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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 May we learned King Soopers had to bow out as the anchor tenant at 9th and Colorado because they were not able to comply with some of the approved General Development Plan (GDP) requirements. The anchor store is one aspect of a larger mixed-use plan to redevelop the 28.5-acre site pursuant the GDP and corresponding urban design guidelines that are the result of ten years of collaboration among CU, the city and local residents. In addition to re-mediating the former CU Health Sciences Center and building new infrastructure that will reconnect local neighborhoods, the GDP includes retail shops, offices, restaurants and approximately 325 residential units.
CU will be closing on the residential section of the site with The Lionstone Group by June 14th, and after that, while Lionstone will continue to negotiate with CU, CU will also be entertaining ideas and options from other developers for the rest of the property.
Meanwhile the Denver Urban Renewal Authority (DURA) is moving forward with an Urban Renewal Plan to prepare the site for potential tax increment financing. The goal of the plan is to stimulate growth and development. DURA’s work would include a blight study and public hearing and require approval by the Denver Planning Board and City Council.
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.
The Monrovia, California-based specialty grocery store is expected to open at 8th & Colorado Blvd. in fall 2013. The 14,000 square foot store will have an adjacent 3,740 square foot beer and wine shop. Visit www.traderjoes.com for more information about the neighborhood grocer.