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FYI/Happenings The Best Denver Farmers' Markets The many farmers' markets spread throughout The Mile High City aren't just about locally grown, farm-fresh produce, delicious baked goods and good-to-the-last bite prepared foods — though you'll find more than enough of those things. Each Denver farmers' market is a festive, weekly street fair, many with live entertainment, family-friendly activities and a vibrant crowd of locals. Take some time this spring and summer to enjoy these great Denver farmers' markets. CHERRY CREEK FRESH MARKET. E. 1st Ave. and University Blvd. The award-winning Cherry Creek Fresh Market is the largest farmers' market in Denver. Touted as the “Cadillac of farmers' markets,” you’ll find a high-quality mix of Colorado growers and unique local gourmet food vendors representing the best of the Rocky Mountain region. Also enjoy chef events, gardening tips from Master Gardeners and Master Composters, live music and more in a fun and festive outdoor shopping environment. Parking at Cherry Creek about cherry creek north shopping district is free during the market. WHEN: Saturdays, May 4–Oct. 26, 2019, 8 a.m.–1 p.m. and Wednesdays, June 12–Sept. 25, 2019, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. CITY PARK FRESH MARKET 2551 E. Colfax Avenue Now in its 21st season, the City Park Fresh Market sets up around historic Sullivan Fountain among the majestic statues and architecture of City Park. A strong agricultural market, you’ll find one of the best selections of local growers on a Sunday complemented by a fun mix of fresh food vendors in an urban park setting. There's plenty of free parking, so if you miss the Cherry Creek Fresh Market on Saturday, visit your favorite market vendors on Sunday! WHEN: Sundays, June 2–Oct. 27, 2019, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. HIGHLANDS SQUARE FARMERS MARKET. 32nd Ave. and Lowell Blvd. Beginning in June and continuing every Sunday through September, Highlands Square brings you the Highlands Square Farmers Market. This market has a charming location, flanked by local boutiques and eateries. In addition to the farm-fresh food, expect live music and beverages, including local craft beer, mimosas and Bloody Marys. WHEN: Sundays, June 2–Sept. 29, 2019, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.


RINO FRESH MARKET 2502 N. Broadway It was only a matter of time before the River North Art District got its own Fresh Market! Head to this trendy neighborhood for an artful selection of fresh produce, craft food and drink and, of course, art from local makers. WHEN: Saturdays, June 15–Oct. 12, 2019 9 a.m.–1 p.m. RINO FARMERS MARKET EXDO Event Center As of this summer, the River North Art District has not one but two farmers' markets. The new RiNo Farmers Market is a one-of-a-kind market featuring live music, bar service, fresh produce, local art, craft goods, food trucks and more. WHEN: Sundays, June 2–Sept. 29, 2019 9 a.m.–2 p.m. GOLDEN TRIANGLE FARMERS MARKET North side of 11th Ave. between Lincoln Street and Broadway The Golden Triangle Creative District is one of Denver's oldest neighborhoods and is famous for its art museums and galleries as well as hip restaurants and nightclubs. All it needed was a fabulous farmers' market. WHEN: Sundays, June 2–Oct. 27, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. STAPLETON FRESH MARKET E. 29th Ave. and Roslyn St. The Stapleton Fresh Market takes place from June to October on the Founders' Green. Don't miss freshly popped kettle corn and other tasty snacks while you browse for healthy produce. This year's kickoff is on Father's Day, making it the perfect way to spend the morning with Dad. WHEN: Sundays, June 16–Oct. 13, 2019, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. UNION STATION FARMERS MARKET Denver Union Station Plaza The Union Station Farmers Market takes place right in the heart of The Mile High City and is a beautiful sight to behold on sunny Saturdays, with gleaming produce on display in the impressive plaza of historic Union Station, along with chef demos and live music. The market boasts an impressive list of local producers and vendors selling farm-fresh fruits and veggies, meat and dairy, and prepared goods like coffee, sauces and baked goods. WHEN: Saturdays, May 11–Oct. 26, 2019, 9 a.m.–2 p.

SOUTH PEARL STREET FARMERS MARKET. On the 1500 block of Old South Pearl St., between Florida Ave. and Iowa Ave. Super-fresh produce, ready-to-eat treats, artisan cheeses and just-outof-oven baked goods — this is what a farmers' market is all about! The quaint South Pearl neighborhood hosts the splendid South Pearl Street Farmers Market every Sunday in the summertime. The irresistible smell of freshly roasted chilies will lead you over to Pope Farms' booth. And keep an eye out for juicy, fresh Colorado peaches at the Ela Family Farms stand. WHEN: Sundays, May 19–Nov. 17, 2019, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. HIGHLANDS RANCH FARMERS' AND STREET MARKET 9288 Dorchester St., Highlands Ranch Made up almost entirely of farmers and producers from the areas surrounding Denver, this is a fun, fresh market that is worth the drive to Highlands Ranch. Fill all of your fruit and veggie needs and then explore some of the other, more unique booths of the Highlands Ranch Farmers' and Street Market, offering everything from handbags to cooking utensils to garden adornments. WHEN: Sundays, May 5–Oct. 27, 2019, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

LITTLETON FARMERS' MARKET 7301 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton Venture outside of the city to the Littleton Farmers' Market at the Aspen Grove Lifestyle Center. If you want to be even more eco-friendly, take the light rail to Aspen Grove to reduce your carbon footprint. WHEN: Wednesdays, June 12–Sept. 25, 2019, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. FOUR SEASONS FARMERS AND ARTISANS MARKET 7043 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge The year-round, indoor Four Seasons Farmers and Artisans Market offers an open-air option during the summer. The market is a great source for local, farm-fresh vegetables and fruit, raw goat milk, cheeses, sauces, preserves, baked goods, free-range chicken and duck eggs, flowers, organic grains and local meats. WHEN: Saturdays, May 18–Oct. 19, 2019, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. LAKEWOOD FARMERS' MARKET Mile Hi Church, Alameda Ave. and Garrison St., Lakewood At the Lakewood Farmers' Market, a large lineup of vendors will tempt you with beautiful leafy greens, glistening grape tomatoes, fragrant green chili and shiny string beans. And you'll also have the chance to munch on kettle corn and cheese samples while you browse knitted shawls and handmade soaps. WHEN: Saturdays, June 15–Sept. 28, 2019, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

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FYI/Happenings City Responds to ICE Actions in Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, the Agency for Human Rights & Community Partnerships and the Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs released the following statements in response to information that indicates Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) actions may take place as soon as Sunday through Thursday, July 14-18, in Denver and other U.S. cities. “Denver remains steadfast in our commitment to immigrants who contribute to our community and economy and to families fleeing violence,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “We are a welcoming city and stand with every member of our community. We will do whatever we can to prevent the inhumane practice of separating children from their families. We will never support roundups that are meant to spread fear in our community. “For those many Denver residents who have asked how they can get more involved or support immigrant community members, a donation to the Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund provides free immigration legal services to people at risk of deportation. Donations are being accepted here: Donate to the Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund.” “Many Denver residents – our family, friends and neighbors – are feeling the

immense weight and fear of the Trump Administration’s continued threats of ICE raids. The Denver Agency for Human Rights & Community Partnerships and the Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs want to ensure that all Denver residents, regardless of immigration status, understand they have rights and protections under the law. “Denver is a welcoming city that is fortunate to have a caring community and a broad network of organizations that come together to provide resources for those who seek help as well as a place to report concerns about ICE activity.” https://www.afsc.org/story/colorado-rapid-response-network

WHEN: Thursday, July 11 @ 9 a.m. WHERE: Parking Lot adjacent to I-70, behind businesses of 1600 block Miner Street DIRECTIONS: From I-70, take exit 240 (State Highway 103) north to Miner Street. Turn east on Miner to 15th Avenue. Go south to the parking lot. Project Information The Mountain Express Lane Project widens a 12-mile segment of westbound I-70 from the Veterans Memorial Tunnels to Empire Junction (U.S. 40). It is designed to improve safety and westbound operational mobility during peak travel periods along one of Colorado’s most congested corridors. The project is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 15. It includes: · Increased capacity, travel time and trip reliability by converting the shoulder into an express lane that can be used during peak travel periods · Enhanced advance warning signs, safety pull-outs and improved communication systems Project completion is expected in late 2020, with toll system testing continuing through spring 2021, prior to the opening of the express lane. The contractor for the $70 million project is Graham Construction of Denver. Travel Impacts This project will require shoulder closures and westbound lane closures

Governor Polis Marks I-70 Mountain Express Lane Project Gov. Jared Polis, the Colorado Department of Transportation, local representatives and the construction team will celebrate the start of construction on the Westbound Interstate 70 Mountain Express Lane Project. In addition to Gov. Polis, speakers include CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew, representatives from Clear Creek County, Idaho Springs and Empire and Transportation Commissioner Kathy Connell.

during low volume traffic periods. A majority of the construction will be completed while both westbound lanes remain open by staging construction equipment in the eastbound express lane. This will minimize driver inconveniences by providing improved access to mountain destinations. Stay Connected Project website: www. i70mtn.cdot.gov Construction hotline: 720.828.8299 Email updates: cdot_wbppslproject@state.co.us

Central I-70 Noise Variance Request Meeting August 8th To allow for robust feedback from the community, the request for a noise variance for nighttime work on the Central 70 Project in Denver has been moved from July 11th to August 8th, 2019. As previously announced, Denver’s Board of Public Health & Environment received a request from Kiewit Infrastructure Company for a variance to Denver’s Noise Ordinance (Chapter 36 of the Denver Revised Municipal Code) associated with planned nighttime work from 2018-2022 on portions of I-70 that pass through Denver. ■ Continued on page 4

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FYI/Happenings ■ Continued from page 3 This request will be heard at the Board meeting on Thursday, August 8th at 5:30 p.m. in the Parr-Widener Community Room (#389) in the City & County Building (1437 Bannock Street). Moving the hearing to the August meeting of the Board provides more time for public commentary regarding the variance request. For more information on hearings before the Board of Public Health & Environment, please view the Board’s Rules Governing Hearings. To conform with the Board rules applicable to a variance request, the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) will provide a written response to the Board by Monday, June 24th by close of business and will defer a final recommendation for approval or denial until July 26th so that additional information may be considered. DDPHE’s recommendation regarding the variance request will be posted on this page on or around July 26th. Members of the public may provide input to DDPHE for consideration in the recommendation for approval or denial of the variance, and input to the Denver Board of Public Health & Environment regarding their consideration of the overall noise variance request. Input received by July 23rd will be considered in the Department’s recommendation; input received until August 7th will be considered by the Board. To provide input, you may send an

email to BEH@denvergov.org, or send via regular mail or in-person to: DDPHE or DDPHE Board, 101 West Colfax Avenue, Suite 800, Denver, CO 80202. Note: All information received will be shared with the Board and DDPHE. Such information will be considered a public record, although the names and contact information of individuals will be redacted prior to releasing any requested records.

RTD Sells 1,200+ Rides With New Uber App RTD has sold more than 1,200 tickets through the Uber app since the option became widely available These are early results, but both agencies are happy with the results so far. An RTD train with an Uber logo. Photo Courtesy of Uber. RTD is encouraged by early ticketing numbers from their partnership with Uber allowing riders to buy transit tickets directly on the ride-sharing app. A release on Tuesday said more than 1,200 RTD tickets have been sold through the Uber app since the option became available to all users in Denver on June 25 — 15 days ago. RTD spokeswoman Laurie Huff said the numbers mean people are considering their options when opening the Uber app. Huff said Denver is the only city in the world where someone can use the Uber app to buy local transit tickets and do trip planning, which has been available since January.

The in-app purchasing option was initially launched to a small number of users in May. Ticket sales grew by an average of 42 percent each week during the rollout period, according to the release. As of the week of June 24, about 25 percent of the tickets sold through the app were sold to repeat customers. “When (people) hear that they (Uber) have a relationship with us, they ask whether we are afraid of losing ridership. We are not,” Huff said. “We don’t see them as competition, but as a complementary option.” Tuesday’s release said nearly two-thirds of the tickets sold were for local rides, while regional rides were the second most-popular option for in-app purchases (23 percent). Regional rides included trips to and from DIA. Neither RTD or Uber had information related to what time of day tickets were purchased. www.rtd-denver.com

Bikeways to Get Quieter, Safer and Additions In Denver, we currently have 184 miles of on-street bike facilities and 149 miles of off-street facilities (trails and shared use sidewalks). The city will be installing 125 miles of new bikeways over the next five years, increasing the number of households within a 5-minute ride of a high-comfort bike facility from 38 to 75 percent.

Up to 50 of those 125 miles of new bikeways, including nine miles of protected bikeways, will be funded by the Elevate Denver Bond Program. We installed about 19 miles of facilities in 2018. When complete, the city’s bike network will consist of nearly 450 miles of bikes facility and every household will be within a quarter mile of a high ease of use facility.

Denver B-cycle FREE RIDE PASSES Available Thanks to Denver Public Works, the 5280 program provides a free Denver B-cycle Annual Pass to 5,280 qualifying Denver residents on a firstcome, first-served basis. The Annual Access Pass gives riders access to our system and 60 minutes of free ride time until December 31, 2019. To qualify, you must be a full-time resident of the City and County of Denver. How It Works: To redeem your free Annual Pass: Email 5280@denverbcycle.org a copy of a qualifying document showing you are a Denver City and County resident (see below) OR bring your document to our office at 2737 Larimer St. Suite A Denver, CO 80205. We are open from 7:00AM to 6:00PM Monday through Friday. The 5280 program is provided thanks to Denver Public Works.





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FYI/Happenings Street Maintenance Improvements Begin Denver Public Works repairs and improves public streets wtih services that include paving, pothole patching, curb and gutter repairs, and curb ramp installation, as well as maintenance tasks such as street sweeping and snow removal. Below is where paving crews are working the week of July 15, weather permitting: CHAFFEE PARK: A street maintenance crew will pave on 48th between Pacos and Zuni CHAFFEE PARK: A street maintenance crew will pave on Eliot between 48th Ave and 49th Ave COLE: A street maintenance crew will mill on Martin Luther King Blvd. from Franklin to York EAST COLFAX: A street maintenance crew will mill and pave on Syracuse from 11th Ave to 23rd Ave FIVE POINTS: A street maintenance crew will mill on 32nd Street from Arapahoe to Blake GREEN VALLEY RANCH: A street maintenance crew will mill and pave on Tower Road from 56th Ave to Pena

LOWRY FIELD: Concrete work will take place on 1st Ave from Quebec to Monaco SPEER: Concrete work will take place on Downing from 9th Ave to Colfax UNIVERSITY: A street maintenance crew will pave on Dartmouth between Franklin and Vine VALVERDE: Crews will perform Hot-In-Place-Recycle work - on N. Alcott St. from Clay to Bayaud - on Clay St. from 2nd Ave to Bayaud - on S. Eliot St. from Bayaud to Alameda - on S. Decatur St. from Bayaud to Alameda on S. Dale Ct. from Bayaud to Alameda WASHINGTON PARK WEST: A street maintenance crew will mill on Louisiana Ave from E. Buchtel Blvd to University WELLSHIRE: A street maintenance crew will pave on Yale from Logan to Downing WHITTIER: A street maintenance crew will pave on Downing from 31st Ave to Welton and on Downing from 20th Ave to 31st Ave https://www.denvergov.org/ content/denvergov/en/streetsand-sidewalks/street-maintenanceimprovement.html

DeGette Cites Elyria-Swansea, Globville Reasons For Pollution Clean Up The U.S. House of Representatives today approved legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) that will require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to identify and clean up 100 communities across the nation that are disproportionally suffering from large amounts of pollution caused by nearby facilities. The measure to promote environmental justice was approved as part of a group of amendments to a larger government spending bill that’s currently being debated in the House. In addition to identify and cleaning up 100 heavily-polluted communities, it would also require the EPA to study the cumulative impact that multiple sources of pollution can have a community, and then incorporate that information into agency’s health assessments going forward. “When we fail to protect our environment, it is often the poorest among us who suffer the most,” DeGette said on the House floor immediately before the vote. “This

amendment would require that the EPA identify 100 communities across the country that are suffering from especially egregious violations of environmental law and clean them up.” In her remarks, DeGette, who chairs the House panel that directly oversees the EPA, specifically cited the situations in Elyria-Swansea and Globeville, two north-Denver neighborhoods that are often listed among the most heavily polluted communities in Colorado, as reasons why Congress needs to act. “When we allow pipes to become contaminated, or when we allow companies to spew more toxins into the air, it is usually lowerincome communities, and communities of color, that get hurt the most,” DeGette said. “Communities like Elyria-Swansea, and neighboring Globeville, which are neighborhoods in the northern part of my district … This amendment is for them.” Because the EPA has not yet set a limit on how much hydrogen cyanide facilities, such as the one just outside Elyria-Swansea, should be allowed to emit each year, these facilities have been allowed to set their own limits – regardless of the potential health risks to nearby residents.




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FYI/Happenings DRCOG Public Transportation Meeting July 17th

The Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) Board of Directors will hold the Transportation Improvement Program public hearing at 6:30 P.M. on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. This public hearing is an opportunity to comment on the draft 20202023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and associated air quality conformity determinations. The TIP process selects and funds projects that are important and valuable, not only to the Denver region, but to each local government. The program is how the region implements the fiscally constrained long-range transportation plan by identifying the federally funded transportation projects planned for the Denver region over a four-year period. There are several ways to share your thoughts about the draft 2020-2023 Transportation Improvement Program: • Submit a comment on our map: DRCOG has developed an interactive map that allows you to explore the projects that have been proposed and submit a comment directly in the map.

It is a quick and easy way to share your thoughts about the specific projects. • Submit written comments via email or mail: You may submit written comments before 5 p.m. on July 17 to Lisa Houde at lhoude@ drcog.org or to DRCOG Chair, 1001 17th Street, Suite 700, Denver, CO 80202. • Submit written comments online: Comments may also be submitted on this webpage. • Come speak at the meeting: Please attend the public hearing July 17 at 6:30 p.m. to share your comments in person. If you have any questions about the meeting, please contact Lisa Houde at lhoude@drcog.org or 303480-5658.

Denver Large-Scale Recycling Education Campaign Starts Mayor Michael B. Hancock, The Coca-Cola Foundation and national non-profit group The Recycling Partnership announced today the launch of a new large-scale recycling education campaign that will be piloted this summer. Denver was recently awarded a $250,000 recycling grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation to pilot the public education campaign, which is

being rolled out on billboards, bus shelter signs, digital advertising and postcards. Denver Public Works will also begin tagging trash carts this summer with informational cards in eight neighborhoods. The pilot, which runs through the fall, will help give Denver a better understanding of what approach works best for recycling education to support its goal of increasing recycling and composting rates from what is now 23 percent to 34 percent, the national average. “We want our residents to be thinking about recycling every day whether they’re on a commute, taking out the trash, getting the mail, or going online. And clear and concise information is critical to keeping it top of mind for our residents and visitors,” said Mayor Hancock. “Denver has made great strides over the years educating people about the benefits of recycling and composting. Now, this new campaign is an opportunity to amplify that approach.” Denver is one of seven cities receiving a recycling grant through The Coca-Cola Foundation as part of The Foundation’s interests in improving recycling rates, waste and helping make communities more sustainable. The recycling grants support innovative pilots that will help address some of the barriers to consumer recycling in the United States



including not knowing how and what can be recycled. “The Coca-Cola Foundation places a priority on helping communities become more sustainable by supporting innovative recycling solutions at a local level,” said Helen Smith Price, president of The CocaCola Foundation. “We hope this new program in Denver serves as a catalyst to drive increased recycling rates and the city becomes a model for other communities to follow.” As part of The Coca-Cola Foundation grant, Denver is teaming-up with The Recycling Partnership to educate residents about what can and cannot be placed in their purple recycling carts. Postcards and trash cart tags with this information will be targeted to East, Central and West Denver, reaching about 22,000 households in Cheesman Park, West Colfax, Jefferson Park, Capitol Hill, Congress Park, City Park West, Denver Country Club, and Green Valley Ranch. Expanding recycling education to include more community-based advertising aligns with Mayor Hancock’s Sustainability Goals, which aim to make measurable impacts on the city’s recycling rate. To learn more about recycling and to see a list of all items accepted for recycling in Denver, please visit: www.denvergov.org/DenverRecycles

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Pod Save America in Denver, July 17 WHAT: Pod Save America’s Pod Tours America WHEN: July 17, 2019 WHERE: Bellco Theatre, 700 14th Street, Denver, CO 80202 WHO: Pod Save America, featuring special guest Colorado Governor Jared Polis

DETAILS: Pod Save America is a biweekly, no bullshit conversation about current events and politics hosted by former Obama staffers Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Tommy Vietor, and Dan Pfeiffer. In today’s shitstorm of screaming headlines and Trump tweets, the hosts provide a digestible breakdown of the news that matters and what you can do about it. The hosts also interview politicians, experts, or other notable guests about the news of the week or a specific issue area. The conversation is light, smart, honest, and geared towards people who are interested in politics but aren’t ready to give up or go insane. https://www.axs.com/artists/1104210/pod-tours-americatickets

Inaugural Colorado Mountain Fest September 28-29 What: Colorado Mountain Fest is the premier mountain festival on the Front Range. It brings together outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, ability levels, and interest areas for a fun-filled, familyfriendly weekend of multi-sport adventuring, educational programming, and a celebration of mountain lifestyle. This event is powered by prAna. It is also free and open to the public. The event features a variety of sports clinics, gear demos, schwag, entertainment, as well as local food, and libations. There will be a full vendor village, music, beer garden, and interactive games to enjoy. The beer garden will be fueled with beverages from Odell Brewing Company. Colorado Mountain Fest also provides attendees the opportunity to learn and build the skills to reach their next outdoor adventure goal. It will have seminars & clinics for people from novice through mastery in a variety of disciplines: fly fishing, trail running, mountain biking, fast & light alpinism, climbing, and more. Clinics, entertainment, and keynote speaker are all still being finalized. Stay tuned for details. You can learn more at the event website: http://bit.ly/comtnfest This event is free and open to the public. All seminars and workshops, such as the Morning Flow Yoga with prAna, are free to attend. There is a fee for some field courses and clinics, if you choose to sign-up. When: Saturday, September 28 – Sunday, September 29, 2019 Where: American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th Street, Golden, CO 80401 Why: This will be one of the largest gatherings of outdoor enthusiasts in the state of Colorado. It is a great opportunity to meet new recreation partners, learn a new sport, or take your skills to another level in your preferred sport. This is a

celebration of the Colorado outdoor community. All proceeds go to expand the CMC’s mission and accomplish even more in 2020. Contact: Maryjane Jarvis, Major Events Manager, or Brittany Smith, Marketing Director Office Phone: 303-996-2767, 303-996-2746 Email: maryjanejarvis@cmc.org, Brittanysmith@cmc.org

The Colorado Mountain Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to outdoor recreation, conservation, and education. Founded in 1912, the CMC acts as a gateway to the mountains for novices and experts alike, offering over 3,000 year-round activities, events, and schools centered on outdoor recreation for its 6,600 members. The Colorado Mountain Club helps individuals maximize living in an outdoor playground and connects people with other adventure-loving outdoor enthusiasts creating a tight-knit community of responsible outdoorists. Facebook: @coloradomountainclub Instagram: @coloradomtnclub Twitter: @coloradomtnclub Website: www.cmc.org

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Top 12 Scenic Drives Explore more than the hiking trails in Colorado with these 12 scenic drives for summer. Let’s face it, almost any road you take in Colorado leads you on a scenic journey. Buckle up and don’t forget your camera! 1. Pikes Peak Highway The views from Pikes Peak highway are unlike no other. Enjoy 19 miles of mountainous beauty filled with colorful blooms, alpine lakes, and wildlife, including bighorn sheep, mule deer, mountain lions, marmots, and more. When calculating your trip, set aside 2 to 3 hours or more for this scenic experience in Colorado. Note that some dates throughout the year may require the use of a shuttle to get to the top of the peak. 2. Trail Ridge Road Trail Ridge Road features 45 miles of scenic beauty. This scenic road runs through Rocky Mountain National Park with elevations reaching over 12,000 feet. For anyone looking to catch panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains, this is a fantastic option. Trail Ridge Road typically opens to vehicles from May to late October, depending on current weather conditions. 3. Mount Evans Scenic Byway Travel up the highest paved road in North America – Mount Evans Scenic Byway. Starting in Idaho Springs, this 28-mile scenic road climbs over 7,000 feet in elevation to reach the 14,262summit of Mount Evans. Take in the sweeping views of the Continental Divide while keeping a close lookout for mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and alpine wildflowers. 4. Loveland Pass There’s no better place to capture the perfect mountain moment than at Loveland Pass. Snag 11,000-foot views without hiking as you drive your way to the top of this iconic mountain pass. On your way back down, stop at Pass

SCENIC AND INTERESTING! A vehicle makes it’s way past a boulder named by Governor Polis as “Memorial Rock.” It tumbled down the mountain and rolled across Highway 145 near Dolores, CO on May 29th (Memorial Day). It will remain where it landed, with the new road going around it. Lake for a wildflower-lined loop surrounding a small alpine lake. For skiers, take this scenic route to arrive at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. 5. Skyline Drive If it’s thrills you’re after, Skyline Drive in Canon City (just west of Pueblo) is for you. Hold your breath as make your way up this narrow single-track 2.8mile road with 800-foot drop-offs on either side. Regardless of all the heartpumping twists and turns, this scenic drive is totally worth exploring!

6. Monarch Pass Get your fix of beautiful views at every mile by traveling Monarch Pass along US Route 50. Catch a glimpse of the Monarch-Madonna Mine, a major point of interest for Colorado history buffs. At the top of this 11,312-foot mountain pass, you’ll find a small restaurant, gift shop (open from early spring to fall), and the Monarch Crest Scenic Tramway. Swing by, pick up a few souvenirs, and ride to the top of Monarch Monarch for infinite views of the Continental Divide.



7. Garden of the Gods Scenic Loop The scenic loop through Garden of the Gods is full of great viewpoints, offering picturesque vistas, towering red rock formations, and jawdropping views of Pikes Peak. Our favorite points of interest along the scenic drive include North and South Gateway Rocks, Gray Rock, Montezuma Tower, Scotsman Picnic Area, High Point, Siamese Twins, Steamboat Rock, and Balanced Rock. Get out and stretch your legs with over 15 miles of hiking trails in the park. 8. Red Mountain Pass Red Mountain Pass along U.S. Highway 550 between Ouray and Durango is commonly known as the “Million Dollar Highway” and for a pretty good reason – it’s full of “million dollar” beauty all around (Note: It’s actually called this for a different reason). If you plan on adding this scenic drive to your bucket list, be sure to plan your trip during the summer months due to the dangers of heavy snow and ice throughout most of the winter season. 9. Black Bear Pass When it comes to finding a fun, exciting jolt of adrenaline, Black Bear Pass will give that rush. Embrace your adventurous spirit with a heartpounding ascent up this high-altitude mountain pass, resting at 12,840 above sea level. The challenging off-roading terrain offers the perfect summer drive for the experienced Jeeper. Warning – make sure you’ve got a car that can handle this rugged route before trying to tackle it. 10. Cottonwood Pass Witness beauty in every direction as you travel along Cottonwood Pass. This 12,126-foot mountain pass provides outdoor lovers with a scenerypacked adventure traversing from Colorado’s Front Range to Crested Butte. The scenery is unmatched, packed with mountain vistas, gold aspen groves, and beautiful wildflower meadows. 11. San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway This 236 mile-loop serves up spectacular views of Southwest Colorado traveling from Ouray to Ridgway, Telluride, through Dolores, Cortez, and Durango, and back along Highway 550 for the classic Million Dollar Highway section between Silverton and Ouray. There are endless outdoor recreation opportunities along the way, ranging from fishing, climbing, hiking, whitewater rafting, and biking. 12. Kebler Pass Marvel at the beauty as you cruise down Kebler Pass, a haven for wildflower enthusiasts nestled just outside the colorful mountain town of Crested Butte. If you’re looking for quick access to fall colors, this scenic drive is a fantastic option. There are a number of scenic drives to enjoy around Crested Butte including Schofield Pass, Ohio Pass, Gothic Road, and Cement Creek Road. https://www.outtherecolorado.com

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Arts LoDown AFFORDABLE ARTS FEST Donates $102,000 For Scholarships The Affordable Arts Festival (www.AffordableArtsFestival.com), the fastest growing arts festival in Colorado (and ranked 24th in the nation) will take place on Sunday August 25 from 9 AM to 3PM at Arapahoe Community College, located at 5900 South Santa Fe Drive in Littleton. And art patrons will be pleasantly surprised at the pricing. Artwork worth thousands of dollars will be priced at $100 (or less), as some of the state’s (and nation’s) most renowned artists are clearing their studios to make room for their newest creations. First come, first served. There will be thousands of deals available, with artists from 22 states participating. All of the artists are listed online – along with many of the artists’ “Best Deals” – at www.AffordableArtsFestival.com. Tickets are also available online (proceeds are donated to the Arapahoe Community College Foundation; tickets cost $10 each and kids 12 and under are free). With proceeds from ticket sales going to the Arapahoe Community College Foundation, more than $100,000 in scholarship money has been raised to date (a photo of the recent check presentation is attached, along with additional information).

Black Cube’s Latest Public Art Series Raises Questions About Monuments

Jim DeLutes, AAF founder, presents a $102,000 check to the Arapahoe Community College Foundation for their scholarship fund The Festival’s parking will provide 1,200 free parking spaces on campus, and a team of golf cart drivers to assist patrons in getting their purchases to their cars from the Festival exit. The Affordable Arts Festival is currently ranked #20 out of over 600 shows in the country. The festival features fine arts and crafts from over 160 outstanding local and national artists, all for sale for under $100. “People love to come to the festival to purchase incredible artwork from professional artists for less than $100, while supporting the goals and ambitions of future artists” said Jim DeLutes, who has been Founder and

Director of the Affordable Arts Festival for the last eight years. “This is artwork that would typically be sold for manytimes the amount the artists are asking, and it’s an effective way for them to sell a lot of art in just a few hours, help aspiring art students and also connect many people to their artwork for the first time. This is a one-day-only event, so anyone who loves fine artwork, or wants to experience an arts festival for the first time, should be sure to visit us in a friendly, unintimidating place to see, experience and buy high quality artwork.” Some of the state’s most outstanding artists, and national artists from 23 states will have booths at the Festival, with artwork on display and for sale. The level of activity between the artists and attendees contributes greatly to the highly-energized level of enthusiasm and fun. See why many call this the ‘Black Friday’ of arts festivals. www.AffordableArtsFestival.com

MONUMENTAL is a series of public, contemporary artworks and community engagement programs that explore, question, and transform the role monuments play within society. Comprised of a series of temporary art installations in Denver, Colorado, the project endeavors to reimagine how public icons can better represent the diversity of the communities, foster civic engagement, and enliven public spaces. MONUMENTAL highlights five artworks by local, national, and international artists, illuminating various interpretations of the relationship between monuments and our community, national identity, and changing world. Artists: Andreas Greiner (Germany), Jaime Carrejo (Colorado), Rian Kerrane (Colorado), Noah Manos (Colorado), Nikki Pike (Colorado), Hank Willis Thomas and Emily Shur in collaboration with Eric Gottesman and Wyatt Gallery of For Freedoms (New York). MONUMENTAL is on view July 12, 2019 through January 31, 2020, with the For Freedoms billboard extended through June 30, 2020. This project is coproduced by Black Cube and The Denver Theatre District, with artworks curated by Black Cube. MONUMENTAL is funded in part by the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and the David and Laura Merage Foundation. See MONUMENTAL's full program schedule here: https://blackcube.art/exhibition/ monumental Also please visit www.denverpublicart.org/for-artists

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Slow Foods Nations at Larimer Square July 20-21 Slow Food Nations is a major international food festival hosted in Denver, CO. This year, we explore Where Tradition Meets Innovation. Be part of the global Slow Food movement and connect with 25,000 farmers, foodies and families. July 19, 2019: Leader Summit and Opening Party July 20-21, 2019: Festival on Larimer Square in downtown Denver. We close down the streets and celebrate Slow Food with a Taste Marketplace, family pavilion, cooking demos, workshops, and lots of interactive food fun. Free entry with select ticketed events. Open to all! ABOUT SLOW FOOD Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization, founded in 1989 to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, counteract the rise of fast life and combat people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from and how our food choices affect the world around us. Since its beginnings, Slow Food has grown into a global movement involving millions of people in over 160 countries, working to ensure everyone has access to good, clean and fair food. There are over 150 chapters in the USA. https://slowfoodnations.org/events/




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Health is Wealth Stop Summer Fun from Hurting Your Back

“Weekend warrior” pursuits. After being glued to an office chair for five days without any physical activity, Butler says it’s unwise on the weekend to engage in high-intensity sports or hard workouts. “Rather than risking back pain from a weekend of overexertion, he says, “get in 30 minutes of moderate exercise or more every day so you’re stronger and better conditioned.” “A good rule of thumb is to ease into any physical activity you aren’t used to doing — especially after a long winter,” Butler says. “Listen to your body; if you feel pain or weakness, that’s your body telling you that it’s time to take a break. A healthy spine makes for a fun, painfree summer.” www.drbradfordbutler.com

• Knee pain For short-term pain relief of any of these conditions, apply a hot or cold compress using any of these items • An electric heating pad • A gel pack that can be microwaved or frozen • A bag of ice or frozen vegetables • A washcloth or small towel soaked in hot or cold water (wring it out, fold it, and apply to the sore area)

Whether you use heat or cold, be sure to wrap the pack in a thin towel to help protect your skin. Apply to the painful area for 15-20 minutes several times each day. Whether you use heat or cold, you may notice your skin looks a little pinker after applying the compress. That’s normal, but let your skin return to its normal color and temperature before applying fresh ice or heat.

Summer’s arrival brings family gatherings, outdoor sports, outings with friends, vacations and sprucing up the yard. But summer fun can also bring a higher risk of back injuries. “Too often we start the summer with enthusiasm, only to be sidetracked by back pain,” says Dr. Bradford Butler, a chiropractor and author of The Blueprint for Back www.pprm.org Pain Relief: The Essential Guide to Nonsurgical Solutions (www. drbradfordbutler.com). “There are important prevention steps you can take to avoid back pain associated with summer activities and help you enjoy the summer as you should.” Butler looks at five summer activities that cause back injuries and offers ways to prevent them Travel. Sitting for long periods Heat boosts the flow of blood on car rides or in cramped plane and nutrients to an area of the body. seats can do a number on your It often works best for morning stiffspine. “My advice is to bring extra ness or to warm up muscles before support, such as a folded blanket or activity. Cold slows blood flow, inflatable pillow for your lower back reducing swelling and pain. It’s often and neck,” Butler says. “Wear combest for short-term pain, like that fortable shoes that have lots of arch from a sprain or a strain. and ankle support. Take driving But does it matter which one you breaks to move your body during use for an injury? This article will help a long trip, and adjust your seat so you sort it out. you’re close to the steering wheel.” When Either Heat Or Cold Amusement parks. “People Will Do love to experience the rush of riding Soothe aches and pains caused a rollercoaster, but sadly, their by conditions like osteoarthritis, spines pay the price,” Butler says. “All rheumatoid arthritis, back pain, fibrothose jerky, jolting movements can myalgia, and neck pain with either injure the neck and back, causing heat or cold. Each can give you relief it to become misaligned. I’d advise from these symptoms: anyone who already suffers from • Muscle aches, spasms, and pains back or neck pain to steer clear of • Lower and upper back pain rollercoasters. If you decide to ride, • Stiff, swollen, or tender joints make sure to follow all safety pre• Neck stiffness cautions and see your chiropractor • Finger, hand, or wrist pain for an adjustment after your trip.” Gardening and yard work. From Planned Parenthood “Yard work involves a lot of bending, stooping, twisting, squatting, and lifting,” Butler says. “Combine all of those, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a sore back and a misaligned spine. Warm up before an afternoon in the yard. Yoga, or any kind of stretching, and brisk walking are great ways to loosen up. When lifting, utilize your leg muscles, and hold objects close to the body. When mowing, avoid leaning far forward and take Planned Parenthood is proud to offer the full spectrum of sexual and reproductive health care to everybody - no matter your race, income, zip code, immigration status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Call 1-800-230-PLAN breaks.” or visit pprm.org to find the Planned Parenthood health center nearest you. Golf. When swinging a golf club, the lumbar spine undergoes a Planned Parenthood is proud to offer the full spectrum of sexual and reproductive health care to everybody - no twisting motion, which can lead to your race, income, zip code, immigration status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Call 1-800-230-PLAN disc herniationmatter or chronic back pain. or visit pprm.org Butler says there are several ways toto find the Planned Parenthood health center nearest you. reduce the risk of lower back injury: proper stretching, core strengthening, and proper swing technique. “Also, it’s best not to carry your golf bag, which can weigh up to 30 or more pounds,” he says. “Use a pullcart.”

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Animal Matters Acclaimed Doctor, Animal Activist in Denver July 27th In a step towards eliminating animal cruelty in Colorado, a new law will ban convicted animal abusers from owning or caring for pets for three to five years. Denver also had its first vegan restaurant week this past May, coordinated by VegFest Colorado, which returns to Denver this summer to educate the public about the health benefits of eating vegan. Dr. Aysha Akhtar, a prominent animal rights activist, physician, and speaker, argues that our very health and well-being may depend on the positive relationships we foster with animals. Dr. Akhtar will be speaking at VegFest Colorado on Saturday, July 27th at 1:00pm and is available for interviews. Eating vegan or vegetarian has obvious health benefits. Dr. Aysha Akhtar argues further that our overall well-being also depends on the relationships we foster with animals. OUR SYMPHONY WITH ANIMALS: On Health, Empathy, and Our Shared Destinies (Pegasus Books; May 7, 2019; $27.95) is the first book by a physician to show how deeply the health of humans and animals are intertwined (that’s

why we love those cute animal videos so much), and feature diverse case studies, fascinating interviews, and indepth research. The Real Health Benefits of Animal Empathy: - Greenhouse gas emissions will lessen: animal agriculture causes more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation sector. - Lower risk for mental health issues: animals are reliable companions who will always accept us, and their presence has proven to ease depression, anxiety, PTSD, and more. - Reduce exposure dangerous diseases: factory farming and other animal agriculture pollutes the land and water and can increase the risks of cancers, obesity, salmonella, E. coli, and more. - We’re happier: A love of animals is innate in all of us, yet we push it away out of fear of judgement. When we allow ourselves to express love of animals, we’re more content. - We begin to recognize the interconnectedness of all social struggles against cruelty and injustice and can connect better with our fellow man. Dr. Aysha Akhtar holds several titles, including the Deputy Director of the Army’s Traumatic Brain Injury Program, and is a Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service, a fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and a consultant editor for The Journal of Animal Ethics.

What it means to be a no-kill community A no-kill community acts on the belief that every dog and cat deserves to live — and focuses on saving lives through pet adoption, spay/neuter, trap-neuter-return and other community support programs. While a percentage is not the goal, a quantitative benchmark can help guide lifesaving efforts. Saving 90 percent or more of the animals who enter shelters is the current benchmark for no-kill.


Dr. Akhtar can discuss: - The power of empathy and why it’s important to practice it more frequently in our lives. - The mental and physical benefits that come along with embracing animal empathy. - How Aysha discovered her own animal empathy through her beloved childhood dog Sylvester and the trauma and abuse he helped guide her through. - Her acclaimed career as a neurologist and what it has taught her about empathy. - Her triggering, painful walk through a factory farm of chickens and pig slaughterhouse, places where many journalists and writers are not permitted. The incredible interviews featured in the book, including infamous serial killer Keith Jesperson also known as “The Happy Face Killer,” a former mobster turned animal rescuer, a Marine veteran struggling with PTSD, a Hurricane Katrina survivor, and more. The immediate, long term effects animal agriculture and consumption of animal products can have on our health and planet. How empathy for animals helps us recognize the interconnectedness of all social struggles against cruelty and injustice. Dr. Akhtar deftly explores our connection, both positive and negative, to the lives of animals through a keen

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Looking at the urban neighborhood map below, it shows the market is moving in a positive direction in sold price and in average price per square foot. Sales are a little less for1143 June. 1590 Little Raven Street #904 Auraria Street #204 1 Bed • 2 Baths • 1,260 SF • $650,000

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Denver’s inventory of homes available for sale remains below National averages and is lower than most Metropolitan cities. The good news “for buyers” is that inventories are growing and it is taking a little longer for homes to sell. Inventory levels traditionally rise over the summer months and are currently the highest since 2013 with over 9,500 active listings. That said, there is still only about two months of inventory available as we approach mid-July. For the sellers pricing their homes at the top of this evolving market thinking there is no ceiling; and to the buyers waiting for some bubble to burst so they can buy their dream home in a “foreclosure sale”… neither scenario is a reality. Currently with Denver only having two months of available homes on the market (Nationally the home “For Sale” inventory is around a four-month supply) the foreseeable future of real estate looks to be nicer and easier. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), a seller’s market is when there is a 3 month supply of available homes on the market. NAR considers a good balanced market to carry a 4-6 month supply of homes, and a buyer’s market kicks in at greater than a 6-month supply of available homes to be absorbed. Our metro-Denver market has been exceptional since the second half of 2012 and remains very good. When you read or hear about prices dropping, it is not a bubble bursting but much more a seasonal shift. The greatest level of price appreciation takes place between February and June, ever since 2012. Supply of “for sale” homes increases during the spring season and continues into the summer. Sellers tend to hope and believe that values will continue climbing when in fact they have level off as supply increases, amplifying the season trend of softening demand. Megan Aller of First American Title said it best in a recent article, “buyers looking for increased affordability will be rewarded in July-October with more frequent price reductions. For a bubble to burst, there must be rising prices and rising inventory well beyond the point of balance.” Cities like Phoenix, Miami, and Las Vegas were experiencing 25-35% annual appreciation and were highly overbuilt…Denver is not in that world.

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By Steve Blank, Managing Broker Liv Sotheby’s International Realty in Writer Square


WITH wait for the Make decisions that are right for you now. Don’t extraordinary market to be perfectly ripe because you can almost never find that lives and will miss out on many personal and financial rewards over months or even years. Another current and future reality for invenCONSIDERED ONE OF DENVER'S TOP PRODUCERS, tory levels is, we have entered a “Homebody Era”. Homeowners are FEW PEOPLE KNOW DOWNTOWN DENVER REAL ESTATE holding onto low interest rates andTHAN paid-off mortgages BETTER DENA PASTORINI.as they age-in-place, resulting in fewer people moving. As a long time resident of Riverfront Park, Dena serves as a For about 20 years prior to Sotheby's the recession, the average tenure broker at LIV International Realty, working with Sellers and Buyers throughout all of central of a homeowner averaged between seven and nine years. Denver. During, and just after the recession, that time frame was about six years. 720.233.9096 • dena.pastorini@sothebysrealty.com As of May 2019, that number became eleven years as reported by Inman.com. Very low rates and accrued home equity, as well as technology and healthcare improvements have made aging-inplace more possible. Plus they enjoy a sense of pride in owning their home while growing personal wealth. In response to questions asked by some of my sellers about current buyers’ desires and trends, the following observations may be helpful: 1590 Little Raven Street #507 1401 Wewatta Street #PH4 - Buyers who find “move-in homes with desired 4 Beds • 5 Baths • 4,071 SF •ready” $3,250,000 2 Beds • 3 Baths • 2,678 SF •ame$2,000,000 nities and décor will pay a premium. - There are still buyers looking for homes in “original” condition hoping to pay a fair value and improve the home with sweat equity. This buyer used to represent a large percentage of the market but is now diminishing in favor of homes they can just move into and hang artwork. They will pay more for finished 1590 Little Raven Street #302 1720 Wynkoop Street #212 3 Bedsthey’ve • 3 Baths • 2,484 SF •on $1,400,000 2 Beds • are 2 Baths • 2,456 SF • $1,189,000 properties like what seen HGTV. They less willing or capable - of fixing up a home, but know exactly what they like when they see it. - The last group are contractors and flippers looking for distressed property that are profitable when fixed-up. Homes in the middle category are being forced into the last category and need to be priced accordingly,2210 making it frustrating 1022 Pearl Street #101 Blake Street #402 Beds •a3 Baths • 2,771experienced SF • $950,000 2 Beds • 2 Baths • 1,793 SF • $869,000 for sellers. If you 3hire smart, broker to help weave through the nuances of the market, many opportunities are available to you.

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Real Estate Park Hill Golf Course Sells for $24 Million, Plans to Develop A $24 million sale of the 155-acre former Park Hill Golf Course property was announced and the Denver-based investment firm buying the land said housing, recreation and open space are among development options for the controversial parcel. “We are looking forward to (engaging) in specific, thoughtful conversations with the community to hear their opinions about the need for open space and recreation, affordable and diverse housing options for existing and new residents, and neighborhood services to enhance the existing community,” said Andrew R. Klein, principal of Westside Investment Partners, in a news release. For years, the Park Hill Golf Course property was owned by the Clayton Trust, which used income from the course to fund early childhood education work of Clayton Early Learning. The sale “ensures the long-term sustainability” of Clayton’s mission, said Charlotte Brantley who represents Clayton Early Learning. Controversy swelled when prospects of a sale surfaced over the past couple of years. Arcis Golf, the golf course operator, filed a lawsuit last year claiming its “right of first refusal” on a sale of the property. Woody Garnsey, a native of Denver who has lived in the area since 1971, is part of a neighborhood grassroots movement attempting to safeguard the property from development. “We’ve been fighting for two and a half years now against any prospect that the perpetual open space conservation easement is torn up or modified in any way,” Garnsey said.

Ryan Luby, a spokesman with the city attorney’s office, said Thursday that the easement “will be re-recorded” as part of a sale. Golf revenues had been in a decline in recent years, and the golf course closed in 2018 because of Denver’s Platte to Park Hill stormwater project, according to Thursday’s news release. As part of the project, the city filed a “permanent 25-acre stormwater detention easement, as well as a temporary construction easement.” The storm water project is impacting about 60 acres of the land, according to the news release. It’s projected to be completed late this year. Westside Investment Partners is also at work redeveloping Loretto Heights in southwest Denver. - Denver Post

Known as 17th & Newton, it would include one of the tallest buildings in the fast-developing West Colfax neighborhood

City Council Approves Controversial Sloan's Lake Development Denver’s elected leaders faced one of the last controversial developments of their current term on Monday night. Zocalo Community Development won permission to build 320 apartments and condos at the southeast corner of Sloan’s Lake. Known as 17th & Newton, it would include one of the tallest buildings in the fast-developing West Colfax neighborhood — and a rare cluster of affordable homes in central Denver. “If it’s not going to be allowed to happen here, where will the affordable housing go?” said David Zucker, president of Zocalo, in an interview. The Denver City Council approved a rezoning for the project in a 10-1 vote, with Councilman Wayne New dissenting on concerns of “over-densification.” “It’s a high-opportunity community that folks would love to be part of, right next to a regional park,” Councilwoman Stacie Gilmore said. Details of the project Zocalo’s plan is split into two buildings. • A four-floor building would include 160 apartments, all designated affordable for the next 30 years. The maximum income limit would be 60 percent of the area median income, about $56,000 for a family of four. Some units would be for lower income tiers, including formerly homeless families. • The project also includes about 160 condominiums in a 16-floor tower. Most of those would be sold at market rates, but 10 would be affordable. The sale of high-density, market-price units is the only way to fund so many affordable units, Zucker said. “Sixteen stories is the financial engine that allows for (the affordability),” Zucker said. Taller condos sell for more money, but the design also allows for shorter buildings near the edge of the property, he added. The project won’t receive a city subsidy, but Zocalo is seeking state tax credits. Construction on the apartment building could begin within 18

months, with the taller condo tower to break ground two years later. The project would boost the city’s annual affordable output, which has capped out around 1,200 units in recent years. - Denver Post

City Council Approves Vision Plan On South of Broncos Stadium Denver City Council voted to adopt the Stadium District Master Plan, the first step toward creating a new neighborhood hub just south of Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Currently, the area south of the stadium is dominated by surface parking lots that are vacant most of the year. The master plan – created with considerable community input – envisions a mixed-use destination with opportunities for local businesses, walking and biking trails, affordable housing, entertainment and more. “Coors Field redefined what a major sports facility could do for a downtown neighborhood, and almost 25 years later, Denver can change the game again on the southern parking lots at Broncos Stadium,” said Evelyn Baker, interim executive director of Denver Community Planning and Development. “This community-driven plan lays the groundwork for the kind of year-round neighborhood destinations residents want that will also improve the gameday experience for fans.” “This project can be transformational for the area and the city,” said Mac Freeman, chief commercial officer for the Denver Broncos. “We are excited to play a role in developing Denver’s next great neighborhood while helping to secure the capital funding that would assist in extending the life of the stadium.” More than 1,300 residents, businesses, and property owners from Jefferson Park, West Colfax, Sun Valley, and surrounding neighborhoods participated in the year-long planning process, involving public meetings, community events and surveys. Denver Community Planning and Development facilitated the work in collaboration with the Metropolitan Football Stadium District



(MFSD) and the Stadium Management Company, an affiliate of the Denver Broncos Football Club, which formed a nonprofit in 2018 to explore redevelopment opportunities in the southern portion of the district property. Development of the lots would create a long-term, recurring income stream to help maintain and improve the stadium, a taxpayer-owned asset. Specifically, the Stadium District Master Plan emphasizes: • Prioritizing affordable housing on site with zoning tools and incentives. • High-quality urban design with buildings that “step back” above certain heights to avoid a canyon effect and that prioritizes pedestrians and cyclists

• Making a well-connected neighborhood with safe access for pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles including potentially retrofitting or replacing the cloverleaf interchange of West Colfax Avenue and Federal Boulevard • Parking arrangements that work for game days and accommodate other uses the rest of the year Learn more at www.denvergov.org /stadiumdistrict

150+ Applications on New Affordable Apartments The City of Denver celebrated new affordable apartments in the Stapleton neighborhood. The Moline Apartments sit at 2820 Moline Street. The building with one-, two- and three- bedroom units will house 180 families. All units are exclusively for families earning up to 60% of the area median income (up to $39,000 for a single-person household, or up to $55,680 for a family of four). The property comes with a recreation room, play areas and a bike storage area. “No matter what your socioeconomic status is, there’s a place for you in Stapleton, and this project that we are celebrating today is a testament to that,” said Denver City Councilman Christopher Herndon. The Northeast Denver Housing Center has received more than 150 applications. They expect to have all of the apartments filled by the end of August. Those interested should call The Ross Management Group at 303-8174012.

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Real Estate Tallest Building in RiNo Proposed One of the tallest buildings in a section of Denver’s River North Art District near the 38th and Blake RTD station will be a high-end apartment building that features both affordable units and top-tier penthouses. McWhinney on Thursday, June 27 closed on a 0.94-acre lot at 3750 Blake St. for $6.5 million, according to public records. The company, which developed the Dairy Block in Lower Downtown, has plans to build a 17-story, 348-unit apartment complex that includes retail units on the ground floor. The site is located across from the transit line and just south of the new World Trade Center, which the co-development team of Formative and Chicago-based Golub & Co. closed on the final parcels for that office and hotel project last week. At 17 stories, the project will be the tallest project planned in RiNo for now. The World Trade Center office tops out at 14 stories. Nearby, Hines and Cresset Capital Management are developing a 10-story apartment building. The Hub, which is home to HomeAdvisor’s new headquarters near the RTD station, is eight stories. And Watershed, a new office building near Catalyst HTI that's slated to deliver in mid-2021 will be nine stories.

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At 17 stories, the project will be the tallest project planned in RiNo for now. By going above the zoned eight stories, McWhinney needs to make sure 5% of the units are deemed affordable for lower income individuals, which would be 19 for this project. David Jaudes, vice president of multifamily development, told Denver Business Journal, however, that they plan to do as many as 30 affordable units after striking a deal with the seller of the land, the Urban Land Conservancy, which gave McWhinney a lower price for the deal. Still, the nonprofit received a nice return. It purchased the land in 2011 for $1.7 million. “Part of their mission is affordable housing and we knew that from the start, so this was a good deal all around,” Jaudes said. McWhinney wrapped up construction on its micro-apartment project in



RiNo called “Ride” in December. This project will be more typical studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom units, Jaudes said. Pointing to the success of the Confluence Apartments in the Union Station neighborhood, the developer does plan to do at least a dozen penthouse units that would come with higher monthly rents. Some of the most expensive units at the Confluence rent for $15,000. The firm is still figuring out rents for the new project, but Jaudes said they wouldn’t hit $15,000. Thursday’s sale marked a busy month for real estate in RiNo. In addition to finalizing plans for World Trade Center Denver, Formativ and Golub closed on an $86 million land deal in the Denargo Market site. A week earlier, Carmel Partners purchased two parking lots across from the PepsiCo bottling plant for $36.2 million with plans to likely develop some kind of multifamily project. And then earlier in June, Hines and Cresset announced their plans to build a $155 million apartment project near the new Mission Ballroom concert venue. Those three projects all fall into qualified opportunity zones, allowing investors to reap significant tax benefits by investing in those developments. McWhinney’s project, though, is the first parcel to the south of the mapped opportunity zone in the Elyria-Swansea neighborhood. While the benefits an opportunity zone can provide would have been nice, Jaudes said this deal has been about three years in the making — well before the new federal program was even announced. “From the best I can tell, the deals stand alone on their own and if they fall into an opportunity zone, that’s just gravy on top,” he said. Jaudes said the success RiNo has experienced so far is encouraging for McWhinney’s project because there hasn’t been a large employment play at this time. “The residential that has delivered to date has done really well already,” he said. "Once we start to see offices like World Trade Center open — these jobgenerating-type buildings — we’re going to see tremendous demand.” - Denver Business Journal

A plan is in the works to build a kaleidoscope-inspired building at 19th and Arapahoe streets in downtown Denver. The development is being called a big, bold addition to Denver’s skyline. Currently, a surface parking lot is covering a half city block at the location. Newly-released renderings show what’s to come. The bright colors and mirrors — shown in the renderings — are meant to draw attention upward on the 40-story tower. “[There’s] nothing like that anywhere,” developer Michael Eisenstein said. “We’re cantilevering the structure out over Arapahoe.” Eisenstein, owner of Boulder-based Land Capital, LLC, is currently working with investors to transform the current void in the skyline. “It’s kind of nestled there in kind of a quiet zone ... right now, and it’s just waiting for the right electricity to hit it,” he said. Eisenstein says the development will bring about more housing for the city. Rent costs have been rising in part because of a housing supply that is struggling to keep pace with demand. Current plans for the tower call for apartments. Hotel, commercial and retail spaces are also possibilities. Developers are just about to finalize the process of owning the land. Groundbreaking for the project could be a year to three years away. The Greyhound bus station across the street from the site is for sale. Eisenstein expects the new owner of that property to be announced in early July.

Mirrors under the cantilevered section reflect the surrounding area



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