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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
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.
GARDEN TOUR BENEFIT CONFLICT CENTER
This event benefits The Conflict Center’s school programs, which work to prevent violence and bullying in schools.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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