Posted: Sunday March 10th, 2019 - 1:28 pm
Dear Cole Neighbors,
Attached is the Memorandum of Understanding CNA will be signing with the developers of the Cole Market project (3600 Block of Downing). Our three requests to the development team were: provide 10% of total units as affordable housing, ensure a full service grocer is built, and enlarge and improve green space. In conjunction with the MOU we will be submitting a letter of support for the project. That letter will be shared later today / tomorrow (sorry for the delays I've been very sick - Mike).
If you have specific questions or concerns please email the land owner at: AFeinstein@exdomanagement.com and CC Councilman Brooks at email@example.com.
Further, we encourage you to send your own comments to the city. The email address for commenting on this rezoning is: firstname.lastname@example.org, it helps to include the application number: # 2018I-00127 when emailing the city with comments.
In our letter of support we will include concerns we have heard recently from some immediate neighbors regarding bulk and parking. We will also be asking for the following, provided by CNA board member Danny Fritz:
* Bus stops on the block will include covered structures with seating.
* Any curb-cut created for motor-vehicles will not change the elevation of the sidewalk, but instead would change the elevation of the motor-vehicle's path giving clear priority to peds when crossing a pedestrian right-of-way. (makes perception match the law)
* Dedicating areas and clearly marking them for bike/scooter/trike/car/whatever share parking.
* Wayfinding signs to the A Line, Larimer/Blake bike lanes, 39th Greenway, and other conveniences that promote more city and neighbor friendly transit options.
* A commitment to Denver's Vision Zero Action Plan in reducing the high injury network status of Downing.
* Shaded areas for pedestrians
* Community involvement in the design and naming.
* A promise to provide recycling and compost services to residents.
* Dedicated areas of the buildings that would facilitate murals
* Sculptural art installed along walking pedestrian paths
Please let us know if you have any additional questions, we can be reached via Facebook, email (email@example.com), or phone (720-663-7317). Keep an eye out for our next post with the letter of support. Thank you! - Mike Dugan, President, CNA ... See MoreSee Less
Hi everyone: I hear your concerns over the non-binding MOU. We had hoped and asked for a binding version but unfortunately that was unworkable for the land owner. This was our next best option. We do believe the intentions to build a grocer and we've been told the store will be announced soon this spring. If you have specific questions or concerns feel free to reach out to CNA (we can get you in contact with the land owner as he has offered to discuss with anyone), Albus Brooks: Denver City Councilman District 9, or comment to city council as a whole. Thanks so much. - Mike Dugan
Attached is the letter of support provided to city council for this rezoning request. Please let us know if you have any questions. We tried to reiterate as many of the neighborhood's concerns as we could. Thanks!
My mind is blown that this would be sufficient in exchange for support of the rezone. This says nothing. No concrete measurable demands, no timelines, not enforceable....I am no lawyer but this seems like a handshake at best. Perhaps a lawyer should have drafted the document and given some actual teeth?
Cindy Keller, Alma-Rosa Mercedes Wold Arteaga Candi CdeBaca FYI Also, see Brad K Evans comment these agreements often are unenforceable or change with ownership.
How about planning that coordinates with L Line extension (in case it happens someday...) I know that isn't necessarily tied to the project, but Downing is going to get a significant change in the process.
You said you’re concerned about bulk and parking. Which of these bullet points addresses these issues? As for parking, are you concerned there won’t be enough parking to accommodate customers?? What are the issues around parking? I’m attending the city council meeting tomorrow night and want to know more so I am better informed for the meeting.
So you are saying that without a firm binding promise from DOMA you are going to support the rezone? DOMA isn't even being asked to pay for the rezone in this situation. What is going to be used for us to hold them accountable? This sounds like the usual Denver Developer Rob and Run.
MOU non-binding. Once they get the rezone they can do whatever they want 🤯
Posted: Wednesday February 27th, 2019 - 1:26 pm
Block Party! this weekend at St. Charles:
Saturday, March 2, 2019
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
St. Charles Recreation Center
3777 N Lafayette St, Denver, CO 80205 ... See MoreSee Less
Posted: Thursday February 7th, 2019 - 1:11 pm
Next Friday 2/15 Walnut St to 40th Ave reopens 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
Sorry we were just informed this opening has been delayed until Tuesday 2/19
I may cry tears of joy when that day comes.
Posted: Wednesday January 16th, 2019 - 7:48 pm
40th Ave to Blake St. reopens tomorrow 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
Posted: Wednesday December 19th, 2018 - 2:18 pm
The CNA Planning and Zoning Committee will not be meeting tonight due to the holidays. Our next regular meeting will be on January 16th, 6pm at Industry Rino
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. Thanks! ... See MoreSee Less
Posted: Thursday September 27th, 2018 - 10:55 am
Temporary Closure Starting October 1
39th Avenue from Williams Street to High Street
Starting on Monday, October 1, 2018, The City and County of Denver and the SEMA Construction design/build team will temporarily close 39th Avenue to vehicle and pedestrian traffic from Williams Street to High Street while crews prepare the area for construction and the relocation of water, storm and sanitary pipes and other utilities.
The closure will be 7 days a week, 24-hours a day and will be in effect through February 2019. Detour routes will be posted to guide motorists and pedestrians around the closures. See attached map for details.
ADVERTENCIA DE TRAFFICO
Cierre temporal a partir del 1 de octubre
39th Avenue desde Williams Street hasta High Street
A partir del lunes 1 de octubre de 2018, la Ciudad y el Condado de Denver y el equipo de diseño y construcción de SEMA Construction cerrarán temporalmente la 39th Avenue al tráfico de vehículos y peatones desde Williams Street a High Street mientras las cuadrillas de obreros preparan el área para la construcción y la reubicación de tuberías de agua, de tormentas y sanitarias y otras utilidades.
El cierre será de 7 días a la semana, las 24 horas del día y estará vigente hasta febrero de 2019. Se publicarán rutas de desvío para guiar a los conductores y peatones alrededor de los cierres. Vea el mapa adjunto para más detalles.
39th Avenue Greenway
Public Information Team
PI Phone: 720-457-6222
Sign up for road closure alerts by texting: 39thAve to 313131 ... See MoreSee Less
Posted: Saturday August 11th, 2018 - 12:19 pm
Resource Fair is popping off at St. Charles! Come on over, free food, great music, cool games, giant inflatable balls you can climb in! Tricycle races! Neighborhood info and more! ... See MoreSee Less
Mike thanks for all you do!
Posted: Thursday August 9th, 2018 - 3:44 pm
Reminder: No CNA meeting tonight, come join us at the East Side Peace March and Resource Fair instead this Saturday!
Starts at 11:00am at Fuller Park
End at 3:00pm at St. Charles Recreation Center
Music, food, games, fun for all!
We are collecting school supply donations for back to school!
Hope you see you there!
The following partners are involved:
St. Charle Rec Center
The Blue Bench
Denver Preschool Program
Mi Familia Vota
Inner City Health Center
Denver Public Health
Denver African American Commission
Denver Health SBHC
Judi's House/JAG Institute
No Mo Violence
Gang Reduction Initiative of Denver
Cole Nieghborhhod Association
Denver Health Enrollment
Your Souls Movement
Colorado Juvenile Defender Center
Dsitrict 2 DPD
cityWILD ... See MoreSee Less
Posted: Tuesday August 7th, 2018 - 2:07 am
The following is from Fred Glick, future Cole neighbor, regarding the proposed rezoning of 3740-3850 York Street
Inner City Health Center (ICHC) has been the owner of 3810-3850 York Street since 2007. They are a non-profit healthcare provider, providing medical and dental services to the uninsured and under-served.
My father, Jerry Glick, and I recently purchased 3840 York and the open quad behind it with a partner who will be moving his business into the existing building. My wife and I purchased 3850 York with the intent of converting it to a single-family residence for our family.
The entire 3810-3850 property is a single zone lot, zoned in 1999, under the old, now obsolete, zoning code known as Former Chapter 59 as B-2 with waivers and conditions. The waivers were the waiving of certain uses (ie. we cannot have a liquor store or auto-body polishing shop), while the condition was a “plat map” with parking and landscaping requirements.
Both we and ICHC have plans for the property which conflict with the landscape and parking plan adopted in 1999. Essentially, very few changes can be made to the properties outside of the building envelopes without modifications to or the rescindment of the “plat map”.
In addition, the existing zone lot cannot be amended to divide the three ownership parcels into separate zone lots without rescinding the plat map. Ownership parcels and zoning parcels do not have to be the same. If different owners share the same zone lot, they require each other’s permission for many types of building permits.
ICHC has purchased adjoining property to the south which is zoned U-MX-3. To better serve their clients and expand the number of people they can serve, they would like to expand their existing building at 3810 York and create additional accessory parking to the south on the newly acquired property.
The 3840 partners would like to eventually be able to build on the quad to the east of 3840 York. Eventually, it may be feasible for the partners to build along York Street as well, but given the nature of York (an industrial arterial) and the surrounding area, this is probably not viable at this time.
3850 will be an interior remodel as well as the addition of an attached garage and an ADU over that garage. That much can be done under the current zoning, but in addition we would like to remove the parking lot to the west of the building (we don’t think our home needs 19 parking spaces…) and create a garden there. We intend to excavate that garden down and create green stormwater infrastructure. Right now, all of the water from the parking lots at 3840 and 3850 just runs directly into the stormwater system, along with any dirt and oil it picks up along the way. We’d like to do better.
We have spent several months working with the City to figure out the best answer to the problems we all face with the current zoning constraints. One solution we discussed was to ask City Council to simply remove the “plat map” from the zoning and leave in place the existing Former Chapter 59 B-2 zoning, but the City, rightfully so, does not like to tinker with the old, obsolete zoning code. The upshot is that we need to rezone the entire property.
We have recently submitted a rezoning application to the City for a PUD. A PUD is a form of customized zoning and while sometimes these outline very specific development plans for large developments (such as new suburbs), they are also used in cases where there are “unique and extraordinary circumstances,” which this property certainly qualifies as.
The 2015 Elyria & Swansea Neighborhoods Plan.and the draft Blueprint Denver update indicate that the property should be some form of three-story, mixed-use zoning. Working with the City, we explored numerous conforming zone districts, but the existing buildings are set too far back from York to really enable ICHC or us to go forward with our plans in a conforming zone district without demolishing the existing buildings, which none of us want or intend to do.
The proposed PUD makes small modifications to the proposed zone districts to enable ICHC to add on to their building and to enable us to build on the quad at 3840 without meeting the usual build-to requirements. Build-to requirements specify how much of the land must be built out with a building within a certain distance of the right-of-way.
ICHC’s property would have a base zone district of U-MX-3, that is an urban, mixed-use zone district with a maximum of three stories allowed. 3840 and 3850 would have a base district of I-MX-3, an industrial-context mixed-use zone district with a maximum of three stories allowed.
In addition, the PUD would require my wife and I to record a public access easement for a 1500 square foot pocket park at the front of our property along York. This is intended to serve as a gateway for the 39th Avenue Greenway and we will work with the Greenway team and the City to make this successful. Essentially it would be a privately-owned public space and we are discussing things like public art, seating and even bike share there.
Is this an up-zoning?
No. The B-2 zoning does not have a specific maximum allowable height. Instead it is based on setbacks and bulk-plane. Our studies indicate that under a B-2 zoning we could build up to seven-stories on the quad. If we were to demolish the existing building at 3840 York, we could probably build at least that high, but as our intent is to preserve that building, we haven’t really studied it.
Does this change the permitted uses on the property?
The current B-2 zoning’s permitted uses are similar to what the proposed zonings would allow. ICHC plans to continue providing health care on their property, we plan to continue office use in 3840 and my family and I will live in 3850. We are not sure what a building on the quad might be used for and that will probably be influenced by what happens around us, including what plans the owners of the warehouse properties to the east of us make.
We hope to go before Planning Board in September. Planning Board, and City Council, who must ultimately approve any rezoning, are always very interested to hear what neighbors think. As such, we would very much appreciate your support.
If you’re willing to support our application, you can contact our case manager, Sara White, Senior City Planner, at Sara.White@denvergov.org. Your note of support should say that you support the proposed rezoning at 3740-3850 York Street and give your name and address.
If you have questions about our application, I’d be more than happy to connect with you. If you have concerns about the proposed rezoning or think you’re opposed to it, please reach out. I’d like to understand your concerns and see if we can address them. I can be reached at fred(at)innoabrd.com.
Thank you for your consideration,
Fred Glick ... See MoreSee Less
Posted: Tuesday August 7th, 2018 - 2:04 am
Construction to close lanes on York Street and 23rd Avenue near City Park Golf Course
Saunders Construction is scheduled to complete paving work along York Street and 23rd Avenue starting August 7, 2018. Access to the Denver Zoo, Denver Museum Nature and Science, and City Park on 23rd Avenue will remain open the entire time from Colorado Boulevard. Detours will be in place for pedestrians, bicycles and vehicle traffic. Please follow appropriate detour signs in the Whittier neighborhood to minimize the traffic impact on nearby neighborhood streets. Workers will make sure traffic continues to flow safely through the work zones.
Three lanes closed, with only one northbound lane open, from 23rd Avenue to 26th Avenue from 8/7 at 8:30 a.m. to 8/10 at 8:30 a.m.
Full closure from 23rd Avenue to 26th Avenue from 8/10 at 8:30 a.m. to 8/12 at 5:00 p.m.
Full closure of 23rd Avenue between Steele and York Streets from 8/10 at 8:30 a.m. to 8/12 at 5:00 p.m.
The majority of the construction work will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., with some night work as necessary. Please note that this schedule may change due to bad weather or other unexpected conditions. For more information, please call the project hotline at 303-386-9150 (TTY: 720-512-7257) or go to the website at www.CPGCredesign.org.
The City and County of Denver and Saunders Construction would like to remind drivers that wearing a safety belt is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. Please drive cautiously in construction zones. ... See MoreSee Less
Posted: Wednesday July 25th, 2018 - 3:52 pm
Cole Community Clean Up!
When: Sat. August 4th 8a – 11a
Where: Alley between Bruce Randolph and York and 33rd and 36th avenues
RSVP: Emily Lapel at Emily.Lapel@denvergov.org
We hope to continue having cleanups throughout the fall! ... See MoreSee Less
Posted: Monday July 2nd, 2018 - 6:19 pm
Mayor Michael B. Hancock’s State of the City Address, 11:00 a.m. | Monday, July 16
Carla Madison Recreation Center
2401 E. Colfax Denver, CO 80206
Followed by a
COMMUNITY COOKOUT | 12-2 PM
Mayor Hancock and city staff will be flippin’ burgers and serving up great grub for the Denver community.
Enjoy the park, complimentary food, lawn games, a rock climbing wall, and your Denver neighbors.
All events are open to the public!
Sign Language and Spanish Translation Available
For other accomodations, Please email Anthony.Aragon@Denvergov.org
Please note that Carla Madison Recreation Center will be closed from 6:30 AM – 4 PM on Monday, July 16 for the 2018 State of the City Address and Community Cookout.
The Address (11 AM) and Community Cookout (12 – 2 PM) are free and open to the public to attend
Pools will open at 3:30 PM to accommodate afternoon swim lessons
The basketball court will be closed all day
We apologize for any inconvenience.
For a listing of Denver recreation centers, please visit: denvergov.org/parksandrecreation ... See MoreSee Less
Posted: Thursday June 28th, 2018 - 1:45 pm
Cole Crime Statistics:
January to May 2017 vs 2018
Estadísticas del crimen de Cole:
Enero a mayo de 2017 vs 2018 ... See MoreSee Less
Posted: Thursday June 28th, 2018 - 1:39 pm
Are you interested in community gardening? Would you like to be a part of the new community gardens along the 39th Ave Greenway? Do you have comments or questions for Denver Urban Gardens? Email: email@example.com or call 303-292-9900
¿Estás interesado en la jardinería comunitaria? ¿Le gustaría ser parte de los nuevos jardines comunitarios a lo largo de la 39th Ave Greenway? ¿Tiene comentarios o preguntas para Denver Urban Gardens? Correo electrónico: firstname.lastname@example.org o llame al 303-292-9900 ... See MoreSee Less
Posted: Thursday June 28th, 2018 - 1:37 pm
Notice of Revised Detour Map for 39th Avenue Greenway 6/27/18
The detour was moved from Franklin St. to Williams St. See the map below. Thank you!
Aviso del mapa de desvío revisado para 39th Avenue Greenway 27/06/18
El desvío se movió de Franklin St. a Williams St. Consulte el mapa a continuación. ¡Gracias! ... See MoreSee Less
Posted: Wednesday June 13th, 2018 - 12:22 pm
Notice of Road Closures
Starting Monday June 18th, the City of Denver and its contractor SEMA Construction, will have the following closures for work on roadway asphalt removal and relocation of water, storm and sanitary pipes:
Blake Street, from 40th Street to Franklin Street.
40th Street, from Franklin Street to Blake Street.
Walnut Street, from 39th Avenue to 40th Avenue.
The closures are 7-days a week, 24-hours a day through the Fall of 2018. Local access will be maintained. Detour routes will be posted to guide motorist around the closures. See attached map for details.
Regular working hours are 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Please contact the project team with any questions at 39thAveGreenway@PublicInfoTeam.com or 720-457-6222. For more information on the project, go to www.39thAveGreenway.org.
ALERTA DE TRÁFICO
Aviso de cierre de carreteras
A partir del lunes 18 de junio, la Ciudad de Denver y su contratista SEMA Construction, tendrá los siguientes cierres para trabajar en la remoción de asfalto de la carretera, la reubicación del agua, las tuberías de tormenta y sanitarias:
Blake Street, desde 40th Street hasta Franklin Street.
40th Street, desde Franklin Street hasta Blake Street.
Walnut Street, desde 39th Avenue hasta 40th Avenue.
Los cierres serán 7 días a la semana, las 24 horas del día hasta el otoño de 2018. El acceso local se mantendrá. Se publicarán rutas de desvío para guiar a los conductores alrededor de los cierres. Vea el mapa adjunto para más detalles.
El horario normal de trabajo será 7:00 a.m. a 6:00 p.m. de lunes a sábado.
Por favor póngase en contacto con el equipo del proyecto si tiene alguna pregunta al respecto en 39thAveGreenway@PublicInfoTeam.com o 720-457-6222. Para obtener más información sobre el proyecto diríjase a www.39thAveGreenway.org.
39th Avenue Greenway
Public Information Team
PI Phone: 720-457-6222 ... See MoreSee Less
Posted: Monday May 7th, 2018 - 2:14 pm
FYI This Wednesday:
Denver will conduct a full three minutes test of the outdoor warning siren system this Wednesday, May 9, at 11:00 a.m. This test is conducted annually in advance of tornado season.
As a reminder, if you hear outdoor warning sirens at any other time, seek shelter immediately. The best places to shelter during a tornado are indoors, in a basement or interior room, and away from windows.
If you are indoors and cannot hear the sirens, that is OK! Sirens are an outdoor warning system designed to alert those who are outside that they need to seek shelter. ... See MoreSee Less
Posted: Sunday April 29th, 2018 - 7:37 pm
The 39th Ave Greenway Project Open House is on Wednesday night, May 2 @ 5:30 p.m. Here is a map to the recreation center 3777 LAFAYETTE ST, Denver. Come provide feedback on the new 12-acre recreational greenway being designed in your neighborhood.The 39th Ave Greenway Project Open House is on Wednesday night, May 2 @ 5:30 p.m. Here is a map to the recreation center 3777 LAFAYETTE ST, Denver. Come provide feedback on the new 12-acre recreational greenway being designed in your neighborhood. ... See MoreSee Less