Continuance of Hearing of 195 S. Monaco
There has been a request from the applicant for the re-zoning at 195 S. Monaco for a continuance of the official hearing of their application so they may make some modifications to their proposal in response to community feedback. This means there will not be a public hearing on Tuesday, March 31st, and the application will be continued to a later date certain. The later date hasn't been decided yet, but I will be sure it doesn't conflict with religious, school or other holidays.
The applicant is working to sort out the modifications to their plan and to better understand the process and timing. The applicant has committed to communicating and working on their changes with the community.
The 9th & Colorado Redevelopment Project
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.
On Monday December 1st, City Council gave preliminary approval for $47 million in tax-increment financing for the project. Final approval is expected to be discussed at the December 8th meeting of City Council.
The closing on the sale of the property is scheduled to occur by the end of 2014. Continuum anticipates beginning work on the project immediately following closing and estimates that the overall project will take approximately five years to complete.
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.
Save the Sundial at Cranmer Park
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.
Boulevard One at Lowry
The Lowry Redevelopment Authority (LRA) has selected the first two rowhome developers for Boulevard One. East West Partners/BuildMark and Koelbel Urban Homes will build modern rowhomes on both sides of Lowry Boulevard from Oneida Court to Niagara Street.
East West Partners and BuildMark will develop 36 three-story rowhomes. Widely known for their work in downtown's Riverfront Park and Union Station, East West and BuildMark have partnered with Sprocket Design-Build, architect and builder of successful multifamily projects in downtown neighborhoods like Highlands, Curtis Park and Jefferson Park. Koelbel Urban Homes will build 35 two- and three-story rowhomes designed by Denver's Neo Studio.
Improvements to First Avenue, from Monaco Parkway to Oneida Court, began in early November. Overhead utilities on the south side of First Avenue will be removed, and new utilities buried. The south side of First Avenue will be further improved with a new sidewalk and street trees. First Avenue will be re-striped to add bicycle lanes on both sides of the street.
For more on this project, view the full project website.
Rosemark at Mayfair Park
Rosemark Development Group broke ground October 15 on Rosemark at Mayfair Park, a new assisted living and memory support residential community on Eighth Avenue and Jersey Street. The 72,000 square-foot, 88-apartment senior living community will offer quiet neighborhood living in the city. “Residents will enjoy an easy and enriching lifestyle, with support as they need it,” said Anne Rosen, principal.
Nestled a short walk from Mayfair Park, the community will have a south-facing, second-floor balcony overlooking lush gardens, bistro lounge, library, home theater room, arts and crafts, exercise/rehabilitation room, beauty salon and Skype services to stay in touch with loved ones. Small pets are welcome. Residents can also participate in daily activities, clubs and local outings. A menu of supportive services will be available to provide assistance with daily living and transportation.
Pictured are (from left) Mike Greaving, of Brinkmann Constructors, Dustin Graul, of Brinkmann Constructors, Kevin Logan, of Studio C, Keith Pomeroy, of Pomeroy Living, Mark Cytrynbaum, of Rosemark Development Group, Anne Rosen, of Rosemark Development Group, Camille Thompson, of CLS, Russ DenBraber, of CLS, and Yong Cho, of Studio C.
City Council Redistricting
At least once every 10 years, the Denver City Council must redraw its district boundaries, based on the latest U.S. Census data. The Denver Charter says the City is to be divided into eleven Council districts; Denver’s population must be as evenly divided among the eleven districts as possible to honor the principle of “one person-one vote”; and Charter further directs that districts must:
o be as compact as possible;
o contain contiguous land area;
o contain whole election precincts; and
o have boundaries established by ordinance.
The 2015 municipal elections will be the first election that the newly approved City Council District boundaries are to be used. A map of these new districts can be found here.