Message from the President
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I hope this note finds you well. Welcome to the Urban Dweller...the Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods monthly e-newsletter. Here is the latest from one of Denver’s oldest and largest registered neighborhood organization and community advocate:
CHUN entered into a good neighbor agreement with 420 Denver, Inc. 420 Denver, Inc. has applied for Denver’s first license from the City and County of Denver allowing for a cannabis consumption lounge at in the carriage house of the historic Patterson Inn bed and breakfast at 420 E. 11th Avenue. The application is under review by Denver Excise and License. Should 420 Denver receive this license, the good neighbor agreement will ensure that the operators and the neighborhood work cooperatively to ensure a successful outcomes for the neighborhood.
Last month, the CHUN membership overwhelmingly approved new bylaws and a governance structure that will position the organization for greater stability and success for the future. In addition to cleaning up existing language and modernizing the text, other key updates include: (1) a new minimum and maximum number of board members; (2) converting all neighborhood delegates and at-large delegates to directors; (3) establishing a Vice President of communications role on the executive committee; (4) merging the membership and fundraising roles into one role; and (5) refining director recruitment, nominations and quorum expectations for subsequent meetings. Our many thanks to the 118 members who participated in this key vote.
CHUN welcomed a number of new board members to the organization. Congratulations to Sarah Silver Craig, John Deffenbaugh, Gina Rucker, George Gromke, Bruce Mann, Kerem Szczebak, Carson Bryant, and Christopher Mansour! Board recruitment and engagement is essential to our work. From architecture to urban planning and public policy to engineering, each brings a wealth of wisdom and expertise to the organization. I am excited to work this dynamic cohort in the coming months.
The Denver Department of Housing Stability (HOST) held two public input sessions to guide the use and implementation of an additional $11 million of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) housing funds. CHUN, along with other members of the Unhoused Action Coalition (UAC), called for the following:
March is Women's History Month. I would like to take this opportunity to recognize Dana Crawford. Dana is a renowned preservationist, developer, and urban planning visionary who has been central to Denver's urban revival and other recent innovative design. She sought to transform Denver during a time when many had left the city for other suburban destinations. Starting with Larimer Square, she would go on to revitalize Lower Downtown and turn both into the city's most iconic spaces. Throughout her career, she demonstrated the case for responsible preservation, smart urban design, and worked to support the development of the great city we have grown to treasure each day.
For Denver ...
Travis Leiker, MPA
President and Executive Director
Member of the Month
A Pomeranz Realty
Restoration of the Tears-McFarlane Begins
CHUN Volunteering Opportunity
Alamo Placita Park Clean Up with SEED Awardee Denver Park Trust
Make plans to join your friends and neighbors for a volunteer cleanup at Alamo Placita Park. The event is being hosted by the Denver Park Trust in partnership with Denver Parks & Recreation and is made possible by a SEED Grant from Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods. We are excited to welcome CHUN neighbors and a crew from Bridge House/Ready to Work Aurora for a day of park stewardship, community, fresh air, and fun!
Please click here to register and download the waiver. You’ll need to bring the signed waiver to the event. You’ll also need to show proof of vaccination at check-in on cleanup day. Please bring a pair of gloves. All other tools will be provided.
When you arrive at the park, please stop by the canopy to sign in. Once everyone has signed in, we’ll begin spreading mulch, removing debris, and completing other maintenance. This will take between one and two hours. Snacks and drinks will be provided.
CHUN News and Events
Meet five of our new Board Members
CHUN Spotlights Business and Community Members on Facebook, Twitter and in its Urban Dweller newsletter
CHUN Board of Directors Meet-and-Greet at Route 40 Cafe in February
CHUN builds partnership with Five Points Neighborhood Association
Denverite calls CHUN a 'political heavyweight' in its work to address homelessness and other issues facing city
Denver and Colorado News and Events
Denver’s housing market will become a partner in providing more affordable housing options
As the cost of living in Denver has gone up, one in three households in our city struggles to afford housing costs today. These are our neighbors who are daycare providers and teachers, social workers, restaurant workers, and many other people who make our city the great place we all love.
The City and County of Denver is developing a policy through the Expanding Housing Affordability project to ensure that as new homes are built in Denver, more affordable homes are built too – both to rent and to buy. This policy will complement other existing housing programs throughout the city.
38th & Blake Rezoning
The Expanding Housing Affordability project proposal includes a rezoning for the 38th and Blake Station Area (around the RTD station). This area has an existing incentive system to encourage the construction of affordable housing that the city piloted starting in 2018. The Expanding Housing Affordability proposal proposes to rezone the 38th and Blake area in order to bring it into the new citywide system, increase both the amount and depth of affordable housing in this area beyond what the previous incentive system achieved, and adjust the base heights in the area closest to the station to implement guidance from Blueprint Denver (adopted 2019). Read the slide deck | Watch a video
We have specific office hours dedicated to this topic, and we encourage you to attend if you have questions.
March Virtual Office Hours (38th and Blake Topic Focus)
5:30-6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 10, 2022
Skip the Stuff, Say No to Single-Use Condiments & Service Ware
Arborists: The Unsung Tree-Care Pros Who Keep Our Trees Growing Strong and Living Long
Yes We Can Program - Seeking Law School Applicants
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