Message from the President
Dear Neighbors and Friends -
Welcome to the latest edition of our monthly newsletter --The Urban Dweller. November is a time to get involved, an opportunity to express gratitude, and a time to give back.
Travis Leiker, President
Board of Delegates
Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods
Attend Your Annual Neighborhood Assembly
Every November, each of Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods' 10 neighborhoods has an assembly to talk about current issues and to elect neighborhood delegates for the coming year. The schedule for this year's assemblies is set. Please plan to attend and get involved. You may be interested in being a neighborhood delegate, so don't be shy about stepping up and volunteering. You can find a map of our neighborhoods here.
CHUN neighborhood delegates are the touchpoint for concerns in their neighborhoods. They help organize additional meetings and assemblies if there are issues that need neighborhood attention, such as crime, traffic, zoning and licensing. In addition, delegates are the legal and fiduciary leaders of our 49 year old organization. As delegates, they participate in a monthly board meeting - usually the third Thursday of the month at 6:45 p.m. - and are asked to help with and support some other CHUN activities. Here is the line-up for the neighborhood assemblies.
Join Us to Say "Thank You" to Govn'rs Park Tavern and Friends
Farewell Party for Govnr's Park Tavern
When: Thu, November 1, 5pm – 7pm
Where: Govnr's Park Tavern, 672 Logan St, Denver, CO 80203, USA (map)
The community is invited to join us as we thank Govnr's Park Tavern for their unwavering support of Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods and the entire community. Over the years Govnr's Park Tavern along with Lala's has supported our organization through fundraisers such as their annual Beer Fest, Movie Under the Stars, and many others. We can't let them close their doors without sending them off with a heartfelt thank you!
Pedestrian Safety at 11th & York
The intersection at 11th and York has been a problem for pedestrians and motorists for many years. More recently, the construction of a new education and science building at 11th and York, along with sidewalk closures, has made crossings even more hazardous for pedestrians. CHUN, the Botanic Gardens, Councilman Wayne New's office and Denver Public Works have collaborated to install a new pedestrian-operated flashing beacon on the north side of the intersection. Pedestrians push a button, which triggers a strobe light to alert vehicles (including bicycles) to yield or stop for pedestrians to cross.
Details are being worked out on the technical side of the flashing beacon, and it may take some time to better understand the device and what they need to do, but overall, it should make crossings safer.
Dia de los Muertos at Denver Botanic Gardens on Nov. 3
Visit the Denver Botanic Gardens on November 3 for the annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). It's a free day at the Gardens and there are lots of fun, family-friendly activities and entertainments planned. Information from the DBG website:
"Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a traditional celebration that joyfully commemorates life after death by honoring ancestors and family members who have passed. For more than 3,000 years, indigenous people in Mexico practiced the tradition of celebrating death as a natural part of the life cycle. When the Conquistadors stumbled upon the Aztec Indians practicing this ritual, they believed it was a mockery of death. The Spaniards wanted to make this ritual more Christian, so they moved the dates to coincide with All Saints Day and All Souls Day (Nov. 1 and Nov. 2), when they believed the spirits of the dead visited their families. On this day families make altars and place ofrendas, or offerings, of food and other gifts on them, such as pan de muertos baked in shapes of skulls, papel picado, candles, incense, yellow marigolds and, most importantly, a photo of the dearly departed." Bring your family and friends to celebrate this colorful, heart-felt tradition at the Gardens! Now in its eighth year, this traditional Day of the Dead celebration offers fun for the whole family. And of course, Día de los Muertos costumes are encouraged.
Free "Night at the Museums" Evening of Nov. 3
Leave Your Leaves at Denver Leaf Drop Sites Until Dec. 7
The leaves changing colors are a pretty sight, but when they fall, make sure they don’t end up in the trash! Give those leaves a second life through Denver’s Leaf Drop Program, which will turn those fallen leaves into compost. Three free weekday drop-off sites are open to Denver residents through Friday, December 7. The leaves collected through this program will be turned into a high-quality compost, which will be made available for residents to purchase in May.
Weekday Drop-Off Sites
Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 2:00pm
Nov. 3 – 18 from 11 AM to 3 PM
Please note, all leaves dropped off at Havana Nursery and South Platte must be in bags (paper bags are preferred) and dropped-off during hours of operation, otherwise it is considered illegal dumping.
Another way to be environmentally friendly, break the plastic bag habit and use paper bags when raking fallen leaves instead – paper bags can also be composted! Denver Recycles, Denver Parks & Recreation’s Be A Smart Ash program, and Ace Hardware are teaming up to give away 50,000 paper leaf bags this year! Beginning Monday, Denver residents can print or download a coupon for a free 5-pack of paper leaf bags at www.denvergov.org/leafdrop. The coupon can be redeemed at participating Denver area Ace Hardware stores.
Help us manage the LeafDrop program by following these guidelines:
What Are "Common Consumption Areas" and What Do They Mean to Neighborhoods? Two Chances to Learn
Please join the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses at a community meeting to learn more about Liquor Common Consumption Areas in Denver. Attendees may also ask questions and provide feedback based on the information presented.
In 2011, the Colorado General Assembly passed a law that authorizes local jurisdictions to license designated areas where patrons over the age of twenty-one can drink alcoholic beverages in an enclosed common space, serviced by existing liquor-licensed establishments. This year, the Department has been seeking internal feedback from city agencies and public safety groups, as well as external feedback from citizens, business and tourism groups, industry members, and RNOs. These community meetings are being offered to maximize the input we receive from citizens and RNOs. Liquor Common Consumption Areas can provide exciting new opportunities for Denver. Our goals in pursuing these opportunities and seeking feedback from the community are as follows:
There will be two opportunities to hear the Department’s presentation, ask questions, and provide feedback:
These community meetings are open to any citizen or RNO seeking to learn more about or provide feedback on the future of Liquor Common Consumption Areas in Denver. Attendees can expect to hear from the following representatives from the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses:
WANT MORE INFORMATION? If you cannot attend either of the community meetings, but would like to be included in future updates regarding the development of Liquor Common Consumption Areas in Denver or if you have any questions, please email Erica.Rogers@denvergov.org.
Construction Projects: Public Works Responds with Changes
On October 8, Denver Public Works provided the following improvements to help mitigate specific issues concerning public works improvements and the department intends to implement these and other recommendations in collaboration with Denver City Council members and community leaders:.
How's Your Neighborhood Doing? Here's a Chance to Share
A research team at the University of Colorado would like to invite you to participate in a new research survey! This survey and subsequent research is being conducted by the Denver Study of the Built and Social Environment (DBASE) research team. They are members of the University of Colorado Boulder in the Department of Sociology and Institute of Behavioral Sciences. Our team has visited neighborhoods throughout the city of Denver and developed relationships with Registered Neighborhood Organizations (RNOs) to develop a survey on: Health and Health Behaviors, Neighborhood Character and Perception, and RNO Participation and Leadership.
The survey should not take more than 15-20 minutes of your time but will provide data for the future of community-based health research in Denver. Your participation is voluntary but greatly appreciated. The survey records your answers anonymously and records will be kept securely at the Institute for Behaviors Sciences in Boulder, CO.
If you wish to learn more about DBASE or the research team or the studies that the survey information will support, please feel free to visit the website at www.colorado.edu/project/dbase. Similarly, more information and updates on the project and survey will be regularly posted on the DBASE Facebook Page located at the link below. If you have any other questions or comments, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond as soon as possible.
Click below for the Facebook Link:
Click below for the Web-based Link:
The team's goal is to receive as much input as possible from as many communities and community members in the Denver area as possible. Please feel free and encouraged to share the survey link with other members of your community. Thank you all in advance, we appreciate your time very much, and we look sharing the results with you and your community members as soon as possible.
Support Warren Village Families This Holiday Season
The Warren Village Holiday Shop allows the organization's single-parent families to experience a traditional holiday gift-shopping experience. You can help make it possible.
The week after Thanksgiving, new unwrapped gifts for adults and children are collected. On the day of Holiday Shop, gifts are set up and Warren Village families are invited to come “gift shop” free of charge with the help of volunteer shoppers and gift wrappers. Parents shop for their children, and children shop for their parents – truly a wonderful holiday event. “The holiday gift donations from individuals, community groups,and corporations from across the Denver Metro area are an illustration of the spirit of giving and the ongoing support of Warren Village and the families we serve. Because of these gift donations, our single-parent families, and particularly the children, will be able to enjoy the holiday season. We are so grateful for the community’s support of this holiday tradition,” said Ethan Hemming, President and CEO of Warren Village.
How You Can Help:
Free Dental Care for Our Veterans
The program provides veterans with many free dental services for a year, along with the same services for immediate family members at just $5.00 per service.
"Denver Runs for Food" on Thanksgiving
There's a new charity running event scheduled for Thanksgiving Day in Cheesman Park. "Denver Runs for Food" is sponsoring a 2k, 5k and "Little G0bbler Dash" on Thanksgiving. Get more information on their website, or email email@example.com to get involved. They're looking for volunteers. Proceeds from the race will benefit local Denver hunger organizations:
THE GROW HAUS
HUNGER FREE COLORADO
THE GATHERING PLACE
GROW LOCAL COLORADO
Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods Zoning, Transportation, Land Use & Licensing Committee, October 3, 7 p.m. at 1201 Williams St., 19th Floor.
Rezoning discussion was presented by Bill Ferguson, the proprietor of the 17th Avenue Bar and Grill and also the owner of the parking lot at 1709 Washington Street. This owner is proposing to rezone the parking lot & car wash property from its current G‐RO‐5 (which allows up to 5 stories of residential andoffice use) to C‐MS‐5, which is still limited to 5 stories but would also allow first floor retail use plus commercial offices & potentially 80 units of residential on other floors. A parking ratio of one for one is proposed. The application for rezoning is currently being evaluated by the city’s Community Planning and Development Division, then would go to the Planning Board and then City Council.
Denver Department of Excise and Licenses representative, Erica Rogers provided an overview of the pending changes to the liquor and marijuana licensing petition process, signage announcement requirements and consolidation of policies and procedures into a single reference guide. The applicant and opponents will be offered an option to solicit signatures electronically, or by conventional hard copy format, in the surrounding five‐block radius area of the establishment.
The application signage requirement is being proposed to read less legalize and use more common English for simplicity. At least three different policies and procedures guides are being merged into a single reference guide for the various license processes. Additionally, Erica reported that conditions placed on the first pages of the issued permits, such as part of Neighborhood Agreements will no longer be limited to four conditions. CHUN member Margie Valdez represented neighborhoods organization on this task force developing the changes.
Further information about the Public Hearing process changes are found at: https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/denver‐business‐licensing‐center/publichearings.html
Blue Print Denver Draft Plan is accepting public comment through the end of October. CHUN members discussed general content of this comprehensive plan and elected to propose a motion that asks for emphasis to neighborhood preservation. Visit the Blue Print Denver website for more info.
A Neighborhood Assembly was held with the property owner wanting to discuss a possible rezoning of the former Whole Foods building at 11th Avenue and Ogden Street. The meeting was held on October Ninth and more than 120 persons attended the discussion. A vote was taken to gauge residents’ position on the proposed zoning changes that would allow a five story (G‐MS‐5) verses the current three story zoning (G‐MS‐3).
Those within 2 blocks of the site voted:
Update: Developer Steve Antonoff emailed Oct. 30 that he is "hitting pause" for two to three months while he and his associates consider what they learned at our assembly and make decisions about what they would like to do next.
Denver Public Works Senior Engineer Mike Koslow, and Brad Cameron and Shayne Brady of CHUN conducted a site visit to discuss pedestrian safety improvements at the Botanic Gardens construction location on October 10. The city, Denver Botanic Gardens and the GH Phipps Construction are offering funding to improve safer pedestrian crossings along 11th Avenue from York Street through Josephine. Street. See related story above.
Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods Historic Preservation Committee, meeting Oct. 29, 7 p.m. at 1201 Williams St., 19th Floor
The CHUN Historic Preservation Committee discussed the following items:The CHUN Historic Preservation Committee met on October 29, 2018 at 1201 Williams Street and discussed the following items:
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