Message from the President
Greetings Neighbors and Friends,
Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods' board and office staff have had another active month.
Our friends at Life on Capitol Hill published an article about our recent operational and programmatic successes. Included in the article was more information about how we are working to activate and transform the Tears-McFarlane House and Community Center. CHUN also announced its partnership with City Street Investors--who spearheaded other adaptive reuse projects like Denver's Union Station--to help us in this bold endeavor. We are excited to keep you up-to-date as the vision develops.
Nichole Racelis, a graduate student at the University of Colorado School of Public Affairs, is working with CHUN to conduct her final research project for the master degree in public administration. As a part of her project, we are conducting a community wide survey to help guide CHUN's strategic priorities and to boost our relevance throughout the community. We are eager to get your thoughts and perspectives. If you haven't already completed the survey, please take a moment to do so. You can complete it HERE.
CHUN will hold 'Council in Your Community' on March 13, 2018 at 5:45 pm. In attendance will be Denver City Council members Wayne New, Robin Kneich, and Debbie Ortega. The purpose of the community gathering is to discuss key policy matters impacting Capitol Hill and the Mile High City. It will also provide an opportunity for you to connect with neighbors and community advocates. To RSVP, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope you can join us!
March marks the beginning of our membership drive. CHUN members are an important part of fulfilling our mission to advocate, promote, and support a more vibrant Denver. Georgia Burleson, VP of Membership, has set an ambitious goal to significantly increase the number of members supporting CHUN. If you are a member, we THANK you for the support. If you are not a member, JOIN US TODAY! CHUN members are kept up-to-date on the latest events and policy discussions in our ten neighborhoods. We provide guidance on a number of important policy issues and help neighbors navigate the city and county government. Members are also invited to community meetings and other social events throughout the year.
As CHUN enters its 49th year of Preserving the Past, Improving the Present, and Planning for the Future of Greater Capitol Hill, we remain committed to our neighborhoods and are grateful to be working with with you.
President, Board of Delegates
Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods
Be informed. Get engaged. CHUN Hosts Community Conversation with Council Leadership
No 4-20 Events for Cheesman Park in 2018
Katy Strascina, executive director of the Office of Special Events and Projects, has indicated that there are no 4-20 events planned for Cheesman Park this year. You'll recall that one had been scheduled last year, but did not materialize. However, the 4-20 event in Civic Center Park is still scheduled to take place. A special thanks to City Councilperson Wayne New for passing along this information.
Are You Concerned about Slot Homes? Here's the Lowdown
The Slot Home Text Amendment Public Review Draft is now available for review and comment. The proposed amendments to the Denver Zoning Code are intended to implement the strategies described in the Slot Home Strategy Report (PDF) to promote multi-family infill development that engages the public realm, considers neighborhood character, addresses human scale, and minimizes negative effects on pedestrians and neighboring properties while ensuring solutions that provide equity, flexibility and predictability.
A "slot home" is a multi-unit residential structure consisting of attached dwelling units arranged side-by-side and primarily perpendicular to the street. Slot homes are also sometimes called “sideways-facing town homes” or “fraux homes.” In recent years, slot homes have been constructed in many neighborhoods throughout Denver resulting in a new development pattern that can detract from the design quality and sense of community in Denver’s neighborhoods.
A public hearing is scheduled for March 21, 2018, 3:00 p.m. City & County Bldg., 1437 Bannock St.., Parr-Widener Community Room (389),
Download a two-page information sheet on slot homes Denver.
Shout This from the Tree Tops!
2018 Community Forester Workshops... Registration Now Open!
Have you ever wanted to learn more about trees, advocate for our urban forest, educate others, or help improve your community's tree canopy?! Now is an excellent time to do just that.
A local nonprofit, The Park People, is partnering with Denver's Dept. of Parks & Recreation to host the Community Forester program - a fun and informative, five-workshop series that will teach participants about trees and prepare them to act as stewards of the urban tree canopy. This is a great opportunity to support our environment, urban forest, community health, and quality of life in Denver.
Call 303.722.6262 to register TODAY! Class size is limited and tends to fill up quickly, so don't delay.
The National Western Is Being Transformed. Here's the Latest
The National Western Center ‘Place-Making’ Public Meeting was held on Thursday, February 1, 2018. The meeting's purpose was to invite the public to share their ideas about making the National Western Stock Show Complex a year round destination place.
CHUN board delegate Shayne Brady attended the event and submitted the following report.
Zoning, Transportation, Land Use and Licensing Committee - February 7, 7:00 p.m., 1201 Williams St.; submitted by Shayne Brady, Co-Chair
Conservation Overlay Districts
Historic Preservation - January 29, 7:00 p.m., Sheedy Mansion, 1115 Grant St.
Submitted by Michael Henry
Public Meetings & Opportunities to Comment