Projects

Uinta Way Traffic Study

My office is sponsoring and funding a traffic study of Uinta Way from 11th Avenue to Lowry Boulevard. 

Click here to register for the virtual Uinta Way Traffic Study Public Kickoff Meeting on February 9 at 6:00 p.m.

6th Ave Traffic Study

Our office sponsored and funded a traffic study of 6th Ave between Colorado Boulevard and Quebec Street to identify problems and come up with solutions that the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) can implement to alleviate traffic problems on that road and to improve crossings for people walking and biking.

Watch our January 25, 2022 community meeting with DOTI and Fehr and Peers and the slide deck can be viewed here.(PDF, 683KB)

Watch our June 28, 2022 community meeting with DOTI and Fehr and Peers and the slide deck can be viewed here.(PDF, 5MB)

Watch our August 30, 2022 traffic recommendations community meeting with DOTI and Fehr and Peers and the slide deck can be viewed here.(PDF, 2MB)

Our office and Fehr and Peers put together a complete memorandum(PDF, 204KB) on the proposed changes.

If you'd like to take a deeper dive, feel free to peruse the collected traffic counts(PDF, 3MB) and the cost estimates(PDF, 568KB) as well. 

Our office is now working with DOTI to fund and implement these changes and improve traffic along 6th Avenue.

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South Dayton Street Traffic Study

Our office sponsored and funded a traffic study of South Dayton Street between Alameda Ave and Mississippi Ave to identify problems and come up with solutions that the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) can implement to alleviate traffic problems on that road and to improve crossings for people walking and biking.

 Watch the February 3rd community input meeting and the slide deck can be viewed here.(PDF, 2MB)

Watch the June 28 community meeting and the slide deck can be viewed here.(PDF, 3MB)

Watch the August 30 traffic recommendations community meeting and the slide deck can be viewed here.(PDF, 2MB)

If you'd like to take a deeper dive, feel free to peruse the collected traffic counts(PDF, 196KB) and the cost estimates(PDF, 228KB) as well. 

Our office is now working with DOTI to fund and implement these changes and improve traffic along South Dayton Street. 

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8th Ave Traffic Study

Our office sponsored and funded a traffic study of 8th Ave from Colorado to Quebec to identify problems and come up with solutions that the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) can implement to alleviate traffic problems on that road. 

Watch our community meeting with DOTI, Fehr and Peers, and DPD.

We also held two more meetings, one on Oct 19, 2021 to discuss the results of the study (the slide deck can be viewed here(PDF, 422KB)) and one on Nov 16, 2021 to talk about the recommendations moving forward (the slide deck can be viewed here(PDF, 1MB)).

Our office and Fehr and Peers put together a complete memorandum(PDF, 254KB) on the proposed changes as well as a simplified one pager(PDF, 671KB). You can review both by following the links above.

If you'd like to take a deeper dive, feel free to peruse the collected traffic counts(PDF, 623KB) and the signal warrants(PDF, 55KB) as well.

Our office is now working with DOTI to fund and implement these changes and improve traffic along 8th Ave!

East Park Lowry Community Meetings

Our office organized a bi-yearly community meeting where members of the community, DPD, and other City Agencies and Departments could talk about safety and crime-related issues. Please join us in upcoming meetings. We hold one in April and October. Sign-up to attend the October 25, 2022 meeting here.

Outcomes from these meetings include a HALO camera at Tailwinds Park and an 83% drop in crime.

Previous Meeting Information:

April 2020

October 2020

April 2021

October 2021

April 2022

October 2022

April 2023

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Lowry Visioning

The Lowry 2050 Visioning is a process to look at how Lowry can grow over the next thirty years.

The Lowry 2050 Visioning process kicked off in July. You can view the presentation from the first meeting here. Review the slide deck from the meeting(PDF, 2MB) or check out the minutes from the meeting(PDF, 203KB)

Unfortunately, Lowry United Neighborhoods couldn't find a volunteer to lead this process, so it is on hold. If you are interested in helping with this process, please contact LUN.

Gun Buy-Back Program

In November 2021, CW Sawyer and City of Aurora At-Large Councilmember Curtis Gardner announced a Joint Community Gun Buyback Program that launched in 2022 to help reduce the incidence of gun violence in both cities. RAWtools, a Colorado Springs-based non-profit organization that works with municipalities and faith-based community partners, hosted monthly drive-through gun buyback events. The Denver Broncos partnered with us on our kick off event on March 19th! RAWtools, Inc., was recognized as a recipient of the 2022 Denver Broncos Inspire Change Program and was awarded $35,000.00 thru the teams Social Justice Fund. 

 

Residents can anonymously turn in firearms for destruction. Trained volunteers then destroy recovered firearms to ATF standards and convert them into garden tools and jewelry. While we know that individuals participating in criminal activity will not typically turn in their firearms at a buyback event, working to reduce the number of available guns in our communities is part of an overall strategy to address gun violence. To volunteer, please contact our office.

 

In 2022, 906 weapons were taken off the street. 57% of those were classified as semi-automatic or automatic; 51 of them were assault-style; and attendees from all across the state traveled to turn in weapons. That's harm reduction in action. Click here to view the detailed report from each event.(PDF, 95KB) 

The Denver Broncos won ESPN's 2022 Sports Humanitarian Award for their work in the community, including our gun buyback program. Click here to read the Broncos' excellent wrap-up article.

You can watch our presentation on this program in the Safety, Housing, Education, and Homelessness Committee here (starting at 1:18:00 of the recording)!

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East Colfax Community Policing

It is no secret that our crime rates have gone up dramatically. We have seen a 145% rise in property crime, particularly in package theft and auto theft. No District neighborhood has been more impacted by this increase in crime than East Colfax, where residents have seen a 163% rise in violent person-on-person crime in addition to the property crime. To help support the community, our office partnered with DPD and local neighborhood organizations to write a grant application that will pay for staffing for a pilot community policing program along East Colfax from Monaco to Yosemite, and from 11th Ave. to 17th Ave.

 

We are pleased to announce that the State has awarded us over $260,000 for implementation of this program. The overwhelming support of the District 5 Community – including more than 28 letters and hundreds of petition signatures – put our application over the top. Thank you to all who participated in the process.

Lights On District 5

Did you know that brighter lighting can enhance community safety? We proved it in 2020 with a lighting study done in East Colfax in partnership with Excel Energy, DOTI, and the Denver Police Dept. We added brighter lighting in a pilot area and were able to reduce crime by almost 30% in that area. To address safety issues in Montclair, our office asked Excel to donate two lightbulbs to every house in Montclair to help residents light up the neighborhood. You should receive your lightbulbs in February. Thank you for partnering with us to help stop crime in our neighborhoods! 

Following that success, we partnered with Xcel to distribute lightbulbs to over two-thousand homes in East Colfax so that they could increase their outdoor lighting and help lower crime.(PDF, 976KB)

 

Safety and Security Upgrades to East Colfax

In response to small business concerns about crime and the results of the CPTED study completed for our community policing grant, our office is working to find ways to implement CPTED recommendations. You can download the presentation here.(PPTX, 2MB)

 

Lindsley Park Visioning

The District 5 Council Office has received lots of comments, questions, and ideas from residents about how Lindsley Park could be improved. There are a number of City projects happening in and around Lindsley Park. The goal of this visioning process is to lead a conversation with the community to hear feedback about your vision for the park, and to identify options so that the City can look for potential funding sources for future improvements.

You can view the flyer here.(PDF, 328KB)

Our office has launched a community survey to get your feedback about the park. Please take the survey by November 27th!

Click here to watch the first Lindsley Park Visioning community meeting that took place on November 1. You can view the slide deck from that meeting by clicking here.(PPTX, 8MB)

Click here to watch the second Lindsley Park Visioning community meeting that took place on December 6. You can view the slide deck from that meeting by clicking here.(PPTX, 8MB)

Parks Clean Up Day

Please sign-up to volunteer for Spring Parks Clean-up Day on April 30, 2023, from 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 

Proclamations

 

 

SLOW DOWN Signs

You may have seen these around the neighborhood already! Our office created SLOW DOWN signs and has been distributing them to neighbors to put in their yards. If you'd like a sign or know somebody who does, please email us and we'll set up a time to deliver or have you pick them up!

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WeAreOpenDenver

During the height of the pandemic, Councilwoman Sawyer created an interactive website that showed which businesses were open in Denver. The purpose of this was to help support our small businesses. We have taken the website down now that pandemic-related closures have stopped. Please contact our office for more information.