Volume 36, Issue 1
Message from the President: What a difference a year makes.
Greetings Neighbors and Friends,
Happy New Year! We hope your 2018 is off to a terrific start.
The past few months have been very busy for Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods. In November, CHUN held a series of neighborhood assemblies to elect neighborhood delegates. Earlier in January, more than 80 members and city leaders joined CHUN for its 2018 Membership Meeting--our annual gathering that included a year-in-review presentation, a discussion about critical issues facing the city, and the election of at-large delegates to the board. The following are few notable highlights from the evening:
Financial Successes: In 2017, CHUN successfully paid off our $30,000 HELOC, which was taken out to meet various expenses earlier in the year. Through fundraisers and special events, we raised more than $50,000 to support core CHUN programs and community engagement efforts. Additionally, we ended 2017 with more than $58,000 cash on hand and recently placed more than $20,000 in reserves. This represented the first time CHUN has ended it's fiscal year in the black in more than 3 years.
Operational & Programmatic Highlights: CHUN donated event space at the Tears McFarlane house to local nonprofit organizations whose work supports ending homelessness. Last summer, we launched a new membership and donor platform which resulted in a nearly 15% increase in memberships. In September 2017 we hosted our 10th Annual wine tasting. We remain committed to supporting those who are the most vulnerable among us. CHUN partnered with CU-Johnson Depression Center for a suicide prevention training class, we collected goods for The Gathering Place and SafeHouse at our Holiday Party, and co-sponsored two workshops aimed at informing young families and others interested in setting up advanced directives. Finally, thanks to our board colleague Karen Pellegrin, CHUN launched a new look including website and logo.
Policy Issues: Through CHUN's Zoning, Transportation, and Land Use Committee as well as the Historic Preservation Committee we hosted numerous neighborhood meetings involving marijuana consumption, liquor licenses, development projects, historic districts, etc. CHUN worked with developers to preserve and re-use historic treasures in our neighborhoods including the former Cathedral High School in Uptown, the former Tammen Hall near the Uptown Medical District, and the former Sports Castle along Broadway near the Capitol. Board delegates and CHUN Members addressed numerous issues like the Downtown Denver Partnership's proposed 5280 Loop, Verizon's plan to install small cell phone towers in our neighborhood, and Denver's Neighborhood Planning Initiative for East Central Neighborhoods of Denver.
2018 Neighborhood and At-Large Board Delegate: The following were elected as either a neighborhood representative or at-large board delegate. Their terms are 1 year and will extend through 2018. Lindsey Burleson; Donny Boulanger. Frank Butz. Shayne Brady. Nancy Charles-Parker. Georgia Burleson, Mark Cossin, Brad Cameron, Doug Goldman, Bill DeMaio, Shirley Howson, Rachel Griffin, Kevin Kelly, Andrea Hamilton, Rod Mullins, Brian Henderson, Chales Nusbaum, Matthew James, Lauren Otto, Travis Leiker, Yale Passamaneck, Kathleen Reilly, Karen Pellegrin, John Riecke, Judy Schneider, Andrew Rogge, R. Tony Smith, Caroline Schomp, Margie Valdez, Jim Slotta, Karen Van Haaften, Michele Steed, Sarah Wells, Molly Williams, Megan Whelan, Richard Wilson, Annette Woodward.
2018 Executive Committee/Officers: Each January, the board elects its officers for the year. The following were elected to serve on CHUN's executive committee.
As CHUN enters the new year, we do so with renewed energy and optimism, commitment to our neighborhoods, and greater clarity and vision in months ahead. We owe this all to you!
President, Board of Delegates
PS: A special thanks to the Warwick Denver for hosting our Annual Membership Meeting. Their team of banquet captains, AV technicians, and others did an absolutely fabulous job. If you are hosting a conference, banquet, or would like to get your next happy hour on the calendar, consider CHUN's friends at the Warwick Denver & Randolph's Restaurant.
Why Our Neighborhoods Continue to Thrive:
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Did you attend one of the Game Plan public meetings held in November 2017? If so, thank you for stopping by! To review initial feedback received, click here. The Game Plan is currently reviewing the preliminary action strategies and recommendations for the draft plan. A plan should be available this Spring for public review.
If you didn't make it to the November public meetings, you can now review the presentation boards, introduction video, and slideshow to catch up, then take the latest SURVEY on how our draft strategies measure up.
At the end of the survey, you can optionally enter to win a gift card to the NFL Shop. The survey closes March 1, 2018 and should take approximately 10 minutes.
Survey in English.
Encuesta en Español.
For more information visit www.denvergov.org/denveright.
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CHUN Committees - Meetings Coming Up
- Historic Preservation: Monday, January 29, 7 p.m. at the Sheedy Mansion, 1115 Grant St.
- Zoning, Land Use, Transportation, Licensing: Wednesday, February 7, 7 p.m. at 1201 Williams St., 19th floor.
Public Meetings & Opportunities to Comment
- February 6, 2018, 11:00 a.m. Wellington Webb Bldg., 201 W. Colfax Ave., Room 2.H.14 - Case #180-17. Appeal for review of an administrative decision denying a request for zoning administrative adjustment for a designation of an alternative primary street zone lot line, in a U-RH3 UO-3 zone; and/or appeal of a denial of a permit to erect a 6-foot fence on a retaining wall that will be less than 50% open at 4 feet above the lowest grade and will exeed the maximum allowed height of 4 feet beyond the Primary Street facing Primary Structure façade in a U-RH-3A UO-3 zone.
- February 8, 2018, 1:30 p.m. Wellington Webb Bldg., 201 W. Colfax Ave., Department of Excise and Licenses - Hearing on a proposed Hotel and Restaurant liquor license for Fontana Sushi at 701 E. 6th Ave.
- March 6, 2018, 10:30 a.m. Wellington Webb Bldg., 201 W. Colfax Ave., Room 2.H.14 - Case # 233-17; Appeal of a Cease and Desist Order for a sign that was altered/erected forward of the primary street facing facade and encroaching into the setback without permits at Corona Presbyterian Church, 1205 E. 8th Ave.
- March 13, 2018, 9:30 a.m. Wellington Webb Bldg., 201 W. Colfax Ave., Room 2.H.14 - Case # 2-18; Appeal of a Denial for a new detached garage with lot coverage violation at 1025 Monroe St.
- March 13, 2018, 9:30 a.m. Wellington Webb Bldg., 201 W. Colfax Ave., Room 2.H.14 - Case # 3-18; Appeal of a denial for a new attached garage with setback and lot coverage violations at 1153 Detroit St.