Volume 35. Issue 4
Message from Our Co-Presidents
Thanks to Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods Many Community Partners
Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods has been the fortunate beneficiary of support from several community partners in the last two months.
As a nonprofit Registered Neighborhood Organization, we simply can't fulfill our mission without help and support.
Please take a moment and thank (better still, patronize) these Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods supporters:
Upcoming Events & Social Gatherings
Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods 25th annual Easter Egg Hunt for neighborhood children. 1 p.m. Meet in the Tears-McFarlane House parking area, 1290 Williams St.
Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods Social Gathering for anyone wanting to get to know their neighbors in Greater Capitol Hill. 5 p.m. at Vine Street Pub & Brewery, 1700 Vine St.
Doors Open Denver. Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods' landmarked headquarters, the Tears-McFarlane House is on this annual tour. Come see why we're so enthusiastic about this property on the north side of Cheesman Park at 1290 Williams St..
Premier Ventures 18th Annual Charity Golf Tournament benefiting Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods. 7:45 a.m. Broken Tee Golf Course, Englewood. More information to come.
Member Call To Action!
You finally took the step to join your your local Registered Neighborhood Organization now what?
There are numerous opportunities to volunteer for events throughout the year. This week we are seeking volunteers for a few hours on Saturday April 15th to help us with the 25th annual Easter Egg Hunt serving our little neighbors with fun games, toys and of course sweet treats.
Get involved by signing up on our Volunteer Registration Page!
Zoning, Transportation, Land Use, & Licensing Committee Update
Two important developments regarding parking and traffic in Greater Capitol Hill and new of a new condominium development were on the agenda at the Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods Zoning, Transportation and Licensing Committee meeting April 5th.
Capitol Hill Parking Area Management Plan – Scott Burton from Denver Public Works – Parking Operations presented a draft of the plan that a committee has been working on for about a year. Board members Brad Cameron and Torry Van Slyke represented CHUN during the process.
According to Burton, the committee identified a handful of opportunities to make parking more flexible and more consistent in the area surveyed and located about 65 additional parking spaces as a result of their work. They area studied included 12 square blocks bounded by Lincoln and Logan between 8th and 12th Aves., 5 square blocks between Lincoln and Pearl between 7th and 8th Aves., and four additional square blocks from Sherman to Pearl between 6th and 7th Aves.
Among the opportunities identified:
Burton said a map of the proposed changes, along with an explanatory letter, will be going out later this month to residents and building managers. Citizen input will be requested for approximately three weeks after the map and letter go out and then the changes will be implemented.
Parking problems in at least two more areas of Capitol Hill will be looked at in subsequent studies, Burton promised. This is the fourth neighborhood parking plan that Public Works has undertaken, and according to Burton “It was by far the most complex we’ve dealt with.” It started out to encompass the whole area, but it was too big so the decision was made to focus on the smaller area. Click Here for more information.
19th and 20th Avenues Conversion to Two-Way Streets - Kim Blair and Brittany Price of Denver Public Works – Capital Projects Management brought along a couple of maps for meeting-goers to examine showing what the conversion in the near future of these two streets from Broadway to Park Avenue West.
New Lincoln St. Condo Project
Oyster International’s Brian Higgins brought sketches and described a four-story, 24-unit condominium development that will break ground in July at 950-958 Lincoln St. The property is currently three vacant houses built on a concrete
Tentatively named “Satori Residences” (satori is Japanese for oyster), the condos will be located in two side-by-side buildings with a center courtyard. Each unit will have two bedrooms and one bathroom totaling about about 950-square feet each plus balcony. They will sell in the high $400,000 range. There will be a small ground-floor retail space and one dedicated parking space per unit accessible from the alley.
Higgins said he and his partners will be using a new construction method and materials they have developed and patented. They are also developing infill properties in RiNo and were behind the redevelopment of Capitol Hill’s Croke-Patterson Mansion into the Patterson Inn.
Wartburg West Brings Students & Activism to Capitol Hill
Mention “Wartburg College” to another Denverite, you could get a perplexed stare. On the other hand, you also might find someone familiar with the Iowa-based liberal arts college and its thriving, 30-year-old satellite academic program in Denver: Wartburg West.
If you spend time in Capitol Hill, you’ve likely crossed paths with a Wartburg West-er. The students live in Denver for a semester or the summer. Denver is both home and their classroom. Through a partnership with St. John’s Cathedral, Wartburg Wester-ers live in apartments on Washington Street and hold classes on the Cathedral campus. They've served as Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods interns many times.
A hallmark of the Wartburg West program is taking learning out of the classroom to analyze topics like urban sustainability, income disparity, and citizen-led change. Soon, we hope you’ll find the Wartburg students supporting the efforts of the Accelerating Neighborhood Climate Action Committee.
This summer Wartburg West will launch the High School Leadership Institute here in Denver, giving young Capitol Hill residents and other students from across the country the chance to become, for a week, Wartburg West college students. They can earn college credit, grow as a leader, and build the tools to improve their communities.
From July 31-Aug. 5, students will focus on environmental sustainability. They’ll stay in the Wartburg West apartments, learn from local movers and shakers, and work with college faculty and mentors. Once the week is done each participant will carry out a service project in their home community, bringing what they learned back to benefit their neighbors.
This would be a fantastic opportunity for Capitol Hill-based students. If you know an ambitious high school junior who’s driven to make the world a better place tell them Wartburg West would love to support that goal at the High School Leadership Institute.
Visit Wartburg.edu for more details, or contact Danielle Harms.
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