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2383  Jasmine  Street   Coming  Soon!   3  Bed  &  3  Bath   Beautiful  Remodeled  Art   Deco  Home   Steve  LaPorta  

4530  S  Verbana  Street  #307   For  Sale  $665,000   2  Bed  &  3  Bath     Completely  Remodeled  by   renowned  interior  designer   Ann  Torgerson  


2250  S  Zuni  Street   U/C$314,900   3  Bed  &  2  Bath     Completely  renovated     Great  starter  or  rental   Steve  LaPorta  


Recently Sold...

686  S  Pearl  Street   2346  Ash  Street   Sold  $860,000   Sold  $930,000   Wash  Park  Victorian   Historic  Denver  Square   Steve  LaPorta   R.  Locke  &  N.  Kuhl  

3434  High  Street   Sold  $130,400   Curtis  Park  Townhome   Roberta  Locke    

1742  Ivy  Street   Sold  $741,000   Multiple  Offers!   Roberta  Locke  

1601  S  Idalia  #D   Sold  $168,000   Spacious  Townhome   Kathleen  Ruby  

12831  Randolph  St   Sold  $235,000   Represented  Buyers   Nina  Kuhl  

8500  W  1st  Avenue   U/C  $385,000   4  Bed  &  2  Bath     Mid-­�century  home  close  to   Belmar,  large  lot  &  garage   Nina  Kuhl  

October Average Sold Price in Denver Metro Area

7526  Severn  Place   Sold  $840,000   Custom  Home   Ann  Torgerson  


2312  Fairfax  Street   Sold  $900,000     Fix-­�up  with  Large  Lot   Steve  LaPorta  

Prices are flat from the previous month. Has the market finally leveled out? Call us to find out what your home is worth! Data provided by:

8607  E  25th  Place     Stapleton  3  Story   Represented  Buyers   Kathleen  Ruby    

1634  S  Elm  Street   Sold  $427,500   Overasking  Price!   Ann  Torgerson    

7707  S  Cove  Circle   Sold  $333,000   Centennial  Townhome   Jane  McLaughlin  

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Steve LaPorta 303-525-0640 Kathleen Ruby 303-550-3466

Jane McLaughlin Nina Kuhl 303-829-6553 303-913-5858

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Bardenay, The Park Hill Way

yo-Ho-Ho and a Bottle of Bardenay

Dear Neighbors,

A packed Greater Park Hill community meeting meeting Nov. 3 threw nothing but challenges and minutiae at Kevin Settles, who flew in from Idaho to tell us how much he was going to invest in our community. He wants to renovate the vacant old Tower Theater into a distillery-cum-restaurant that will be as unpretentious on the inside (no reservations, no host stand) as quiet on the outside. Instead of a welcome and questions about his new place, he was met with same old hand-wringing about change; traffic, safety, and parking, the things over which Settles has zero control. And a new concern, parking valets running up the street to fetch cars. If neighbors have real concerns about traffic, safety, or change, their issue is with lawmakers and zone-makers, not Settles. Kearney Street’s layout has been set in concrete for decades. What I heard at the meeting was a guy with a proven restaurant formula who is complying with everything the law and zoning requires of him, without asking for favors, exceptions or variances. He will preserve the old building’s mass and footprint with an upbeat facelift. As a preservationist, that’s admirable. With respect to the most vocal issues that were raised at the meeting: Kearney Street will be no more impassable than it is when an SUV captain drops anchor in the middle of the street to ooad little darlings at Dardano’s, and then perhaps have a chat with a friend coming out of Cake Crumbs, oblivious to the line of cars behind them. Kearney Street will be no less safe for people sleepwalking across the street, sensory deprived by smartphones. A new restaurant won’t stop kamikaze bicyclists clueless about traffic safety, or parents pushing strollers up the middle of the street The surrounding neighborhood will have no less street parking than when spaces are filled with contractor trucks, dumpsters, trailers, boats and motor homes enough to fill Bardenay twice. And wouldn’t it be nice if the kid running up the street was a valet and not a burglar? Mr. Settles is betting a boatload of cash he can make a go of a place that’s been the missing tooth in Kearney’s smile for ages. The neighborhood is way better off if he succeeds and no worse if he fails.

Just like you, we cherish our neighborhood. We love being so close to Cake Crumbs and Oblio’s Pizza. We love riding our bikes down 22nd Street with our kids in tow. We love walking our dogs down our tree-lined streets. And just like you, we would love to see a new restaurant or two come to our neighborhood. But we are not interested in sacrificing Park Hill’s character for one more choice. Unfortunately, that is what Bardenay is asking us to do. Bardenay is a distillery/ restaurant sized for the 16th Street Mall, not Kearney Street. At 236 seats, it would be larger than all the other restaurants in our commercial strip, combined. Its disproportionate size would no doubt impact our favorite locally-owned businesses, not to mention raise significant issues regarding parking, traffic, safety, and noise for the entire neighborhood. We are here to offer solutions. Together we must show Bardenay owner Kevin Settles that there actually is a concrete way for his business to enrich, rather than endanger, everything we value about our community. We need you to sign on in support of a Bardenay for Park Hill. What is Bardenay for Park Hill? • A Bardenay that has 125 seats (still bigger than the neighborhood’s largest restaurant). • A Bardenay that commits to o-street parking solutions for at least 50 percent of its driving guests (initial traffic estimates show 115+ additional cars at peak hours). • A Bardenay that closes by 11 p.m., like other neighborhood bars. • A Bardenay that donates 1 percent of its profit to our public Park Hill schools. • And a Bardenay that agrees to a mediated process for handling disputes that arise with businesses or neighbors. All of this can be codified and agreed to within a Good Neighbor Agreement (GNA) or other legally-binding contract between Settles and the Park Hill community. It’s actually quite common. Cherry Tomato and even the tiny Bistro Barbes have GNAs. If we are to take Mr. Settles at his word, he is willing to create a Bardenay for Park Hill. After all, Bardenay’s website proclaims that its “success depends upon the goodwill of the communities in which it operates.â€? If you have concerns or unanswered questions about Bardenay, if you want to protect and enhance the locally-owned businesses on Kearney Street, if you want choices that fit Park Hill and are responsive to our community’s needs, join us and the more than 75 diverse neighbors who have already become engaged in finding such a solution. Our online petition is at Marcin Biegunajtys, Laura and Adam Hu, Karl and Becky Burr, Tarah Infranca, Rev. Margaret Case, Eric and Diana Maurer, Christine and Timothy Dea, Ben Hubbard, Marianne Rinehart

George Dennis, Park Hill Editor’s Note: Check out the Page 1 story about the Bardenay Distillery and Restaurant plan in the October issue, online at We love your letters, and give preference to those that address an issue that has been covered in the newspaper, or a topic that is Park Hill or Denverspecific. Please send letters to editor@ Include your full name, and the neighborhood in which you live. Deadlines are the 15th of each month, for the following month’s issue.

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