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Congress Park Annual Earth Day Festival Congress Park Neighbors Green Team presents a free Earth Day block party on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 1 pm to 5 pm. The event is FREE and open to the public, and will be held outdoors at Capitol Heights Faith Communities on 1100 Fillmore Street. This year’s theme is “Think Globally, Act Locally!” Fun for all ages! Join us for music, food, art, games, activities and prizes. Learn how to think globally by learning about global climate change and by writing notes of welcome, appreciation, and inclusion for our local refugee community. Learn how to act locally through hands-on exhibits about pollinators, recycling, composting and so much more! Find out what the Congress Park Neighbors Green Team has been up to! Learn about our initiatives, talk with neighbors to get answers and volunteer with us. Many thanks to our Summit Sponsor, Capitol Heights Faith Communities, for providing the venue and meeting space for the Green Team.

Our Theme: Think Globally, Act Locally! This year’s theme was chosen because we are working to mobilize Congress Park neighbors to take action right here under our feet. These actions also help the City of Denver meet our citywide Sustainability Goals. By doing our part, we are having a positive impact on our neighborhood and the world. More info at: earth-day/

Celebrate Arbor Day with Free Trees National Arbor Day is Friday, April 28, this year, and the Arbor Day Foundation is making it easy for anyone to celebrate the annual tree-planting holiday. Join the Foundation in April and receive 10 free shade trees. By joining the Foundation in April, new members receive the following trees: red oak, sugar maple, weeping willow, baldcypress, thornless honeylocust, pin oak, river birch, tuliptree, silver maple, and red maple. The free trees are part of the Foundation’s Trees for America campaign. “These trees provide shade in the summer and vibrant colors throughout the fall,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Through the simple act of planting trees, one person can make a difference in helping to create a

healthier and more beautiful planet for all of us to enjoy.” The trees will be shipped postpaid with enclosed planting instructions at the right time for planting in April or May. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. To become a member of the Foundation and receive the free trees, send a $10 contribution by April 30, 2017 to TEN FREE SHADE TREES, Arbor Day Foundation 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410 or visit

Youth Gathering at People's Climate March

The People's Climate March is just one month away. Converging in D.C. across place and intersecting struggles for climate justice, this will provide a rare opportunity to engage as youth and students to build relationships and power while strategizing for what comes next. The day before the march, a youth gathering will be held to reground this political moment, get trained in organizing skills, and join together with climate justice leaders from across the country. The convening will take place from 3-8pm on Friday, April 28th. The program will include: - a lineup of amazing speakers - trainings on organizing skills and movement-building strategy - opportunities to make connections and share stories - preparation for the youth block and march on Saturday

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Young people have a critical role to play now more than ever in advancing climate justice, and will show up strong to fight for their futures. Go to youth-convening


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FYI/Happenings Mayor Releases 2017 Jobs "Jump Start" Mayor Michael B. Hancock and the Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) released JumpStart 2017, the city’s annual strategic plan for economic development. The plan features strategies to uplift underserved neighborhoods and populations and reduce urban poverty. “In 2017, our eyes are squarely focused on taking the necessary strides to help ensure that all residents have the opportunity to benefit from Denver’s vibrant economy," says the Mayor. JumpStart 2017 sets out a comprehensive roadmap for the year ahead to continue to strengthen Denver’s economy, including: Create and act on neighborhood economic mobility and anti-displacement strategies for the Montbello, Westwood, Globeville and ElyriaSwansea neighborhoods. Build middle skill employment by encouraging developers of OEDfinanced projects to recruit, train and hire low-income residents for entrylevel positions. Foster cooperative business ownership models in both north and west Denver, providing a means for asset building. Support the development of a maker’s lab, providing a collaborative craft space for entrepreneurs to access manufacturing resources. Launch innovative approaches to fostering density at transit-oriented development sites, including the promotion of mixed-income, for-sale condominium housing in the Five Points and Stapleton neighborhoods. Develop a public-private financing model with the banking community for the preservation and rehabilitation of expiring, covenant-restricted affordable housing units. Complete a comprehensive strategy for establishing an agribusiness innovation center at the National Western Center, providing a springboard for global commerce opportunities. Develop scalable workforce initiatives to train and employ low-income residents with jobs in the manufacturing, technology, healthcare and construction sectors. Boost foreign direct investment by pursuing the formation of a public-private fund that focuses on


co-investment strategies in Globeville, Elyria-Swansea, Five Points, Montbello, Northeast Park Hill, Sun Valley and Westwood. Assist small- and minority-owned businesses to access public contracts by publishing quarterly reports, identifying all major projects to be let by the city over the next several years. JumpStart 2017 is available online at this site

DPS Named #1 Choice District Nationally For a second straight year, Denver Public Schools’ system of school choice has been ranked no. 1 in the nation by the Brookings Institute, acknowledging the district’s efforts to provide highquality public schools – district-run and charter – accessible for all families. In responding to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ criticism of Denver Public Schools, DPS Superintendent Tom Boasberg said the secretary’s criticism highlights significant policy differences between the Trump administration and DPS’ focus on high-quality public schools accessible to all kids: “We respectfully disagree with Secretary DeVos. We do not support private school vouchers. We believe that public dollars should be used for public schools that are open to all kids, whether they are district-run or charter,” Boasberg said. “A core principle in Denver and one of the main reasons we rank no. 1 nationally in school choice is that we ensure equitable systems of enrollment among district-run and charter schools, where all schools play by the same enrollment rules and all schools are subject to the same rigorous accountability system. We do not support choice without accountability.”

their own historic resources. “These grants will directly benefit the CLG communities and help identify and preserve some of Colorado’s most historic resources, commercial districts, and neighborhoods,” Mark Rodman, Director of Preservation Programs and Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer at History Colorado said. “Every municipality and county in the state should consider joining the CLG program and securing the opportunities it provides.” A CLG is a county or municipality that carries out local preservation efforts with training and guidance from the SHPO and the National Park Service. These grants are awarded based on public benefit, urgency, and focus on historic preservation. The fiscal year 2017 CLG grants are for: Boulder County — research to develop a historic context for Boulder County’s historic A-frame homes Breckenridge — survey of 35

properties located within the Breckenridge Historic District to benefit heritage tourism Brighton — survey of the Brighton Subdivision Buena Vista — survey of 30 properties in the downtown commercial core to identify resources eligible for historic designation Colorado Springs — development of a new historic preservation plan Fort Lupton — survey of 20 early 19th century residences Starkville — survey of historic resources and State and National Register of Historic Places nominations Walsenburg — development of a comprehensive preservation plan Each year, SHPOs are required to give out 10% of their Federal Historic Preservation Fund dollars to local governments through the CLG program. Call (303) HISTORY or visit for more information.

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FYI/Happenings Mayor's Response to Slow Clean Energy and Climate Progress

Mayor Michael B. Hancock released the following statement in response to the President’s new Executive Order rolling back clean energy and climate policies: “We have a responsibility to protect and preserve our quality of life in Denver, and that means taking aggressive steps to combat climate change. We will not shrink from that responsibility. This issue calls for actions now, not inactions that will only slow progress and increase risk to our people here and around the world. Denver and Colorado have been leaders in combating climate change, as well as leaders in growing the clean energy economy. No matter what, we will continue that leadership role. We will continue to aggressively pursue our goal of reducing emissions 80% by 2050. We will continue supporting the creation of good paying jobs in clean energy. And we will continue to act with our eyes on the future.”

Small Business Welcomes Executive Order on Energy The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) issued the following statement in response to President Donald J. Trump’s executive order on energy: “We are extremely pleased by the President’s focus on bringing down the cost of energy, including traditional sources of energy. We are especially pleased by his decision to reconsider the Clean Power rule, which is an unnecessary expansion of the EPA’s power that would have sharply increased electricity costs. “Small businesses rely heavily on affordable, reliable electricity. The EPA Clean Power rule is a double-barrel threat: It would drive up small business operating expenses and it would hit their customers in the wallet. Higher costs and lower consumer demand is a recipe for slower growth.” NFIB is part of a coalition of groups currently challenging the EPA Clean

RiNo Art District Happenings

RiNo Stories/News - April 2017 Ironton Studios and Gallery Changes Hands Welcome Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse!

Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse, planning to open this fall, is moving into the space previously owned by Ironton Studios at 3636 Chestnut Place in RiNo. Ironton Studios was one of the founding members of the River North Art District and has been home to many artists over the years. Ironton Distillery is bringing a new life to the property while still maintaining many aspects that made Ironton Studios such an amazing place to work and visit. This is a unique concept for an art space to coincide with a venture like the distillery, and the first of its kind in RiNo and Denver. Kallyn Peterson and Robbie Adams, with Ironton Distillery, envision a creative space that combines both art studios and their distillery/taproom. “Artists are the heart and soul of the RiNo neighborhood, and the artists of Ironton are a well respected and admired group in this community,” says Peterson, “we want to continue the great culture that Ironton Studios has created while bringing in our own art of distilled spirits and cocktails.” A number of artists will have the opportunity to continue their craft at Ironton in the recently built studio space. The distillery and taproom will occupy the original building. Ironton Distillery plans to use the existing beautiful courtyard and garden as an outdoor tasting area and event space. Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse will handcraft a variety of small-batch, creative spirits including whiskey, rum, vodka, gin as well as some more unique products. Their distiller, Laura Moore, previously at Stranahans, will craft a consistent and quality product by utilizing a traditional distillation process with an innovative new age twist. In addition to tasting spirits, guests can enjoy a locally inspired cocktail, check out the distillation process, view many of the artists’ pieces, and find an urban escape in their outdoor oasis. Peterson and Adams, both Colorado natives, intend to create a laid back vibe, offering regular food trucks, outdoor games, and a variety of events. The new Ironton team, inspired by the adventurous spirit of Colorado, will bring their passion for their craft to the RiNo Art District and produce their spirits alongside the artists of the former Ironton Studios. Look for updates on Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse’s opening around the end of the summer.

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DeGette Urges Bipartisan Health Care Improvement The president's bill to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would have ripped health insurance away from 14 million next year alone – and would have provided less care for others at higher cost. “There is bipartisan agreement across the country that we should improve the Affordable Care Act and do more to bring down premiums, deductibles, and out-of-pocket costs. Trumpcare offered no solutions to these problems. “I am prepared to work with colleagues across the aisle on legislation to improve the ACA, just as we worked together to modernize biomedical research with the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act that became law three months ago. Congress can accomplish the goal of improving health care in this country without hurting millions of people in the process.” Diana DeGette is a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and was a key voice on shaping and passing the Affordable Care Act.

Denver Achieves National Public Health Accreditation The City & County of Denver, Department of Environmental Health and Denver Public Health announced the achievement of national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board. The designation is a result of a rigorous peer-review process that confirmed Denver met or exceeded a national set of quality standards and measures guaranteeing residents are receiving high-quality public health services. Denver is the first local public

health department in the metro area to become accredited, Only five percent of health department’s across the country have achieved public health accreditation. The national accreditation program works to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing and transforming the quality and performance of public health departments. “This tremendous achievement affirms that Denver is providing highquality services to residents and striving for continuous improvement,” said Bob McDonald, executive director of Denver Environmental Health. “Accreditation recognizes our excellence in public health practice and ensures that the programs and services we provide are responsive to community needs,” added Judith Shlay, MD, MSPH, interim director of Denver Public Health.

Larger Than Life Art Exhibition at Republic Plaza Cultivation, a collaboration between Arts Brookfield and the College of Arts & Media, University of Colorado Denver, takes over Republic Plaza until May 24 with a free artist exhibition that shines a light on the depth and breadth of the creative community at one of Colorado’s most prestigious educational institutions. The emphasis of the exhibition is on new works, site-specific installation pieces, collaborative works and video/film presentations. “Republic Plaza is a perfect, unexpected setting to display these unexpected artworks,” says Elysa Marden, vice president of arts and events for Arts Brookfield. “The lobby and concourse levels are filled with thoughtprovoking, visually enticing pieces that show the very best of the College of Arts & Media, and many of the pieces are made specifically for this space." Cultivation, is free and will take place at the Republic Plaza, Lobby & Concourse Levels. 370 17th Street. Denver. For more information contact katie@ or go to www.

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FYI/Happenings Harmony Chorale Concert Dedicated to Tyler Clementine Denver’s all-inclusive Harmony chorale includes on their spring performance Tyler’s Suite, a lauded ninepiece choral movement created by multi-Tony® award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin). The concert is dedicated to Tyler Clementi, a young musician who died by suicide in 2010 after being bullied by his roommate during his first weeks of college. His death brought nationwide attention to the issue of cyberbullying and the struggles facing LGBT youth. Tyler's story puts a human face on the consequences of cruelty, which has been faced by millions of others suffering in silence in their schools, colleges, teams, workplaces, or faith communities. For 25+ years, Harmony: a Colorado Chorale - a Denver metro and Northern Colorado gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and straight voice all-inclusive choir - has been dedicated to embracing inclusivity through song. Harmony welcomes everyone - no matter who you are or how you sing.

It takes place on May 5 - 6; 7:30 pm at the Broomfield Auditorium (May 5) which is located at 3 Community Park Rd. Broomfield, CO 80020 and on May 6 at the Denver Central Presbyterian Church located at 1660 Sherman St., Denver, CO 80203. For more information go to

New Investments in Healing Arts Programs for the Military The role of the arts in helping heal the signature wounds of our recent wars is significant and expanding. Through its national initiative Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is adding new clinical sites to the network, including Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, CO and expanding the initiative's programming in partnership with the Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT).

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Creative Forces places creative arts therapies at the core of patientcentered care at 11 clinical sites, now including Fort Carson, for service members and veterans dealing with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as their families and caregivers. With state and local leaders, the initiative also increases access to therapeutic arts activities in the local communities around each base for this military population. Join the conversation on Twitter at #CreativeForces. "It is a great honor for the National Endowment for the Arts to provide art-based services through our Creative Forces initiative and to welcome Fort Carson in Colorado to the network," said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. "Our partnership with Colorado Creative Industries will help the initiative reach more military personnel, veterans and their families who will find new avenues for healing and growth through the arts."

RTD Launches Real-Time Information App The Regional Transportation District (RTD) launched its web-based application, Next Ride, with real-time capabilities. Next Ride is available at and incorporates realtime information to provide accurate and timely predictions of vehicle locations for bus and light rail, making it easier for passengers to plan trips and make connections. Next Ride is now available directly on the RTD website and does not require downloads from third-party applications. It is also optimized for mobile devices, allowing riders to access it on the go from their smart phones and tablets. Predictions are based on the realtime position of vehicles combined

with their speed to estimate arrival times. Predictions will be available 30 minutes prior to a bus reaching a stop and the system will provide updates every 30 seconds. Locations and predictions are available for buses and light rail at this time with additional real-time capabilities planned for the future as such services are not yet available for commuter rail which includes the University of Colorado A Line and the B Line. For more information go to

2017 State of Downtown Denver This year's 2017 State of Downtown Denver event will feature the stories and statistics behind our thriving center city. Be one of the first to get your hands on a copy of the 2017 State of Downtown Denver report featuring information about Downtown Denver’s retail scene, workforce, development and other key metrics showcasing the economic vitality of Downtown Denver. Thank you to our event title sponsor, Husch Blackwell. Thursday, April 20 7 - 7:30 a.m. Registration and Networking 7:30 - 9 a.m. Breakfast and Program Seawell Grand Ballroom Denver Center for the Performing Arts 1350 Arapahoe St. Tickets: $50 for Downtown Denver Partnership members, $70 for nonmembers. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Aylene McCallum at

At our April 25 scenario planning workshop, you can join a "Blueprint growth strategy game" that plays out the implications of different patterns of growth. What are the tradeoffs for different population, employment and housing increases, and what are the tradeoffs associated with different growth strategies? By creating priority transit corridors, exploring current and future growth patterns downtown and in mixed-use centers, and envisioning new mixed-use centers, you will have an opportunity to help shape how future growth may impact equity and affordability, mobility, and access to recreation and other daily needs. Blueprint Denver Workshop April 25, 2017 5:30 pm - 8:00 p.m. West Leadership Academy at Denver West High School 951 Elati Street Denver, CO 80204

Doors Open Denver April 29 - 30 Downtown Denver Each spring, the Denver Architectural Foundation (DAF) inspires the community to connect through self-guided or expert-guided (fee-based) tours of our city's unique spaces, including high-profile, historic, and/or artistic feats of architecture and design. Doors Open Denver tells the story of where Denver is, where it has been, and where it’s going. office-of-sustainability




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Wining & Dining Chain Restaurants to Display Nutritional Info Soon, it will be impossible to ignore how many calories are in your Bloomin’ Onion. Restaurant menu labeling laws — which may require a dining establishment to disclose anything from calorie content to sodium levels to genetically modified ingredients — have existed, in various forms, at the state and city level for many years. The first federal mandates for menu labeling are a facet of President Obama’s 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA; Section 4205). Because that act still stands, despite recently renewed discussions to repeal it, those laws become enforceable starting in May. The rules, which were written by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, apply only to restaurants with 20 or more locations (it also applies to vending machines). Under the mandate, each outlet must post a menu board in clear view of diners. The boards must list the name of every menu item on offer, including options like meal combos, and the calorie counts for each. Menu boards must also display a “succinct statement concerning suggested daily caloric intake.” In establishments where the food is on display, like a self-service buffet or a drink station, calorie counts must be listed on each label. The displays are also surprisingly controversial from a consumer perspective. A 2008 USDA analysis “found no evidence that label use was asso-

cated with reduced intake of calories, saturated fat, or cholesterol.” The report suggested that when calorie information was on display, diners had a tendency to ignore it: “People's knowledge about health and nutrition issues has less impact on the diet quality of their food choices when they eat away from home — even dieters choose less healthy options when eating out than when eating at home.

Favorite Things Brunch at Larimer Square Celebrate spring with an event unlike any other. Of course, there will be bottomless mimosas and a Bloody Mary bar, but only here will you'll findbites from your Larimer Square faves like Bistro Vendome, Cru, and Rioja. Yum. And, because you are our favorites, we’ll have a glam bar by L Style (where you can get a blowout, a braid, or even lashes), an AILLEA pop up shop, bouquet making, all you can eat ice-cream, puppies to cuddle, an on fleek fashion show and more… Sat, May 13, 2017 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM at Larimer Social 1427 Larimer Street Denver, CO 80202 event/favorite-things-brunch/

James Beard 2017 Finalists Include Two from Colorado Today the James Beard Foundation revealed the “short list” of finalists for its 2017 awards ceremony. The awards, considered among the highest honors in the American hospitality industry, cover chefs, restaurants, and foodrelated books, journalism, and broadcast media. After revealing the “long list” of chef and restaurant semifinalists last month, the Foundation narrowed its choices down to five — eight per category. Today the organization also revealed its nominees for its newly-dubbed Media Awards (formerly known as the Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards), which spans books, journalism, and broadcast media categories.

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Arts LoDown Historic Denver Walking Tours Historic Denver announced that the fourth season of Walking Tours kicks-off on select Saturdays in April with regularly scheduled tours beginning May 1, 2017 through October 31, 2017. In 2014, Historic Denver launched Walking Tours to inspire new audiences to engage with the history in Denver’s built environment and introduce participants to local heritage

through studying its architecture. “Historic Denver Walking Tours provide just the right mix of history, architecture and fascinating stories to bring Denver’s history and personality alive, giving participants a sense of what it felt like to arrive in and live in Denver at the turn of the 20th century,” Outreach and Tour Coordinator Shannon Schaefer said. The original and highly popular LoDo Walking Tour will continue to explore around Denver Union Station. The Capitol Hill Walking Tour tells the story of the Movers and Shakers – Denver high society – and industrialists that helped established Denver and where they once lived. The Larimer Square Walking Tour will travel through Denver’s first Historic District and end with an exclusive access tour of the Daniels and Fisher Tower. Beginning in June, a new 16th Street Walking Tour – will explore the ever-evolving “Main Street” of Denver. On the new 16th Street Walking Tour, guests will learn how 16th Street won the title of Denver’s “Main Street” in the late 1800s, when commercial buildings began moving away from Larimer Street and onto 16th Street. Walking Tours are led by expert, trained docents. Tours run 85-90 minutes long and cost between $15-20. Advance ticket purchase is required before the tour time. . To purchase tickets please visit

Long-Time North Denver Pirate Gallery Closes Pirate: Contemporary Art in North Denver’s venerable Navajo Street Art District will close its doors on May 6th after 37-years as an audacious, eclectic alternative artist run co-operative art space. Through the years, many many openings, shows, tastings, pop-ups, First Fridays, Dia de los Muertos celebrations, etc have been held at the Pirate - all in support of cutting edge art, and fantastic emerging and established artists. Its many member artists may have come and gone, but the Pirate persists - an institution that has remained flexible and edgy. The gallery is relocating to the 40 West Arts District in Lakewood (6581 W. Colfax) opening in early May. The gallery’s last day on Navajo Street will be celebrated with a big “Pirate Ship is Sailing” fund raising event on the evening of May 6th during the closing weekend of its last show: Laura Phelps Rogers’ A New Look at the American West. Funds raised at the closing reception will be used to help cover the costs

of the move and opening the new gallery space. The Pirate closing follows the recent closing of two other long-time artist co-ops and their non-profit galleries in the Navajo Art District – Next Gallery and Edge Gallery. Another attraction of the District, Patsy’s Inn, a fine dining Italian restaurant and center of local activity, closed after 95-years in the neighborhood. The BUG Theatre, Zip 37 Gallery, and the Clear Creek Academy of Metal Arts remain members still located in the District. They are hopeful of staying, but are mixed on their commitment or ability to do so. The cause of this exodus of Navajo District attractions is the skyrocketing property values and attendant taxes from gentrification within the Highland neighborhood. This has increased rents that squeeze galleries, non-profits, and small businesses - similar to what is occurring/has occurred in the River North (RiNo) Art District and Lower Downtown (LoDo). For information, call the Pirate Gallery at 303 458-6058

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Our biggest fiesta of the year just got even bigger! Trendy, new location, delicious new menu, 60 craft beer choices, all at a lower ticket price. Join Museo de las Americas for an evening of dancing, great food, and a wide variety of drinks, now at the beautiful new Crafty Fox Taphouse. We are excited to bring you our annual fundraiser dinner with the same sense of community through art, but bigger! We're serving more food, more drinks, and auctioning more beautiful works of art, thanks to the wonderful new venue. Tickets are on sale now and the event is open to the public. Come support your Latino Community Museum so that we may continue to bring you 25 more years of innovative exhibitions, events, and education!

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Join us for our 40th Birthday Gala at Wings Over the Rockies in celebration of independent cinema. Revel in a night of cocktails, fantastic food and retro fun honoring Denver Film Society co-founder, Ron Henderson, and inducting Colorado-based High Noon Entertainment into the Colorado Office of Film Television & Media Hall of Fame. Event proceeds will benefit the exciting programs and offerings of the Denver Film Society.



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Arts LoDown Abend Gallery Moving to LoDo After 18 years on East Colfax, Abend Gallery is moving to a fantastic new location in the heart of the LoDo artist district on Wazee Street. As part of the relocation, the gallery is offering the opportunity to purchase works at an amazing discount. "We're very excited to announce this innovative new chapter as we create a more accessible, more dynamic, and far richer fine art landscape for our collectors. We have been offered the exciting opportunity to purchase and absorb local Mike Wright Gallery into our operation, which will be renamed and re-launched later this year. Beginning April 1 the new gallery group, consisting of Abend Gallery, Gallery 1261 (our sister gallery), and the re-launched Mike Wright Gallery, will begin renovations to create an amazing and innovative new gallery concept where all 3 galleries will exist in a progressive space designed to enhance the collectors experience, while still maintaining each gallery's unique identity", says Chris Serr, owner. While all three galleries will share this space for programming and exhibitions, we will continue our program of utilizing outside venues such as the Denver Central Library, pop-ups in LA and other locales, art fairs, gallery takeovers, and other unexpected venues. For more information go to www.

CHAC Presents Santos y Cruces For generations the southwest has been a melting pot of traditions vastly dominated by Native American, Mexican and Spanish Colonial traditions. One of the oldest and still practiced traditions of expression still continues. An expressive and powerful art form which combines art, faith, and culture. This art is what we now know today as Santos. The traditional art form of

devotional iconography known for its association with New Mexico and Hispanic Colorado. Santos making consists of a variety of traditional methods that include handmade pigments, gesso and use of all natural materials native to the Colorado New Mexico Region. As Hispanic influence dominated the west and the southwest, so too followed the Santos art form. People moved and grew into communities. So did their devotional needs. Being separated by distance and having the more mass produced devotional art purchased before arriving in the outlying areas, the Santeros served their need with Bultos, three dimensional carved figures, Retablos, painted wood panels, and Reredos, altar screens. That same distance helped shape the stylistically unique art form. Santos tells us the stories, and commemorates significant events. It helps us to express deep sentiment and is the stand for the Saint or Presence. Santos art is a deeply rooted expression of Hispanic tradition and heritage. Don’t miss our spectacular artist reception Friday, April 21st from 6-9 PM. For more information go to

Free Day at Clyfford Still Museum On April 28, 2017, enjoy free admission to the Clyfford Still Museum, the newest addition to Denver’s burgeoning Cultural Arts District, located adjacent to the Denver Art Museum. Exhibiting now, is a compelling installation featuring 60 of Still’s mature, abstract works, including a group of paintings the artist made late in life. Fifteen of the featured works have never been on public view. Clyfford Still (1904–1980) was among the first generation of Abstract Expressionist artists who developed a new and powerful approach to painting in the years immediately following World War II. For more information go to https://

Downtown Trees Will Be Turning Blue An environmental art installation about global deforestation and the importance of trees to people and their environment. On Tuesday, April 18, Konstantin Dimopoulos' The Blue Trees, an environmental art installation about global deforestation and the importance of trees to people and their environment, will launch in the Denver Theatre District, coloring the trees lining the streets of downtown Denver, using a biologically-safe, water-based, non-permanent colorant. The work is the first in a series of installations, collectively called Terra Firma, to be hosted by the Denver Theatre District in 2017. The Blue Trees takes a familiar urban landscape and transforms it into something surreal, unfamiliar, even uncomfortable, inviting the public to notice the presence of trees and question what occurs when our environment changes. The aim of The Blue Trees is to generate thinking and conversation about environmental and social issues, raising

social consciousness through art. Family-friendly and free programming, scheduled throughout the month of May and hosted by the Denver Theatre District, will include musical performances, performances by local arts & culture organizations, educational lectures and wellness events. The installation will take place in downtown Denver on the streets of the Denver Theatre District, between Speer Boulevard and 17th Street and between Lawrence Street and Stout Street.

Linda Gleitz at Zip 37 Gallery

Zip 37 Gallery in Denver will be featuring the art of Linda Gleitz in a show called “Misplaced and Displaced People”. Linda's subject is immigration, refugees and victims of wars which is timely with the current administration. “I hope to inspire compassion in people with this work”, says Linda. The show runs through April 30th. For more information go to (720)-666-0162

Kirk Norlin: UpClose Photography now showing at Silvana Mondo Gallery 4420 Tennyson St. Denver CO 80212 |720.244.8034



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Health is Wealth April Is Autism Awareness Month

Gun Violence Is an Epidemic

March for Babies April 22

Education is important for everyone; for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) however, the right education can mean the difference between struggling through each day and leading an independent and fulfilling life. As of 2014, 1 in 68 American children were identified as having ASD. It is absolutely necessary to make sure these children have the support they need. For the sixth year in a row, Illegal Pete's is making it easy and fun to support a beloved and nationally-recognized school for children with ASD: The Joshua School. With campuses in Denver, Boulder and Centennial, The Joshua School (TJS) serves children ages 2-21 with their approach of structured environments, teaching strategies based on behavioral intervention, and data collection. TJS also partners with over 20 local school districts to provide the intensive services many of its students need, so your donation helps students with ASD across Colorado. During the month of April, simply smother your burrito and Illegal Pete's will donate $1 to The Joshua School's music therapy program. There are other options to purchase a Joshua Tree leaf at any of our locations for the amount you wish to donate. Find out more at

The American Medical Association has called gun violence in the United States a public health crisis that requires a comprehensive public health response and solution. Gun violence is an epidemic that takes the lives of 33,000 Americans every year, so it must be addressed like an epidemic -- by digging into the causes to find solutions, which takes research. In 1996, after fierce lobbying by the National Rifle Association (NRA), Congress passed the Dickey amendment, restricting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from researching gun violence. Twenty years later, this amendment remains embedded in the government spending bill and restricts the CDC from studying vital issues such as accidental shootings, firearms suicides, and the impact of background checks and safe storage laws. Enabling the CDC to be able to research these important issues and their impact on the rate of firearms-related deaths, is not only the sensible thing to do, it is the RIGHT thing to do. For more information go to

Thousands of families and local business leaders will join together on April 22 at City Park for the 2017 March for Babies, the nation’s oldest fundraising walk, which helps more babies survive and thrive. On-site registration will begin at 9 a.m. with the 3-mile walk kicking off at 10 a.m. Denver residents can sign up today at to start a team with co-workers, family or friends; or make a donation to help more babies get a healthy start in life. “March for Babies helps to raise urgently-needed funds for the March of Dimes mission to prevent birth defects and premature birth. It is also a memorable and rewarding event for the whole family,” says Christy Faith, executive director of market development in Denver. “We celebrate children and parents who experienced the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or special care nursery. We’ll recognize these families throughout the day with a Superhero Sprint for kids, complete with a purple cape, a symbolic lei for mom and dad and loads of fun in the kids’ zone.

Secret Stress Reliever Right in Your Home Here is a little health secret that not only reduces your stress, but can also help lower your blood pressure, burn more calories — and bring you a ton of joy. And there’s a good chance this “secret” is already inside your home. The secret is - Pets! They provide you with way more than just unconditional love. Studies show that owning a pet may help improve your overall health. In fact, according to the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, spending time with animals has been shown to increase the level of oxytocin in the body —a hormone that helps your body heal and grow new cells. Animal-assisted therapy programs are used in hospitals, nursing homes, and the military — to help war veterans recover from PTSD. But you don’t need to be sick in order to enjoy the benefits of having a pet. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health and the CDC, pet owners have lower blood pressure and cholesterol — which can help prevent a heart attack down the road. Not bad, right?


In our community, March for Babies is sponsored by Children’s Hospital Colorado, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), The CW 2, 98.5 KYGO and Colorado Community Media. For more information go to

Every day, many people with diabetes struggle to afford the insulin they need. It is heartbreaking to know so many people must decide whether to pay for this lifesaving medication, or their rent or an electric bill. That’s why we're energized by the American Diabetes Association’s campaign and petition to help make insulin affordable. Over 200,000 people have signed the petition. This is incredible, but we can’t stop now! petition/

Colorado Convention Center Sunday, April 23, 2017 The Colorado Convention Center will host a 9Health Fair and Wellness Open on Sunday, April 23rd. Join us for an inspiring array of wellness options for a day of education, experiences and connection with providers. Yoga Studios, Naturopaths, Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctors, Nutritionists, Massage, Qi Gong, Acupuncture and more. There will be talks, demonstrations, classes and more so that you can try out different types of wellness experiences throughout the day. 9Health Fair offers affordable screenings, free screenings and free wellness open activities. Families are welcome to spend the day trying out new wellness activities or experiencing the screenings and activities you know and love. events/details/9-health-fair

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Animal Matters Dumb Friends League Furry Scurry Helping homeless pets and horses is as simple as a walk in the park! The Dumb Friends League is hosting its 24th annual Furry Scurry dog walk on Saturday, May 6 in Denver’s Washington Park to raise money for homeless pets and horses in our community. Animal lovers and their dogs will enjoy a beautiful spring day while participating in the two-mile walk around Wash Park, followed by refreshments, food trucks, contests, dog demonstrations and more than 150 pet-related vendors and sponsors at the Flealess Market. The Dumb Friends League encourages individuals and teams to start fundraising now to help homeless pets. Registration and participation in the Furry Scurry help the Dumb Friends League care for more than 22,000 homeless pets each year. Funds raised at this event through registration fees and individual donations provide medical care to sick and injured animals, behavior training that allows pets to be

adopted more quickly, investigations of animal neglect and mistreatment, and much more. “As a local, independent nonprofit, the Dumb Friends League relies on events like the Furry Scurry so we can continue to open our doors to every animal in need,” said Bob Rohde, president and CEO of the Dumb Friends League. The Furry Scurry is the Dumb Friends League’s largest fundraising event, with this year’s goal to raise more than $1 million for homeless pets and horses. Registration for the Furry Scurry is $50 per person and $25 for youth 14 and younger, and includes a Furry Scurry event T-shirt. Participants can register as an individual, or form or join a team. Registration can be completed online at, at one of the Dumb Friends League shelter locations, or on event day starting at 7 a.m. The walk begins at 9 a.m. For more information call 303-751-5772, or visit

Unique Program for Cats Expands Metro Denver C.A.T. – a first-of-itskind project to address the growing concern about cat welfare and overpopulation – is excited to announce that, starting in April, 2017 the project will expand to serve two additional zip codes: 80223 and 80204. In its first year of operation, Metro Denver C.A.T. (Cats Around Town) has given assistance to more than 7,000 residents regarding concerns and care for both owned and homeless cats and provided free services for more than 1,500 felines. Soon, all cats in the 80219, 80223 and 80204 zip codes will be eligible for free spay/neuter, vaccinations, and other critical help through this groundbreaking project. Metro Denver C.A.T. was developed to improve the welfare of cats and reduce feline overpopulation in the region. The project has greatly surpassed all expectations and will now expand to other communities. “We have been blown away by the response from the community and the level of enthusiasm and appreciation once people understand what we are doing here,” said Anna Murrin, program manager. Metro Denver C.A.T. is a collaborative effort of a coalition of animal welfare agencies including Denver Animal Protection, Dumb Friends League and Divine Feline and was developed after a years-long process involving more than 20 organizations.



With the opening of a neighborhood storefront headquarters located at 110 Federal Blvd., it has served as a community resource center for all things cat-related. Spay-neuter services are provided by the nearby Solutions Cat Clinic, operated by Dumb Friends League. For information, spay/neuter appointments or anything else catrelated, residents can stop by Metro Denver C.A.T. headquarters at 110 Federal Blvd, call 844-DEN-CATS (844336-2287), or visit

BarkHappy's Spring Fling Party April 23rd, 11-1pm. Spring is here and we're celebrating dog-style at the BarkHappy SPRING FLING Dog Party to benefit MaxFund Animal shelter! https://

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R e a l E state Spring Forward

a couple other such increases by years end, is not expected to UNITING dampen homebuyers demand. That is unless the Federal Reserve extraordinary would unexpectedly raise rates four more times over the properties next year.

By Steve Blank, Managing Broker

WITH Tight supply and higher prices are likely to continue until there extraordinary is more construction providing more options for both first time and lives move up buyers… More new construction is needed to diminish CONSIDERED ONE OF DENVER'S TOP PRODUCERS, buyer frustration.

Liv Sotheby’s International Realty in Writer Square

This year spring sprang early for the housing market. The buying season’s typical / annual start came about a month early this year.


BETTER THAN DENA PASTORINI. and With low inventory, rising incomes, improved employment As a long time resident of Riverfront still historically low rates, demand will remain strong.Park, Dena serves as a

The story continues to center on inventory and the relative low level of available homes for sale, in both existing homes as well as new construction. Demand continues strong nationally with values increasing ahead of inflation while inventory (supply) is still behind demand. According to Zillow, which is occasionally accurate, a tight market is surprisingly apparent in areas we may not have suspected like Minneapolis/St. Paul where values are up 7.1% (year over year) and supply is down 18%, or Cincinnati where values are up 6.4% and supply is down 14.9%. Even Detroit which experienced one of the most devastating blows from the recession, had a solid 10% value increase with supply down 14.4%. Some of the highest home value appreciation (year-over-year) took place in Tampa Fla, Washington DC, Dallas, and Seattle that lead the way with 11.3%. Both Portland and Denver continue to position themselves with +/- 10% appreciation while enjoying good economies with ongoing future potential. Nationally there are three studies that have pegged appreciation levels between 5.9% and 6.9% over the past year. According to, the TOP 20 (Hottest) performing real estate markets across the nation are in California, while some of the other cities include Dallas at #3, Denver #4, Colorado Springs #7 (yes Colorado Springs), Boston at #10, and even Detroit at #19. Denver has been one of the most consistent and positive cities for real estate growth and stability in the nation since the end of the recession in 2012. The Case-Shiller home price index for Denver set a record earlier this year at 190.75. This means that local home resale prices averaged 90.75% higher than they were in January 2000. Given the current strength of the economy, neither the small interest rate increase (1/4%) that the Fed recently imposed, nor

broker at LIV Sotheby's International Realty, working with

and Buyers of central Denver. New homes are selling likeSellers hotcakes andthroughout buildersallare trying hard to keep up. But we really can't blame the builders as they are 720.233.9096 • dealing with increased land cost, local codes, increased restrictions, environmental guidelines, insurance, lending controls and skilled labor shortages.

U.S. Homebuilders built an average of 1.5 million homes each year for the 50 year period prior to the recession. The U.S. needs 1.2 million new homes a year built to keep pace with the population growth and another1590 300,000 homes to replenish those that are 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 demolished each year. That means we should have built 12 million new housing units over the past 8 years. Instead we’ve built 6.5 million units and most of that was for rentals rather that homes or condos for sale. Builders are ramping up but it could take years to close the gap between demand and supply. 1590 Little Raven Street #302 1720 Wynkoop Street #212 It has been, is, and will remain a competitive and fast-moving 3 Beds • 3 Baths • 2,484 SF • $1,400,000 2 Beds • 2 Baths • 2,456 SF • $1,189,000 market for the foreseeable future. Buyers and sellers (who will be buying) should meet with their chosen professionals to decide an appropriate business plan. Give yourself enough time to get financing in order, get preapproved and find an experienced RE broker you can trust before jumping into the market. Let experience help provide you with an Street important competitive edge. 1022 Pearl #101 2210 Blake Street #402 3 Beds • 3 Baths • 2,771 SF • $950,000

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

With respect to the area neighborhood map below, it is interesting to point out even with lowered inventory levels, the number of sales were still up 5% over last year at this time, with values at 99% of listed price. The average price was about the same, however the average price per sq. ft. rose 9%. 1590 Little Raven Street #904

1143 Auraria Street #204

1 Bed • 2 Baths • 1,260 SF • $650,000

1 Bed • 1 Bath • 1,046 SF • $350,000

Contact Steve Blank, Managing Broker at 303-520-5558

Sold Price Analysis for March 2016 vs March 2017

Sold data gathered per MLS RES and COND databases Year Mar 2016 Mar 2017 % change

# of sales

avg price

avg psf

avg DOM

avg % sold price to list

176 185 +5%

$473,295 $468,216 -1%

$354 $386 +9%

63 49 -22%

98% 99% +1%

Courtesy of John Ludwig, Broker, LIV Sotheby’s International in Writer’s Square 303-601-1792




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Real Estate Denver Housing Market Poised for Record-Setting Year The Denver Metro Association of REALTORS® (DMAR) released its April Denver Metro Real Estate Market Trends Report which shows that March saw significant increases in active and new listings and homes sold and under contract compared to February. Sales volume increased 44.42 percent compared to the month prior and 9.73 percent increase year to-date to reach over $1.85 billion last month. “The spring selling season in our housing market experienced some of its own March Madness,” said Steve Danyliw, Chairman of the DMAR Market Trends Committee. March is historically the start of metro Denver’s housing cycle that then peeks in June. “The current housing activity and the average sold price and median sold price year to-date may be the catalyst to a record-setting year,” added Danyliw. In the single-family home market, month over month, the average sold price increased 4.90 percent to $468,889 while the median sold price rose 2.78 percent to $406,000. In the condo market, the average sold price was up 7.26 percent to $317,402, and the median sold price was up 2.97 percent to $260,000. March also experienced a surge of new listings for single-family and condos increasing 49.05 percent month over month and 19.35 percent year over year to reach 6,810 new listings. “The increase in new listings will give homebuyers some extra breathing room in finding that dream home,” Danyliw comments. For more information, visit or call (303) 756-0553.

Beacon Capital Purchases Hub Site Beacon Capital Partners LLC has purchased a two-acre site in the popular River North (RiNo) area from an owner that as recently as last fall was seeking approvals for a mixeduse hotel, retail, and office development called the Hub. With those plans having fallen through, Beacon recently purchased the full-block trapezoidalshaped site bounded by Blake, 36th, Walnut, and Downing streets for $19.37 million. An intended occupant of Hub, Home Advisor LLC, has recently signed a new agreement with Beacon to relocate some employees from its present offices in Golden to 58,000 square feet of new space to be available at the site in December 2018 - indicating that development of the site could

begin soon. No other details about the project were available. The site at 36th and Blake streets is just south of the RTD transit station at 38th and Blake, providing direct connection to downtown at Union Station and Denver International Airport. This area of the RiNo neighborhood is being transformed from aging warehouses and vacant industrial structures to an artist community - and has become the latest adjacent-todowntown “hot spot” for commercial development. It is a market ripe with speculation resulting in properties being bought and sold for record high prices. Projects are full and half-block commercial and residential developments.

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Tiny-Homes for Homeless Approved in RiNo Denver’s Department of Community Planning and Development has issued a temporary zoning permit allowing the placement of eleven tiny-home shelters serving homeless people in the northern portion of the RiNo neighborhood at 38th and Walnut streets. The project is on land leased from the Urban Land Conservancy. Plans call for eleven 8-foot by 12-foot living–space shelters for individuals or couples with communal kitchen, bathroom, and shower facilities also provided on site. The units are designed and constructed to be movable to other locations, if necessary. “This will not be a typical shelterprovider situation where people tell people how to lead their lives,” says Terece Howard, with Denver Homeless Out Loud. “They will live here independently.”


1590 Little Raven Street #PH3

1401 Wewatta Street #PH4

3 Beds + Study • 3 Baths • 4,660 SF • $4,100,000

2 Beds + Study • 3 Baths • 2,678 SF • $1,895,000


1022 Pearl Street #101

1891 Curtis Street #1507

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

2 Beds • 2.5 Baths • 2,213 SF • $882,500


2210 Blake Street #402

1501 Wazee Street #3D

2 Beds • 2 Baths • 1,793 SF • $850,000

2 Beds • 2 Baths • 1,562 SF • $799,000


1590 Little Raven Street #704

1700 Bassett Street #912

1 Bed + Study • 2 Baths • 1,314 SF • $625,000

2 Beds • 2 Baths • 1,221 SF • $625,000

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Real Estate ■ Continued from page 13 The Colorado Village Collaborative – an organization that includes Denver Homeless Out Loud, the Interfaith Alliance, Bayaud Enterprises and other groups – requested the zoning permit. The present temporary zoning use permit can be utilized in any commercial or mixed use zoning district in the city where land can be leased or acquired. The duration of the temporary use permit is six months. The Village Collaborative group is working with the city to create a permanent zoning. “The temporary zoning permit will prove the viability of tiny-home villages,” adds Howard. Similar tiny-home projects providing shelter for homeless people exist in Seattle, Austin, Texas, and Portland, Oregon. Contact Denver Homeless Out Loud at 720 940-5291 or

Jim Theye Receives Compassionate Neighbor Award Jim Theye, Managing Broker and co-founder of Kentwood City Properties, has been honored with the Compassionate Neighbor Award from the Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association (LoDoNA). Theye was recognized for his work and contributions to LoDoNA, a city-registered neighborhood organization representing residents of Lower Downtown and the Central Platte Valley since 1988. “I am honored and humbled to receive the Compassionate Neighbor Award from the Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association,” said Theye. “LoDo became the first neighborhood in the country to be recognized as a Compassionate Neighborhood. Being recognized for our work over the years for LoDoNA is truly special, particularly for our contributions to the Barth Hotel, an assisted living residence that provides support and assistance to seniors and older adults with disabilities who enjoy the bustle and activity of the city. Kentwood City


Properties will continue to support the association and the Barth Hotel in the years ahead.” In a Compassionate Community, the needs of all inhabitants are recognized and met, and the well-being of the entire community is a priority. Charter for Compassion International provides an umbrella for people to engage in collaborative partnerships worldwide. LoDo Cares is a philanthropic partnership between LoDoNA and the LoDo District, Inc. that connects and improves the community by working to enhance the experience of those who live, work, and play in LoDo and nearby communities. LoDo Cares also includes a group of volunteers who serve the Barth Hotel residents For more information phone 303820-CITY (2489), and visit online at

New Townhouses Along South Platte River in Littleton Central Development, a Colorado real estate development and construction company, is clearing a 3 acre site along the South Platte River in Littleton for a townhouse project called Platte 56. The new townhouse development is located west of Santa Fe and north of Belleview along the Mary Carter Greenway Trail. Platte 56 is a mile from Historic Downtown Littleton and the Light Rail Station. Home buyers will have direct access to the trail system for an 11 mile bike ride north to downtown Denver, or 5 miles south to the C-470 trail passing by the Breckinridge Brewery, Carson Nature Center and more. Platte 56 is designed by awardwinning architect Mike Woodley, Woodley Architectural Group, Inc. with floorplans varying in size from 1378 to 2111 finished square feet and between 2 and 4 bedrooms. Homes in this development will have amazing mountain views, some rooftop decks and riverfront access to the Mary Carter Greenway Trail along the Platte River Since it’s inception in 2005, Central Development has owned more than 600 multi-family units and $50 million in commercial properties. DB Marketing Ltd., - 303-468-3974,

The $250 million Denver Rock Drill mixed-use redevelopment will include historic and new buildings in Denver’s Cole neighborhood. Rendering courtesy of Tryba Architects

$250 Million Mixed-Use Project Planned in Cole Neighborhood On the site of the historic Denver Rock Drill Manufacturing Company (and until the 1980’s, Gardner Denver), a 700,000 square foot mixed-use development will arise in the Cole neighborhood where it interfaces with the rapidly redeveloping River North Art District (RiNo) industrial area northeast of downtown. The nine-acre Denver Rock Drill project, located on the two city blocks south of 40th Avenue between Franklin and High streets, will feature a 175-key hotel by Sage Hospitality, 180 residential units, 65,000 square feet of retail, 300,000 square feet of office, and structured parking. The existing business on the site, Porta Power, Inc., will relocate elsewhere. The historic brick buildings – including the iconic sawtooth-roof machine shops – will be preserved and adaptively re-used providing 150,000 square feet of retail and office use. The 550,000 square feet of planned new construction on the site will include additional office space, the residential units, and the hotel in several distinct and separate buildings. The two-story historic brick building on the site – the 30-unit Lofts at Denver Rock Drill at Williams and 39th Avenue – will be retained and not impacted by the develop-

ment. The site’s alleys, rail spurs, and the spaces between the buildings will be creatively incorporated into the site plan serving as passages, court yards and other public spaces for residents, workers, shoppers and visitors. The highest density of new development will occur along 40th Avenue and tapering down in building height and density of use towards 39th Avenue. 40th Avenue is an arterial providing access to the area, including I-70 further east at York Street. The site is also near the 38th and Blake Street transit station connecting west to downtown at Union Station and east to Denver International Airport. There are several other developments proposed in the area, including the World Trade Center Denver campus across Blake Street from the transit station and the Industry RiNo Station. Construction on the Denver Rock Drill project will begin in 2018 and be completed in various phases thereafter. In the meantime, project developers and designers plan to meet with the community to provide information and receive comment on the progress of the plan and its integration into the fabric of the Cole neighborhood. “I knew this property had enormous potential, both from a local perspective and from a historical perspective, with its deep Denver history”, says Byron Weiss, the property owner. For more information



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