Despite an appeal to the Denver Board of Adjustment the Humboldt Street Neighborhood Association lost its appeal by a vote of 4-1. The administrative appeal was filed by the Humboldt Street Neighborhood Association to the Board of Adjustment for Zoning Appeals in Cases 150-16 ad 151-16. The neighborhood association appealed the granting by the Zoning Administrator of a permit to allow the construction at 108 residential apartments and a restaurant in two new buildings on two adjacent zone lots with no parking spaces at 1570 and 1578 Humboldt Street. Videos from Channel 4 and Channel 7 are provided
In the 32 years he’s lived on Humboldt Street, David Engelken has seen many changes in his neighborhood. He remembers the early ’90s, when prostitutes and drug dealers occupied the brownstones across the street from his house. A decade later, he helped secure the area’s historic designation.
Now Engelken, the vice president of the Humboldt Street Neighborhood Association, and some of his neighbors are taking up a new fight — Engelken’s hardest in the name of the neighborhood yet, he says.
In August, Denver City Council approved a seven-month moratorium on the city’s small-lot parking exemption. The exemption allowed development projects on lots smaller than 6,250 square feet in mixed-use zoning districts to forgo parking in their design. Enacted in 2006, the exemption applied exclusively to the East Colfax Avenue business corridor, to encourage redevelopment on “challenging small lots” in the area, says Andrea Burns, spokeswoman for the city’s Community Planning and Development Department.
Until now, the impact-statement drafts have cited modeling from the Denver Regional Council of Governments that goes through 2035, but White said DRCOG recently updated its models through 2040. The Clean Air Act requires federal environmental impact documents to include data from the peak year of expected air emissions in the project area; given metro Denver’s growth, White said, 2040 will have worse emissions than 2035.
That projection hits on a key point of controversy over the project. The Sierra Club and community groups in March filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, challenging recently changed federal air quality standards that allow for the I-70 project.
The company says petitioners had no basis to request a renewal hearing and that only the Department of Community Planning and Development, not Excise and Licenses, can determine whether plant husbandry is a permitted use.
Besides the Department of Excise and Licenses, Starbuds also names Loucks and the city and county of Denver as defendants in its complaint. Starbuds is represented by attorneys Emilio De Simone and Trevor McFee.
De Simone said housing a dispensary and grow facility in the same building saves Starbuds time and money since the cannabis grown upstairs is sold downstairs.
What if the city forced you to sell your house for a project it promises would prevent disastrous flooding? It’s a threat for as many as 50 homeowners in one of Denver’s oldest neighborhoods.
The controversy is in the heart of the Cole neighborhood just south of the coliseum.
For four years Warren Karberg has called his house near East 38th Avenue and High Street home. “My neighbor here is second generation here. On both sides of me is the same family,” said Karberg.
The project is an important drainage and community improvement effort led by the City and County of Denver that will provide a foundation to identify opportunities for flood protection during significant storm events. It will also identify opportunities for phased enhanced multimodal connectivity, water quality amenities and other community improvements to the Cole, Globeville, Elyria, and Swansea, River North, Clayton, City Park and Northeast Park Hill neighborhoods.
The Colorado Court of Appeals issued a ruling on November 25 that avoids deciding the substance of homeowners’ 2014 lawsuit challenging part of the rezoning of the Buckley Annex parcel on the old Lowry Air Force Base in east Denver.