of $1,500.

We will have several companies assess the gates and secure bids for the any
repairs that are needed to maintain the integrity of these historic structures.

Street Repaving Has Begun

As you have likely noticed, street paving has begun in our neighborhood. The city has not provided a timeline at this point, so please be patient and look forward to having nice, newly paved roads!

For weekly updates on the paving schedule, and to see future projects
in the works, you can visit https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/streets-andsidewalks/street-maintenanceimprovement.html.

4th of July Parade

Please join us for the annual CCHN 4th of July Parade. We will gather at
9:30am at 4th and Franklin. This year the Crepe Gatsby will be servicing sweet and savory crepes, as well as coffee. There will also be balloon twisting and air brushed tattoos for the kids. Don’t forget to wear your most festive Independence Day attire! Bike, stroller, and wagon decorations are encouraged!

A History of The Country Club Gates

Easily the most noticeable landmarks in our neighborhood, and arguably throughout the city, the gates on 4th Ave many of us drive through every day add to the charm and history of our historic neighborhood.

The Fourth Avenue Realty Company hired well-known Denver architect William Ellsworth Fisher to plat the Country Club Place into three wide streets. Each street was to have a parkway down the center, and each would have a distinctive entrance gate along 4th Avenue. The most elaborate gate was built on Franklin Street, which was the entryway to the Denver Country Club until 1957 when it moved to Gilpin Street.

The Franklin Street gate spans the entire street. A 10 by 24 foot wooden platform with sloping, tiled roof with exposed rafters covers the entrance. Supporting this are two large, square, paneled stone columns that connect on either side to Mission-style arches over each of the sidewalks. The gates at Gilpin and High Streets do not cover the whole street but stand as pillars on each side, connecting with the sidewalk
arches. There was originally a four-foot wall along 4th Avenue connecting these gates but it’s been broken up over the years by homeowners.

The gates are a classic example of Spanish architecture with the stucco base and red tile tops. While Fisher designed many buildings in a variety of architectural styles through Denver, many speculate he chose this style because he believed it encouraged a community spirit. Perhaps it is also because Denver and Madrid lie on almost the same longitudinal line, a mere 5,000 miles apart.

You may have noticed that our historic gates are in need of repair. The repairs of these gates are a priority for the CCHN board. We will provide more information on the restoration process in coming months, as well as opportunities to help fund this cause.

2015 CCHN Neighborhood Survey Results

Late last year we asked you to share your thoughts regarding two important areas: general feedback about the board, and capital needs in the neighborhood. Thank you to everyone who participated. Your opinions are invaluable to the current and future state of our neighborhood. Without further adieu, here are the results.

Most Important Issues to Residents (listed in order of importance):
• Improve communication around how CCHN spends its budget, neighborhood activities, issues outside the neighborhood in surrounding areas, CCH Design Review Committee, relationship between neighborhood and city capital needs.
• Increase in security hours
• Beautification of the neighborhood, which includes flowers and maintenance of medians
• Repairs to the historic gates
• Adding and improving street lighting
• Concerns over snow removal
• Repair and repave current sidewalks
• Increasing the amount of current sidewalks
• Traffic Safety
• Street repair

Next Steps
The CCHN Board has discussed the survey results and agreed upon priorities for 2016. Capital needs priorities will be broken into two phases. Phase 1 includes historic gate repair, security review, beautification of the neighborhood, and snow removal options. Phase 2 may include street lighting, sidewalk repair and sidewalk expansion. Because many of these items will require additional funding, the board will determine funding options for capital needs and other improvements. The CCHN Board has also identified a communication strategy, which we have detailed for you below.

Spring 2016 General news

Street sweeping begins in April, so please mark you calendar to avoid the costly tickets that will be handed out if you fail to move your car. Our neighborhood street sweeping occurs the first week of every month, with the specific day dependent upon the side of the street your home is on. You can also visit https://www.denvergov.org/pocketgov/#/ to sign up for email and text alerts.

• CCHN Annual Dues can now be paid online at countryclubhistoric.org or by downloading a membership form from the website and mailing a check to:
CCHN
191 University Blvd. #514
Denver, CO 80206

Our dues are completely voluntary, and at $195 per year are also the lowest among Denver and surrounding area neighborhoods. Please consider making an extra donation to our beautification committee so we can keep our neighborhood colorful!

Street paving to begin later this year Many of our streets are in desperate need of repair, and the city has acknowledged this need. A firm date has not been set, but the work is expected to be completed this year. More information will be provided in the coming months.

• Security in our neighborhood One area that is funded by your neighborhood dues is security. Provided by HSS, security vehicles patrol our neighborhood 4 times a day most of the year, and 6 times during the summer months. Their primary role is to act as a deterrent to theft and other criminal activity. But if you’ve ever left your garage door open, you’ve probably received a call from the on-duty patrolman letting you know. If you are concerned about suspicious or potentially criminal activity in our neighborhood, please call 911.

Fourth and Gilpin Intersection

In April, Public Works will begin a long-planned reconstruction of the Fourth Avenue and Gilpin Street intersection. Fourth Avenue will be narrowed to 35 feet from its current width of more than 60 feet. This will be accomplished by building a series of three narrow east-west oriented islands, leaving the driving lanes on the south edge of the current curb and creating a one-way westbound driving and parking access at the north side of the present intersection. The present stop sign on eastbound Fourth Avenue will be moved east to align with southbound Gilpin Street. A stop sign will be added as southbound Williams Avenue bends west to Fourth Avenue.

Public Works will fund the bulk of this project, paying $43,300. Remaining allocated city moneys of former Councilwoman Jeanne Robb’s budget, $24,000, will cover the balance of the work. CCHN and Driving Park neighborhoods will be responsible for maintenance of the urns. Detailed drawings can be found at countrclubhistoric.org.