A Message from our Executive Director
Business Member of the Month
CHUN News and Updates
January 18: CHUN Annual All-Member Meeting and SEED and Good Neighbor Award Announcements
SEED Award Application Deadline Extended to January 10
THANK YOU for Supporting Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods Winter Wine..derland Event!
CHUN and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Collect More Than 1,000 Food Items for the Youth of Denver!
CHUN Awarded Community Benefit Fund from Chris Hinds
Tears-McFarlane Café Makes Significant Progress in 2023
Until this point, both CHUN and City Street Investors had planned for a full tear-down of the existing annex building and the construction of a new, purpose-built café designed by Semple Brown Design. Throughout 2022 Semple Brown had worked through multiple rounds of Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) reviews and had obtained approval for the façade of the new building. Semple Brown had also submitted for site development plan and building permit approval with the City of Denver. However, as 2022 came to a close it became apparent that such a project came with multiple challenges. Due to inflation and steeply rising material and labor costs over the course of 2022 the 'new-build' option for the café quickly ballooned in price.
In partnership with Semple Brown, City Street Investors and CHUN began working through the design and permitting of a café within the existing annex building. With this new approach, CHUN and City Street Investors will be able to open the café quicker, at a greatly reduced cost to the partnership, and with less financial risk than the new-build option. In accordance with CHUN's goals around fiscal responsibility and sustainability, this option will also provide a quicker financial return to the partnership and eliminate the need for additional financial investment beyond the current allocation among the partners.
Much complementary work has been completed in 2023, which builds on the momentum of this new approach. Last spring, City Street Investors removed the dilapidated patio and trellis encroachment onto Cheesman Park. In July, a neighborhood traffic and safety study of the surrounding area was kicked off and surrounding neighbors were updated on the project. This study is required by the approved Good Neighbor Agreement and recommendations from the traffic engineer are forthcoming. Concurrently, in the late summer City Street Investors applied for the liquor license, which is required to serve beer, wine, and cocktails at the café. We are pleased to announce that after the October 31st hearing, this license was recommended for approval by Denver's Excise and Licenses Department!
Throughout 2023, CHUN began to make full use of the Tears-McFarlane House once again for its offices, celebrations, tours and board meetings.
2024 is poised to build on these successes and culminate in the opening of the new cafe and completion of the vision of the property created many years ago. As outgoing Vice President of the Tears-McFarlane House Committee, CHUN Board Member of seven years, and resident of the greater Capitol Hill community I am truly humbled to have been but one of many stewards of this Denver landmark. Fellow Board Member Kevin Kelly, who has similarly witnessed the transformation of the Tears-McFarlane house, will be taking over this role in January.
-Andrew Rogge, outgoing Vice President, Tears-McFarlane House Committee
Denver and Colorado News and Updates
January 4: Longhorn Cattle Drive through Downtown Denver
January 15: Denver Martin Luther King Marade (March and Parade)
More Than 850 Housed, 8 Encampments Closed Through House1000
Mayor Mike Johnston announced last month that more than 850 people experiencing homelessness have been connected to stable housing and support services since the start of his House1000 initiative. The city has also permanently closed eight of Denver’s largest encampments. These areas will be permanently closed to camping.
House1000 Initiative Progress Since July 2023:
January 1 Law Updates Denver Minimum Wage to $18.29 Per Hour
Denver Cuts Ribbon on Colorado Convention Center Expansion Project
In December, Denver Mayor Mike Johnston joined hundreds of invitees and representatives of the City and County of Denver, VISIT DENVER and the community to celebrate completion of the Colorado Convention Center Expansion Project, signaling to the worldwide convention industry that the facility is now open for business!
Located on the roof of the existing building, the expansion of the Colorado Convention Center includes the new 80,000 square-foot Bluebird Ballroom that can be subdivided into 19 configurations of varying sizes. It’s now the largest multifunction ballroom in Colorado, able to host more than 7,500 attendees for a general session or 4,600 guests for a catered event.
The expansion also includes 35,000 square feet of wrap-around pre-function concourse space with floor to ceiling windows and a 20,000 square-foot outdoor rooftop terrace with dramatic views of the Rocky Mountains and Denver’s city skyline.
The new 200,000 square foot space is estimated to generate an additional $85 million in annual economic impact.
Free, 24/7 Mental Health Support for Denver Youth Expanded
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