Cranmer Park/Hilltop Civic Association

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

The following letter dated August 15, 2017 details the recent progress on this development:

Dear Neighbors:

Last fall, developers SMW presented a new plan to the neighborhood group and Cranmer Park/ Hilltop Civic Association (CP/HCA)  for the church property at 30-50 South Colorado Blvd.  After discussion between the parties,  an agreement was reached on a new plan which includes restrictive covenants as discussed below. This agreement with the developers allows them to proceed with a request for G-RH-3 zoning.  The developers had applied for this zoning one year ago with a plan for 54 units, but were turned down by City Council by an 11-0 vote.

The new plan (see PDF here: 30-50 S. Colorado Blvd – 20161110) consists of 11 buildings (22 duplexes) built around an internal lane.  Traffic to this site would come in through Bayaud on the south and Ellsworth on the north, not Colorado Blvd.  There was a lot of concern about traffic backup with ingress from Colorado Boulevard.  The Declaration of Restrictive Covenants runs with the land and is enforced by the CP/HCA.  The covenants include:

  •          a maximum of 22 dwellings as defined by the city zoning code
  •          maximum permitted height of 35 feet
  •          the building form of any dwellings in limited to duplex, row house and single family residential
  •          no other building forms can be utilized
  •          each dwelling will include an enclosed garage containing a minimum of 2 parking spaces
  •          traffic access via Colorado Blvd is prohibited
  •          safety bumps and safety mirrors will be installed in the alley east of the property
  •          6 visitor parking spaces will be provided on the internal lane

In exchange for these covenants, CP/HCA will provide a letter signed by president Jay McCormick supporting the project.  These documents have been signed by both parties.

There were many negotiations required between attorneys to get these documents refined and finalized.  Much appreciation to attorney Joe Reece from the CP/HCA board for his diligence and hard work getting this accomplished.   Thanks also to attorney David Foster who did legal work on behalf of our neighborhood group.  This agreement would not have been accomplished without their advice and counsel.

This has been a long, intensive effort. We could not have accomplished this significant milestone without your ongoing support and commitment. Many thanks again!

Sue Bollman
Cranmer Park-Hilltop Civic Association

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Join us at Cranmer Park for a good old fashioned Independence Day picnic on Saturday, July 1st from 6:00pm until the last sparkle of the Glendale Fireworks, beautifully visible from the park.

We’ll have an assortment of sweet and savory food trucks and The
Denver Municipal Brass Band will play patriotic, jazz and popular music while we wait for the Glendale Fireworks to begin, typically around 9 or 9:30pm when it becomes dark enough.  You are welcome to bring your own picnic baskets and beverages, along with lawn chairs, blankets and games to play.  Be sure to arrive early to meet the Denver Fire Department’s Fire Crew and see their Fire Engine up close – kids love this!

This relaxing and fun event is co-hosted by the Cranmer Park-Hilltop Civic Association and City Councilwoman Mary Beth Susman.

Help us spread the word for this fun event with your neighbors throughout the Hilltop, Crestmoor, Mayfair, Hale and Cherry Creek North neighborhoods.

Food trucks coming to our July 1 event are:

Wheels on Fire – awesome, wood fired pizza with a delicious variety of traditional and gourmet topping styles.
Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs – wide and wild variety of gourmet dogs from the Alaska Reindeer Sausage to the German Veal Brat and the gold standard Hebrew National Hot Dog. Whatever your choice, it’s sure to be delicious.
Roll It Up Sushi – street rolls, bowls and amazing sides.  Their mission is simple: take haute sushi mobile.
Beef King – authentic Chicago-style Italian Beef sandwiches and more.  Vegan and Gluten free options available.

Save room for the sweet stuff!   Both back by popular demand and super delicious: High Point Creamery &  Gigi’s Cupcakes

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Do you value Denver’s park system and recreational programs and amenities?

The Denver Parks and Recreation Game Plan survey is now open! Your voice and input is invaluable. This survey will be open through May 31, 2017. It is available in English and Spanish. Click here to access the survey. At the end of the survey, you will have a chance to win $50 to Target as a thank you for your time. Help us spread the word to your neighbors!

About the Game Plan:

The Game Plan is Denveright’s community planning effort that creates a prioritized roadmap for adapting our parks system and recreational programming and amenities to meet the growing and changing needs of our city over the next 20 years. In a city as active and outdoor-oriented as Denver, our great parks system is essential to our quality of life. The Game Plan is an update of the initial guide adopted in 2003 that helped define Denver’s investments in park and recreational amenities throughout the city. Now is the time to focus on the continued evolution of our park and recreation system with particular consideration to our changing needs for recreation, public health, sustainability and resiliency in the face of growth, climate change and the dynamic changes happening in our city.

For questions about the Game Plan process, email:
If you are part of an organization that would like paper versions of this survey­­ dropped off, please email with the request.

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Neighbors – Councilwoman Mary Beth Susman has shared with us a notification from Xcel Energy.  The company will be performing tree maintscreen-shot-2016-12-14-at-6-56-49-pmenance work in our neighborhood in January 2017.

Please refer to this Map of Line Maintenance Work for areas in our neighborhood where this work will be conducted.  Xcel also has provided a resource which outlines their tree maintenance policy and may provide homeowners an idea of what this work entails: Xcel Tree Maintenance Resource



Saturday, November 12th, 2016

Our District 5 City Council Member Mary Beth Susman and Denver’s Parking Operations team invite you to  a neighborhood meeting regarding the removal of the 2-hour parking restriction signs in a portion of the neighborhood near the Stock and Hill campus.  Study results on parking in the area will be discussed, as well as steps Parking Operations will take going forward.   See  Steck Elem_Parking_PDF for initial August 8, 2016 notice to residents/property owners with details and area affected.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Hill Middle School – Cafeteria
451 Clermont Street

Friday, October 14th, 2016

cover-girls-signJoin us for the annual Hilltop Halloween Parade on Sunday, October 30th from 11am to 1pm. Parade route begins in Cranmer Park and ends up in Robinson Park with games, pizza and treats. For more information and to a volunteer for this fun event, please email Carmelo Paglialunga at

The 2016 Hilltop Halloween Parade is sponsored by Cranmer Park/Hilltop Civic Association • Carmelo Paglialunga, Peter Blank, Sarah LaBram Antonellis: the hilltopsquad of LIV Sotheby’s Realty • Stephanie Lepard, Kentwood Real Estate • Denice & Stephanie: RE/MAX Alliance.

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Please join us for the Annual Meeting of the Cranmer Park / Hilltop Civic Association
Date/sun dialTime: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 5:30 PM until 7:00 PM
Location: Hill Campus of Arts & Sciences Auditorium
Address: 451 Clermont Street

There will be updates on projects in and around the neighborhood. We will hear from our elected officials and our Denver Police Dept. representative(s). Nominations for Directors may be sent to Jay McCormick at 141 S.  Clermont Street and must be received 5 days prior to this meeting.  Directors will be elected to serve until 2019.
We hope to see you there!

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

Denver Public Works-Parking Operations is proposing a change to parking restrictions in the residential streets near the Steck and Hill Schools.  Please review the letter from the city and the map  of proposed streets and contact Parking Operations at with feedback prior to the Aug 22, 2016 deadline.

Steck Elem_Parking_Final

Tuesday, 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


Friday, 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