General Membership Meeting
June 11th  7 PM
 

         Sloan's Lake Citizens' Group

 

                                                                   Serving the Sloan's Lake and West Colfax neighborhood since 1978
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             


N e w s l e t t e r

May/June 2014

                                                          Volume 37, Issue 3      

 




SLCG SPONSORS SPRING EGG HUNT

 

Kids from Veterans’ Apartments get ready to hunt for eggs
 
The SLCG sponsored a Spring Egg Hunt for the children living at the Del Norte Veterans’ Apartments and the Lambuth Center.  The event was held on April 19 at Jefferson Park.  Some neighborhood children joined in to help find over 300 candy-filled eggs hidden in the park.  They had to work fast to gather their eggs before the squirrels got them, but a good time was had by all.

Starbucks provided free coffee, and thanks to a donation by the Federal Blvd. Partnership, we were able to purchase breakfast burritos from Araujo’s and Santiago’s and donuts and juice for the children and their parents.  Many thanks to Cindy Snalem for coordinating the event.
 
      
  The race is on to find eggs                                   Two of the youngest participants find eggs    
 

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Participants contemplate
their next moves in chess tournament

 

LOCAL SCHOOLS PARTICIPATE

IN CHESS CHALLENGE

The SLCG helped sponsor the Lake International School Neighborhood Chess Challenge on Saturday, May 17, in the Lake gymnasium.

The event was organized by volunteer chess instructor Tony Frank.  Twenty students from Colfax, Cheltenham, Brown, Lake, and Skinner took part in four rounds of competition in the non-elimination tournament.

All participants received certificates, and the top 3 students in each of three age divisions received trophies.  The first place winners were Robert DeMarius (K-2), Jose Huerta (3-5), and Finn Pfiefer (6-8).

 

Winners display their trophies
 
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EMERALD ASH BORER THREATENS TREES
 
              

Sara Davis from the City Forestry Department explained the threat of the emerald ash borer at the May SLCG meeting.

The emerald ash borer is an exotic insect responsible for the death of millions of ash trees in the United States and Canada.  Native to Asia, it most likely arrived in the U.S. in wood-packing materials used in shipping.  It was first detected in the Detroit area in 2002.  It is difficult to detect because the larvae reside under the bark, and the tree may be infested for up to 4 years before it shows signs of decline. 


The emerald ash borer was detected in Boulder in September 2013.  It has no natural predators and poses a threat because ash trees comprise an estimated 15% of all trees in the Denver area.

Females lay eggs in bark crevices, where they develop into larvae which feed on the inner bark, girdling the tree and disrupting the transportation of water and nutrients, eventually killing the tree.  Adults emerge in the spring and fly off to infest new trees.

Residents with ash trees on their property have decisions to make. 

Trees in the right of way (tree lawns) belong to the city, but are the responsibility of the homeowner. 

Trees killed by the emerald ash borer will need to be removed eventually, but some homeowners may elect to have them removed beforehand.  It is best to hire an arborist or tree service company. A permit is required to remove trees in the public right of way.  Removed ash trees may be used for firewood at the site, but it may not be moved to another location. 


Although treatment is not required for trees more than 5 miles from an infested area, homeowners may opt to apply insecticide treatments to help protect highly valued trees.

If a tree appears unhealthy, it is probably too late to save it.  If a tree is over 15 inches in diameter, you will need to hire a professional for insecticide treatment.  If it is smaller, homeowners may treat it themselves. 

A soil drench containing imidacloprid is recommended.  It may be applied between May 1 and June 15.

More information may be obtained from the Colorado Department of Agriculture or the Colorado State Extension Service. 


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GARDEN TOUR BENEFIT CONFLICT CENTER 
 
 






 The 14th annual Enchanted  Gardens Tour of Northwest Denver  took place on Saturday, June 7,  2014   This self-guided tour began  at The Conflict Center, 4140 Tejon  St.  It featured a fantastic variety of  gardens, a huge silent auction, and  an after-party at the 23rd Avenue  Sculpture Studio with live music by  Jen Lapinski and friends.


This event benefits The Conflict Center’s school programs, which work to prevent violence and bullying in schools.

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POLICE OFFER CRIME PREVENTION TIPS
 

Police District 1 encourages residents to make sure their homes are well-lit.  Increased lighting can lower crime by 20%.  Leave your porch light on all night, consider motion detector lights in the back of your home and in the alley, and connect lamps to automatic timers that turn them on while you are on vacation.

SCAT officer Denise Gomez encouraged residents to report any suspicious activity.  If you notice a streetlight is out, call 311 to report it. 

To discourage thefts from motor vehicles, do not leave cell phones, purses, GPS devices, iPods, or other valuables in your vehicle.  Also do not leave boxes or bags in plain sight.  Thieves may think they contain valuables.

Park in a
 well-lighted area, and always lock your vehicle.  
 
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Design Guidelines Update

 

The City and County of Denver is updating the design guidelines used to evaluate building projects for local landmarks and properties within the boundaries of designated historic districts.

The guidelines help ensure that each proposed project preserves key historic features and is compatible with the character of designated historic buildings, sites and districts. 
Draft guidelines & public comment
Following an intensive public outreach process, Landmark Preservation planners have released a proposed draft of the guidelines. The draft, posted chapter-by-chapter below, includes a summary of the character-defining features for eight of the city's designated historic districts.

An additional chapter on signs is still to come.

A copy of the draft is also available for review in person at the Records Counter on the 2nd floor of the Webb Municipal Building, 201 W. Colfax Ave.

With the draft near completion, we are now soliciting input from Denver residents, neighborhood groups, architects, developers and the community at large. Upcoming opportunities for public input are listed in the column to the right. Members of the public may also contact city staff by phone or email. 
Click here for contact information. Although landmark staff welcome comments on the guidelines or other landmark issues at any time, please submit comments related to the draft below before the July 1 public hearing.
 
Project Background

Written in 1995, the current guidelines are difficult to navigate, do not have many illustrations and do not reflect recent advances in building and construction, including energy-efficient technology, such as solar panels.

Updated guidelines will outline a “how to” approach and will provide easy-to-follow charts and graphs so that property owners and design professionals can more easily navigate through the design review and permitting process.

The Denver Landmark Preservation Commission will hold a public hearing on the updated design guidelines July 1, 2014. The guidelines are slated to go into effect on October 1, 2014.


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TRAMMEL CROW SEEKS ZONING VARIANCE.
TO ELIMINATE REQUIRED ONSITE LOADING REQUIREMENTS.

      
Trammel Crow, the developer of Alexan, is currently seeking a zoning variance related to the loading zone requirements for the apartment buildings on Blocks 5 and 6 of the former St. Anthony’s site.
 
Because the two buildings sit on separate zone lots, each must meet separate onsite loading requirements.  The current zoning requires two loading areas for Block 5 and one for Block 6.

 
Because the parking garage can be used for loading and the buildings on the two blocks are connected, Trammel Crow is seeking a reduction or modification in the requirement.  The elimination of one loading area would permit them to add three more units to the building.  Although EFG and others support the change, some people are concerned that the low clearance in the parking garage would not accommodate moving vans.  A hearing with public comment before the Board of Adjustment is set for June 10.


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  GROUNDBREAKING, MOVIE NIGHT SET FOR ST.ANTHONY’S REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT
            
Two big events are slated for the South Sloan’s Lake Development Project at the former St. Anthony’s Hospital site.

Groundbreaking for the project is scheduled for Tuesday, June 17, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:00.  Parking will be available in the parking garage on the northeast corner of Stuart and Conejos. 
 
To celebrate the redevelopment, a free family film will be shown at Sloan’s Lake Park on Saturday evening, June 21.  The event, which is sponsored by the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, the West Colfax BID, and Enviro Finance Group, will take place on the south side of Sloan’s Lake Park at 17th and Utica.  Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. Food trucks will be on site, and beer will be sold.  Proceeds from the beer sales will benefit Escuela Tlatelolco.  Special Events will begin at 6:00 p.m., and “The Sandlot,” the featured movie, will begin at approximately 8:30 and run for 90 minutes. 
           
Site wide grading is taking place on the site now, and utilities and streets will be added between June and October.  Phase 1 construction should be completed by December, 2015.  Projects in Phase 1 include the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, the Kuhlman
 Block, and Alexan.   The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will have 700 seats and five screens.  In addition, the project will include 6,000 square feet of new retail and restaurants and the renovated Raleigh Building with 8,000 square feet of ground floor retail and 32,000 square feet of new office space.
           
The Kuhlman Building will be transformed into a 40-60 room boutique hotel.  Also included on the block will be 60-70 new market-rate apartments, retail, and restaurants.  The apartment building will not exceed five stories, and there will be one-story retail along 17th Avenue. 
           
The Alexan project on Raleigh between Conejos and 16th Avenue will consist of 370 new market-rate apartments and 10,000 square feet of new retail and restaurants.

The existing parking garage will be wrapped by a 60-unit apartment building
 and connected to a 310-unit building across Raleigh St. by pedestrian bridges. 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

AT SPORTS AUTHORITY FIELD

June 14            Denver Outlaws vs.                           Lizards            7-10 pm
June 21            Denver Outlaws vs.                           Bayhawks       5-8 pm
July 4            
*Denver Outlaws vs.                           Cannons          7-10 pm

July 12             Drums Along the                               Rockies            7-10 pm

July 19-20       Dragon Boat Festival Parking      6 am-6 pm

July 20             Denver Outlaws vs.                         Launch            1-4 pm
July 26            
*Manchester United vs.                 As Roma Soccer  2-5 pm
July 27              Denver Broncos Public                 Practice    TBD
July 30             Denver Broncos Public                 Practice    TBD
August 2        
 *Denver Broncos                              Summer Scrimmage  TBD

August 3         Vans Warped Tour 12 pm

August 7        
*Denver Broncos vs.                         Seattle Seahawks 7-10 pm
*Parking Restrictions enforced
 

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DENVER DAYS TO CLEBRATE

THE MILE HIGH CITY

Mayor Michael Hancock is inviting residents to take part in “Denver Days” August 2-10.  This is a new citywide summer tradition to connect neighbors to neighborhoods.  Ways to get involved include throwing a block party or backyard BBQ, organizing a happy hour at a local bar, cleaning up a block, holding a graffiti paint-a-thon, or participating in National Night Out on August 5.
There were 147 events last year, and they hope to have more this year.  The city will waive insurance requirements and provide barricades for events during that week.  The SLCG plans to participate in an event sponsored by Confluence Ministries at Paco Sanchez Park during Denver Days.  For more information or to register an event, go to www.DenverGov.org/DenverDays, or call 720 865-9082.
 
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MILE HIGH PUP STOP NEW BUSINESS ON FEDERAL

In October 2013, Walter W. Martin, LLC Store Fixtures and Supplies opened its newest business venture—Mile High Pup Stop inside their 8,000 square foot showroom at 1900 Federal Blvd. just west of the stadium.

It is a retail dog shop/boutique for sports fans and their pups.  They feature Colorado NFL, MLB, NHL, and NCAA team jerseys, t-shirts, pet beds, bowls, toys, and gifts.  Their Bulk Bark Bar features unique Colorado-made dog treats and USA-made dog food.

Take your dog for a walk and stop in.  Owner Karri Smith would love to meet you and your pups! 

Mention this ad to receive $2.00 off (Minimum $10 purchase).

 
 
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SLCG WELCOMES NEW AND RENEWING MEMBERS

The SLCG welcomes new members Allan Burch and Nancy Stall.  Thanks to the following people for renewing their memberships: Joe Anderson, Don and Dorolyn Griebenaw, Joe Grindon, Jerry Guida, T. J. Kaufman, David Lehr, Nettie Moore, Rosemary and Steve Moya, and Jeremy and Anna Renken.

 If you have not renewed your membership or

would like to become a member click here:

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL
 or JOIN HERE TODAY
SLOAN'S LAKE CITIZENS' GROUP

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a community-based organization in Northwest Denver 
2224 W 32nd Ave. Denver, Co 80211  303 433.6328
http://www.bienvenidosfoodbank.org
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Be sure to bring your food donations for the Ellen Torres Bienvenidos Food Bank

 
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SLCG
 


General

Meeting

 
 
Wednesday

June 11th, 2014

7 PM-8:30 PM

Merritt Memorial
United Methodist
Church
2246 Irving St
 (23rd & Irving St)

 
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Agenda


Police District One Report
Overview of the 14th annual Dragon Boat Festival July 19th, 20th

Tennyson Center Update

Strategic Planning-90 Day Review

 
 
 
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 SLOAN'S LAKE CITIZENS' GROUP

BOARD MEMBER

CONTACTS
 

 

 

 

President:
Margie Grimsley
303 455.5928

m_grimsley@msn.com


Vice Presidents:
1st V.P.:

Melissa Horn
3030973.5669

melissa.ann.horn@gmail.com
2nd V.P.:
Nettie Moore
303 820.3694

Treasurer:
Jennifer Burstein
303 514.0241
jennifer@jburstein.com


Membership:
Karla Crabb

Events:
Cindy Snalam
303 561.3881
cindysnalam@gmail.com

 

Secretary:
POSITION IS OPEN!!!
LIKE TO HELP OUT?

 

Marketing & Communications:
POSITION IS OPEN!!!
LIKE TO HELP OUT?

 

 

Newsletter & Zoning:
Linda & Tom Brunn
303 477.8423
tbrunn2473@aol.com

 

Board Member At Large:
Jacob Werther
303 892.7164
jdwerther@comcast.net

 

 

OTHER CONTACTS

    
Police Station
District 1:
720 913.0400
fax 720 913.0560
1.dist@denvergov.org

Police
Non-Emergency:

720 913.786

Graffiti Hotline:
720 865.7867


Neighborhood Inspections:
Eugene Lopez
7720 337.3210

District 1 City

Councilwoman:
SusanShepherd
720 337.7701
  

State Senator:

Lucia Guzman
720 833.8990
lucia.guzman.senate@
state.co.us


State Representative:

Dan Pabon
303 866.2954
dan.pabon.house@
state.co.us




 
The Sloan’s Lake Citizen’s Group is a nonprofit that works to maintain and enhance the beauty of the Sloan’s Lake and West Colfax Neighborhoods and to promote the general welfare of its residents, merchants, and property owners.
 
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WEBSITE


The SLCG is pleased to announce that its new website is up and running.
Check it out at:

www.sloanslakecitizensgroup.org



EMAIL

sloanslakecitizensgroup@gmail.com


 

The SLCG newsletter is

published bi-monthly.

 

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