In September 2016, we held our Visioning series and gathered ideas of what SE Denver residents want in our community. Over 1500 participated in the online survey and 300 attended our two workshops. SE residents love our corner of Denver, but want it to be more walkable, with local restaurants, retail and gathering places for people to meet and linger. These ideas will shape a vision for our area of the city and guide the work of the District 4 Council office.
We now have 4 working groups, comprised of community members who wanted to stay involved with our office. Each group focuses on key aspects that need improvement in our district. The groups brainstorm solutions, use their own connections and come up with creative ways to achieve our goals. Learn more about each working group below!
We also enlisted the help of our working groups to plan a pop-up festival, South by Southeast (SxSE) that was held on August 19 in Bible Park. We couldn't have done it without our great volunteers and working group members! Thanks & we look forward to seeing you for the second annual South by Southeast festival on August 18, 2018!
Arts & Culture Facilities & Public Art
Business Improvement District (BID) & Traffic Safety Advocacy
Research and understand the BID formation process, and collaborate with mobility groups (WalkDenver, BikeDenver, Bicycle Colorado & Transportation Solutions) to advocate for improved traffic safety measures in southeast Denver.
For more info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Municipal Golf Facilities
Short-term: Refocus the efforts of our two golf facilities (Wellshire & Kennedy) to be more inclusive to the entire community.
Long-term: Attract investors to operate a public restaurant at the Wellshire Golf Course & Event Center (3333 S Colorado Blvd).
For more info, contact email@example.com.
Hampden is an important east-west corridor in southeast Denver supporting businesses, restaurants, and retail shops. This state highway transports 90k vehicles per day and incidentally sees a high rate of vehicle crashes. Beginning in 2017, the City & CDOT conducted a study to address safety and mobility concerns along the corridor. Upon completion, pedestrian and vehicle safety were identified as the top priorities. This year, CDOT will repave Hampden and construct medians east of Monaco. The designs are not yet finalized, but we expect multiple intersections will receive pedestrian refuges and signals. Phase 2 improvements will likely include a signal at Verbena and a placemaking median at Monaco. Additionally, I am working to establish a Southmoor Business Association that could someday become a Business Improvement District for Hampden to provide additional resources for improvements like streetscaping, art, placemaking, and marketing.
For more information, visit denvergov.org/hampdenave.
The Southmoor Light Rail Station presents significant potential for improved amenities and land use, but it's current configuration is ill-disposed to the kind of public space that neighborhood residents say they would like in the area. For more information, visit Denver's Southmoor Station TOD page.
Our Southmoor Station Visioning meetings were a great success with hundreds of participants who shared their ideas: You want “local”, “neighborhood-feel”, and “suburban/urban”, restaurants, community spaces, and housing choices like townhomes. You don’t want big box stores, national chains or office buildings. Read the full letter from Councilwoman Kendra Black (PDF).
S Colorado Blvd is a car-oriented, state highway built for cars in the 1950s. It is dominated by commercial uses, but has residential neighborhoods, multi-family, and senior housing adjacent to the commercial corridor. There are no medians, or pedestrian refuges, and sidewalks are either missing or lacking along the 2.3 mile stretch. On February 20, my office held a "SoCo" Visioning & Pop-up Beer Garden event at the Wellshire Event Center. Participants overwhelmingly love the character and identity of the neighborhoods surrounding the corridor but need improved mobility options and proper use of the land to access and support their favorite assets.
Evans Ave from I-25 to Quebec is a mess with an overabundance of storage facilities and random development. It’s ugly, unfriendly and not walkable. At one end, the area near the Colorado Station has the potential to be remade into a community-oriented, walkable neighborhood with human-scaled businesses. At the other end, a reimagined K-Mart could transform the area around Monaco and Evans. CPD has begun the preliminary work around a “Near Southeast” neighborhood plan that will include East Evans and provide us the opportunity to develop a vision and plan for an improved East Evans Avenue.