EFG BROWNFIELD SEEKS INPUT FOR ST.
Representatives from EFG Brownfield Partners, RNL Architects, and Parsons Brinckerhoff Engineering attended the December SLCG Chili Supper and sought community input on the redevelopment of the St. Anthony’s property. EFG Brownfield Partners is in exclusive negotiations with Centura Health to buy the site formerly occupied by St. Anthony’s Hospital. The deal is expected to be finalized soon. The development of the 18.8 acre site is expected to be mostly residential with up to 1,000 units, but it will also have retail and office space as well as some medical facilities. Most of the land is zoned for up to five stories with a parcel along Colfax zoned for eight stories. The developers expressed appreciation for the special nature of the site due to its proximity to both Colfax Ave. and Sloan’s Lake and pledged to work with neighborhood residents to get input on what they would like. After introductions and a brief presentation, representatives met in small groups with SLCG members to get ideas on what they were most excited about, what they were most concerned about, and what their biggest questions were. They jotted down members’ ideas on big chart paper. Some of the ideas mentioned were keeping the development in line with the character of the neighborhood and having a positive impact by including
exciting new businesses and amenities. Concerns included traffic, parking, height, and density, and security on the site prior to development. Residents were also hopeful that suggestions made by a 2006 task force would be implemented. Residents share ideas for St. Anthony’s redevelopment.
PROPOSED SPORTS AUTHORITY SIGNS CONTROVERSIAL
Andy Gorchov, stadium general manager of Sports Authority Field at Mile High, gave a presentation at the January SLCG meeting on the proposed new signage and lighting at the stadium, and representatives from the Jefferson Park United Neighbors expressed their opposition to the signs. Sports Authority is paying an average of $6 million a year for the naming rights, with half going to the stadium district and half to the Broncos. Signage and lighting are part of the deal. A hearing about the proposed signs will be held before the Planning Board on February 15 at 3:00 p.m. at the Webb Building. City staff are accepting comments on the proposal up until February 6.
. Gorchov discussed the new lighting, which is already in place. This includes the uplighting of the upper bowl, which spreads light out more evenly, and the red ring, which accents the roofline on special occasions. They will be illuminated only during events at the stadium. Some lighting will be provided at other times for security purposes. Gorchov also defended the three large Sports Authority signs that they plan to add on the curved ring wall on the north, west, and east sides of the stadium. A similar sign is already in place on the south side. He denied that they would be similar to the infamous Qwest sign that people found so annoying. A lighting study claimed that there would be a negligible effect from the signs. Gorchov said that they will not change the structure of the stadium or affect the view plane. He said they would be willing to take suggestions to reduce the time that the signs are on. However, nearby residents clearly oppose the big red signs. The signs will be more than nine feet tall and 178 feet wide. The JPUN voted to oppose anything over the existing level of light. They are concerned that the glare from these signs will be an unwelcome intrusion, and the signs will block their views. To weigh in with your views on this issue, email project coordinator Greg Savage at Greg.Savage@denvergov.org.
Nettie Moore selects a dessert at the SLCG Chili Supper in December.
LONGTIME RESIDENT TOUTS SLCG IN POST ARTICLE
SLCG second vice president and longtime neighborhood resident Nettie Moore was featured recently in an article in the Your Hub section of The Denver Post. In an interview with reporter Matthew Rodriquez, Moore, who has lived in the neighborhood for over 85 years, discussed her involvement with SLCG and the various projects she has worked on to improve the West Colfax neighborhood. These include streets, curbs and gutters, parks, and the light rail. A park and playground in the neighborhood are named after her. She has also been active in efforts to preserve the senior lunch program at the Clements Community Center in Lakewood. Moore, who cut the ribbon on one of
the three pedestrian bridges along the West Rail Line, hopes to cut the ribbon when the rail line itself opens in May of 2013. Writing poetry is another one of Nettie Moore’s interests. Here is one of her poems:
The memories I have within my mind, Is the poem and legacy I leave behind I leave my love and memories to each of you----Now be sure to keep your pictures and memories too. Love, Mom, Grandmother and Friend Nettie Moore
Of neighborhoods and friends March 2011 86 years 2 ½ months We will have memories of each coming year, What are we doing about the past we hold so dear? Memories of skating on Sloan Lake, Twists and turns we learned to make Building memories of a day well spent, We learned how much our friends really meant Only a few people had cars a way back then, Street cars and rides (Car 25) interurban Raised chickens for eggs, and rabbits for meat Coal oil lamps for light, And coal stoves for cooking and heat 12th Ave. and Utica Street, curbs and gutters there were none; It was 2000-2001 before that project finally got done. Friends have grown up and moved on, The homes they lived in are now gone Some of the pictures I have of now and then Brings to life so very much again
VIGILANT CITIZEN HELPS POLICE CATCH BURGLAR
Burglaries, auto thefts, and thefts from motor vehicles continue to be the most common crimes in the Sloan’s Lake and West Colfax neighborhoods. At the January SLCG meeting SCAT officer Eric Denke told a story which illustrates the importance of residents being vigilant about suspicious behavior in the neighborhood. On morning not long ago a woman was leaving to take her children to school when she noticed an unfamiliar car parked outside her home. As a precaution, she jotted down the license plate number. When she returned a short time later, she found that her home had been burglarized. The back door had been kicked in and her laptop and other valuables had been stolen. When the police arrived, she told them about the unfamiliar car and gave them the license plate number. When they ran the plates, the police found that the car was registered to a parolee who lived a few blocks away. They put him under surveillance, and five days later he turned up on a snowy day asking to shovel people’s walks. When no one answered the door at one house, he went around back. The
police heard a noise and investigated. Sure enough, he had kicked the back door in and was burglarizing the home. He ended up confessing to six burglaries in the area, and much of the stolen property was recovered from his car.
FREE TREES AVAILABLE FOR ALL
This spring all Denver residents are eligible for free trees regardless of where they live in the city. This is made possible by two tree distribution programs: The Park people’s annual Denver Digs Trees street tree program and the city’s Mile High Million tree planting initiative. Any resident of the City and County of Denver can apply for free trees to plant along the street in the public right-of-way. Additionally, those who have space for trees on the west side of their homes are eligible to have trees delivered and planted for them. “Trees planted on the west side of houses not only offer wonderful shade, they also reduce energy consumption,” says Sara Davis, the Program Manager for Denver Parks and Recreation’s Mile High Million Program. Availability will be limited, so apply no later than February 15. Visit www.theparkpeople.org or call 303-722-6262 for application information. The Denver Digs Trees program is able to offer free street trees thanks to a partnership with Denver Parks and Recreation Forestry Division and the sponsorship of Xcel Energy Foundation and the City of Denver’s Office of Economic Development. The Mile High Million’s Trees for Energy Savings program is made
possible with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The goal is to add one million new trees in metropolitan Denver by the year 2025. The end result will be a healthier and more extensive urban forest, creating more inviting places to live, work, and play. Visit www.milehighmillion.org or www.denvergov.org/forestry for more information.
SLCG DUES A REAL BARGAIN
If you haven’t already done so, please make your annual tax deductible contribution to SLCG now. Your support insures that we can continue to provide important information about developments that will impact our community in the year ahead. Now you can pay or renew your membership dues safely and securely using a credit card using our PayPal account. People wishing to pay their dues this way will simply go to www.PayPal.com and click on the tab “Send Money”. For Recipient they will type: email@example.com. They will select the “Personal” tab and select “Payment Owed.” At only $12 per year SLCG membership is a real bargain, only $1 per month. Also don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook, where we post important and timely information regularly. Just log in and search for Sloan’s Lake Citizen’s Group at the top of the page. If you are interested in volunteering to help manage our Facebook page or help with data entry, call Jennifer Burstein at (303) 514-0241 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOLAR THERMAL SYSTEM SAVES ENERGY AT MULROY CENTER
The Solar Thermal Alliance of Colorado launched their state “roadmap” at an open house at the Denver Housing Authority’s Mulroy Opportunity Center at 3550 West 13th Avenue on January 24. The coalition of researchers, industry representatives, environmental groups, elected representatives, and academics have initiated an effort to determine the economic and job-creation potential of solar heating technologies in Colorado. They hope to make Colorado a global leader in solar thermal research, development, manufacturing, and deployment. In contrast to photovoltaic panels that turn sunlight into electricity, solar thermal panels consist of pipes running through a boxlike panel with a piece of glass on top and insulation on the bottom. They are very efficient, gathering 70 to 80 percent of the sun’s energy. The hot water is carried away from the panels and used to preheat water or air before going to a water heater or furnace. At the Mulroy Center the system heats water to 76 degrees before it goes to the complex’s boiler. In the first year of operation they saved 20% on their gas bill. The solar thermal systems are also cheaper to install, and federal tax credits cut the cost by 30%. Colorado has the perfect mix for thermal solar because of its strong, abundant sunshine, warm days, and cold
nights, cold groundwater, and heavy heating loads.
Mulroy Solar Thermal Array near the Knox Ct. Light Rail Station
PRECINCT CAUCUSES COMING SOON
The dates have been set for the Colorado precinct caucuses. The Republican caucus is Tuesday, February 7, at 7:00 p.m. See www.denvergop.org for locations. Given the volatility of the race, this caucus may play an important role in determining the Republican nominee. You must have been registered as a Republican by December 7 to take part. The Democratic caucus will be held Tuesday, March 6, at 7:00 p.m. Locations for House District 4 are expected to be North High School, Skinner Middle School, Cowell Elementary, and Barnum Elementary. You must have been registered as a Democrat by January 6 to take part. See denverdemocrats.net for more information. At every precinct caucus, the basic agenda is as follows: Elect a chairman and secretary to help run the caucus meeting Vote in the Presidential preference poll, and tally and announce the results to caucus participants; Elect two precinct committeepersons who will serve as local officers of the party and help coordinate voter registration and get-out-the-vote efforts in the precinct for the next two years;
Elect delegates and alternate delegates to the county assembly; Discuss and approve or reject certain resolutions relating to the party platform.
GIRLS INC. CELEBRATES NEW CEO AND MURAL
Girls Inc. of Metro Denver welcomed a new CEO and President, Sonya Ulibarri, and unveiled an attractive new mural located on the corner of Irving and Colfax at a community event on February 1. They are also hosting a special donor recognition event and world premiere of a film showcasing the strength of women as part of the Women and Film VOICES Film Festival at the Denver Film Center 2510 East Colfax on March 7. The free event for Girls Inc. donors and guests begins with the Red Carpet and Cocktail Hour from 5:30-6:30, followed by the film screening and Q & A session from 6:45-9:00. The event is limited to the first 150 people; so RSVP today to email@example.com.
Newsletter: Linda and Tom Brunn 303-477-8423 Zoning Issues: Tom Brunn 303-477-8423 Park Event Coordinator: Tina Phillips 303-433-6025 Board Member at Large: Jacob Werther 303-892-7164 Other Contacts District 1 City Councilwoman Susan Shepherd: 720-337-7701 District 1 Police Station: 720-913-2677 Police Non-Emergency: 720-913-2000 Graffiti Hotline: 720-865-7867 Neighborhood Inspections: Luisa Martinez 720-865-3199 State Senator: Lucia Guzman 720-833-8990 firstname.lastname@example.org State Representative: Dan Pabon 303-866-2954 email@example.com
President: Margie Grimsley 303-455-5928 Vice Presidents: 1st V.P.: Dennis Cox 303-629-1338 2nd V.P.: Nettie Moore 303-820-3694 Treasurer: Zac Nelson 720 933-8232 Membership: John Grimsley 303-455-5928