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City Council District 5 is located in east central Denver and serves the diverse neighborhoods of Bellevue-Hale, Crestmoor I & II, East Montclair, Hilltop, Lowry, Mayfair, Mayfair Park, Montclair, South Hilltop, South Park Hill, Windsor Gardens and Winston Downs.
District 5 is home to the Montclair Recreation Center and the Schlessman Library; as well as 2 fire stations, 2 hospitals, 12 schools, 22 parks and the Highline Canal. The Former Lowry Air Force Base has successfully transformed into a thriving community showcasing the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, Colorado Free University, and a charming Town Center with Denver’s first beer garden.
In February we learned that the CU Board of Regents approved the sale of CU’s former Health Sciences Center at 9th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard in Denver to Continuum Partners, a Denver-based developer, for $30 million.
Continuum’s proposal for the 25.918-acre campus encompasses a broad range of residential, office and retail spaces with an emphasis on small and local businesses. Continuum’s plans envision a vibrant, walkable mixed-use neighborhood that creates a memorable place, including a true “town center” with amenities including parks, plazas, and underground parking.
The closing on the sale of the property is scheduled to occur by December 2014. Continuum anticipates beginning work on the project immediately following closing and estimates that the overall project will take approximately five years to complete. At a community meeting on July 15th, Continuum’s Frank Cannon presented a revised master plan. You can see more images and info about the schedule, renderings, and community feedback here. You can contact my office at 720-337-5555 for more information and updates on Continuum’s progress.
For the past two years, the Cranmer Park – Hilltop Civic Association has been working with representatives of the City’s Parks and Recreation Department staff to discuss the much needed full restoration of the Sundial and the plaza area in Cranmer Park. While City funds of more than $550,000 have been committed to this project, the entire restoration project requires an additional million dollars to be raised.
Under the guidance of Councilwoman Mary Beth Susman, and with the assistance of The Denver Foundation, a new fundraising effort has launched – the Save Our Sundial campaign. With limited government funding available, the goal is to raise the needed amount through the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations.
Denise Sanderson will be coordinating the efforts of this group, and is currently forming a committee to help with the Save Our Sundial campaign. If you would like to be involved, please contact her at DeniseSanderson105@gmail.com or at 303-320-1647. To make a contribution to the campaign, choose the Save Our Sundial Fund option in the drop down list, or mail checks to Save Our Sundial Fund, 55 Madison, 8th Floor, Denver, CO 80206.
For more on this project, view the full project website.
See the District 5 paving map