Information about Cell Phone Tower proposal at 51 Grape Street

POSTED » May 10th, 2016

From Councilwoman Mary Beth Susman on May 6, 2016:

Thank you all for your emails regarding the proposed construction of an alternative tower structure at 51 Grape Street.  Since I did not know of the proposal until the neighborhood did I asked for a briefing with Community Planning and Development on Wednesday afternoon so I could give more information to you.  There are some important points regarding this proposal.

  • Despite the fact that the application for the alternative tower structure says “Zoning Permit” – this is not a request to change the zoning of the property to allow the structure.
  • The alternative tower structure is already a permitted use within the property’s current zoning.  The actual zoning of the property remains the same, so City Council has no jurisdiction over this matter.  Decision is made by city zoning staff.
  • 51 N Grape St Notification Letter
  • 50 N Grape St ZPIN Submittal & Updated Application

Here is a photo of the alternative structure.




It is made to look like an evergreen tree with the transmitters among the branches at the top.




Comment Period

  • Anyone can send in comments about the proposed structure.
  • Comments should be sent to
  • The comment period ends at 4:30pm on Thursday, May 26, 2016
  • All comments in opposition must refer to criteria for alternative tower structures written in the code found in Sections 11.5.2.B.3 and and show how the proposed structure does not meet one or more of the review criteria.
  • Since the proposal is an “alternative tower structure” it is allowed in residential zones but requires posting of the intent to construct, comment period, etc.

Review Criteria

The sections of the zoning code related to this application are:

The intent of this Section 11.5.2 is to establish regulations for telecommunications facilities to achieve the following goals:

1. To protect residential areas and lands by minimizing adverse impacts of towers;

2. To encourage the location of towers in nonresidential Zone Districts;

3. To minimize the total number of towers in the community;

4. To encourage the joint use of new and existing tower locations;

5. To ensure that towers are located in areas that minimizes adverse impacts;

6. To ensure towers and antennas are configured in a way that minimizes adverse visual impacts by careful design, appropriate siting, landscape screening, and innovative camouflaging techniques;

7. To enhance the ability to provide telecommunications services to the community quickly, effectively and efficiently;

8. To consider public health and safety of telecommunications facilities;

9. To avoid damage to adjacent properties from tower failure through careful engineering and locating of tower structures;

10. To encourage the attachment of antennas to existing structures; and

11. To facilitate the provision of telecommunications services throughout the city

  • See Also:   Requirements for Alternative Tower Structures – Section and other criteria in the zoning code section

   Final Determination

Will be issued and posted during the week of June 6, 2016


  • If the alternative structure is allowed, residents will have 15 days to appeal the decision to the Board of Adjustment.  There is a $300 fee to appeal a decision.
  • If the structure is denied, the applicant (Verizon Wireless) will also have the opportunity to appeal to the Board of Adjustment.
  • Any further appeals will go through Denver District Court.

 For those of you that have voiced specific concerns to me:

  1. Why is this proposal being made?    The current wireless towers are at their maximum capacity and the city’s planning department has been informed to expect as many as 600 new applications (from all wireless carriers) this year.  The majority of these applications are for building and rooftop mounted antenna facilities. The increase in Denver’s population and the fact that there are limited cellular infrastructure in the city makes Denver one of the worst cities in the country for wireless service  In low density residential neighborhoods, there are fewer opportunities to place a tower on top of a multi-story building, so the application has been made for the alternative tower structure.
  2. How stable is it?  The tower is required to have concrete footers buried underground, so it will be much more stable than a tree.
  3. Where are there other towers?  Map of all telecommunication towers within Denver.  Community Planning and Development is working on a map of all telecommunication towers within Denver and expect to have this completed in a few months.
  4. What about health concerns?  Below are links to several sites with information on this concern:
    1. American Cancer Society:
    2. National Institute of Health:
    3. Federal Communications Commission:

Mary Beth Susman, City Council District 5


Summary of Neighborhood Meeting regarding 10-50 S. Colorado Blvd Rezoning Application

POSTED » March 11th, 2016

Please follow these two links to view the most recent rezoning application and a summary of the 3/10/2016 neighborhood meeting.

Hilltop – Summary of Neighborhood Meeting – March 10

UPDATE: Neighborhood Meeting Regarding 10-50 S. Colorado Blvd Rezoning Application

POSTED » February 28th, 2016

Neighbors – please note a change to the agenda for this meeting.
There will be another meeting regarding the proposed rezoning application for 10-50 South Colorado Blvd.  The request is a for a zoning change from E-SU-D to G-MU-3. The application can be viewed here: Shot 2015-06-02 at 5.22.18 PMoning/proposed-rezonings.html  (look on the right side of the page for: 10-50 S. Colorado)
Thursday, March 10 at 6:00pm in the Graland Country Day School Gym (SE corner of First Avenue & Bellaire Street)

The developer of the 50 South Colorado project is further evaluating the proposal for the site’s development and will not be ready to present his considerations at our neighborhood meeting on March 10th. The Association felt it would still be valuable to meet with concerned neighbors.   

Meeting Objective:

  • Clarify the Content of the Rezoning Application
  • Explore Questions, Concerns, Hopes for the Site
  • Explore Next Steps for the Cranmer Park- Hilltop Civic Association

We are very lucky to have a professional meeting facilitator on the Association Board, Mike Hughes has generously offered to facilitate our meeting.

There are 2 PDF’s regarding this project:
1) a letter from a group of neighbors that have concerns about the project: Church Development Update Letter
2) a letter from the developers clarifying their goals: Fellow Neighbors of Hilltop 021416

Denver Digs Trees Now Taking Applications for Free & Low-Cost Trees

POSTED » January 30th, 2016

e64947c95e8ab42f7706682648b0a902.JPG.max800The Park People, a local nonprofit, provides these trees to support the urban forest and improve the quality of life in Denver neighborhoods.

Visit for more info and for the online application (or) request a paper application by calling 303.722.6262.

Applications Due: February 15 
Tree Pick Up & Planting: April 16 
Trees beautify our communities, enhance property values (up to 10%), shade our homes, and help us conserve energy. Let’s make our city an even better place to live, work, and play!

City seeks input on licensing short-term rentals

POSTED » January 29th, 2016

Denver’s Department of Excise and Licenses is developing a framework to regulate short-term rentals (VRBO and AirBnB for examples). The proposal comes at a time when rentals of residential property for fewer than 30 days are growing in popularity in Denver, despite the fact that the Denver Zoning Code currently prohibits them.
In partnership with Councilwoman Mary Beth Susman, Denver Excise and Licenses and Denver Community Planning and Development will be hosting four town hall meetings to outline the proposed licensing and enforcement framework, answer questions and get feedback from the community.
For information on the town halls, the licensing framework and the public review process, or to provide feedback or sign up for email updates, visit
The closest Community Town Hall in our neighborhood is February 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. – Christ Church United Methodist, 690 Colorado Boulevard
See also this Westword article from December 2015: Neighbors think they’re a big pain.
And this Denver Post article: Mountain Towns Learn to Love – and Regulate – Short-Term Rentals. 


POSTED » January 8th, 2016

The Cranmer Park/Hilltop Civic Association is hosting a meeting in conjunction with the Denver Police Department to address the recent increase in crime within the neighborhood.  City Councilwoman Mary Beth Susman and representatives from both DPD District 2 and 3 will attend the meeting.

Thursday, January 14    6 – 7:30 pm
Christ Church United Methodist
690 Colorado Boulevard (across from Snooze)

Agenda to include:
Crime statistics
Best methods to reduce crime
Private patrolling – DPD perspective and any data gathered from the recent trial run over the holidays
The role of the Cranmer Park/Hilltop Civic Association
Open discussion

January 4, 2016 Community Meeting regarding Park Burger

POSTED » December 15th, 2015

Interested neighbors are invited to attend a community meeting on Monday, January 4th at 6 pm at in the Fellowship Hall of Christ Church United Methodist, 690 Colorado Blvd (just off 7th Avenue across from Snooze).  Representatives from Park Burger, a restaurant located at 211 S. Holly St., will be discussing their application for a Hotel and Restaurant Liquor License, which would allow them to serve spirits.

When- January 4th, 2016 at 6:00 PM- 7:45 PM
Where- Christ Church United Methodist, 690 Colorado Blvd. , Denver Colorado.
Located in the Fellowship Hall

Community Meeting – Update on 9th & Colorado Redevelopment Project

POSTED » December 2nd, 2015


Please join Continuum Partners on December 15, 2015 at 6 pm for an update
regarding the progress of the 9th and Colorado project.  The meeting will be
held at Dahlia Street Church of Christ located at 1100 Dahlia Street.

Demolition continues on the site as Continuum Partners moves forward with
development planning.  Come out and learn more about this year’s progress,
construction updates and future development goals for 2016.

Leaf Drop

POSTED » November 4th, 2015

LeafDrop 2015_logo_smallCranmer Park is a WEEKEND ONLY leaf drop-off site from November 7 – November 22; Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Dropping off leaves during other times is considered illegal dumping. Please be respectful of your neighbors and only bring your leaves during designated times. 

There is another location just minutes away that is open during the week:

Cherry Creek Transfer Station, 7301 E. Jewell Ave. (Quebec St. & Cherry Creek Dr. South). Open Mon – Fri, 8 am to 2 pm, October 5 – November 30 (closed on Thanksgiving).

Break the plastic bag habit and use paper bags instead! Denver residents can pick up a free five-pack of paper leaf and yard bags at participating Denver area Ace Hardware stores with a coupon. Visit to print a coupon and see the list of participating Ace Hardware stores.

Help the city manage the LeafDrop program by following these guidelines:

  • Drop sites and free Ace Hardware paper bag offer is for Denver residents only.
  • Make sure leaves do not contain branches or other materials.
  • Never rake or blow leaves into the street as this clogs storm sewers and street sweepers.

Hilltop Halloween Parade

POSTED » October 7th, 2015

Join us for the annual Hilltop Halloween Parade on Sunday, October 25th from 11am to 1pm.  Parade route begins in Cranmer Park and ends up in Robinson Park with games and treats.  Please bring canned goods to support the Denver Rescue Mission.  For more information and to join with your neighbors as a volunteer on this fun event, please email Caroline Evascu.

The 2015 Hilltop Halloween Parade is sponsored by Cranmer Park/Hilltop Civic Association • Nest Children’s Boutique • Carmelo Paglialunga, Peter Blank, Sarah LaBram Antonellis: the hilltopsquad of LIV Sotheby’s Realty • Mor Zucker, Kentwood Real Estate Cherry Creek •  Stephanie Lepard, Kentwood Real Estate • Kelli Barton: Coldwell Banker Devonshire • Denice & Stephanie: RE/MAX  Alliance.

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