eNewsletter: Fall 2012

POSTED » October 8th, 2012

Annual Meeting and Elections

Wednesday, October 24th, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Cranmer Park / Hilltop Civic Association Annual Meeting
Carson Elementary School Auditorium, East 1st Avenue & Grape Street

Committee reports will be made and Directors will be elected to serve until 2015. Nominations for Directors may be sent to Andrea Dikeou, 300 Bellaire Street, Denver, CO 80220. Nominations must be received at least 5 days prior to the meeting.

Councilwoman Mary Beth Susman and Officer Tony Burkhardt will speak. There will also be an updates about the Sundial restoration, Trader Joe’s at 9th & Colorado.

The Annual Hilltop Halloween Parade

Sunday, October 28th, 11am-1pm

Meet at Cranmer Park by the Sundial and parade over to Robinson Park with your neighbors and friends for pizza, games and goodies. Please remember to bring canned food donations for the Denver Rescue Mission. If you have any questions or would like to help, please contact Lisa Peloso at lpeloso1@yahoo.com.

Sponsored by Cranmer Park/Hilltop Civic Association, Nest and Denice Reich, Re/Max Central Alliance

9th & Colorado Update

After numerous community meetings and feedback from neighbors, Denver City Council representatives Mary Beth Susman and Jeannie Robb have announced that they will not support Tax Increment Financing (TIF) for infrastructure pertaining to redevelopment of the former University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, generally located at E. 9th Ave. and Colorado Boulevard.  The property is located in both Council members Districts.  The developer, Fuqua Development, has not said how it will proceed as a result of the announcement, but has said that they are considering a number of options for advancement of redevelopment of the site.  Our Association expects to hear more from them in the near future.

Save Our Sundial Campaign

For the past two years, the Cranmer Park – Hilltop Civic Association has been working with representatives of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department staff to discuss the much needed full restoration of the Sundial and the plaza area in Cranmer Park.   While city funds of more than $500,000 have been committed to this project, the entire restoration project requires an additional million dollars to be raised.

Under the guidance of Councilwoman Mary Beth Susman, and with the assistance of The Denver Foundation, a new fundraising effort is about to launch – the Save Our Sundial campaign.    With limited government funding available, the goal is to raise the needed amount through the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations.

Denise Sanderson will be coordinating the efforts of this group, and is currently forming a committee to help with the Save Our Sundial campaign.  If you would like to be involved, please contact her at DeniseSanderson105@gmail.com or at 303-320-1647.

Trader Joe’s Update

Trader Joe’s is proceeding through the City of Denver approvals process and anticipates beginning construction at E. 8th Ave. and Colorado Boulevard in December, 2012.  The Zoning Committee has met with the developer, Jimmy Balafas and Trader Joe’s representatives and generally expressed support for the proposed redevelopment of that property, but has advised them that traffic circulation in and out of the site and through the adjoining neighborhood is a concern to the Association.

New Development at Cedar and Holly

A 5,200 square foot multi-tenant commercial project is planned for the southwest corner of E. Cedar Ave. and S. Holly Street.  The developer, who plans to own and operate the project, anticipates 3 or 4 tenants providing neighborhood services, most likely food and beverage, but states that a liquor license is not part of the plan.  The developer has received approval from the City of Denver for the project and has engaged with our Association to address concerns about hours of operation, deliveries and trash collection, among other particulars.

News from Councilwoman Mary Beth Susman

Thank you to everyone who has shared thoughts, concerns, or support for the project proposed by Fuqua Development – including the proposed addition of Wal-Mart. As you may know, Councilwoman Jeanne Robb and I issued a press release on Friday, September 21st announcing our decision to not support tax increment financing for the Fuqua development plan.  Councilwoman Robb and I were concerned that the project as proposed would not create the mix of uses needed to generate an increase in retail sales for the area. The proposed project is more likely to draw from other retail in the area, thus not producing a true tax increment.  We will continue to work to find a viable alternative for redevelopment of this area.

Trader Joe’s is coming to Denver! The company will build a new store at the corner of East 8th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard – the former site of Annie’s Café. Trader Joe’s has indicated that the new store will have art celebrating the neighborhood!

And finally, neighbors in Crestmoor East will receive an upgrade to the existing storm sewer system.  The Public Works capital improvement project will replace the storm system from just north of 6th Ave at Niagara St, and proceed south to 5th Ave and Newport St. Phase 1 of the project will close westbound 6th Ave 24 hours a day between Quebec and Monaco until October 19th.  After that, they will need to close eastbound 6th Ave between Quebec and Monaco to complete the project.

Visit the 5th Avenue and Newport Street Storm Sewer webpage for current traffic detour information and progress updates.

Crime Prevention. It Starts with You!

While crime is usually low in our Cranmer Park / Hilltop Neighborhood, if you are the one affected it is very traumatic.  A typical scenario:  the potential burglar rings the bell at the front door.  If there is no answer they then go to the rear and take the easiest route in – unlocked door or window, or breaking glass to unlock one.  Be sure your garage door is down and locked and always lock the door that connects into the house.

Thefts from motor vehicles continue to be high.  Never leave anything of value in sight in your car.  If you have several stops to make hide items before you go to your next stop.

Please see the attached link from Denver District Attorney, Mitch Morrissey, regarding Computer and technology theft.

For safety tips, go to our webpage, www.denverhilltop.com, and check the Traffic and Safety section. Additional information and links to city wide resources are available on this page.

Our DPD Community Resource Officer, Tony Burkhardt’s direct number is 720- 913-1231. Tony is also a resident of Hilltop.  DPD Dist. 3 at 1625 S. University Blvd. is our Hilltop Police Department.  Meetings are held at 6 PM the first Thursday of each month, and are open to all.

Buckley Annex Update

Redevelopment of the property known as the Buckley Annex at Lowry has re-started.  After completing a re-use plan in 2008, the project was delayed by federal government processes until May of this year, when the property was finally transferred to the Lowry Redevelopment Authority (LRA). The Buckley Annex is the last large parcel at Lowry and is a little over 70 acres in size, located between Monaco Parkway and Quebec St., south of First Avenue. The LRA recently submitted a General Development Plan (GDP) to the City and County of Denver and anticipates that the GDP process will conclude by the end of this year. The LRA also anticipates commencement of demolition operations before year-end. Demolition will begin with the many acres of former runway and tarmac, followed by deconstruction of the 600,000 square foot Department of Defense Finance and Accounting and Center building. Demolition will not involve implosion of the building and all demolition is expected to take several months to complete. The development plan includes multiple types of housing, neighborhood serving commercial uses and a sizeable component of parkland and open space uses, including reconstruction of existing storm water detention facilities, which will accommodate recreational uses. The LRA anticipates fist home sales in late 2013 or early 2014.

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