Among a half-dozen developments in the pipeline that qualify for the parking exemption is Pando Holdings’ plan to build two micro-apartment buildings on small side-by-side lots on Humboldt Street south of 16th Avenue. Its site development plans say each building would have 54 studio apartments, with no parking proposed — an idea that has ruffled some feathers in the neighborhood.
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Presentation on Affordable Housing Fund proposal: Evan Dreyer
Proposal will be presented to Safety & Wellbeing City Council meeting on 7/13/16.
Need for more affordable housing
Rents have increased 30-35% since 2010
87,000 households 0-80% AMI are housing cost-burdened (paying more than 30% of their income on housing and utilities)
Increased gentrification and concentration of poverty
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The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) says the expansion will rejoin communities, strengthen Denver’s economic backbone and bring the highway into the 21st century.
But groups in opposition to the project, of which there are several, refute these claims. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s administration, Denver’s City Council, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have all come under fire from such groups.
What are their worries? And why are they suing? Let The Colorado Independent walk you through the various intersecting issues involved in this contentious debate.
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Grant-Frontier Park is a park at Evans Ave. on the east bank of the South Platte River in southwest Denver, Colorado. It is the site of the Montana City settlement. The park was named in honor of Grant Junior High School (now Grant Middle School) whose teachers and students were responsible for discovering the site, cleaning and restoring it, and researching the history of Montana City.
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“This designation will ensure that even more of the natural landscapes that make this such a distinguished and cherished park will be protected for generations to come,” Hancock said in the designation announcement.
Arts and Venues still owns three other pieces, totaling 76 acres, that Red Rocks advocates told the committee they’d also like to see added to the park. But Gilmore has cited hurdles that include an estate restriction on one and too much distance between some of the parcels and the park.
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Denver’s New Pedestrian Crossing Guidelines – Michael Koslow and Riley LaMie, Denver Public Works
Transportation Engineer Michael Koslow and Associate City Planner Riley LaMie presented the city’s new Pedestrian Crossing Guidelines, a policy document to guide city planners and engineers in determining where and how to improve uncontrolled pedestrian crossings across the city. When a specific location is being considered for a crosswalk treatment – due to neighborhood input, a new development, or staff recommendation – the Pedestrian Crossing Guidelines will lend consistency and transparency in determining an appropriate treatment, if any.
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During Tuesday’s meeting with the council staff, Khalatbari and attorneys Christian Sederberg and Josh Kappel faced questions on several fronts. Those included the potential that one recognized neighborhood group or business district could overrule another in areas with more than one group, and the unprecedented delegation of influence on a licensing decision to outside groups.
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First, show us you understand the problems.
Get rid of the inappropriate name, “Platte to Park Hill” and do not ever, ever, ever use that name in our neighborhoods again. Call it, as I will, the “Golf Course to I-70” project. This project will capture all of the Montclair Creek flows in a ditch at 39th Avenue northwest of Park Hill. It will then connect that ditch to pipes under the railroad, and force those flows through an artificial channel into an artificial “confluence” at Globeville Landing Park, approximately one mile upstream of its historic and natural confluence with the South Platte River.
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Why do we commemorate Independence Day by setting off thousands of small explosions? Because John Adams wanted us to. Before the Declaration of Independence was even signed, he envisioned fireworks as a part of the festivities. In a letter to Abigail Adams on July 3, 1776, he wrote that the occasion should be commemorated “with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”
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Loucks and other Denver city officials say they’re confident they can keep up, including by spot-checking to verify information submitted on online license applications. The city could request documents that show that a listed residence is where the license-holder lives, she said, and will continue to respond to neighbors’ complaints about disturbances caused by guests.
“We have the capability to audit everything that’s in the ordinance — and we will,” Loucks said.
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The final comment from the INC Park members was not having all the details that are yet to be developed and be able to review them for the policy implementation made it difficult to fully support the draft. An example is details about park capacity for events per location within the park. Many factors are considered for park event capacity—parking, public transportation, type of park and other considerations. The committee members supported the idea of creating a consistent policy for rules and regulations to be used for public events in the parks. The completed Rules and Regs must be done by Aug. 10 to present at PRAB.
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Colorado law provides directors and officers of nonprofit corporations, particularly volunteers, with several statutory protections from liability. A nonprofit corporation may, in conformity with the statutory requirements described in the Colorado Nonprofit Act, eliminate or limit the personal liability of a director of the nonprofit from monetary damages for breaches of fiduciary duty, with certain express exceptions, including breach of the duty of loyalty. Nonprofit organizations typically provide such protections to the directors by including indemnification provisions in articles of incorporation and bylaws.
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