2018 Civic Association Annual General Meeting Recap, Graland Country Day School, 2nd Floor Conference Room
Wende Reoch, Interim President opened the meeting recapping this past year’s events.
- We added quarterly meetings of the board to our schedule this year to provide more opportunity for neighbors to attend meetings and learn about activities of the board/Association.
- New website launched giving the neighbors the opportunity to join and renew online through PayPal or a credit card. Check payment still an option for those who prefer. We’ve had good engagement and response and are working on building up membership levels to previous years.
- New monthly e-newsletter launched. Please encourage your neighbors to join the association and provide their email addresses to stay current of everything happening in their neighborhood and we welcome ideas for content on both the e-newsletter and website.
- We added a new event for families: Hilltop Summer Movie Nights was well attended with about 300 in attendance for each evening. Lots of good feedback and the volunteer committee is already thinking about ways to improve and make it an even better series next summer.
- Sundial Terrace at Cranmer Park re-opened with much fanfare and excitement after its reconstruction. It’s now ADA accessible and the sidewalks are going in now. There will also be an art installation and pad for port-o-potties coming.
- A new Sponsorship Policy was developed and approved by the board to provide greater transparency and guidance to volunteers working on our various committees.
We elected the following new and returning Directors to the Board for the 3-year term ending in 2021:
Andy Walvoord, Crime and Safety Committee Co-Chair introduced our neighborhood’s CRO Mike Borquez, Denver Police Department’s Division Chief Ron Thomas and the new District 3 Commander Rick Kyle. Crime is significantly down since the arrests of the crew responsible for a large percentage of car theft and garage theft crimes in the Hilltop area (which encompasses both Hilltop and Crestmoor neighborhoods). This group of criminals was caught with the assistance of video from a security camera. We all need to stay vigilant and be aware of crimes of opportunity – unlocked cars, easy access to garages and open doors, unattended and running cars (puffing). The officers emphasized getting to know neighbors and making sure your neighbors know when you are traveling or have packages being delivered. Relationships with your neighbors matter!! There are open community meetings (CAB) at the District 3 precinct (Hilltop south of 6th Ave) on the 1st Tuesday of the month at the 1625 S. University location and at the District 2 precinct (Hilltop north of 6th Ave) on the 4th Thursday at the 3921 Holly St. location.
State Representative Chris Hansen talked about the upcoming election and how this might impact state budget and possible projects.
Councilwoman MaryBeth Susman announced the new shuttle service Chariot and 9+CO announcements including signed tenants Hop Daddy, Postino, Zoe’s Kitchen, the 10-plex movie theater and traffic improvements that are coming including an additional right turn lane from 8th to North Colorado Blvd and a double turn lane from Colorado onto east bound 8th.
Tom Hart, Zoning Committee Chair, provided updates on current available information on developments in the area.
- The church at Leetsdale and Coloraado Blvd is slated for demolition in Q2 of 2019. There will be a maximum of 22 units built on this site.
- The vacant lot at 10 S Colorado is moving forward with 2 duplexes.
- The Denver Tennis Club is working with the Assessors office to change zoning to reduce taxes making it more inline with similar facilities.
- There will be a development eventually built at the vacant church at 8th and Holly. This is TBD.
- There will be a Senior Living facility built at Holly and Leetsdale at the former Robinson Dairy plant. It will be a 3 story, 205 unit building that will begin construction shortly. There is no re-zoning required and therefore no public hearing required.
- The new development at Holly and Cedar known as the Green Flats has a public hearing at the Planning Board on November 7 at 3pm. This takes place at the City and County Building. We encourage our neighbors to review the project and express their thoughts, both pro and con, via the public process. The development is designed to include 23 units, at the current approved zoning of 35 feet height with additional set backs that the developer has agreed to to address concerns of the neighbors. Please see a detailed description of this project here.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:40pm.