A Letter from John
As the ice starts to thaw and the first day of spring is tantalizingly close, March also brings a different type of season; election season. Ballots will be mailed out for Denver’s 2023 municipal election from March 13th, with the deadline to return your ballot in-person by 7pm on April 4th.
It’s fair to say that the outcomes from this election will define Denver for many years to come. To help us all get to know the candidates a little better, CHUN reached out to all the candidates in the Mayoral, At-large, and districts 10,9,7,4 electoral races. We asked questions about a broad range of subjects including community participation, housing, homelessness, historic preservation, transport, and economic development. Answers from candidates are provide in this document, organized by question, electoral race, and then in the order in which they were received. We thank all candidates for their time and contribution to Denver’s democratic process.
This month, CHUN is delighted to partner with the City Storyteller, Rowena Alegria, to present a webinar entitled: "30 Years Later: How the ADA enabled Denver's Disability Community to 'Boldly Go Where Everyone Else as Gone Before'". Please join us on March 15 at 6 pm using this zoom link.
Finally, we will also be holding a happy hour at the iconic Colfax institution Pete’s Satire Lounge from 6pm on Wednesday, March 22nd. Come and join us for a few beverages and conversation.
Best wishes from all of us at CHUN!
John Deffenbaugh | Executive Director
CHUN Business Member of the Month
CHUN News and Events
Denver Mayoral, At-Large and District Candidates Respond on Key Issues Facing Denver
CHUN Endorses Denver Municipal Ballot Measures 2M and 2N
March 15: History Matters Webinar: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 30 Years Later with Rowena Alegria
March 22: CHUN Happy Hour at Pete's Satire Lounge
CHUN Friends and Colleagues Celebrate CHUN and Long-standing President, Travis Leiker
CHUN Committee Reports
CHUN History Matters
Mark your calendars! A CHUN History Matters Community Outreach Meeting will take place on March 15 from 6-7:30 pm. [see details above]
History Matters and members of CHUN-UP had a meeting on February 9 regarding progress on the new development at 123 Speer Blvd, the location of the Channel 7 Building and how they are incorporating the memorandum of understanding between CHUN and PMG Development. We heard from Kevin Kelly and Andrea Hamilton about their long involvement in overseeing the project and heard an update from the architects about this essential project at the gateway to Denver. The project remains in its permitting process as design work continues on the process.
1741 Gaylord Landmark proceedings will take place on March 7, at 1 pm. CHUN History Matters has written a letter supporting the Landmark Designation application that has been filed for the unique and historic building at 1741 Gaylord St. on its merits. And we hope that there is a long-term solution for this home to be here for future generations and to allow for adaptive reuse of the spaces around it. It is always difficult to support an owner-opposed landmarking, but we believe that if people approach this decision with the care it deserves that we can work together to find a new and permanent solution.
CHUN Urban Planning
CHUN Urban Planning asked the Board to vote to approve endorsing amendments to the operations of The Board Of Adjustment .
CHUN sent a letter of support issued to the Empowerment Program regarding a new permanent supportive housing project at 1777 N Franklin.
CHUN Urban Planning gave a update on their Municipal Candidate Questionnaire. Deadline for submissions was Monday, Feb 20 and we received 35 replies, which are posted on the CHUN website front page. [also see story and link above]
Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation update - requested Board to Approve INC Motion regarding I-25 and Broadway Intersection
Denver and Colorado News and Events
March 7: District 5 and At-large Denver City Council Election Forum
City Elections are just around the corner on April 4 and Denverites will be voting for a new mayor and a substantially new City Council. Cherry Creek North Neighborhood Association is holding an election forum on March 7 at 7pm at Bromwell Elementary to meet the Denver City Council candidates for District 5 and At-Large.
This forum will be a chance to meet the candidates that want to represent Cherry Creek and those at-large candidates that will represent all of Denver. Come and find out about the key issues identified by the candidates and their respective visions for Denver and, specifically, Cherry Creek. Remember that Cherry Creek North, Country Club Historic, and Cherry Creek East will be moving from District 10 to District 5, thus now combining with Lowry, Hilltop, Montclair and other neighborhoods to the north and east.
Denver City Council District 5 Candidates:
April 5: All things ¡Viva! Streets - Come Play in the Streets!
Draft Program Requirements for Patios on Private Property Available for Public Review
Denver's Auto Theft Protection Program
Denver to Receive more than $575k in USDOT Grant Funding for Safer Streets
The City and County of Denver is excited to announce it has been awarded $576,000 in a first round of funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) grant program to identify opportunities for safety improvements on nine (9) stretches of roadway in Denver, listed below.
Denver’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) will utilize the funding to hire an outside, independent, multidisciplinary team to formally examine these roadways and identify ways to mitigate safety issues utilizing a specialized approach known as a Road Safety Audit, or RSA. A RSA employs systematic processes to consider the safety of all road users and human factors that may contribute to unsafe road conditions and recommend safety countermeasures. RSAs have been proven to reduce crashes and the severity of crashes though safer street designs. Corridors that DOTI chose for this round of RSAs were based on crash rates and areas of greatest need:
· Alameda Avenue from Kearney Street to Fairmount Drive
· Broadway from E. Colfax Avenue to 29th Street
· Colorado Boulevard from Mississippi Avenue to Iliff Avenue
· Speer Blvd from Federal Blvd to Elitch Circle
· University Blvd from Iowa Avenue to Yale Avenue
· W. 38th Avenue from Federal Blvd to Fox St
· Evans Avenue from Colorado Blvd to Quebec St
· Tower Road from 45th Avenue to 56th Avenue
· Tower Road from 56th Avenue to 71st Avenue
Eight other corridors in the city have been studied in Road Safety Audits, with improvements currently in design or with designs completed and being prioritized for funding.
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