Denver City Council District 7 Chris Nevitt October Newsletter

DISTRICT 7 UPDATE from the office of Councilman Chris Nevitt 

Denver City Councilman Chris Nevitt District 7

Mayor Hancock and Councilman Nevitt Tour “Spine of South Denver”: Broadway Corridor

As part of Mayor Hancock’s “Listening Tour” of the City, Councilman Nevitt and the Mayor toured the “Spine of South Denver” – the increasingly vibrant Broadway Corridor that is the southern entrance to the City, and the “zipper” that binds together our eastside and westside neighborhoods.

 

The Mayor and the Councilman kicked-off their tour by visiting several small businesses in the “Mayan District”, the area surrounding the famous Mayan Theater. They visited restaurants like the Walnut RoomSwift’s Steak HousePie HoleIrish Rover, and Karma Asian Cuisine. Moving south, the Councilman and Mayor Hancock visited the new Illegal Pete’s at Alameda and South Broadway, where a great example of a “Good Neighbor Agreement” was forged between the West Washington Park Neighborhood Association and the business owner. Councilman Nevitt and Mayor Hancock spoke with patrons, management, and residents on how successful this neighborhood agreement has been for the restaurant and the neighborhood.

 

The next part of the tour involved a visit to the Alameda Light Rail Station at South Cherokee and Dakota, the site of two complex and inter-related projects: the Dakota Outfall Storm Drainage Project and the D4 Urban “Alameda Station Village” project – a brand new 275-unit, multi-family transit-oriented development project right at the front door of the Alameda Station Light Rail stop. To learn more about both of these projects, click here.

 

Further down South Broadway, past I-25, Mayor Hancock and Councilman Nevitt’s next stop was to tour the recent Broadway streetscape improvements through Antique Row. The pair visited the Antique Exchange, and spoke with the owner about South Broadway’s transformation and what it means to the success of the South Broadway Corridor and the businesses that call it home.

 

After purchasing a few prized antiques, Councilman Nevitt and Mayor Hancock continued south to tour one of District 7’s newest affordable housing developments – Evans Station Lofts, a beautiful multi-story brick building built directly adjacent to the Evans Light Rail Station. Mayor Hancock and Councilman Nevitt visited with residents to discuss the benefits of affordable living right next to light rail, and also talked about the importance of Denver’s “TOD Fund“, which made this project possible, in partnership with the Urban Land Conservancy and affordable housing developers.

 

To cap-off a long afternoon along the “Spine of South Denver”, the Mayor and Councilman Nevitt moved a few blocks east to tour the small business along Old South Pearl Street, including Pajama Baking CompanyCommon Threads, and 5 Green Boxes. The Mayor and Councilman spoke with the South Pearl business owners and patrons about the success and vibrancy of South Pearl, and what it means to have thriving, walkable business districts in our neighborhoods.

 

To end the evening, Councilman Nevitt and Mayor Hancock joined leaders from neighborhoods throughout District 7 for happy hour at the Black Pearl restaurant to talk about anything and everything in their communities. The pair received feedback from neighborhood leaders on a wide range of local issues, including parking, taxes, streets, and parks. It was a lively, honest discussion between elected leaders and their neighborhood activists, and a great way for South Denver’s neighborhood leaders to interact one-on-one with the Mayor and the Councilman.

 

A lot of exciting things happening in Lucky District 7, and the success of the Broadway Corridor – the spine of our South Denver community – is emblematic of how far we’ve come to make our city a great place to live, work, and play.

Environmental Remediation and Demolition Work Continues at Gates Rubber Factory

Over the last couple of weeks, you may have noticed increased activity on the old Gates Rubber Factory site at I-25 and South Broadway. Gates Rubber is pursuing ongoing environmental remediation, and is now moving to removal of underground storage tanks and the metal buildings that covered them – hence the presence of large equipment currently on-site.

 

Depending on the success and speed of current environmental remediation efforts, Gates may also begin demolition of the most recent building on the site – the square, brick, largely windowless building directly adjacent to South Broadway. More information about the status and timeline of activity at the Gates Rubber Factory demolition will be passed along as it becomes available.

Denver’s 2013 Coordinated Election on November 5thDenver voters can expect to begin receiving their ballot in the mail during the week of October 15 for the November 5th Coordinated Election. The ballot will contain candidates for the Denver School Board in DPS Board Districts 2, 3 and 4, and for one At-Large seat. The ballot will also include a number of state and local ballot questions. Residents can register to vote online until Oct. 28. In addition, after passage of more progressive election laws in the year’s legislative session, voters are now also able to register in person all the way up to Election Day. For more information on how to register to vote, or to make sure your registration is current, please visit the Denver Votes website at www.DenverVotes.org. Remember, this will be an all-mail election so it is imperative that we have your current address.The Elections Division’s Voter Service and Polling Center at its main office, 200 W 14th Avenue, will open on Oct. 21. Seven additional Voter Service and Polling Centers will open around Denver on Oct. 28. All sites will offer drive-through ballot drop-off lanes. Locations are:

 

  • Christ Community Church, 8085 E Hampden Ave.
  • Denver Elections Division, 200 W 14th Ave.
  • Denver Police Dept. District 3, 1625 S University Blvd.
  • Harvey Park Recreation Center, 2120 S Tennyson Way.
  • Hiawatha Davis Jr. Recreation Center, 3334 N Holly St.
  • Highlands Recreation Center, 2880 N Osceola St.
  • Montbello Recreation Center, 15555 E 53rd Ave.
  • Montclair Recreation Center, 729 N Ulster Way

 

The Voter Service and Polling Center at the Elections Division main office will be open at the following times: Monday, Oct 21 – Friday, Oct. 25, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Monday, Oct. 28 – Saturday, Nov. 2 and

Monday, Nov. 4, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

 

All other Voter Service and Polling Centers will be open at the following times: Monday, Oct. 28 – Saturday, Nov. 2 and Monday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

 

On Election Day, all Voter Service and Polling Centers will be open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

In addition to the Voter Service and Polling Centers, ballots can be dropped off at any of thirteen 24-hour ballot drop-off boxes. These are located at:

 

  • Barnum Recreation Center, 360 N Hooker St.
  • Blair-Caldwell Library, 2401 Welton St.
  • Central Park Recreation Center, 9651 E Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
  • Denver Elections Division, 200 W 14th Ave.
  • Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 N Colorado Blvd.
  • Denver Police Dept. District 3, 1625 S University Blvd.
  • Harvey Park Recreation Center, 2120 S Tennyson Way.
  • Montbello Recreation Center, 15555 E 53rd Ave.
  • Montclair Recreation Center, 729 N Ulster Way
  • RTD – Southmoor Station, 3737 S Monaco Street Pkwy.
  • Scheitler Recreation Center, 5031 W 46th Ave.
  • Washington Park Recreation Center, 701 S Franklin St.
  • Wellington Webb Building, 201 W Colfax Ave.

 

For additional information, voters can call 720-913-VOTE (8683) or go to www.DenverVotes.org. Voters can also follow the Elections Division on Facebook and Twitter.

Rake, Reuse, & Recycle: 2013 Denver LeafDrop Program
Tidy up your yard, keep the streets clean, reduce greenhouse gases, and create valuable compost when you drop off your leaves at any of the following locations:

 

Saturdays:

Nov. 9, 16, & 23, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Cherry Creek Transfer Station – 7301 E. Jewell Ave.

Cramner Park – 3rd Ave & Clermont St.

South High School – Louisiana Ave. & Franklin St.

 

Sundays:

Nov. 10, 17, & 24, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Cherry Creek Transfer Station – 7301 E. Jewell Ave.

Cramner Park – 3rd Ave & Clermont St.

South High School – Louisiana Ave. & Franklin St.

John F. Kennedy High School – Newland St. & Brown Pl.

Smiley Middle School – 26th Ave. and Holly St.

Sloan’s Lake Park – 17th Ave. & Sheridan Blvd

 

Weekdays:

Oct. 7 through Dec. 4, except holidays, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Cherry Creek Transfer Station – 7301 E. Jewell Ave.

Havana Nursery – 10450 Smith Road.

Weekday LeafDrops must be in tied or secured bags but weekend LeafDrops can be left untied. Save your plastic trash bags and our time by bringing your leaves in paper yard debris bags which, unlike plastic bags, can be composted with your leaves. Better still, bring your leaves in reusable containers or tarps that we can empty and give back. Click here to find out when and where.

 

IMPORTANT: Leaves can only be dropped off at LeafDrop sites during the designated times. We are trying to keep leaves off the street and out of the landfill. Many people are unaware that depositing a big bag of leaves at an unmanned LeafDrop spot is basically the equivalent of illegal dumping and completely defeats the purpose.

 

Click here for a list of citywide locations and other useful information. Remember, you can reclaim your leaves as compost at next spring’s Treecycle Mulch Giveaway & LeafDrop Compost Sale.

Denver Environmental Health Seeks Applications for Sustainable Neighborhoods ProgramDenver Environmental Health is soliciting applications from sustainably-minded residents and neighborhood organizations for Denver’s Sustainable Neighborhoods Program.  Modeled after the City of Lakewood’s Sustainable Neighborhoods Program, the pilot program is aimed at encouraging Denver’s neighborhoods to design and lead community sustainability projects with the potential of achieving City designation as a Sustainable Neighborhood.Two neighborhoods will be selected to participate in the initial 2014 pilot.  Participating Sustainable Neighborhoods will earn credits for achieving sustainable goals, like offering workshops, initiatives and events such as energy audits, bicycle programs and community gardens.Depending on the credits earned in a given year, neighborhoods can receive designation from the City as a “Participating Sustainable Neighborhood” or an “Outstanding Sustainable Neighborhood.”

A “Learning Community” designation will be offered for those neighborhoods not selected to be in the initial pilot program.   As part of this effort, Denver’s Sustainable Neighborhood Program will offer sustainability speakers, events with local nonprofits about how to design and lead projects, as well as build capacity in their community for taking larger sustainability actions.

This “Learning Community” will help other neighborhoods prepare to participate in future rounds of the Sustainable Neighborhoods Network program.

To learn more about program or application process, visit http://SustainableNeighborhoodNetwork.org/Denver. Sustainable Neighborhoods Applications are due November 18.

Denver Seeks Candidates for Immigrant & Refugee CommissionThe City of Denver is seeking qualified candidates for the Denver Immigrant & Refugee Commission. The mission of this board to develop collaborative and partnership potential between Denver’s immigrant and refugee communities and the City & County of Denver and to identify and impact mutual community challenges and opportunities.The Commission has the following powers and duties:

  • Advise the Mayor and the Executive Director of the Agency for Human Rights & Community Partnerships on the issues and opportunities of its respective constituent group.
  • Recommend necessary procedures, programs, local legislation or administrative action and to promote equal rights and opportunity for the people of the city to the Executive Director.
  • Develop and present goals and objectives of the commission to the Executive Director and the Advisory Board annually.

The Commission seeks individuals who are committed to representing their community AND working collaboratively with other immigrant and refugee communities and commissions toward common goals.

 

Commissioner expectations:

  • Either live or work within the City and County of Denver
  • Serve a 2-year term (Commissioners may serve for a total of up to 6 years or 3 terms)
  • Serve without compensation – this is a volunteer Commission
  • Attend All Commission Meetings: Commissioners may be considered for removal if absent for 3 or more official meetings (this is not inclusive of events).
  • Represent the commission at community events and engage the constituents in both problem identification and problem solving.
  • Attend a monthly 2-hour meeting and an annual strategic planning retreat.
  • Attend additional meetings or events as determined by the Commission.
  • Attend the annual Commission Partnership Day  – typically in April
  • Attend the annual Diversity Awards Event – typically in October
  • Attend a New Commissioner Orientation.
  • Participate in collaborative initiatives with other commissioners.
  • Year 1: Draft and Approve By-Laws; Nominate and elect Commission leadership (Chair/Vice-Chair/Secretary), Identify Goals & Objectives

Interested applicants should fill-out the candidate application and questionnaire online here, and provide a resume to Anthony.Aragon@denvergov.org by Friday, October 25, 2013.

Denver Public Safety Cadet Program Upcoming SessionsAre you interested in paid college tuition at Metropolitan State University, or University of Colorado, Denver? How about earning $11.15 an hour for part-time work, and job training with Denver’s Police, Fire, and Sheriff Departments?If you are, the Denver Public Safety Cadet Program may be for you! Information sessions about Denver’s Public Safety Cadet Program will be held:

 

October 9, 2013

North High School Library – 2960 N. Speer Blvd.

5:30-7:30 PM.

 

October 17

John F Kennedy High School Community Room – 2855 Lamar St.

6:00-8:00 PM.

 

Minimum qualifications: high school diploma or GED, valid driver’s license, US citizenship, no felony convictions, no soft drug use in the last year, no hard drug use in the last three years, no more than 60 college credits, and acceptance at MSU or UCD.  For more information, visitwww.denvergov.jobs or call 720-913-3378.

Fit for Fire 5K Run/Walk/Kids’ Siren Scamper fun run on November 3rdCurious what it takes to be a Denver firefighter? Come join the “Fit for Fire Run/Walk/Kids’ Siren Scamper” to talk with firefighters, try on their gear, and get some exercise in Wash Park! Friends of the Denver Fire Department, the Denver Fire Fighters Burn Foundation and the Denver Fire Department Wellness Program will host the 4th annual event on Sunday, November 3 at Wash Park. This is a great chance to meet some of your local neighborhood firefighters and benefit a great cause. Registration opens at 8:00a.m. and the race begins at 9:00a.m. Sign up at www.FitForFire5k.com.The Friends of the Denver Fire Department foundation supports Denver’s Fire Department with direct resources and improves public safety by increasing public awareness of the Fire Department mission and services. The Denver Fire Fighters Burn Foundation is a firefighter-based non-profit organization that provides immediate assistance to citizens suffering after a fire and supports burn prevention and treatment and survivor support and recovery. The Denver Fire Department Wellness program strives to improve the physical fitness, health and wellness of firefighters through enhanced education, research and training, leading to minimized injuries, enhanced job performance and an overall healthy lifestyle.

Sports Authority Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Marathon, October 20thThe annual Sports Authority  Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Marathon and 1/2 Marathon is coming up onSunday, October 20, 2013. Be sure to visit the Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Marathon’s website to view an interactive course map and download PDF versions of the course map and road closure times. Be informed of the road closures and race course so that your day is planned for all the activities and events!
Also, if you’re interested in volunteering or getting more involved with this exciting event, the Rock ‘n’ Roll organizers are still looking for volunteers on the Expo and Race Day. You can sign up to online to volunteer here. Spectators are encouraged to line the route to cheer tens of thousands of athletes to the finish line.

Home Repair Assistance Available for Flood Damaged HomesAs homeowners make important decisions about how to replace and repair recent flood damage to homes, it is important to know that the Denver Energy Challenge is available to help.  Denver Energy Challenge Advisors are available over the phone to help residents with replacing, repairing and restoring water-damaged home equipment and systems such as insulation, furnaces, water heaters, duct systems, washers and other appliances.  Residents in the City and County of Denver can find more information by calling an Energy Advisor 720-865-5520 or visit www.DenverEnergy.org.

Child Care Assistance Program Available for Denver Families

Colorado is the fourth most expensive state for child care costs, so it comes as no surprise that many Denver families struggle to pay for the child care they need to keep a good job or stay in school.  The good news is CCAP, the Child Care Assistance Program, aims to help Denver residents pay for the cost of quality care. Denver currently has no waiting list and is accepting applicants for full or part-time care. Request an application by calling 720-944-KIDS (5437) or download it online atwww.DenverCCAP.org.

A Little Help

A Little Help (ALH) is a non-profit organization that connects neighbors across ages to enhance lives and strengthen our communities. ALH fosters community to help older adults thrive in their homes by connecting folks with services and resources as they navigate the unknowns of aging and build meaningful connections with neighbors of all ages.

 

ALH connects senior members with a variety of services such as transportation, yard work, and minor home repair by coordinating volunteering neighbors or vetted service providers, while creating opportunities for intergenerational connection and community engagement. For more information, join ALH at their next social mixer at the Kennedy Golf Course Restaurant on Tuesday, October 15th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. ALH will provide finger food, and there will be a cash bar with happy hour pricing. Please RSVP to the ALH office 720-242-9032.

Merchants of West Washington Park Beaujolais Nouveau – 4th Annual Night of Wine and Celebration

Tickets are on sale for West Washington Park Merchant Association’s Beaujolais Nouveau, the 4th Annual Night of Wine and Celebration. This year’s event takes place on the evening of November 22nd, from 7:30-10:30pm at the Historic Grant Avenue, 216 S. Grant St. The evening includes wine, hors d’oeuvres, live music, dancing and more. For tickets, visit www.ShopWestWashPark.com.

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