Zeppelin Plaintiffs Move to Enjoin I-70 Widening Project

The plaintiffs expect that their requested injunction will be determined no later than early 2018, before CDOT is scheduled to begin construction. CDOT and the FHWA will have an opportunity to respond to the plaintiffs’ motion, and an injunction hearing is possible. If the injunction is granted, it would bode well for a final determination that CDOT would have to reissue an Environmental Impact Study before proceeding with the I-70 project, as “likelihood of success on the merits” is an important factor in obtaining injunctive relief. Likewise, if the injunction is granted, CDOT may not be able to help pay for the Platte to Park Hill project. If that happens, Goldhamer thinks “the City might scrap their Platte to Park Hill project. After all, they did not have any plan for it in Denver’s 2014 Storm Drainage Master Plan, before CDOT apparently realized they needed to account for more drainage issues and talked Denver into helping them out.”

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The Debate Continues: Denver INC Sponsors Public Forum

Public Forum – Elements of Lawsuits Pertaining to Platte to Park Hill Storm Water Diversion & the I-70 Expansion

DENVER – Denver’s Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation is sponsoring an open forum about the elements of lawsuits pertaining to Platte to Park Hill storm water diversion (“The Ditch”) and the I-70 expansion and re-route project. At present, there are four lawsuits pending from various civic organizations. This educational forum will focus on the heart of these lawsuits.

Date/time: Saturday September 9 8:30AM-11:30AM.
Location: Manual High School, 1700 E 28th Ave.

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Documents Relating To CB-16-0306

  This page is intended to reference Council Bill 16-0306 COVER LETTER FROM INC PRESIDENT INC RESOLUTION RE PROPOSED ORDINANCE CB-16-0306 Council Bill 16-306 Introduction Part 1   Council Bill 16-306 Comments Part 2   Council Bill 16-306 Questions and … READ MORE

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Legal floodgate expands to protect public parks

Joe Boven, an active participant in the unfolding event, explains, “These citizens are deeply concerned about the proposed use of City Park Golf Course — which is designated parkland entitled to protection under Denver’s Charter — for purposes both contrary to the public good and park purposes.” They are further concerned that the city has hidden its intention to use a recent stormwater drainage fee increase to fund the Platte to Park Hill drainage system. That system proposes construction of a multi-acre stormwater detention facility in the Golf Course to ease drainage concerns and reduce Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) expenditures for “The Ditch.”

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Before and After Globeville Landing Park

As stated in previous correspondence, we are concerned about the proposed transformation of Globeville Landing Park from its existing conditions to a major detention and conveyance area without full discussion with the community.

The process and proposed utilization of the park is unacceptable. As we discussed, a community meeting in January is essential. Please propose date, time, place for that meeting.
We expect that in addition to your presence, public works, storm drainage, parks and NDCC will be present.
Set forth below are particular issues that must be addressed at the community meeting:

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First set of Discover Requests for the City Park Golf Course lawsuit:

PLAINTIFF’S FIRST SET OF DISCOVERY REQUESTS
Plaintiff, John D. MacFarlane, by and through undersigned counsel, and pursuant to C.R.C.P. 26, 33, 34, and 36, requests the following discovery from Defendants:
DEFINITIONS
1. The term “City” refers to defendant the City and County of Denver.
2. The term “CDOT” refers to the Colorado Department of Transportation.
3. The term “Golf Course” refers to City Park Golf Course.
SERVED ONLY: February 20, 2017 11:46 PM
FILING ID: 66E680DB82F17
CASE NUMBER: 2016CV321262

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Feds launch civil rights investigation into I-70 expansion project through Denver

Earthjustice’s civil rights complaint says the working-class neighborhood has coped for 50 years with the freeway’s original construction. Now it would bear the brunt of new negative effects on residents’ health, quality of life and economic well-being, since dozens would have to relocate. The complaint says the disproportionate impact would violate Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 because CDOT likely will receive federal funding for the project.

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