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2383 Â Jasmine Â Street Â Coming Â Soon! Â 3 Â Bed Â & Â 3 Â Bath Â Beautiful Â Remodeled Â Art Â Deco Â Home Â Steve Â LaPorta Â
4530 Â S Â Verbana Â Street Â #307 Â For Â Sale Â $665,000 Â 2 Â Bed Â & Â 3 Â Bath Â Â Completely Â Remodeled Â by Â renowned Â interior Â designer Â Ann Â Torgerson Â
2250 Â S Â Zuni Â Street Â U/C$314,900 Â 3 Â Bed Â & Â 2 Â Bath Â Â Completely Â renovated Â Â Great Â starter Â or Â rental Â Steve Â LaPorta Â
686 Â S Â Pearl Â Street Â 2346 Â Ash Â Street Â Sold Â $860,000 Â Sold Â $930,000 Â Wash Â Park Â Victorian Â Historic Â Denver Â Square Â Steve Â LaPorta Â R. Â Locke Â & Â N. Â Kuhl Â
3434 Â High Â Street Â Sold Â $130,400 Â Curtis Â Park Â Townhome Â Roberta Â Locke Â Â
1742 Â Ivy Â Street Â Sold Â $741,000 Â Multiple Â Offers! Â Roberta Â Locke Â
1601 Â S Â Idalia Â #D Â Sold Â $168,000 Â Spacious Â Townhome Â Kathleen Â Ruby Â
12831 Â Randolph Â St Â Sold Â $235,000 Â Represented Â Buyers Â Nina Â Kuhl Â
8500 Â W Â 1st Â Avenue Â U/C Â $385,000 Â 4 Â Bed Â & Â 2 Â Bath Â Â Mid-Ââ€?century Â home Â close Â to Â Belmar, Â large Â lot Â & Â garage Â Nina Â Kuhl Â
October Average Sold Price in Denver Metro Area
7526 Â Severn Â Place Â Sold Â $840,000 Â Custom Â Home Â Ann Â Torgerson Â
2312 Â Fairfax Â Street Â Sold Â $900,000 Â Â Fix-Ââ€?up Â with Â Large Â Lot Â Steve Â LaPorta Â
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 Â E Â 25th Â Place Â Â Stapleton Â 3 Â Story Â Represented Â Buyers Â Kathleen Â Ruby Â Â
1634 Â S Â Elm Â Street Â Sold Â $427,500 Â Overasking Â Price! Â Ann Â Torgerson Â Â
7707 Â S Â Cove Â Circle Â Sold Â $333,000 Â Centennial Â Townhome Â Jane Â McLaughlin Â
Roberta Locke 303-355-4492 Ann Torgerson 303-522-5922
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
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 Streetâ€™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 buildingâ€™s mass and footprint with an upbeat facelift. As a preservationist, thatâ€™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 oďŹ„oad little darlings at Dardanoâ€™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 wonâ€™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 wouldnâ€™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 thatâ€™s been the missing tooth in Kearneyâ€™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 Oblioâ€™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 Hillâ€™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? â€˘ A Bardenay that has 125 seats (still bigger than the neighborhoodâ€™s largest restaurant). â€˘ A Bardenay that commits to oďŹ€-street parking solutions for at least 50 percent of its driving guests (initial traffic estimates show 115+ additional cars at peak hours). â€˘ A Bardenay that closes by 11 p.m., like other neighborhood bars. â€˘ A Bardenay that donates 1 percent of its profit to our public Park Hill schools. â€˘ 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. Itâ€™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, Bardenayâ€™s website proclaims that its â€œsuccess 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 communityâ€™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 www.lovelivingdenver.com. Marcin Biegunajtys, Laura and Adam HuďŹ€, 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 Editorâ€™s Note: Check out the Page 1 story about the Bardenay Distillery and Restaurant plan in the October issue, online at greaterparkhill.org. 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@ greaterparkhill.org. Include your full name, and the neighborhood in which you live. Deadlines are the 15th of each month, for the following monthâ€™s issue.
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