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FYI/Happenings Huge Vote of Confidence as All Bonds Pass

Mayor Michael B. Hancock thanked Denver voters for their overwhelming support of bond Measures 2A thru 2G, which will repair and improve infrastructure in neighborhoods across Denver. “The people of Denver have delivered an overwhelming vote of confidence in our city, providing the vision and resources we need to keep Denver the city we all love to call home,” said Mayor Hancock. “Because you voted yes on these measures, we can improve and repair critical infrastructure in neighborhoods and communities throughout Denver – keeping our great city a city that works for everyone.” The passage of 2A thru 2G gives the city the go-ahead to use $937 million in bonds over the next ten years to deliver projects identified by residents as critical to meeting community needs. These critical projects include: • Repaving 287 miles of high traffic streets, building 33 miles of new sidewalks and 50 miles of new bike lanes,

rebuilding nine bridges, and redesigning busy intersections. • Delivering a new Denver Health outpatient facility that will increase the hospital’s capacity by up to 50 percent. • Upgrading Colfax Avenue in preparation for a new bus rapid transit service expected to save travelers up to 15 minutes on their commute. • Repairing and improving the Denver Zoo, the Botanic Gardens, museums and theatres, which will enrich our community. • Building a new fire station at 72nd and Tower Road, reducing local response times, and improvements at 19 fire stations throughout the city and the replacement of two outdated police stations, aiding public safety. • Building a new rec center in Westwood and repairs to 20 more rec centers, improvements to 47 parks and upgrades at 11 public libraries. • Upgrading city buildings to improve access for people with disabilities and repairing roofs, heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Bond Measures 2A thru 2G are the result of the largest community engagement effort for a General Obligation Bond in Denver’s history, which incorporated 4,000 ideas and ■ Continued on page 4

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FYI/Happenings ■ Continued from page 2 comments from the public for bondfunded projects. Input from the community engagement process was used to develop the final list of 460 projects. Council voted unanimously to refer the seven ballot questions to Denver voters. City leaders will now select a project management team to oversee the funding, sequencing and completion of the voter approved projects. The city’s Department of Finance is expected to issue the first portion of bonds next year. Subsequent bond groups will be offered as funding is required for ongoing construction work. General obligation bonds are a financing tool utilized by governments to raise money for infrastructure projects. On the ballot, property taxes were not indicated as the primary means to pay-off the bonds.

Denver Holiday Lights There’s nothing quite like an evening stroll under twinkling holiday lights to celebrate the season. The Mile High City has plenty of brilliant lightdisplays to enjoy.​Make a weekend of it and find great hotel deals starting at $99! GRAND ILLUMINATION WHEN: Nov. 24, 2017 WHERE: Downtown Denver

Grand Illumination features beautiful lighting displays in the LoDo District and Denver Union Station. Downtown's unique holiday atmosphere is sure to get you in the holiday spirit. Festivities at Denver Union Station include a countdown to this year's holiday lighting, carolers and treats, drinks at The Terminal Bar and more. LIGHT THE LIGHTS WHEN: Nov 24, 2017 WHERE: City & County Building, 1437 Bannock St. The official kick-off to the largest lighting display in Denver happens on November 24 at 6 p.m. at the City & County Building, where 600,000 lights deck the neo-classical building. Enjoy family-friendly fun, food, and live music in the light of the City and County Building at Light the Lights. ZOO LIGHTS WHEN: Nov. 24-25 & Dec. 1-31, 2017 WHERE: Denver Zoo Zoo Lights will span 70 acres of Denver Zoo's campus with nightly entertainment, animal encounters, Santa meet-and-greets and, of course, illuminated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns, hide in bushes and appear in places where they’re least expected. SANTA'S VILLAGE WHEN: Nov. 24 - Dec. 24, 2017 WHERE: Chatfield Farms Botanic Gardens Explore Chatfield Farms as it is transformed into a magical village. Santa's Village is a family-friendly holiday event including hayrides, a trail of light, holiday gifts, Santa’s Workshop and so much more. BLOSSOMS OF LIGHT WHEN: Nov. 24, 2017-Jan. 1, 2018

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WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens Embrace the holidays with thousands of colorful lights draped in elegant designs at Blossoms of Light. The 2017 event features new elements, including the return of the grand illuminated O'Fallon Perennial Walk and the Romantic Gardens. Warm drinks and tasty treats and seasonal entertainment will be available, and thousands of lights in the Gardens' amphitheater are synchronized to your favorite holiday tunes. Note: Denver Botanic Gardens is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. 9NEWS PARADE OF LIGHTS WHEN: Dec. 1 (8 p.m.) and 2 (6 p.m.), 2017 WHERE: Downtown Denver The 9NEWS Parade of Lights is the signature event of the downtown Denver holiday season. The countless sparkling lights, marching bands, giant balloons, majestic floats and delightful characters will once again wow hundreds of thousands. Viewing along the parade route is free, and grandstand tickets are sold for seating in front of the beautifully illuminated City & County Building. NEW YEAR'S EVE FIREWORKS WHEN: Dec. 31, 2017 WHERE: Downtown Denver Ring in the New Year with Denver's annual New Year's Eve Fireworks with viewpoints along the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver. There will be two displays, one at the family friendly hour of 9 p.m. and the other at midnight.

Free MallRide Begins Dec. 17 at RTD's Civic Center Renovated Station The Regional Transportation District’s (RTD) Free MallRide bus shuttle will begin serving the newly renovated Civic Center Station beginning Nov. 12. The MallRide has been temporarily stopping on Broadway in downtown Denver during renovations at Civic Center Station, which began last year. As of Nov. 12, Civic Center Station will once again serve as a turnaround point for the MallRide as it heads back toward Union Station along 16th Street. Civic Center Station, one of RTD’s busiest regional bus transit centers, closed for renovations in July 2016 and is scheduled to reopen to the public on Dec. 17. The modernized facility will provide better transit connections and improved service to the roughly 15,000 passengers who used Civic Center Station daily before the renovations began. The redesigned facility will also offer a brighter, more welcoming environment than the original facility while providing easier access to ticket sales windows, and the lost and found kiosk. www.rtd-denver.com/civic-center. shtml

Whole Foods Opening New Downtown Store Whole Foods Market Inc. is set to open its location near Denver Union Station at 9 a.m. on Nov. 15. The 50,000-square foot "flagship" store is part of the new Union Denver apartment complex (formerly marketed as SeventeenW and Pivot Denver) at 1701 Wewatta St., a couple blocks north of the historic train depot. It will be Whole Foods’ first downtown Denver store and the 21st in the state, the chain said. The store will employ 210 team members and bring 135 new jobs to the city. With the opening of the Wewatta Street store, the existing 20,000-squarefoot Whole Foods on Capitol Hill — at 900 E. 11th Ave. between North Emerson and Ogden streets — will close on Nov. 12. The company has said about 75 workers at the Capitol Hill site will migrate to the new location.

DIA Plans to Add 39 Gates in $1.5 Billion Expansion Denver International Airport plans to add 39 gates to its three concourses over the next five years, as it works to manage rapid passenger traffic growth and airline ambitions. The $1.5 billion works will add 12 gates to concourse A, 11 gates to concourse B and 16 gates to concourse C by 2023, Denver City Council documents show and the airport confirms. The additional gates will be added to each concourse by extending them to the east and west of their existing footprint. The new gates will increase the airport's total to 146 from 107 today. This comes after the airport set a new annual record of 58.3 million passengers in 2016, making it the sixth busiest in the USA. PENDING SIGN OFF The Denver City Council must vote on the $1.5 billion in advisory and construction contracts for the airport's planned expansion, the first meeting on which is scheduled for November. The airport plans to issue bonds to finance the works in 2018, the spokesman says. The concourse expansion plans come after the airport signed a $1.8 billion concession agreement to renovate the airport terminal in August.

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Wining & Dining Downtown Aquarium Celebrates Thanksgiving With Family Buffet

It’s time to eat turkey, and cranberries too… Just like the pilgrims used to do! Families are invited to the Downtown Aquarium to gobble up some delicious food at the Thanksgiving Buffet on Thursday, November 23, with buffet seating times starting at 10 a.m. Guests will enjoy a cornucopia of traditional Thanksgiving favorites including carved turkey, cornbread dressing and house-made cranberry sauce, plus a variety of other savory items, such as incredible desserts, a special buffet for the little ones, and much more. You and your loved ones won’t want to miss this Thanksgiving celebration! That’s not all! The Thanksgiving Buffet will include a 50% off discount of the Adventure Exhibit ticket and validated parking. Costs: $39.99 – Adults $34.99 – Seniors (65+) $19.99 – Children (3-10) *Tax and service charge not included. Please reserve your spot today! For reservations or information, please contact Downtown Aquarium at 303-5614450. www.downtownaquarium.com

NEW RESTAURANTS & BARS IN DENVER Wewatta Point Seafood in a breezy upscale setting Seafood dishes with regional and contemporary twists star at this Union Station venue, which serves up everything from ceviche to cioppino to lobster rolls, as well as alternatives for landlubbers, alongside craft cocktails, wine and beer. Its West Coast roots (it has a sibling in Studio City) show in the coastal slant of the design, white and blue palette and nautical accents at every turn. 1607 Wewatta St. 80202 www.thepointseafood.com

Four Friends Kitchen Southern daytime eats in colorful digs Elevated Southern cuisine is the siren song of these daytime joints that serve up hearty plates of Louisiana-style beignets, biscuits and sausage gravy, Bayou-inspired omelets and heirloom grits done every which way. The casual, familyfriendly spaces, bedecked in bright colors, also sport full bars, garage doors and, at the Stapleton branch, a rooftop patio under a canopy of Colorado sunshing. Two Locations: Stapleton 2893 Roslyn St, 80238 DU 2070 S. University Blvd. 80210 www.fourfriendskitchen.com

The Family Jones Spirit House Opens in LoHi The Bindery Modern all-day gourmet market and eatery Veteran chef-caterer Linda Hampsten Fox runs this modern all-day market and New American eatery in LoHi, where gourmet pantry staples, pastries, sandwiches, egg dishes and the like are available to go or eat in from early morning through the afternoon, and sophisticated, European-influenced seasonal plates make up the evening menu. The full bar pours a smart selection of wines and cocktails along with a few craft beers 1817 Central St, 80211 www.thebinderydenver.com

Marcella's Ristorante Polished venue & patio for Italian fare With its polished vintage vibe and sidewalk patio overlooking Downtown, this Italian transplant from Ohio to LoHi makes a relaxed spot to enjoy a wide array of classic and contemporary antipasti, pizzas, pastas and secondi piatti, from grappa-cured salmon to a dailychanging risotto to chicken Marsala. An equally large, all-Italian wine selection is poured by the quarter, half or full liter, supplemented by specialty cocktails and a handful of beers. 1801 Central Street, 80211 www.marcellasrestaurant.com

A powerhouse team of Denver distillers, developers, restaurateurs, bartenders, and chefs is behind LoHi’s newest dining and drinking option. The Family Jones Spirit House, a distillery with a next-level tasting room and food menu, officially opened Saturday, November 11, at 3245 Osage Street.

This new neighbor to Root Down gives diners and drinkers a place to spend evenings tasting spirits, testing out their corresponding cocktails, and ordering small plates for food pairings. Distiller Rob Masters (previously of Spring 44), bartender Nick Touch (Williams & Graham), and chef Tim Dotson (formerly Adrift, Tag, Fish N Beer) have teamed up for the distillery and tasting room collaboration. Behind the project is also Paul Tamburello of Little Man Ice Cream and the Olinger building; Justin Cucci and his Edible Beats team (Root Down, El Five, Linger) are consultants. Status: The Family Jones Spirit House is officially open. Hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 3 p.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday, and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. www.thefamilyjones.co

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Arts LoDown William Havu Gallery Exhibit " Survey"

Art Gym Gallery Presents "Dark Fang"

"Survey: Lynn Boggess, Lui Ferreyra, Jivan Lee" About "Survey", featured painter, Jivan Lee stated “It’s a landscape show, but with a diversity of sentiment. Each artist’s approach plays with geometry, but assembles it differently. Each has a rhythm, but the works move in their own ways and each is painted, but the voice of the paint is distinct. It’s all landscape verging on abstraction; landscape as a starting point to enter the material and sensation of paint as much as the scene depicted.” Boggess, Ferreyra and Lee spend a lot of time on location in the elements, bringing about three distinct, personal interpretations. William Havu Gallery http://williamhavugallery.com

Art Gym Denver is proud to present Mark Friday and Deborah Jang in their largest collaboration to date–an original assemblage that will fill the entire gallery space. Presented as part of Denver Arts Week, the installation piece includes interactive elements that will remain a mystery until the opening. Dark Fang opened at Art Gym Gallery Thursday November 9th and will run through December 2nd, when it will close with a Q& A with the artists. Jang and Friday are partners in life, and both have been working in assemblage for well over 20 years. They each have their own studio and unique methods, and began collaborating occasionally about 10 years ago. Their studios are mysterious

Robischon Extends "Concatenation"

Artists on Santa Fe Holiday Show Until Dec. 31 Before you know it, the winter holidays will be upon us and the festivities will begin. Be prepared this season, if you aren't already, and finish your gift shopping now to avoid that last-minute hectic rush. Artists on Santa Fe Gallery + Studios has a huge variety of specialty items that will be perfect for your family and friends. Stop in and have a leisurely look at our fantastic array of functional and decorative art.

We will be displaying works of fine art - paintings, ceramics, photography, jewelry, and sculpture. Join us during the week and on 1st and 3rd Fridays for fun evenings at our gallery. While you're there, explore two floors of studios inhabited by thirty artists working in a variety of media. Visit with the artists and see what’s happening at Artists on Santa Fe Gallery. The 30th Annual Holiday Exhibition runs Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, 2017. 747 Santa Fe Dr., 80204 www.artistsonsantafe.com

places where objects find new life– folding metal beach chairs transform into wings, antique birdcages become architecture for other-worldly windows, and metal spaghetti strainers become goatees on self-portraits. (Continued)

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Linked to the previous Robischon Gallery exhibition through its presentation of artists and abstraction, “Concatenation” expands upon the dialogue initiated by innovative sculptors Jae Ko (D.C.), Ted Larsen (NM) and Derrick Velasquez (CO) to additionally include three recognized artists of distinction, Linda Fleming (CO/CA), Amy Ellingson (CA), and Katy Stone (WA). The varied practices of the six artists on view, further investigate the territory of Material Abstraction through the visual vernacular of the curvilinear. Each artist’s conceptual and progressive approach toward form, surface and personal sense of color are revealed - whether it be through digital means, employing an Ombre technique or a compelling use of light and reflection. The elaborate six-part presentation of new and recent works features a wide range of scale and media including adding machine paper, automotive metals, vinyl and encaustic. Extended through Saturday, December 2, 2017 1740 Wazee Street 80202 www.robischongallery.com

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Arts LoDown Friday explains, “Assemblage is a fun challenge to see how to give new life to objects, it’s a collaboration between artist and the manufactured object. You’re giving a tribute to well-crafted objects, giving them life beyond their function.” Jang adds, “There’s all this history and mystery there [in the object], so it’s also a collaboration with time, because a lot of the surfaces are sort of distressed.” Jang and Friday will also display some of their individual sculptural works on the walls, to compliment the center piece of the exhibition. If you miss the opening, you can still see it at Art Gym Gallery Tuesday – Saturday from 9 am - 6 pm through December 2nd, 2017. Art Gym Gallery 1460 Leyden St 80220. www.ArtGymDenver.com

"Art & Conflict" at Arvada Arts Center Art & Conflict features contemporary artists whose works address conflict and war, and the role art and the artist can play in commemorating or explaining past conflict, or expose and express issues surrounding conflict. This exhibition seeks to utilize the role of art and artists to explore how society can come to understand how and why conflict and wars affect society and humanity in the ways they do. Arvada Center for the Arts 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. 80003 http://arvadacenter.org

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Brushstrokes Gallery Celebrates 15 Years Denver's Brushstrokes Studio-Gallery toasts its 15th anniversary with a major show, "New Directions: 15 Years Strong" shows Nov 4 - Dec 23. The show features the evolving painting styles and themes of the four ownerartists, Kelly Berger, John K. Harrell, Kit Hevron Mahoney and Anita Mosher. 1487 S Broadway 80210 www.brushstrokesstudio.com

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A survey of recent works by artist Melody Sealman November 3 - 30, 2017 Third Friday Reception: November 17, 5-10 pm This is a great show to find unusual Christmas gifts! Melody's creepy yet adorable baby sculptures have been a hit at Kanon since she began making them. This show features everything from small sculptures to working fountains. Melody Sealman has been an artist showing in galleries and shops in the Denver area for over 15 years. While her specialty is ceramic sculpture, Melody is not afraid to branch out with the use of various materials including wood, glass, metals, and paints. 766 Santa Fe Drive 80204 www. KanonArt.com

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Health is Wealth Denver Turns Blue For World Diabetes Day The Children’s Diabetes Foundation has arranged for downtown Denver buildings to display blue lights in support of type 1 diabetes on November 14th The Children’s Diabetes Foundation (CDF) will honor World Diabetes Day on November 14th and has arranged for several iconic buildings in downtown Denver to display blue lights, the official color of diabetes. Throughout the month of November, CDF is working to raise community awareness about type 1 diabetes (formerly known as childhood, juvenile or insulin-dependent diabetes) to continue its work to find a cure for the disease. "A type 1 diabetes diagnosis means everything will change for the patient and their whole family. It takes constant management and can become exhausting over time physically, emotionally and financially, especially when every meal, exercise, and stressor can affect blood sugar levels day and night,"

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said Dana Davis, Executive Director of the Children's Diabetes Foundation. "Diabetes Awareness Month is the perfect time to spread education and awareness for this disease so that the rest of the world can learn what life with type 1 diabetes is really like." Diabetes Awareness Month is observed every November throughout America, to focus the nation’s attention on the disease and those affected by it. Similarly, World Diabetes Day was created by the International Diabetes Foundation in 1991 as a way to raise awareness about important issues in the diabetes world. It is the largest diabetes campaign in the world, reaching over

1 billion people in more than 160 countries. Denver is observing the day this year by displaying blue lights on several iconic buildings, including: the Pepsi Center, the Daniels & Fisher Clock Tower (16th and Arapahoe), and the City & County Building (Civic Center Park). This month, the Children’s Diabetes Foundation is encouraging the Denver metro community to help spread the word in the following ways: • Educate friends, family, acquaintances, coworkers and anyone else about diabetes. • Add the Children’s Diabetes

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Mini-Horses From Hurricane Harvey In Need

Denver's Dumb Friends League has received a huge outpouring of interest and support in response to the 16 formerly neglected miniature horses we received in late September in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

The horses are doing great here in Colorado, and we wanted to update you on their progress. Thanks to our generous community, we were also able to take in 19 additional miniature horses that were removed from the same neglectful owner by the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in mid-August. Your kindness is making it possible for us to provide these malnourished, unkempt and unhandled horses with the care they so desperately need. These

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R e a l E state The DBJ, Denver Post, and other media journals, publish articles that would not be considered untrue or inaccurate, however the headlines are written to grab your attention and sell papers. Many times, writers determine their desired focus, or message and build the article around that mission. But many facts can be taken out of context and do not portray the reality of a market. One article, in early October, headlined “Pace Slows” and went on to talk about how inventory was “skimpy” making it very difficult to find a house, and implying the market was worse than a year ago in Denver. Buried near the end of the article it was mentioned that price appreciation was nearly 6% nationally and about 8% in Denver. With regard to the “skimpy” inventory; detached home supply was down a total of 5.45% from a year ago, but available condo supply was up 20% with prices up 11.2% from the prior year. Another writer from the same journal, but a week earlier wrote that Denver’s luxury market had about 10% more million dollar homes on the market than 1 year ago. And our LIV micro-reports reflect luxury inventory (YTD) is up more than 15% so far in 2017. Yet prices in the luxury market are only up between 0-4% monthly (YTD). In September (2017), there were 112 $million plus homes sold in metro-Denver, which was down 22% from September (2017), but the full story is that $million sales are actually 9.8% higher Year to Date (YTD) this year. An interesting aside is that since 2014, $million neighborhoods in Denver have more than doubled, now totaling 13. And nationally there are 1,280* million neighborhoods which is up over 40% in the past 4 years. BTW, a million neighborhood is defined as having at least 10% of the homes being valued at over a million dollars. As far as homes selling the quickest in the country, Denver

1022 Pearl Street #101

2210 Blake Street #402

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

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

Regarding the city neighborhood map below, we are seeing the number of sales easing off 10% from last year, due in part to completion of new construction and less available inventory. Prices and price per sq. ft. are still on the rise while it has taken 1590 a few weeks longer to1143sell a home. Little Raven Street #904 Auraria Street #204 1 Bed • 2 Baths • 1,260 SF • $650,000

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Sold Price Analysis for October 2016 vs October 2017

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197 174 -10%

$464,942 $473,173 +2%

$358 $406 +13%

62 83 +34%

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Colfax Ave

Golden Triangle

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Curtis Park

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Federal Blvd.

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Year Oct. 2016 Oct. 2017 % change

1 Bed • 1 Bath • 1,046 SF • $350,000

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has been ranked as either #1 - #2 or #3 for over 3 years. But in the latest RE/MAX Report the rankings were #1) Omaha – 23 UNITING days (yes you read that correctly), #2) Seattle @ 25 days, #3) SF extraordinary @ 26 days and Denver was #4 at 27 days…still pretty darnproperties good. Regarding inventory, a balanced market WITH is considextraordinary ered to have 5-6 months of supply on the market. Nation- lives ally it currently leans to being a seller’s market with CONSIDERED DENVER'S TOP PRODUCERS, an average supply of 3.6 monthsONEofOF available homes. FEW PEOPLE KNOW DOWNTOWN DENVER REAL ESTATE The cities with the least amount ofTHAN available inventory BETTER DENA PASTORINI. are: #1) SF with 1.2 mos. supply, #2)resident Seattle @ 1.5 Park, mos., As a long time of Riverfront Dena#3) serves as a broker at LIV Sotheby's International Realty, working with Denver @ 1.6 mos. and San Diego #4 @ 1.8 mos. Sellers and Buyers throughout all of central Denver. And according to DMAR (10/4), the metro-Denver 720.233.9096 market (in all price ranges), YTD • dena.pastorini@sothebysrealty.com sales were up 3.22% over this time last year, even though closings dropped slightly from August to September. DMAR also reported that year over year average home prices are up 8.84%. The report also shares an insight that escalating buyer demands may be responsible for producing more “back on market” 1401 and “price 1590 Little Raven Street #507 Wewatta Street #PH4 4 Beds • 5 Baths • 4,071 SF • $3,250,000 2 Beds • 3 Baths • 2,678 SF • $2,000,000 reductions”notices than earlier this year in the multi-list searches. I think many of us tend to read the headlines hoping to feel a sense of “being informed”. Sometimes that can be adequate, but too many times pertinent information is buried well below the headlines. About 8 or 9 years ago Little Raven #302 with 1720 Wynkoop Street #212 during the recession, I1590 read an Street article the headline 3 Beds • 3 Baths • 2,484 SF • $1,400,000 2 Beds • 2 Baths • 2,456 SF • $1,189,000 “Foreclosures up 638%”. It wasn’t until the middle of the article did it even mention that the time frame spanned from the year 2000, and not current events for the year 2010. I’m not advising you to ignore the headlines, however, reading a little more of the article may provide greater insight.

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Real Estate Downtown Denver Plan Details Population Growth

The Downtown Denver Partnership released its Center City Housing Report, detailing the population, population growth and number of housing units added or under construction in each of the center city’s 14 neighborhoods since 2010. The report was released in conjunction with the Partnership’s Center City Housing Forum, which addressed the importance of housing to attract and retain an in-demand workforce. To best address housing affordability challenges for employers, the organization has begun development of an employer-focused Downtown Housing Plan to ensure the center city has the diversity of housing type and affordability necessary to ensure that employers can continue to recruit and retain employees and that businesses and the economy can continue to grow. “The Downtown Denver Partnership has advanced a variety of solutions to stem the impact of rising

housing costs, and we are focused on addressing the need for diversity in housing type and affordability to meet the needs for Downtown’s workforce,” said Tami Door, president and CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership. “While our residential and employee populations are growing at unprecedented rates, we must ensure companies can continue to attract and retain the employees they need to be successful and affordable housing is a key part of the equation.” While supply has generally met the increased demand for center city housing, with 10,000 units added since 2010 and another nearly 9,000 under construction, on track to well exceed the 2007 Downtown Area Plan goal of adding 18,000 units of housing by 2027, it has not been enough to keep housing costs affordable for many of many residents and workers. The Partnership has led several strategic housing initiatives, including advocating for construction defects reform, working with developers to add a variety of unit types, and endorsing the creation of the first affordable housing fund in the City and County of Denver (City). The Partnership also played a key role in moving the LIVE Denver pro■ Continued on page 14

Tiny Homes Village Gets Colorful Privacy Fencing Denver’s first homeless tiny home village received some help with a wall for increased privacy within the village from adjacent heavy traffic and pedestrian passersby at the adjacent intersection of 38th and Walnut streets. The RiNo Art District developed a design for the existing chain link fencing that provides the desired privacy within and a creative and artistic improvement to the outside surrounding area. “We definitely felt we were living in a fish bowl,” was a common comment from residents. “This now feels great”. On a bright, sunny Sunday morning in late October, 60 neighbors

and city-wide volunteers organized by the District, wove brightly-colored vinyl strips through 400-feet of the open chain link fence that surrounds the Beloved Community Village. The slats were in red, orange, yellow, blue, green, purple and black. Volunteers variously placed the colored slats in widths ranging from one slat to twenty before choosing another color. Black slats spell-out “Home” along the 38th Street side of the fencing. “Our solution was to obstruct the view with a riot of color,” said Tracy Weil, the RiNo District’s creative director. “We are an art district; we definitely have got to have some color." THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS!

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2000 Little Raven Street #3B $1,150,000 2 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2,452 sf

3336 Tejon Street #1 $875,000 3 bedrooms, 4 baths, 2,608 sf

1158 Yankee Creek Road $2,100,000 5 bedrooms, 6 baths, 6,527 sf

580 Packsaddle Trail $1,750,000 7 bedroooms, 7 baths, 8,738 sf

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gram forward in partnership with Mayor Michael B. Hancock’s administration, details of which were outlined by the City’s Office of Housing Opportunities for People Everywhere (HOPE) Executive Director Erik Soliván at the forum and can be found on the program’s website. “Keeping Denver affordable for working families is critical for Denver’s future,” said Soliván. “Together with the Downtown Denver Partnership, Apartment Association of Metro Denver, foundations and private companies, the LIVE Denver pilot will buy down rents on vacant apartment units and make them affordable for working families.” A panel discussion, moderated by Amy Hansen, Partnership board member and chair of its Housing Taskforce and shareholder at Polsinelli, featured the perspectives of employers representing key employment demographics and industries who may be impacted by housing affordability that will be specifically addressed by the Partnership’s housing plan. Representatives from DaVita, Denver Health, Sage Hospitality and Vertafore offered diverse perspectives on the opportunities and challenges they face when recruiting new employees.

Other insights from the report and forum include: • Denver’s center city neighborhoods are home to 79,367 residents and 130,227 employees. • Since 2010, the center city has added 15,877 new residents and 33,065 new jobs • Denver is the fourth fastest growing city in the U.S. and the demand to live in the center city is high, with the residential population tripling since 2000. • Capitol Hill is the most populous center city neighborhood with a population of 17,142 residents, • The Central Platte Valley neighborhood adjacent to Denver Union Station experienced the highest percentage of population growth since 2010 at 58 percent to total 6,609 residents, followed by the Ballpark neighborhood at 52 percent and the Central Business District at 39 percent. • The Central Platte Valley neighborhood also added the most new units since 2010, totaling 5,669 units completed or under construction, more than 3,800 more units than the next busiest neighborhood for development, River North. w w w. d ow n t ow n d e nve r. co m / neighborhoods

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The GrandView LoHi development, opening Spring 2019

For-Sale Condo Development Coming to Denver's LoHi A new development is coming to Denver's Lower Highland (LoHi) neighborhood — and it will offer forsale condominiums, a rarity in the city for newly constructed housing. GrandView LoHi - at 1717 Central St. in Denver - will offer condos ranging in size from 620 to 1,500 square feet and priced from the $300,000s to about $1 million. It will break ground sometime in the first quarter of 2018 and is slated for completion in spring 2019. The five-story project will cost an estimated $20 million, although developer Churchill Bunn said the project costs have not yet been finalized. "This is our first residential development in Denver," said Bunn, who owns Alpine Investments Denver. "We're looking forward to building a high-quality, for-sale project to the neighborhood." The development announcement comes after the Colorado Legislature earlier this year passed a bill reforming the controversial construction-defects law, which business leaders said brought condo development in the city to a halt. The new law makes it harder for people in condos to file construction-defects lawsuits because it requires a majority of the condo owners, rather than the majority of the homeowners' association board, to file suit. Bunn said navigating the law to create this development has required a multi-pronged approach. "Build it with quality and stand behind what you build," Bunn said. "Ultimately, you have to design and build it to a certain standard. ... It's about not cutting corners, building something the owners can be proud of. That's the cornerstone of it." GrandView LoHi will also include

4,600 square feet of retail space on the first floor, as well as large rooftop terraces in the double-height top floor units and garage parking. Residences will be on floors two through five. Jan Nelsen, Christine Nicholson and Molly Weiss of Kentwood City Properties are the listing agents. www.kentwoodcity.com

Denver’s Newly Approved 'Green Roofs' Initiative is Likely To Change Denver’s brand new 'green roofs' requirement is likely to change, according to the backer of the initiative. But it’s likely to be months before building owners know what it will look like in its final form — including details of what will be required, and which buildings it will apply to. Backers of the initiative always intended to include exemptions to the new rules, “but it wasn’t written as clearly as it could have been ... schools, nonprofits or historic buildings — we want to make sure that those are specifically in there.” The city’s charter allows the city council to make changes to voterapproved initiatives — or repeal them entirely — six months after the election and with a two-thirds majority. The council can act any time after the first six months, and up to 10 years after the election. But developers shouldn’t wait to see what may change, said Kathie Barstnar, the executive director of NAIOP Colorado, association of commercial real estate developers. Barstnar also is co-chair of Citizens for a Responsible Denver, which raised $249,000 from businesses and trade associations through Nov. 1 to campaign against the green roofs initiative. “I have a lot of developers who are asking me what to do,” Barstnar said.

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