Message from the President
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Welcome to the June edition of the Urban Dweller. Summer is in full swing with many events, social gatherings, and ample opportunities to celebrate all that is wonderful in Denver and the greater Capitol Hill community.
As we look to July, have a safe and happy Independence Day.
President, Board of Delegates
Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods
Business Member of the Month: Premier Ventures
Premier Ventures--owners of Lala's, Govnr's Park Tavern, and other local favorites--has been a longstanding business member and generous supporter of Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods. Through their annual Beer Fest, Movie Night in the Park, and other special events, we have raised more than $25,000 in recent years. If you have not been to one of these great restaurants, please check them out. Eat. Drink. and Support Premier Ventures! They are a great champion for our neighborhoods!
Good Times ... With More to Come!
Hundreds of Beer Enthusiasts join CHUN for Annual Beer Fest
The Govnr's Park Beer Fest and Fundraiser featured lots of beer, fun, and winners! With scores of different brews being showcased and some fantastic prizes offered, the event foamed over with excitement. Thanks to Premier Ventures for sponsoring it and for their generosity, once again, in selecting Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods, the event's beneficiary.
Beat the Heat with Cool Treats at Sweet Cooie's on July 11
Join CHUN at Sweet Cooie’s Ice Cream at 12th and Madison for on Wednesday, July 11 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. There will be a drawing at the event for a free Sweet Couie’s ice cream social.. You must be present to win. We also are planning to have live music. Sweet Cooie's has some of the best ice cream around, and they have been a great addition to the Congress Park Neighborhood. This event has been organized by CHUN's Congress Park neighborhood delegates and is open to all.
Slow Down and Stop for August 25 Traffic Calming Demonstration
CHUN and WalkDenver are teaming up for a pop-up traffic calming demonstration on August 25th. Neighbors at 13th Ave. between Marion and Lafayette Streets have been concerned about the speed of the one-way traffic on 13th Ave. and the number of accidents at the two intersections. Stop by that day and see how slower traffic could impact the safety in that area.
Attend the City's Annual State of the City Address and Community Cookout
Scores of Events Celebrate Denver and the Mile High Spirit
Find out more about what's going on around town and how you can schedule your own hyperlocal event, such as a block party or picnic.
City Announces Dockless Scooter Pilot Program
As part of Denver's commitment to embrace and test new and better ways to deploy technology, Denver Public Works (DPW) is initiating a new one-year Dockless Mobility Vehicle Pilot Permit Program. The goals of the program include:
The intent of the Pilot Program is to enhance the use of transit and bus service throughout the city. Vehicles are to be readily available at transit and bus stops in the public right of way. Denver Public Works expects operators to “rebalance” vehicles to transit stops to ensure availability.
According to current City and County of Denver Ordinance and State Law, e-scooters are classified as “toy vehicles” and will be required to operate on the sidewalk. Watch speeds and yield to pedestrians at all times.
Where you should NOT ride e-scooters, per the law
How to park dockless bikes and scooters
City Parks Liquor Policy Public Hearing - July 11
Notice is hereby given that the Department of Parks and Recreation for the City & County of Denver has proposed revisions to the Alcohol Policy as of June 15, 2018. The intent of the proposed revisions is to simplify the policy, provide more clarity to permit holders and park users, and add consistency for permitted events. In addition, the proposed revisions are intended to allow for the public consumption of wine and beer in Denver parks, to address the change in state law effective January 2019.
This revision will sunset at the end of 2019, in order to review potential effects. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will hear public comments on this revised policy on July 11, 2018 at 5:30 pm at the regular meeting of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, held at the Wellington Webb Municipal Building, located at 201 W. Colfax Ave., Room 4.F.6. A copy of the Alcohol Policy, as modified, is on file with the Manager of Parks and Recreation and accessible through the Denver Parks and Recreation website.
Upcoming - August 7 Community Meeting on Sidewalks
In the 2018 budget the mayor included millions for a fund to help residential property owners with sidewalk repair in Denver. Details are still being worked out, but Capitol Hill is at the top of the list and a community meeting to launch the program is being planned for August 7. Read more about the program.
DPS Makes Changes to School Performance Guidelines
The Denver Board of Education met recently and determined that the current School Performance Compact (SPC) policy guidelines will not be applied for the 2018-19 school year, based on its reflections on past learnings and given the community conversations that will soon launch.
In light of the recently-announced plan to launch community-wide conversations to deepen DPS’ thinking about what student and school success looks like and how the district should design support and accountability structures with those factors in mind, both for schools and central teams, the board felt it was important to adjust the guidelines while engaging in a deep listening process.
We have heard from our community about the importance of these community conversations, and we very much look forward to hearing community views here.
The broad guidelines for policy implementation will be:
Save the Date: Dora Moore School PTSA House Tour Returns
The House Tour is back! Join us Sunday October 21st from 10a.m. to 4p.m. Ticketing will begin in late August via the Dora Moore website and the 9th and Corona King Soopers. Want your house to be on the tour this year?
E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Good Neighbor: The Harm Reduction Center
We got this email recently from Lisa Raville, executive director at the Harm Reduction Center. We thought you'd be interested:
Dear Friends ... Just wanted to share with you our June neighborhood clean up efforts from today. It continues to be a great way to get folks involved in our community and invest in the health/safety of our neighborhood. As you know, we take being a good neighbor very seriously!! The volunteers cleaned up the north side of the Capitol to 20th between Sherman and Logan (especially the alleys). Every month they will pick another area to focus on in our neighborhood. Also, we have quite a few interns this summer, so in addition to these monthly clean ups, they will be going out every Wednesday afternoon providing neighborhood/syringe clean up efforts, as well. Please let me know if you have a specific area you would like them to focus on. Thanks, Lisa
Thank you, Lisa, and your volunteers and interns at the Harm Reduction Center.
Walking Down Memory Lane
Looking through the old CHUN files, one of our sharp-eyed board volunteers, Kevin Kelly, came up with this old edition of the Urban Dweller from 2004. Back then our executive director was Tom Knorr and the Capitol Hill People's Fair was in its 33rd year. CHUN keeps working on its mission: Preserve the past, improve the present and plan for the future.
CHUN Committee Reports
Zoning, Transportation, Land Use and Licensing Discussion with Charlotte Pitt, Denver’s Recycling Program Manager
Historic Preservation Committee Meeting
Historic Preservation Committee Scores a Big Win as Tammen Hall Renovation Begins
by Michael Henry
Chair, CHUN Historic Preservation Committee
More than 50 people gathered on June 26 to celebrate the symbolic “ground-breaking” at the front door of Tammen Hall at the southeast corner of East 19th Avenue and Ogden. The historic landmark building is being re-developed by MGL Partners into 49 affordable apartments for low-income seniors.
Built in 1930, the building was originally a nurse’s dormitory for Children’s Hospital and was designated a historic landmark in 2003, based on an application written by Nancy Widmann and filed by Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods with the support of Children’s. When Children’s Hospital decided to move its main campus from the Uptown neighborhood and sell the campus to a private developer and, later, to St. Joseph Hospital, ideas for re-using the building included a boutique hotel and a medical office building. The Great Recession of 2008 greatly complicated and delayed the re-use of the building.
An additional challenge involved the restoration of the beautiful murals by Allan Tupper True, Colorado’s finest muralist, depicting noble Native Americans, which were on the wall of the nurse’s library, later converted to the board room for Children’s Hospital. The murals were removed from the building when Children’s relocated, were conserved at the expense of Children’s and will be re-installed in the first-floor community room when the apartment-building opens in about 2 years.
Many speakers at the “ground-breaking” credited the collaboration of Children’s, St. Joseph, the neighborhood organizations, MGL Partners, Neenan Construction, the City of Denver and several finance organizations to bring this very complicated project to fruition. St. Joseph Hospital’s CEO Jamie Smith may have described it best by saying that the building was originally seen as an “albatross” around the neck of St. Joseph, but that the hospital eventually realized that it was a “gem” for St. Joseph and the neighborhood.
News of Interest to CHUN Neighborhoods
Booming Cities’ Unintended Consequences – McKinsey
Chase Bank Eyes Vacant Colfax Arbys - BusinessDen
Shanty Supper Club Open in Uptown - Denver Eater
Tammen Hall Set to Provide Seniors with 49 Below-Market Units - Denverite
Cause of Deadly Construction Site Fire Still Undetermined - 9News
E. Colfax Building at Center of Legal Dispute Sells for Less than in 2014 - BusinessDen
Public Hearing regarding the property at 1025 Monroe Street (part of 1031 Monroe Street) - appeal of a Cease and Desist Order for a garage built not according to approved plans and with the variance granted in BOA Case #2-18. Hearing to be held on July 10th at 10 AM at the Wellington Webb Office Building, 201 W. Colfax Avenue, 2nd Floor Tower Hearing Room, 2.H.14. Contact Denver Board of Adjustment regarding Case No. 75-18 for more information (720-913-3052).
ZPIN notice regarding front and rear yard fencing at 1663 Race Street (located in the Wyman Historic District). Portions of rear fence may extend up to 8 feet in height. Front fence is proposed to be a 4 foot tall ornamental iron. Comments are due by July 10th. Contact Associated City Planner Jennifer Cervera at email@example.com for more information.
ZPIN notice regarding the property at 1520 Marion Street. The proposal is for a zoning permit application to establish a small residential care use for transitional housing. Comments are due by August 1st. Contact Associate City Planner Steve Elkins at stephen.elkins@denvergov for more information and to comment on the proposal.