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FYI/Happenings $29 Million Project to Establish Brighton as Gateway to Denver Tthe City and County of Denver along with leaders from the River North (RiNo) Art District, broke ground on a $29 million project that will help establish Brighton Boulevard as a major thoroughfare in Denver. The Brighton Boulevard redevelopment project, managed by the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative (NDCC) in partnership with Denver Public Works, will construct critical public infrastructure from 29th to 44th Streets. The first stretch to be improved is from 29th to 40th Streets and includes: · New, continuous sidewalks · Raised, protected bike lanes, also known as cycle tracks · New and upgraded signalized intersections · Bike detection added to three intersections · New landscaping, light fixtures and benches · Additional on-street parking · Utility and drainage improvements “For years, Brighton Boulevard has been a short cut or back door into downtown Denver, but this redevelopment project will make Brighton a new gateway to the city,” said Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “It’s time to make these necessary improvements along the corridor to create safer spaces for all transportation modes and create a vibrant space for River North’s residents and growing businesses.” The project has been a top priority for the NDCC, which is working to improve connectivity for residents across North Denver. “We’re excited to see this project break ground after years of work,” said Anna Jones, Executive Director of the NDCC. “It’s going to have a tremendous impact on the neighborhood, opening up new areas to walk and explore in North Denver." The new Brighton Boulevard will serve as a northern gateway to downtown, a link to DIA, and further stimulate the thriving River North District. “The thoughtful design of the street presents incredible new opportunities for development and activation, lifting economic opportunities for the neighborhood, creating jobs and a safer, more vibrant experience for everyone


who enjoys this special place,” said Jamie Licko, Executive Director of the RiNo Art District. Improvements along Brighton from 29th to 40th Streets are expected to be completed in 2018. The NDCC is Mayor Michael B. Hancock’s initiative to strategically align six redevelopment projects in North Denver. For more information on this project and on the NDCC, please visit

Denver Awarded $1.3 million for Colfax Corridor Connections The City and County of Denver, in partnership with the Regional Transportation District (RTD), has been awarded a $1.35 million grant to improve service to riders along the Colfax Corridor, helping to revitalize Denver’s Main Street with next generation transit infrastructure. The grant is part of the Federal Transit Administration’s Pilot Program for Transit Oriented Development (TOD) planning, which is geared to improve public transportation for America’s communities by providing funding to local communities to integrate land use and transportation planning. The funds will directly go towards planning the Colfax Corridor Connections Bus Rapid Transit project. The addition of Bus Rapid Transit to Colfax would allow for an estimated doubling of the current daily ridership along the corridor. “Accessible mobility choices, like bus rapid transit, can help each and every one of us live better, easier lives. These funds will play a major role in delivering next generation transit for our people.” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “By improving our residents’ connections to economic opportunities and vibrant neighborhoods, the Colfax corridor can better support the needs of local commuters, residents and business.” “As the Denver Metro area continues to grow, smarter, long-term transit-oriented development will play a critical role in easing traffic and connecting Coloradans to school, work, and all of amenities the city has to offer,” said Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet. “Denver already has one of the best transit systems in the country, and

we are thrilled that the city will receive additional resources to improve the Colfax corridor. This grant will help the city and its partners continue building an accessible and efficient system that will strengthen local economies and increase mobility for families.” The Colfax Corridor, stretching from Auraria Campus to Aurora along Colfax Avenue, is primed for TOD planning initiatives that will improve economic development and promote increased transit ridership by linking the neighborhoods along the route; creating an enhanced multimodal system; and encouraging consistent development near stations in a way that preserves the character of neighborhoods while accommodating the population growth expected in Denver and along the Colfax corridor over the next 20 years. “The $1.35 million grant will enable Denver and RTD to improve service to riders by studying transit oriented development,” said Congresswoman Diana DeGette. “The region has experienced tremendous growth while also making worthwhile investments in transit. With this grant, RTD and Denver can do even more to help businesses, residents and stakeholders identify next steps to improve economic development and promote increased transit ridership.” “One of RTD’s busiest transit routes runs through the Colfax Corridor and it is the ideal location for fostering a connection between public transit and the community,” said RTD General Manager and CEO Dave Genova. “We

are excited to partner with the City of Denver to look at the best ways to improve transit in that area and make it easier for people to live, work and play with connections to public transportation.” Planning elements associated with the grant will involve significant public and stakeholder outreach to build consensus and prepare the city, stakeholders, surrounding neighborhoods and potential development partners for the Colfax BRT project’s implementation and the accompanying revitalization that is envisioned for the corridor. The planning tasks that the grant will pay for include: Local Plan Unification, Infrastructure Project Prioritization, Project Gap Analysis and Conceptual Streetscape Design; Displacement Risk Assessment and Affordable Housing Preservation and Development Opportunity Analysis; Displacement Risk Assessment and Small Business Development Strategy; and a Comprehensive Financial Plan, including Innovative Funding Analysis, Financing Strategies for Affordable Housing and Small Businesses, and TOD Related Infrastructure. The planning process will aim to result in concrete strategies and associated implementation tactics to accommodate existing residents. It will also prioritize infrastructure that promotes pedestrian and bicycle connectivity to the corridor, transit ridership and reduced auto use.




FYI/Happenings Denver Secures $6 Million Grant to Advance Smart Transportation Initiatives Mayor Michael B. Hancock today announced the City and County of Denver was awarded a $6 million federal grant to deploy technology that will address traffic congestion. Denver applied for the funding as part of the U.S. Department of Transportation Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment Program. “Denver’s transportation system must evolve as our city continues to grow,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “These funds will play a critical role in addressing transportation and mobility challenges, like traffic congestion, while also delivering measurable, and innovative outcomes for our residents.” The funds will go toward three projects that utilize advanced technology directly to improve transportation safety, efficiency, and community health. The projects include: Partnering with Waze to communicate critical information directly to the public regarding roadway closures, construction, and dangerous intersections, utilizing existing city transportation sensors and detection devices. Transforming highways that run through underserved communities in north Denver into Freight Efficiency

Corridors with new rules that will support freight movement during nonpeak travel hours, reducing congestion, neighborhood noise and pollution. Implementing Automated Pedestrian Detection (APD) technologies known as Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons to improve pedestrian and driver interactions at difficult crossings. All three projects support Denver’s Vision Zero Initiative to eliminate traffic-related deaths and serious injuries on Denver’s roadways. More details on three projects can be found here. News of today’s grant comes on the heels of a $1.3 million grant awarded to Denver yesterday to fund planning for Bus Rapid Transit along East Colfax to improve service to riders and help revitalize Denver’s Main Street with next generation transit infrastructure.

Mayor's Diversity Awards

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Mayor Michael B. Hancock, along with members of his community commissions, last night honored 10 individuals who are Igniting through Inspiration, Innovation and Integration for Impact. The 2016 Mayor’s Diversity Awards were hosted by the Denver Strategic Partnerships Commission. “We are blessed in Denver to have so many diverse leaders making a tremendous difference in our community,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “Through their inspiration, innovation and work toward integration, they truly are having a positive impact on our city, and I’m excited to honor their contributions.” The 2016 community champions are: INSPIRATION Denver Latino Commission Lola and Rob Salazar and the Salazar Family Foundation LGBTQ Commission, The Alexander Foundation Denver African American Commission, Ray Washington INTEGRATION, Strategic Partnerships Commission, Renny Fagan Denver Immigrant & Refugee Commission, Picture Me Here Denver Women’s Commission, Law School Si Se Puede Denver Commission for People with Disabilities, Julie Reiskin INNOVATION Denver Asian American Pacific Islander Commission, Asian Avenue Magazine Denver Commission on Aging, Wade Buchanan Denver American Indian Commission, Ara Cruz

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LoDo Happenings



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MCA Reopening Celebration Finally! We're just a a little over 24 hours from the reopening of the MCA. After a water line break decomissioned the museum for a few weeks, the MCA is

celebrating dry floors and new exhibits this Friday, October 7. The new Fall line up incudes work from Kim Dickey, Nathan Carter, and Bodacioussss .Friday, October 7 • 7 - 10pm (members preview at 6pm) Fright Fest @ Elitch Gardens Every October, nights at Elitch Gardens get a bit cooler and lot creepier. Come see the park as it transforms from Family-by-Day and Fright-by-Night. Enjoy all your favorite theme park rides, but be weary of what’s lurking around corners! Don’t miss out on five weekends of scary fun at Denver’s largest Halloween event! Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through October 30 Union Station Farmer's Market Just a few more Saturdays to enjoy the Union Station Farmer's Market! From 10 to 11, you can even sample dishes from a rotating list of renowned Denver chefs; this week the market will feature Max MacKissock from Bar Dough. Among some of the vendors you can look forward to are Black Cat Farm, Chatfield Farms, Fiore di Latte, Grateful Bread Company, Machete Tacos, Mercantile Dining and Provisions, Oxford Gardens and Pigtrain Coffee.,Saturday, October 8 • 9am - 2pm Upcoming Events @ the Alliance Center, October is jam packed with environmentally themed events at the Alliance Center. This afternoon, head to the Alliance Center for an installment of the Love this Place workshop series. Join government representatives, sustainability leaders, and concerned citizens for a discussion on approaches to maintaining watershed health. After the presentation, chat about clean water in a more informal setting at the Conscious Cocktails event. Don’t forget to register .Thursday, October 6 & Thursday, October 13 The following Thursday, on October 13, learn how our state lawmakers can take simple steps to keep the clean energy industry growing, what it can mean to your business and your community, and how you can get involved in creating a better Colorado. Make sure Colorado stays a leader in clean energy. Exhibit Opening @ Cooper and Dash Did you know that one of LoDo's newest and most unique retailers, Cooper + Dash, also has an art gallery? The in-store gallery will be hosting works from Kaitlin Ziesmer, a Denverbased a freelance and fine artist. Kaitlin attended Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design before beginning her career as an artist. With a preference of working with acrylic on canvas, she also branches into gouache on paper, as well as drawing mediums as well. Often influenced by, but not limited to, film and nature; she creates colorful and vibrant figure paintings with a contemporary twist, reflecting the time



she grew up and the people she surrounds herself with. While you're there, be sure to explore the store - there are incredible finds!Opening Reception is Thursday, October 20 • 7 - 9pm Popup Leash-less Dog Park @ Commons Park Let your dog run free! Bring your furry friends to Commons Park for the pop-up dog off-leash area. Dogs are welcome to enjoy leash-less life through October. Coohill's 5th Anniversary Let's toast to Coohills! Coohills is celebrating its fifth year as Denver’s top European-inspired restaurant by putting on one of its renowned wine dinners. Chef Tom Coohill will then offer a specially created menu of dishes chosen specifically to pair with five Cline Cellars wines. Guests can look forward to French-influenced delicacies as loup de mer “en croute” with a Champagne tarragon nage; McDonald Farms porchetta over chestnut risotto; and a finale flourless cake made with Valrhona Manjari, sided by roasted pear ice cream and drizzled with salted caramel. Saturday, November 12 • Reception at 6:30pm & Dinner at 7pm Be sure to make reservations at (303)623-5700 or email events@

Alliance Francaise de Denver October 28th Join the Alliance Française de Denver for an elegant evening of French culture at the SPACE Gallery in the Art District on Santa Fe. On the evening of Friday, October 28th, the organization will be hosting a Masquerade Charity Ball featuring a multi-course French dinner catered by Bistro Boys, entertainment, dancing, and silent auction. General Admission and VIP tickets are available online. VIP guests will have exclusive access to the venue one hour prior to GA guests, including a private VIP area in at the SPACE Gallery. They will have the opportunity to enjoy specialty wine and hors d'oeuvres, private entertainment by a string quartet, a champagne toast, and first look at all silent auction items. All tickets purchased include hors d'oeuvres, dinner, and unlimited beer and wine refreshments. *A prize will be awarded to the patron who dons the best Masquerade costume. When Friday, October 28th 7:00PM - 10:00PM *Doors open at 6:00PM for VIP guests Where The SPACE Gallery 400 Santa Fe Drive Denver, CO 80204 with any questions.



FYI/Happenings Denver CIty Council At-Large Debbie Ortegas's News and Views Denver has been experiencing rapid growth. It is estimated that 1,000 people a month move to our city. This has put pressure on our transportation system, brought changes to our neighborhoods, and stretched city services. To meet new challenges and prepare for the future, Denver is undertaking Denveright - a planning process focusing on four areas: land use, mobility, parks and recreational resources, and transit. We need to hear your voice and have your input to successfully plan for a future for you, your family, and your business. I encourage you to go online to complete the survey. In this survey, you will respond to general questions about Denver and then questions in the four targeted areas: land use and transportation; parks, open space and recreation; pedestrian amenities and multi-use trails; transit. The City will use the information you provide to update Blueprint Denver, the citywide land-use and transportation plan and Game Plan, the citywide parks and recreation master plan. Two new plans will also be created -- Denver Moves: Transit, a mobility plan for transit and Denver Moves: Pedestrians and Trails, a mobility plan for sidewalks, crossings and trails. There are many opportunities to get involved. You can provide input through the online surveys at, attend a community workshop, look for kiosks at neighborhood events and attend task force meetings that will develop recommendations in each area. Please let me know if you would like a Denveright presentation in your neighborhood. It is important that all voices are heard as we plan for the future. Need to register to vote? Want to know where you can drop off your ballot? Want to learn more about the ballot issues? Visit the Denver Elections Division. Denver Establishes Affordable Housing Fund Denver City Council recently adopted an ordinance establishing an Affordable Housing Fund with a dedicated stream of revenues. I offered an amendment to the ordinance requiring development of a comprehsnive housing plan that must be presented to the City Council for adoption. I was pleased City Council passed the amendment. I believe a housing plan is crucial to provide transparency and wise stewardship of the fund. The ordinance also establishes an Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. Both the Mayor and City Council will make appointments to the committee. If you are interested in applying for a position,


submit your application for Mayoral appointments to Anthony Aragon or application for City Council appointments to Debra Bartleson by Friday, October 14. Specific qualifications are necessary. City Council will appoint one affordable housing advocate and one at-large community member. The mayor will appoint a housing finance expert, homeless provider, community housing development organization representative, an impacted community representative, a major employer, three private sector real estate representatives from the single family, multifamily and commercial sectors, one for-profit affordable housing developer, a non-profit housing developer and an at-large community member. Elections are Coming Up The Denver Elections Division is expecting high turnout for the November 8 election. All registered voters will receive their ballot through the mail. Make sure your address is up-to-date by going to You can receive a ballot and vote in-person at Voter Service and Polling Centers (VSPC) beginning Oct. 17. Ballot can be dropped off at the 24-hour drop boxes or a VSPC. You can register to vote up to and including on Election Day, as long as you have lived in Colorado for at least 22 days. I encourage you to learn about the state ballot issues and review a sample ballot to learn about the candidates running in your area. Transportation Choices at Your Fingertips The GODenver app helps people navigate around town by searching for the cheapest, fastest and greenest ways to move about the city. The app aggregates and calculates the time, cost, carbon footprint and health benefits of walking, biking, driving, parking and taking public transit, as well as the ride-hailing options such as Lyft, Zipcar, Car2Go, Denver BikeShare and B-Cycle. The app is available for iOS and Android systems in the Apple and Google Play app stores as well as at GoDenverApp. com and Need a New Furnace or AC Unit? Purchase Energy Efficient Units for a Discounted Price Denver Environmental Health has partnered with the Energy Efficiency Business Coalition to help you purchase energy efficient heating and cooling systems at a discounted price. For a limited time you receive 15% discount on 95% efficient furnaces and air conditioners. You save an additional $846 if you purchase both, plus a limited number of Xcel rebates are available. Don't miss the deal. 2016 Sustainable Denver Summit The 2016 Sustainable Denver Summit will be held Monday, November 15 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown. Early bird registration is $60 through October 14. The keynote speaker is Gil Penalosa, founder of the non-profit organization 8/80 Cities. The organization's guiding principle if you create

a great city for an 8-year-old and an80-year old, you will create a successful city for all people. Breakout sessions will cover a broad range of topics from air quality to affordable housing to local food. Scholarships are available but you must apply by October 14. Contact Jessica Fischer at jessica.fischer@

Emily Griffith 100 Years! History comes alive at For All Who Wish to Learn, 100 Years of Emily Griffith’s Legacy, a multi-media interactive exhibit in The Denver Public Library Central branch’s Gates Reading Room through December, 2016. Emily Griffith* will make appearances on October 8, November 19, and December 10 from 11 a.m. to noon when she will share the story of her life, legacy, and tragic (and still unsolved) murder. The exhibit itself is open to the public during all library open hours. (*Performance is courtesy of Curious Theater Company) On September 9, 1916, Emily Griffith opened the doors of Opportunity School, expecting just 300 students. In the first week, they served more than 1,400 students. 100 years later, Emily Griffith Technical College (EGTC) serves more than 7,000 students annually. The College and Emily Griffith Foundation have spent 2016 celebrating the life and legacy of Emily Griffith and her Opportunity School. For All Who Wish to Learn showcases some of the hundreds of classes and programs that over two million students have studied throughout the school’s history. Artifacts and images tell the story of the school’s evolving curriculum and the positive impact graduates have had on Denver. EGTC is also seeking to locate and celebrate the estimated 30,000 individuals still living in the metro Denver area who have studied or worked at the school. Schomp Automotive is providing a 3-year lease on a MINI Cooper to one fortunate alumnus or former employee. All of those interested can

register at alumni. The winner will be announced December 3. Emily Griffith Foundation provides financial support to help all students graduate debt free. Programs continue to evolve in response to industry needs and the changing economy in Denver and Colorado. Learn more at

Denver's LeafDrop Runs October - May Fall is here, so now is the time to rake those leaves and compost them through Denver Recycles’ LeafDrop Program starting today! Weekday Drop-Off Sites - Monday – Friday, 8:00am to 2:00pm - Cherry Creek Transfer Station – 7301 E. Jewell Ave. (Quebec St. & Cherry Creek Dr. South) - Havana Nursery – 10450 Smith Rd. (Just south of I-70 on Havana St.) All leaves must be in secured bags and dropped-off during hours of operation, otherwise it is considered illegal dumping. Break the plastic bag habit and use paper bags instead - they can also be composted! Beginning Wednesday, October 12, Denver residents can print a coupon for a free 5-pack of paper leaf bags at The coupon can be redeemed at participating Denver area Ace Hardware stores. Jack-O-Lanterns and pumpkins will be accepted for composting at drop sites. Make sure leaves do not contain branches or other materials. Never rake or blow leaves into the street as this clogs storm sewers and street sweepers. LeafDrop is sponsored by Denver Recycles, in partnership with A1 Organics. For more information, go to




RiNo Happenings

Exciting Opening in the RiNo Neighborhood: Denver Central Market By Lorenzo Gibson RiNo is a place of vision for entrepreneurs, start-ups, DIY makers – a synergetic mix of creative arts, new and old restaurants, music and performance venues, craft distilleries/ micro breweries, fitness studios, and a growing residential community. RiNo is where people want to be a part of what is happening – and things are happening. Change is coming - and is coming quickly! Already, Downtown growth has crossed over the southern boundary of the neighborhood; some things big and tall will be coming soon to the north - the World Trade Center and around the 38th/Blake train station; and Brighton Boulevard improvements and the River North Park will further expedite and open RiNo west of the railroads. The synergy of the neighborhood has long been focused on the creative re-use of vacant industrial and manufacturing buildings – incorporating and living with the grit and remnants of their past use. The new, however, is often not always inclusive of this history and synergetic energy. So it is most heartening when something new – an element of change - is introduced into the neighborhood. Something new that rekindles the spark of creativity, embraces the contextual setting, and sustains the architectural being – values the RiNo Art District and friends are working to achieve and preserve for the future of the neighborhood.

The Denver Central Market is a 23,000 square foot enclosed food market and gathering place housed in the renovated H.H. Tammen office block (circa 1928) on the corner of Larimer and 27th streets. Interestingly, the building also originally had a market function – the production and sale of highly sought after “old western” curios and souvenirs to passing-through tourists. Its central location puts the market within walking distance of many residential neighbors and businesses giving RiNo its own neighborhood market, making it a landmark destination and anchor for the neighborhood. Larimer Street was Denver’s “main street” in the early platting of the city - and remains so for this part of the RiNo neighborhood.It also provides the market with a direct link to customers in Downtown and adjacent lower downtown neighborhoods. Developers Ken Wolf and Jeff Osaka, along with the local architectural firm LIVstudio, have created an ambiance and character reminiscent of the iconic food markets in Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle. The 22-foot high ceilings, original brick walls, natural lighting from floor–to-ceiling original glass windows, and the mix of modern and reused material fixtures and furnishings are perfectly juxtaposed to enhance your meandering stroll past each of the eleven vendor’s stalls. There are no walls or divi-

sions between – each vendor space flows into to the next encouraging you to stop, look, sample, smell, and ponder your purchase whether selecting something to eat here, a take-away food item, or gathering the ingredients for a fine homecooked dinner. “It’s a place for shopping”, says Osaka. “It’s all about the market experience”. The vendors provide the highest quality fresh items to choose from – many prepared and crafted onsite, and many using locally grown/ raised ingredients. Each vendor was selected for its own quality products and compatibility with those of the other vendors. All are introducing new venues, techniques, and items in an entrepreneurial spirit and start-up enthusiasm reflective of the neighborhood’s populace. The vendors in the market include the High Point Creamery RiNo’s first ice cream parlor; Crema Bodega for fresh batched coffees, fruit drinks, and breakfast and lunch bites; Izzo’s Artisan Bakery for long-fermented breads and fresh pastries; Temper - hand crafted fine specialty chocolates and confections; Silva’s Fish Market fresh seafood daily to take home; Local Butcher a full-service all-meats butchery (with daily sandwich specials); Green Seed “vegetable forward” neighborhood produce shop; SK Provisions - slow roasted meats and pre-prepared foods to go or eat here; Vero Italian - Neapolitanstyle pastas and wood fired pizzas eat-in or carry-out; Culture Meat



& Cheese Shop artisan meats and cheeses featuring build-your-own charcuterie boards; and Curio – a neighborhood bar featuring signature and classic cocktails. There is also a friendly and inviting central gathering space adjacent to the bar that looks out to Larimer Street and accesses the patio that stretches along the front of the building. This indoor/outdoor relationship ties the inside activity of the market with that occurring on the street outside anchoring the market into the fabric of the neighborhood. It also gives the gathering place its own buzz - making it the ideal place to meet and greet, network, or just chill and watch the market crowd. Movies and sporting events will be shown on the large screen. WiFi is available and the patio is dog friendly. To enjoy your stroll through the market, remember to order an accompanying “Walktail” – your favorite cocktail or adult beverage. It will make the market shopping experience extra special! The Denver Central Market is located at 2669 Larimer Street in the RiNo neighborhood. Hours are 8am – 8pm daily, but check each vendor for early openings and late closings. The Curio Bar is open until 10 pm Sunday –Thursday and until 12 pm Friday and Saturday. Off-street parking is available in the adjacent lot on Larimer Street. For additional information: –



Arts LoDown 29th Annual Holiday Art Exhibition

Before you know it, the winter holidays will be upon us and the festivities will begin. Be prepared this season, if you aren't already, and finish your gift shopping now to avoid that lastminute hectic rush. Artists on Santa Fe Gallery + Studios has a huge variety of specialty items that will be perfect for your family and friends. Stop in and have a leisurely look at our fantastic array of functional and decorative art. We will be displaying works of fine art - paintings, ceramics, photography, jewelry, and sculpture. Join us during the week and on 1st and 3rd Fridays for fun evenings at our gallery. While you're there, explore two floors of studios inhabited by thirty artists working in a variety of media. Visit with the artists and see what’s happening at Artists on Santa Fe Gallery. The 29th Annual Holiday Exhibition runs Nov. 2 through Dec. 31, 2016. 1st Friday, Nov. 4, 6-9 pm, 3rd Friday,

Nov. 18, 5-8 pm, 1st Friday , Dec. 2, 6-9 pm, 3rd Friday, Dec. 16, 5-8 pm Artists on Santa Fe Gallery 747 Santa Fe Drive Denver, CO 80204 303-573-5903

Su Teatro's El Sol Que Tu Eres

Su Teatro is proud to announce the opening of its 2016 – 2017 theatre season steeped in an explosive action adventure, written and directed by Anthony J. Garcia with music under the direction of Daniel Valdez. The play in English, with music in Spanish, is a retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice Greek myth set in contemporary Mexico. The Sun That You Are – El Sol Que Tu Eres happens during El Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) and the story challenges the power of love. The play blends Greek mythology, Aztec religious beliefs and a contemporary Chicano – Mexicano bond that

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brings the story to life. The play runs October 13 through November 6 at Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive. Performances begin at 7:30 pm with one Sunday matinee on November 6th at 2:00 pm. A Love Story The story sets the characters of Orfeo (Orfeus) and Rudi (Eurydice) in modern day Mexico on El Dia de Los Muertos. The play takes the audience on a journey through a myriad of contemporary issues, from the highest mountains in Mexico in the Aztec underworld of Mictlan. It is from the land of the dead that the couple must return. The metaphors mixing explodes with border crossings, drug cartels and eternal concepts of love and sacrifice collide with mythology. The Collaboration In the fall of 1999 the two collaborators, Garcia and Valdez, began a creative process that sometimes was “long distance” since both men lived in different cities. Anthony Garcia is the long time artistic director and playwright for Su Teatro while Daniel Valdez, musician and composer, is one of the founders of California’s Teatro Campesino. Garcia first watched the film the Academy Award winning film, “Orfeu Negro (Black Orpheus) as a teen and only later understood fully the movie’s significance. Garcia notes, “the movie brought ancient European concepts over to the New World but with a strong African influence.” Along with a musical score by Luis Bonfa and Antonio Carlos Jobim, the film’s concepts and ideas have continued to inspire Garcia’s work. To honor the original inspiration Su Teatro will host a screening of “ Black Orpheus” as part of the monthly XicanIndie First Thursday on October 5th at 6:30 pm. Actors will offer a preview of the play before the screening. Daniel Valdez is known for his seminal album “Mestizo”, numerous film credits including the musical “Zoot Suit”, and work with legendary artists such as Carlos Santana and Linda Ronstadt’s duet with Valdez, El Sol Que Tu Eres yields the title of the play. Working together, Garcia and Valdez looked for the common denominators between our worlds and found inspiration in mythology and rebirth. With Tony Garcia’s script and Daniel Valdez’ music, The Sun That You Are-El Sol Que Tu Eres expresses the themes of eternal love, social justice, and our mortality. Two of Garcia’s play writing signatures, blending humor & prose as well as two languages (Spanish & English), result in an articulate, dynamic and flowing script. The music, written, arranged and directed by Daniel Valdez, include traditional songs (El Sol Que Tu Eres, La Llorona and No Tiene Dicha al Mundo) as well as new compositions, that blend the traditional with the contemporary. Su Teatro’s 2016-2017 Theatre Season begins on October 13 with The Sun That You Are- El Sol Que Tu Eres The play runs through November 6th at Su Teatro Cultural & performing

Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive. Tickets are on sale now, prices are $20 general admission and $17 students and seniors, special group rates are available. Call (303) 296-0219 or

SYNC Gallery Upcoming Exhibitions SYNC Gallery presents A Sense of Place: by Phyllis Rider and Lydia Riegle A Sense of Place describes new works by Phyllis Rider and Lydia Riegle as it relates to travel, to Place, to memory, and to the wonder of multisensory experience. There is often intertwined power and mystery in a sense of place. With this show, the viewer is invited to enter into these highly personal remembered images of the artists to experience often difficult to describe emotions related to Place. Lydia Riegle: Artist Statement This entire body of new work is a postcard of my travels to New Zealand and Australia with my family in 2016. A Sense of Place permeates the abstract images and each are labeled to firmly place what the viewer sees to a specific geographic location. But, to me, understanding a sense of place, involves not only paint but thinking about what place means. Travel is specific, as to New Zealand, but can be recalled as general, the experiences of travel and locations melded together. A sense of the place often possesses an identity and character, which is deeply felt by local people and visitors alike. To some it’s geographical; to some it’s a feeling or view held by people about their place in the place. When I ask my family what A Sense of Place means to them, they respond by saying that thoughts of place are intertwined with: Their personal place in the experience or environment; the actual environmental or unique physical space, which is also made memorable by Culture, Memory, Story and Family I agree, and with that in mind, oil paint and canvas recall a sense of the places that made an impression on me: Milford Sound, Bay of Islands, Waiiti, the verdant expansiveness of New Zealand, and Hastings Reef on the Great Barrier Reef, AUS. SYNC Gallery Located in the Art District on Santa Fe in Denver – known for its vibrant arts scene – SYNC Gallery has become a destination for art lovers. Gallery hours: Thursday 1-4, First & Third Friday 6-9, other Fridays 1-4, Saturday 12-4 or by appointment.




Animal Matters Senior Pets Better with Age Wine, cheese and four-legged friends … some things just get better with age, and our pets are no exception! November is “Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month,” and the Dumb Friends League wants to remind all those looking to add a new pet to their life that love knows no age. There are many benefits to adopting a more mature com-

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panion—because while their coats may be a little gray, their hearts are pure gold. Here are just a few reasons we think you should consider adding an older pet to your life. We all know the phase “with age comes wisdom” and this certainly holds true for older pets. A senior pet is more likely to be housetrained and may already know basic commands and manners. That doesn’t mean that an old dog, or a cat for that matter, can’t learn new tricks. Older pets are great at learning new things and, given their longer attention spans, they are great at focusing on you. What you see is what you get with older pets. Their personalities are already developed so you’ll know if they are the right pet for you and your family. Older pets often take less time

adorable and it is such a rewarding experience to give an older pet a comfortable home. Just imagine all those great senior snuggles you’ll get to take advantage of—and their silver muzzles make for great Instagram posts! Whether you have them for five years or 10, we can’t think of anything more rewarding than making the last years of a pet’s life all that they can be. In honor of “Adopt-a-SeniorPet Month,” during the month of November the Dumb Friends League will be celebrating all that is wonderful about older pets! View all our adoptable pets online at or call (303) 751-5772 to talk to an adoption counselor who can help you find the perfect match. See ad lower left.

to transition and will settle in quickly and make themselves right at home in new surroundings. Adopting a senior pet versus a young one is no less serious a commitment, but it can be a shorter one. If you’re not sure where you’ll be in 10 years, of if you too are approaching your golden years, consider adopting a senior pet. You’ll be providing a loving home for a displaced pet to live out its later years. Best of all, older pets are super

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WHO ARE THE BUYERS By Steve Blank, Managing Broker Liv Sotheby’s International Realty in Writer Square

Millennials (M’s) have recently become the largest demographic group of U.S. homebuyers, eclipsing 35% of the market. Born after 1980 and into the mid-1990s, M’s, also known as Gen-Y’ers, include over 50 million of our population. Much of our society, and certainly the media, has painted this group as lost, poor and in debt, apolitical, not easily employable, and of course, entitled. There may be some truth to those observations, however they are learning, developing, and aging in fine fashion. As they mature, many have a great desire and drive to grow both professionally and personally. They have achieved higher levels of education and show a propensity to develop strong budget skills and long term planning. They are tech savvy, social, optimistic, and good multi-taskers. They have learned incredible lessons as they witnessed one of the worst financial meltdowns in history. Keep in mind, they were entering the workforce before, during and after the recession. - It was tougher to land and keep jobs - Watched colleagues (even Baby Boomers) lose jobs and entire lifesavings - Witnessed their parents panic about the stock market and a prior

steady financial future They watched Bernie Madoff rob thousands of people, businesses and charities. They learned to question laws of organization and investments in general. They have also learned that owning real estate long-term is not only the safest investment, but also selfdirected. The older M’s - in their mid-thirties - are spending their money on appreciable assets like the stock market and real estate as opposed to cars, lots of clothing, and other depreciable items. They average 30K in student loans and make it a priority to pay that and other debts as quickly as possible. They carry fewer credit cards and average only $2,700 of cc debt, which is 40% less than the national average. Less than half M’s own cars, especially in larger metro areas. Not only do they not carry car debt and related liabilities, but this is also the rationale behind new apartment buildings and condos; building far less available parking. According to Pew Social Trends, M’s have the highest High School graduation rate (72%) with over 60% going to college. Sixty percent of M’s either own or plan to buy a home within the next year. Many urban M’s are squeezing into new buildings offering studios with 400-500 sq ft and living in an efficient world. Older M’s are having families and are becoming more concerned with bedrooms, yards and schools. The Baby Boomers (BB’s) were born between 19481964 and total nearly 78 million. They comprise 25% of the population, but control 70%

UNITING Preferred finishes include: of our financial assets and are extraordinary - Tile and marble floors responsible for 50% of discreproperties - Walk-in closets tionary spending. Today, 80% of - Steam showers WITH BB’s own their homes while 25% extraordinary - Media room of those own at least one other lives Large windows type of real estate such as a vaca- High level appliances tion home or rental property, and CONSIDERED ONEceilings OF DENVER'S TOP PRODUCERS, - High according to Trulia are 31% of FEW PEOPLE-KNOW DOWNTOWN DENVER REAL ESTATE French doors all home ownership. They both BETTER THAN DENA PASTORINI. - Murphy bed in a study or want and need to work and will As a long time resident of Riverfront Park, Dena serves as a 2nd bedroom do so into retirement years. A broker at LIV Sotheby's International Realty, working with variety of reasons include off-set- Sellers and Buyers throughout all of central Denver. Millennials and Baby Boomers ting investment losses from 2000 are the two largest demographic thru 2011, supporting aging par720.233.9096 • segments in the real estate ents, helping their own children, market today. Their needs and medical expenses, and suppledesires change to meet their lifementing retirement income as styles. This article is written to we live longer. address fairly and comprehensively, some current trends and So what is this demographic considerations buyers and sellers looking for? are focusing on. - Will trade up or down in size will - Many still retire to warmer 1590 Little RavenMillennials Street #507 1401continue Wewatta Streetto #PH4 4 Beds • 5 Baths • 4,071 SFstrong • $3,250,000as 2first Beds • 3time Baths • 2,678 SF • $2,000,000 grow and climates, but a good percentage move-up buyers for the next are preferring to live closer to decade, and beyond. Baby family and friends. Boomers have been and will con- Newer home designs for BB’s tinue to be empty nesters who are going on a diet. They want will be retiring with new lifestyle full amenity homes and lifestyles plans, and shall prove to make in a smaller footprint and on one 1590 Little Raven Street that #302 represent 1720 Wynkoop Street #212 a higher floor. They prefer great rooms3 Beds as • 3 Bathsmoves • 2,484 SF • $1,400,000 2 Beds • 2 Baths • 2,456 SF • $1,189,000 dollar volume of sales in general. opposed to formal living, dining They are the wealthiest demoand family rooms. graphic in the U.S. and as such, - When considering retirewill command much attention to ment, they want to pay down their needs and wants. Whether mortgage debt and lower living in the metropolitan cities or in expenses, hoping to free up the resort towns, they bring the equity for travel, medical and 1022 Pearl Street #101 2210 Blake Street #402 majority of wealth 3 Beds • 3 Baths • 2,771 SF • $950,000 2 Bedsand • 2 Bathsequity • 1,793 SF • $869,000 home remodeling among other to the market, including helping reasons. the M’s purchase their homes. - They prefer being able to It is an ever-changing and walk to restaurants, coffee fascinating real estate world to houses, health clubs and be near enjoy, appreciate, and possibly a dog park. participate in. See Stats below. - 22% of BB’s households are Contact Steve Blank, Managing 1143 Auraria Street #204 comprised of a single person.1590 Little Raven Street #904 1 Bed • 2 BathsBroker • 1,260 SF •at $650,000 1 Bed • 1 Bath • 1,046 SF • $350,000 303-520-5558 - They would like a home that accommodates family gatherings with a larger kitchen and fun nearby amenities.

Sold Price Analysis for September Years 2015 vs 2016 Sold data gathered per MLS RES and COND databases

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Real Estate McWhinney Hires Tom Martin as GM of Dairy Block at 18th & Wazee

McWhinney is pleased to announce that Tom Martin has joined its Development team as Vice President of Mixed-use Operations and General Manager of Diary Block. In this position, Tom has primary responsibility and accountability for the operations of Dairy Block, McWhinney’s mixed-use experience and retail alley that includes office, retail, and hotel space in downtown Denver, CO. Tom, who will also be known as “the Mayor of Dairy Block” will provide a unifying leadership presence that ties together the various components of the property and ensures it operates cohesively at a first-class level. Tom brings over 20 years of experience and expertise in the management of mixed-use projects and development. As General Asset Manager for Simon Property Group in Atlanta, GA, Tom managed one of the top-performing mixed-use centers in the country, a site that includes an urban super regional shopping center, a luxury high rise hotel and class A office sites. Tom’s responsibilities there included asset management, strategic planning, financial oversight and property management. Tom previously worked for McWhinney as the General Manager of Mixed-use Development, where he was responsible for the operational success of the company’s proposed mixed use projects. Prior to re-joining McWhinney in 2016, Tom served as Senior Manager for General Growth Properties, Inc. in Hoover, AL. There he was responsible for one of the largest renovations and expansions in the GGP portfolio, totaling over $110 million dollars in new investment since 2012.

RE/MAX Broker Soles4Souls Help

Matt Thomas, CNE, of RE/MAX Northwest, spearheads shoe donation drive for Soles4Souls, a nonprofit global social enterprise committed to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of shoes and clothing. Matt Thomas, a RE/MAX Northwest Realtor and founder of The Altitude Group, is proud to announce his office, located at 12000 Pecos Street, Suite 160, Westminster, CO 80234 (Wells Fargo Building), is now an official dropoff location for Soles4Souls, where he will be collecting donated shoes. “Soles4Souls makes giving easy. I strongly encourage everyone in the community to drop by my office and drop off a new or gently worn pair of shoes to help Soles4Souls fight poverty,” said Thomas. Soles4Souls aims is to eradicate extreme poverty by 2050. Children every day are prevented from attending school and adults are unable to work as walking becomes unbearable, which

perpetuates the cycle of poverty. To date, Soles4Souls has collected and distributed more than 26 million pairs of shoes to those in need in 127 countries around the world and all 50 states in the U.S. “Every pair of donated shoes counts, and can provide relief today so thousands can succeed tomorrow,” concluded Thomas. “Considering the abundance of resources we enjoy in this country, we have every opportunity to ensure that every person in the world has at least one good pair of shoes. I feel blessed to be part of a community effort to make a difference globally.” For more information about getting involved with Soles4Souls or to become an official drop-off location, visit About Soles4Souls Soles4Souls is a not-for-profit global social enterprise committed to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of shoes and clothing. The organization advances its anti-poverty mission by collecting new and used shoes and clothes from individuals, schools, faith-based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners, then distributing those shoes and clothes both via direct donations to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities. Based in Nashville, TN, Soles4Souls is committed to the highest standards of operating and governance and holds a four-star rating with Charity Navigator. About Matt Thomas, RE/MAX Northwest Matt Thomas is both a listing and buyer’s agent specializing in residential homes sales in the North and Greater Denver Metro Areas. He is also the leader and founder of The Altitude Group at RE/MAX Northwest. For more information, please call (303) 269-1617. The office is located at 12000 Pecos Street, Suite 160, Westminster, CO 80234.

Kentwood City Broker Receives Safe House Award

Carrie Wernecke-Swenson, an accomplished Broker Associate with Kentwood City Properties, will be honored with SafeHouse Denver’s 2016 Susan Noble Community Impact Award at the annual Hope Gala on Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Denver.


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lives as a As a long time resident of Riverfront Park, Dena serves broker at LIV Sotheby's International Realty, working with Sellers and Buyers of PRODUCERS, central Denver. CONSIDERED ONE OFthroughout DENVER'S all TOP FEW PEOPLE KNOW DOWNTOWN DENVER REAL ESTATE BETTER THAN DENA PASTORINI. 720.233.9096 • As a long time resident of Riverfront Park, Dena serves as a broker at LIV Sotheby's International Realty, working with Sellers and Buyers throughout all of central Denver.

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1590 Little Raven Street #507

1401 Wewatta Street #PH4

4 Beds • 5 Baths • 4,071 SF • $3,250,000

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1590 Little Raven Street #507

1401 Wewatta Street #PH4

4 Beds • 5 Baths • 4,071 SF • $3,250,000

2 Beds • 3 Baths • 2,678 SF • $2,000,000

1590 Little Raven Street #302

1720 Wynkoop Street #212

3 Beds • 3 Baths • 2,484 SF • $1,400,000

2 Beds • 2 Baths • 2,456 SF • $1,189,000

1590 Little Raven Street #302

1720 Wynkoop Street #212

3 Beds • 3 Baths • 2,484 SF • $1,400,000

2 Beds • 2 Baths • 2,456 SF • $1,189,000

1022 Pearl Street #101 3 Beds • 3Pearl Baths • 2,771 SF • $950,000 1022 Street #101

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3 Beds • 3 Baths • 2,771 SF • $950,000

2 Beds • 2 Baths • 1,793 SF • $869,000

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1143 Auraria Street #204

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Real Estate ■ Continued from page 11 The annual award is presented in recognition of the recipient’s outstanding efforts to assist victims of domestic violence and create community change. SafeHouse Denver, established in 1977, is the only shelter in the City and County of Denver that exclusively serves victims of domestic violence. SafeHouse also runs a nonresidential Counseling & Advocacy Center where support services are provided for adults, children, and youth who are experiencing intimate partner violence who do not need emergency housing. Wernecke-Swenson is a longtime volunteer of SafeHouse Denver. She served on the organization’s Board of Directors from 2009 through 2016, including two years as Board Chair, and has held multiple leadership positions in conjunction with the annual Hope Gala. Her dedication to SafeHouse’s mission is truly selfless and inspires others to become involved. Over the years, Wernecke-Swenson has introduced more than four dozen new supporters to the SafeHouse mission, resulting in tens of thousands of dollars collectively donated through their generosity.

Monster Mile Charity Event by Kentwood City Properties Brokers Jamie and Brian Harris, leading Broker Associates and a husband and wife team with Kentwood City Properties, are supporting the Second Annual “Monster Mile” Charity Run to fight hunger through the SAME Café, a nonprofit restaurant that strives to eliminate the ever-growing issue of hunger in the metro Denver area. The Monster Mile is scheduled for Sunday, October 23, 2016 at the Cheesman Park Pavilion from 8:00 a.m. to noon. “This is a great event for a very worthy cause,” said Brian Harris. “Last year a total of 80 runners showed up at the Stanley Aviation campus and helped celebrate the SAME Café’s ninth anniversary and helped raise over $5,500 to help purchase meals for those in need. Between the super-fast winning times and the incredible costumes, it made for a successful inaugural event. It is anticipated that approximately 200 runners and spectators will attend this second annual event. Participation is limited to 300 individuals. Coffee, hot chocolate, pancakes, monster cookies and more will be available for participants after the run. Please come and join us for this special event, and dress up in your finest Halloween outfit for a fun mile run.” Any organization, individual, or business who would like to have a presence at the run should contact Brad Birky at or via phone at 720-530-6853. In addition to the Harris Team and


Kentwood City Properties, past and present sponsors include Emergenetics International, Neighborhood Music, TJC Realty, Sweet Action Ice Cream, Flippin’ Flapjacks, Mullberries Cakes, Hand & Stone Massage Northfield, Park Burger, Noosa Yoghurt, KIND Bars, Naked Juice, and Pablos Coffee. SAME Café has been focused on providing healthy meals made from local and organic ingredients for all Denver residents since 2006, regardless of their ability to pay. Since its inception, SAME Café has served over 125,000 meals. It is a unique opportunity for those with means as well as those in need to dine side by side on meals made with local and healthy ingredients. Customers are encouraged to donate either an amount that is fair to their budget or 30 minutes of volunteer time in the café in exchange for a meal. Those who wish to pay forward have the opportunity to leave a little extra to help the next person in line who may be a little short on both time and funds. The Monster Mile includes great prizes for individual and group costumes and pets are welcome to participate in the fun run. The event will take place on a unique and fast one mile course and is professionally measured, marked and timed. Participants are encouraged to bring five organic items and an extra Halloween treat. The cost is $25 for a competitive runner, $20 per fun runner, and children under five years old can run for free. Official Monster Mile T-shirts are available for $15. For more information, please visit The Harris Team hold the Certified Residential Specialist designation recognizing the successful completion of continuing education courses in real estate. Only seven percent of Realtors in the nation have achieved this award. Jamie and Brian currently serve the real estate needs of clients throughout the greater Denver area. For more information, contact Brian at 303-870-2489 and Jamie at 303-870-3994, or email the Harris Team at Additional information is available online at Kentwood City Properties, formed in 1999, is the newest member of Kentwood Real Estate, known nationally as Denver’s premier real estate company. The company’s street-front office at the corner of 17th and Wynkoop Street, right across from Union Station is comprised of 52 of metro Denver’s most experienced real estate professionals serving residential buyers, sellers, and developers, and commercial real estate services for buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants. For more information phone 303-820CITY (2489), and visit online at www. or just stop by and visit us across from Union Station.

Little monsters attending the First Annual Monster Mile Charity Run

High Line Canal Conservancy Announces Final Community Open House Series Open houses will celebrate input from the public and showcase next steps for the Canal The High Line Canal Conservancy, which is dedicated to preserving the recreational and environmental future of the High Line Canal, announced the dates and locations in Aurora, Denver, and Centennial for “Chapter 4: Looking Ahead,” the last of the Vision Plan series of open houses. After a summer of public input, these open houses will bring the public back together for a final time to celebrate the success of the input gathered and begin to outline the next steps and implementation plan for shaping the Canal into a great refuge for the region. Some of the most exciting outcomes include honoring the diverse and distinct communities along the Canal, celebrating the unprecedented scale and historic significance of the Canal’s 71 miles, and looking ahead to the possibility of adapting the Canal for stormwater uses to nourish its natural character. “We’re thrilled to bring the varied communities back together for our final series of open houses. We will celebrate the inspirational draft vision that thousands of people have helped write that

will protect and enhance the future of the High Line Canal,” said Harriet Crittenden LaMair, executive director of the High Line Canal Conservancy. “Folks from communities along the Canal will be able to learn about our draft next steps for the Canal’s future and help us continue to brainstorm new ideas.” After three successful series of community open houses where families, friends and neighbors from communities along the Canal gathered to share their input and feedback on the future of the Canal, the High Line Canal Conservancy team will forecast next steps and draft implementation strategies for the Canal. The Conservancy will also ask attendees to weigh in on the shared vision for the Canal as a natural refuge for the region, including delving into the guiding principles that the Canal remain natural, varied, connected & continuous, managed, and enhanced. The dates and locations of the interactive open houses are: Wednesday, October 19, from 4-8 p.m. at Dry Dock Brewing Company North Dock* 2801 Tower Rd., Aurora *Food trucks and tasting of the High Line Canal Dry Dock beer starting at 5 p.m. Thursday, October 20, from 2-5 p.m. at Eisenhower Recreation Center 4300 E. Dartmouth Ave., Denver Thursday, October 20, from 6-8 p.m. at Goodson Recreation Center 6315 S. University Blvd, Centennial




Real Estate All three sessions will be identical, so guests are invited to attend the event most convenient to them. These events are “open house” format, with no formal presentation, so guests can stop by anytime and stay for as long as they would like.

ABOUT THE HIGH LINE CANAL CONSERVANCY The High Line Canal Conservancy was formed in 2014 by a passionate coalition of private citizens to provide leadership and harness the region’s commitment to protecting the future of the High Line Canal. With support from each jurisdiction and in partnership with Denver Water, the Conservancy is connecting stakeholders in support of comprehensive planning to ensure that the Canal is protected and enhanced for future generations.

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Denver Realtor Shares First-Time Home-Buying Secrets

Broker associate Matt Studzinski, of RE/MAX Alliance, lists the top five tips for first-time homebuyers. For years, spring and summer have been considered the best times to buy a house, but fall is now becoming the optimal buying season. “Now is definitely the time of year to buy,” said Matt Studzinski, a broker associate with RE/ MAX Alliance. For first-time homebuyers, Studzinski lists the following five tips: No. 1: Don’t wait until spring. “As a first-time homebuyer, you may not have as much of a down payment saved as people who already own a home and have earned equity in that home, which they will use as a down payment on their next house,” said Studzinski. “In the spring, there is much more competition, and if you are competing against other buyers with higher down payments you are more than likely to lose out to those seasoned buyers as the sellers will see your offer as somewhat more risky. Buy in the fall or winter when there is less competition.” No. 2: Buy before interest rates rise. “It is extremely likely that by spring of 2017 interest rates will be higher than they are today, possibly from 1/2% to 1% higher,” stressed Studzinski. “Even a 1/2% rate increase will mean about $90 per month additional payment on a $300,000 loan. Another way to look at

it is as a decrease in purchasing power. For example, if you are qualified for a $300,000 home loan at today’s historic low interest rates and the rate moves up just 1/2%, you may only qualify for a $280,000 loan.” No. 3: You may not need as much for a down payment as you think. “A large majority of first-time homebuyers believe they have to have a 20% down payment for their new home. That is $60,000 on a $300,000 loan and would, of course, be a burden on any homebuyer,” added Studzinski. “There are, however, other options. FHA loans require only 3.5% down payment and there are conventional loans available that require only 3% down. Additionally, the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority works with lenders and provides home loans with just $1,000 down from the homebuyer.” No. 4: Buy, don’t rent. “Rent prices in the Denver area are so high and interest rates are so low that your monthly mortgage payment may actually be lower than your current rent payment,” said Studzinski. No. 5: Take advantage of tax benefits. “Many people are unaware of the tax benefit that comes with being a homeowner,” concluded Studzinski. “Because Congress believes that homeownership helps to bring about stable communities that benefit society, they have written into the tax code the ability for homeowners to write off all of their interest paid on home loans from your taxes. This benefit often amounts to hundreds of dollars per month in benefit to you.” About Matt Studzinski, RE/MAX Alliance Veteran real estate professional Matt Studzinski works with buyers and sellers. Matt’s specialties include buyer brokerage, seller brokerage, condominiums, foreclosure properties, horse properties, investments, luxury homes, new construction, relocation, and short sales. For more information, please call (720) 255-4663, email Matt at Matts@ or visit The office is located at 9737 Wadsworth Pkwy., Westminster, CO 80021. See his ad to the right

Struggling To Buy Your Dream Home? A Lease To Own Program Is Now Available

I often get calls from people who would like to become homeowners but for a number of reasons they need or prefer to rent the home now and purchase it at a later time. "In Denver's hot buy-sell and rental real estate market today, my experience indicates there is little interest from home sellers or landlords to this approach," says Matt Studzinski, Broker Associate at Re/Max Alliance. Landlords only want to rent their properties and home owners want to sell their properties - quickly and simply and at a high price, he adds. That was until Studzinski recently partnered with a company to bring back the concept of renting a home with the option to purchase at a later date. The best part of this program is that you get to choose your own home! "This program addresses a number of reasons why potential buyers are unable to purchase a home in today's market," says Studzinski. These include inadequate down payment, credit issues, inability to obtain bank financing a change in family dynamic, etc. Another scenario is one where Buyers become frustrated and bewildered after losing out on homes with multiple bidders. The Lease with a Right to Purchase Program for Homebuyers may be the perfect fit for someone in these situations. The program is very transparent in that the prospective renter will know with each home the monthly lease price and purchase price information each year for up to five years. The renter can purchase the home at anytime while he/she is leasing the home. During this time, the rent will only be increased a minimum amount each year (3 3/4%) that the property is leased until (if) the leaser chooses to purchase the home. There is no penalty if the leaser chooses not to purchase the home. Homes for selection have some restrictions of location, price ($100,000 - $550,000), and housing type (single family or town home only). Joining the program is easy! Just call Matt at 720-2554663 and he can help answer your questions and then invite you to join the program through their web site. After accepting the invite there will be a background check, an income/employment verification, and a rental history review. Once past those, you will work with Matt to choose the home you want from the homes available for sale in the Denver Metro Area. The Lease with a Right to Purchase Program for Homebuyers can help youachieve your dream of owning the home of your choosing within your timeframe. Contact Matt Studzinski with Re/Max Alliance at 720 255-4663. Email:

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WHY RENT WHEN YOU CAN BUY? Own your life. Immerse yourself in the arts, lifestyle, culture and energy of one of Denver’s most exciting urban areas. S*Park’s location at 26th and Lawrence is at the edge of Denver’s RiNo district, in the Curtis Park neighborhood. Walk to area restaurants, brewpubs, coffee houses, art galleries and more—or jump on the Light Rail and you’re minutes from LoDo. Own a home at S*Park starting under $300k. These modern townhomes and studio, 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom condos are in the Curtis Park neighborhood, at the edge of Denver’s RiNo district. You won’t find many homes here in this price range, let alone sustainable ones; S*Park includes features like solar power, a shared greenhouse for the community, and we even put all parking underground to create space for an extensive private, central park.

AMENITIES Owning a home in the S*Park community includes unique perks: • Homes surround a unique, private central park • State-of-the-art greenhouse • High-quality, modern finishes • Contemporary unit layouts with bright natural light • Underground parking • Professionally managed Home Owners Association (HOA) • Sustainable design featuring solar panels and exterior brick reclaimed from Denver buildings • Downtown Denver views

HISTORY AND VISION The name S*Park comes from the site’s history as Sustainability Park, which has become the ethos for the project. This inspired our vision for this development, celebrating the spirit of urban community and farming with S*Park’s extensive private park area, modern greenhouse, as well as how we handled parking. It is rare to have a neighborhood where there are no alleys or cars driving between homes. We accomplished this by putting all the parking underground to create an outdoor living space for residents; homes surround the centralized park where residents can relax and hang out with neighbors.

Clem Rinehart Director of Sales 303-570-2006



Amy Hopp Sales Associate 720-589-5488

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