Message from the President
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I hope this monthly update finds you well. Welcome to the Urban Dweller... the Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods monthly e-newsletter. Here is the latest from Denver’s largest, oldest registered neighborhood organization and community advocate:
From the historic Alamo Placita Neighborhood to North Capitol Hill, CHUN is committed to investing in neighborhood projects that advance our shared urban planning, enrichment, sustainability, and diversity goals. Congratulations to the eight fantastic groups who received $1000 SEED Awards last month. Since the program's inception three years ago, funding through the SEED Awards has now surpassed $20,000.
The Colfax Bus Rapid Transit initiative continues to move forward. A number of community meetings and focus groups have been held in recent months to review station design, service and route details, and a number of other topics. As a member of the Task Force, CHUN continues to participate in these focused discussions, and we are monitoring the project management team's progress. As Denver continues to grow, especially along the Colfax Avenue corridor, access to mass transit is essential.
CHUN held an Urban Planning meeting on February 3rd. We heard from Chris Chiari, owner of the Patterson Inn at 420 E. 11th Avenue, concerning a cannabis hospitality license. As the Denver Post reports, the Patterson Inn is one of three businesses in Denver currently seeking such a license. We want to know what you think, so please take our flash poll here.
Denver City Council is considering a $3.9 million budget allocation to the Colorado Village Collaborative (CVC). These funds are made possible by previous COVID19 relief funding. If Council approves this contract and funding, it will extend CVC's existing contract with the City and enhance the organization's capacity to provide temporary safe outdoor spaces to the unhoused in Denver. You can learn more about the scope and intended outcomes here.
Central Presbyterian Church recently applied for financial support from the Colorado State Historical Fund to make much needed improvements to its existing space. Doing so will also allow the church to offer additional services to the community. CHUN issued a letter of support for their grant application, and we are thrilled to see historic spaces leverage both public and private funding to further the City's preservation and adaptive reuse goals.
January wrapped on a joyful note. We announced the recipients of the 2022 Good Neighbor Awards. The Awards are an annual recognition of nonprofits, individuals, and/or businesses for their respective contributions to the greater Capitol Hill community and Mile High City
February is Black History Month. I would like to take this opportunity to recognize Barney Lancelot Ford. Born a slave in Virginia, Ford would go on to support the Underground Railroad, fought tirelessly for civil rights throughout his life, founded a number of businesses across the globe, and became one of Colorado's most influential citizens. Much of his extraordinary, inspirational life was spent in Denver and even the Greater Capitol Hill community. His last home was on High Street between 16th Avenue and Colfax Ave. CHUN supporter Bob Janowski nominated the Denver home for Historic Denver's 50 Actions for 50 Places. The Colorado Virtual Library has more details about his life. More information about his life in Breckenridge can be found here.
Last month, members of the CHUN community marched with other Coloradans to honor and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In his Letter from the Birmingham Jail Dr. King writes, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." CHUN remains unequivocal in our commitment to fairness, justice, equity, and inclusivity in our neighborhoods and throughout Denver.
Travis Leiker, MPA
President and Executive Director
Member of the Month
Colfax Avenue Business Improvement District
CHUN News and Events
Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods’ 2022 S.E.E.D. awards help fund eight community projects
CHUN Good Neighbor Awards Recognize Contributions to Improving Denver Neighborhoods
In January, CHUN also announced the recipients of its 2022 Good Neighbor Awards, an annual recognition of nonprofit organizations, individuals, or businesses for outstanding contributions to the greater Capitol Hill community and Mile High City. The awards recognize outstanding volunteerism, community development, historic preservation, and neighborhood safety. The 2022 Good Neighborhood Award Recipients are:
CHUN Annual Update hosts Speakers from 'Civic Center Next 100 Years' and 'Denver Public Works' Expanded Waste Service Proposal'
Travis Leiker, President and Executive Director of CHUN, speaks at Central Park United Neighbors 2022 kickoff community meeting
CHUN Members Support MLK Day and Parade
Denver and Colorado News and Events
Coffee & Conversations
This monthly informal Denver Economic Development & Opportunity online gathering will help attendees gain a broader understanding of Denver’s entrepreneurial resources. Do you have a business idea but unsure where to start? Are you looking for help in launching or growing an existing business? Want to connect with like-minded entrepreneurs and build community? Then this event is for YOU!
Coffee & Conversations is intended to introduce Denver entrepreneurs to the resources available to them and facilitate important conversations and connections to other business owners and business-curious professionals.
Sign up is easy! Simply email Carrie Singer at Carrie.Singer@denvergov.org and you will receive the link to join.
All meetings are held from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Wednesday February 9, 2022
Featuring Denver Community Credit Union – Maria Gutilla
Wednesday March 9, 2022
Featuring - Mi Casa Resource Center, Daniela Ramirez Arias & Martin Diaz
Five Points is getting a 36-unit Affordable Housing Complex
Denver Digs Trees Makes Trees Affordable (even free!)
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