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Wheat Ridge | Edgewater | FEBRUARY 14 – MARCH 20, 2014

Sprouting, Sprucing Proposed for SW Corner of Kipling & 38th


By Cyndy Beal

roposals for new buildings and businesses are sprouting up on Wheat Ridge’s horizon. Sprouts Farmers Markets has plans to open a store on the southwest corner of Kipling Street and 38th Avenue in January 2015. Sprouts would be the anchor store, with other retailers and a senior housing complex additionally proposed for the blighted shopping center. Sprouts owns and operates 160 stores in eight states, 25 in Colorado. The 11.7-acre shopping center site, which contains four parcels of land, was deemed blighted by the city in late 2009. Denver-based developer MVG Development is working with Renewal Wheat Ridge, the Wheat Ridge Urban Renewal Authority, on the project, which will cost an estimated $12 million. MVG has not closed on the property, but has “purchase options for three of the four parcels and are negotiating on the final one,” said Wheat Ridge Economic Development Manager Steve Art. “Development is a long-term process and the whole process is moving along,” said Art of the redevelopment plans for Kipling and 38th, as well as other properties in Wheat Ridge. Currently there are six businesses in the shopping center, with Clancy’s Irish Pub being the oldest and perhaps best-known establishment. The Starbucks may build a new and larger store on the property. Clancy’s has operated as a restaurant and bar in the shopping center for 40 years. It became the oldest Irish pub in the metropolitan area when Denver’s Duffy’s closed in 2006. Jeff Hurlburt and Chad Martin purchased Clancy’s from the Wood family in September 2010. Clancy’s will remain open through the month of March, and this St. Patrick’s Day will be its last in the location – or ever, if they do not obtain financing for relocation. Rumors about Clancy’s closure and relocation have been rampant. Co-owner Hulbert wanted to set the record straight and said that “nothing is set in stone,” and no agreements have been signed. “We are in limbo,” he said. Ideally they want to stay in Wheat Ridge and would like to move Clancy’s to another area east on 38th Avenue, between Wadsworth Boulevard and Pierce Street. Hurlburt also said that the city of Wheat Ridge has been very helpful; and if Clancy’s does not reopen at another location, it will be a result of financial or personal reasons. Many lending institutions consider restaurants a high risk. One financing possibility for Clancy’s owners is the Enhanced Sales Tax Incentive Program, or ESTIP. The rebate program allows for a percentage of future business sales tax to be returned to the business for improvements to a property, for a limited dollar amount or time. Applications need approval by Wheat Ridge City Council, which created the program in May 1998.

For a city to acquire and redevelop property under the Colorado Urban Renewal Act, the property must be meet state criteria and be deemed blighted. Then, the city must create an urban renewal authority (URA), which is allowed to purchase blighted property and collaborate with a private entity to develop it. The private entity – MVG in this case – would be eligible for Tax Increment Financing (TIF) on the project, which is a funding mechanism for redevelopment of blighted areas. It allows a developer to use future revenue from the increased county property taxes or city sales taxes.

Additional Wheat Ridge Projects City Manager Patrick Goff delivered his 2014 state of the city address to the Wheat Ridge Business Association in January, providing an update on 11 projects in Wheat Ridge. Several project areas are deemed blighted and are keys areas for Renewal Wheat Ridge, per the city’s website. Work is expected to begin this spring on three areas in the following order: 38th Avenue and Kipling Street, as previously described; the southwest corner of 38th Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard, with site remediation beginning any time; and 44th Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard, where a second, multi-unit residential building is being added to the Town Center project. Other projects for 2014 include the Kipling Street multi-use trail between 32nd to 44th avenues, which will include continuous 10-foot-wide concrete paths and amenities such as benches and plantings. A $2.5 million federal grant will cover most of the $3.2 million cost. On 38th Avenue, the 24-month-long Ridge at 38 pilot project will wrap up. Data continues to be collected on economic impact and traffic, and the city will solicit public comment this spring, prior to city council making its decision on final, permanent plans for the area. On the northwest corner of West 29th Avenue and Fenton Street, Denver Water will replace Ashland Reservoir’s large tank system with two smaller, underground tanks and a green space. Clear Creek Crossing, at I-70 and Highway 58 (once proposed as a Cabela’s site), may see construction of a super WalMart store. Infrastructure work is needed first. Construction will continue on the Gold Line, an 11.2-mile light rail line, which will connect Wheat Ridge to Union Station with a station at Ward Road. Completion and opening is set for 2016. Proposed residential projects include Perrin’s Row at 38th Avenue and Depew Street; Incarnation, 40th Avenue and Fenton Street; and Fireside at Applewood, 38th Avenue and Simms. Look for continuing coverage of these and other projects in future editions of the Neighborhood Gazette. Send questions or comments to

AT THE HEART WITH ART – Melinda Stewart’s “Strawberries n’ Cicadas” is part of her art series of anatomical hearts. Stewart is the next featured artist for Wheat Ridge’s Meet the Artist event on Thursday, Feb. 20, 5:30-7 p.m. at Kataluma Chai, 7300 W. 38th Ave. PHOTO COURTESY MELINDA STEWART

Would-be Legislators May Be Surprised by Work Ahead


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tate representative Sue Schafer has chosen not to run for a fourth, two-year term, opening the House District 24 seat to a field of new candidates. At press, three contenders have announced their intent to run for the office: voter rights and women’s advocate Jessie Danielson; Edgewater City Councilman Kristian Teegardin; and former Wheat Ridge City Councilman Joseph DeMott. Elections for the office of Colorado House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on June 24 and a general election on Nov. 4. Candidates for the office must be at least 25 years old, a U.S. citizen and reside in the county or district in the 12 months prior to the election. They must also collect signatures – anywhere from 400 to 1,000 – and file them with the Secretary of State by March 31 to appear on the ballot. (For details, download and read “How To Run For Office” at www That’s the easy part. The hard work will begin next January, when the 2015 state legislative session opens. Wannabe state senators and representatives should be prepared to pay a price for the privilege. It’s huge commitment of time and life for people who take it seriously, according to Schafer. “I compare it to running a marathon at sprinting speed,” she said. “You’re in a 120-day marathon and sprinting the whole time... You work 12 hours a day, seven days a week, and rarely see your friends or family

for five months.” Children, grandchildren and spouses of legislators make the biggest sacrifice, she explained. “Children and grandchildren don’t understand it.” When first elected, Schafer thought that life in the legislature would be filled with nice conversations and time to think, as in a college classroom. The speed of events surprised her. “On day one, it was like a beehive in here – email, texting, phones ringing, public coming in, on every topic from A to Z,” she recalled, adding that typically 500-600 bills are introduced each session, of which twothirds die in committee. “That’s how busy it is.” “It’s moving fast every minute, on one hundred topics,” she said. “Today, I’m dealing with federal drug laws… then dealing with someone who wants to know why charter school bills are being run.” A group from a music therapy association wanted to talk to her, and she still needed to read a transportation bill. “It’s a huge juggling act.” Lawmakers don’t go it alone. Liaisons from state agencies are helpful. “If I need help on bill on transportation or agriculture, I know who to call. And lobbyists are helpful,” she added. ”Lobbyists are not evil… they represent oil and gas, teachers, nail salon advocates, insurance companies, chambers of commerce. They will tell you what’s good or bad in a bill, and why.” Continued on page 7




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WHEAT RIDGE CITY NEWS By Jerry DiTullio FAMILY TREE’S GEMINI PROGRAM CLOSES The Gemini Program, a family reunification program serving runaway and homeless youth for more than three decades, has closed down. Changes in the philosophy and frequency with which county child welfare departments utilize Gemini’s services have had an unfavorable impact on funding, resulting in the closing of the program last month. Commander Jim Lorentz says this will limit the options for future placement of troubled and vulnerable juveniles in the area. All other services provided by Family Tree will remain operational. DRIVING DISTRACTIONS ADDRESSED In a recent study of 15- to 19-year-old drivers involved in fatal crashes, 21 percent were distracted by the use of cell phones. Distracted driving includes texting, using a cell phone or smartphone, grooming, using a navigation system, watching a video, and other activities that cause drivers to take their eyes off the road. Wheat Ridge’s police address this problem through education and enforcement. On his own initiative, Corporal John Bowman developed an educational presentation for drivers of all ages called “Aware and Alive,” which can be presented to the community upon request. The department uses social and

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he Wheat Ridge Business Association launched its annual membership drive on Feb. 1, with the goal of adding 50 new members to its ranks. With the theme “Awesome Happens When You Join WRBA!”, the recruitment drive will run through the end of April. People interested in learning about the organization are invited to attend a monthly meeting as a guest, free of charge. “It’s a great organization of people who care about business in Wheat Ridge and the surrounding areas,” says Loretta DiTirro, WRBA President. “We want to bring value to our members and their membership. We do this through our monthly breakfast meetings where we educate, connect and train our membership and guests. But we can only get better if we increase our

membership base.” Benefits include the monthly breakfast, the weekly “Tuesday Tidbits” email blast, networking opportunities, and a chance to promote business in the community. Meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month (March 11), 7-9 a.m., at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, 4005 Kipling St. Meetings feature speakers in various areas that help business people grow in their knowledge and understanding of the trends of today’s business world and the community they live and work in, according to the WRBA website, www. For more information, or to be a guest at a future morning meeting, contact Loretta DiTirro at 303-594-1520 or

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t’s particularly interesting to me that the holiday of relationships, Valentine’s Day, reflects the very essence of most connections: the love-hate scenario. Do you love Valentine’s Day or hate it? If you have someone to celebrate the day with, you love it. If you don’t, you usually hate it. In my years (which have been a few) I’ve found that in a relationship – whether with a spouse, children, relatives or friends – the thing we love about someone is often the thing you hate about them. Well, hate may be a bit strong – maybe it’s more like find annoying. Love is very complicated! You want someone you can take to a party, and can have a conversation and carry on without eyeing you and giving you that look that says, “Get me out of here.” On the other hand, you want someone that gives you total attention without paying attention to the socializing that could be happening in the room at that private dinner. You want someone to be in a relationship with someone that is thoughtful to YOU but not someone who is attentive to everyone else. can that be? When you’re in a relationship with someone, the two-for-one special at the restaurant and even the museum seems great. But when you’re not in a relationship, you resent the fact that you have to have someone in order to get the two-for-one experience. It all goes back to love-hate. I think it’s important to realize that there is always the love-hate scenario and

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id you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S.? In Jefferson County alone, more than 24 percent of all deaths in 2011 were caused by heart disease, even though the number of deaths has declined over the past 10 years. Did you realize that symptoms of a heart attack can be quite different for men and women? While both sexes may experience severe chest discomfort during a heart attack, women especially may have more understated symptoms. Women are also more likely to write off subtle indicators of a heart attack, possibly confusing symptoms for a viral illness, acid reflux or another benign condition. February is Heart Month, and it’s a good time to remember that the early warning signs of a heart attack can include: • • • • • • •

Severe nausea Upper abdominal fullness or indigestion Pain that travels down one or both arms Jaw pain Profound fatigue Anxiety Chest pressure, tightness, squeezing or burning

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Back pain Severe dizziness Shortness of breath

Any of these symptoms can occur with or without chest pain. If you experience these symptoms, and suspect that you may be having a heart attack, take one aspirin (if you are not allergic) and call 9-1-1. Do not delay! Every 25 seconds, an American will experience a cardiac event. Every minute, someone will die from one. Monitor your symptoms and do not ignore any concerns. To help prevent heart disease in yourself and your loved ones, take time in February to kick-start a heart-healthy routine: • Walking for just 30 minutes several days a week can lower your risk for a heart attack. • If you smoke, quit now. • Start a healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables, fish, whole grains and fiber. • Check your cholesterol and blood pressure. • Evaluate your blood sugar. Lifestyle changes and risk factor modification can help prevent heart disease. If you have concerns, contact your physician. Dr. Jodi Kleinman is a cardiologist at Lutheran Medical Center and Exempla Rocky Mountain Cardiovascular Associates.

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WHAT’S HAPPENING Wheat Ridge merchants on 29th Avenue, between Sheridan Boulevard and Fenton Street are asking for the public’s help with selecting a moniker. There are six name choices, or write in your own suggestion. Cast your vote, include your contact information and you are entered to win a gift certificate, from one of eight participating merchants. The choices include: • Edge of the Ridge • Shops on 29th or Shops on West 29th • The Shops at Ridge Valley • Ridge Valley on 29th • Edge Ridge or Ridge Edge • West 29th Marketplace or you are invited to suggest your own name. The group of businesses on West 29th Avenue includes new businesses West 29th Restaurant & Bar, People’s Market, and Twisted Smoothie, and Wheat Ridge Poultry and Meats who have been in Wheat Ridge for decades – as well as Styles Hair and Nails, DSH Gas and Food, STAT Automotive and TJ Wine and Liquor. Stop by any of the above named merchants by or on Feb. 28 for a ballot. The five gift certificate winners will be chosen by March 15.

Snow Shovelers Sought for Seniors Near Sloans Lake Shore The City of Edgewater is organizing a group of volunteers to help senior citizens shovel snow from their sidewalks. With the help of Edgewater resident Pauline York, the city has compiled a list of seniors who need assistance and have been qualified through Senior Connections. Volunteers that live near the seniors are needed. To volunteer or for more information, call Dan Maples at 720-763-3012.

Panel Explains Obamacare in Colorado, Feb. 19 The Jefferson Busy Bee County League of Women Voters will present a panel of health care, Accounting Service insurance and small business experts Lisa Sanchez – owner knowledgeable about the Affordable Care 303.594.6010 Act (Obamacare) on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 7-9 p.m., in the ground floor auditorium at St. Anthony’s Hospital, 11600 W. 2nd Drive, in Lakewood.

The panel will explain how the ACA has and will continue to impact the number of insured in Colorado, how implementation is going forward through Colorado’s Healthcare Exchange and Navigator Programs, and the effect the ACA is expected to have on small businesses and their employees. Panel experts scheduled to attend include: • George Lyford, an attorney with The Colorado Center on Law and Policy; • Matthew Valeta, Health Policy Fellow, Colorado Consumer Health Initiative; • Adela Flores-Brennan, Colorado Health Benefit Exchange Navigator Manager; and • Tim Gaudette of Small Business Majority. Questions from the audience will be entertained following the presentation. The event is free and open to the public, and no reservations are required. Parking and entry is on the south side of the hospital. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that neither supports nor opposes candidates from any party. The League’s mission is to promote informed and active participation in government and to influence public policy through education and advocacy after consideration by its members. To learn more about the Jeffco LWV, visit www.

No registration is necessary. Participants should wear appropriate, comfortable clothing and athletic shoes. Call Wheat Ridge Parks and Recreation at 303-231-1300 for more information.

Wheat Ridge Rec Hosts Applewood Bridal Fair, Feb. 23 CROWDS SAID FAREWELL TO ONE OF EDGEWATER’S MURALS at a City of Edgewater-sponsored gathering the morning of Saturday, Jan. 25. Refreshments were provided, and photographers were available to preserve the community’s memory. PHOTO BY NELSON MCNULTY

Test-Drive Classes at Wheat Ridge Rec’s Demo Day

Ever wanted to try a new health, wellness, and enrichment program, but didn’t want to pay fees only to find you didn’t like it? Wheat Ridge Parks and Recreation’s Try-Like-A-Do, a class demonstration event, provides people of all ages the chance to experience Wheat Ridge Parks and Recreation classes and services free of charge. Set for Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, Melinda Stewart Featured 4005 Kipling St., half-hour demonstrations include chair massage, reflexology, reiki, at Meet the Artist, Feb. 20 music, dance, art, pilates, group indoor cycling, rugby, and martial arts classes. The 2014 Wheat Ridge Meet the Artist Visitors who complete a Try-Like-Aseries continues Thursday, Feb. 20, with Do Passport will be entered into a drawing sculptor Melinda Stewart at Kataluma Chai for a free 20-visit punch card to the Rec Co., 7300 W. 38th Ave. The event is free and Center, massage/reiki/reflexology sessions, open to the public and runs from 5:30-7 personal training assessments, nutrition p.m. Light refreshments will be served. consulting ONE FREE DRINK valid until 03/31/14and more. “As an artist I am constantly evolving into the highest form of myself that3834 I am Tennyson St. able to achieve,” says Stewart. “In this 303-495-3508 process I am participating in and observing life all around me. As a vehicle of creation 7am-2-am Continued form page 1 I distill these observations and manifest a 365 days She said all smaller nonprofits have sculpture that represents an aspect of the lobbyists, as does Jefferson County (three), human experience. When viewers recognize whom she relies heavily on. Her other the story being told and identify with it, it Busy Bee sources of information are city councils and brings us together asAccounting a people. As anService artist the media. I strive to validate our intentions in the Lisa Sanchez – owner Her constituents help by calling, journeys that are our lives.” emailing, coming to town meetings and The Meet the Artist series is organized 303.594.6010 telling her how to vote, too. by the Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission “You’ve got to have a diversity of as a way to introduce artists and businesses opinions on things,” she said of the process. to the community in a casual setting that And the cooperation of other lawmakers. promotes the arts in Wheat Ridge. To create a bill, one needs to talk to their For more information, contact Milly party leadership first, including the majority Nadler at leader and speaker, and go across the aisle

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Free Tax Help in Edgewater March 12 & 19 If you are 60 or older and file a simple tax return, AARP volunteers can help you complete and file your taxes or rent rebate through AARP’s free Tax Aide program. Volunteers will be available Wednesday, March 12 and 19, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at the Edgewater Recreation Room, 5845 W. 25th Ave. Reservations are required. Call Felica at 720-763-3042 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

to the other party as a courtesy. A Democrat, she said she finds it easy to work with Republicans in the state house. The ideal state representative should have “a passion for collaborating with people who have different ideas and philosophies… and different priorities,” she said, as well as a passion for public service and the common good. Ego, status, power, or using the office as a stepping stone are not good reasons to run, she said, and a representative should be “other-oriented” instead of “self-oriented.” “And they would want to take on one of the greatest privileges and honors you could ever have,” she said of representing the 77,000 people in her district. “I take it really seriously.”

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the District. A comprehensive long-term By Bonnie Mcnulty plan is necessary to assure the District’s n November 2012 the Citizens of sustainability. Edgewater overwhelmingly voted to be Consider entering into an authority included in the Wheat Ridge Fire Protection agreement with another fire protection District (WRFPD). The Edgewater district to help stabilize the WRFPD’s Volunteer Fire Department became part operations. of the WRFPD with the Last And, of course, there is Blast on New Year’s Eve 2012. always the option to do nothing. We have been very happy with I encourage you to read the the District’s protection and entire blue ribbon report, found emergency responses. As you at www. all aware, if an emergency directors. is bigger than any one While the current service protection agency can manage from our firefighters is we have Memorandums Of outstanding – some of the best in Understanding (MOUs) and the region – I am concerned about Intergovernmental Agreements the administrative operations of (IGAs) to make sure extra the fire District. Guided by their resources are available. We are Bonnie McNulty experience with volunteer fire as safe as we can be. service I believe each of the Board members In the last few months there have been did what they could with the information some changes within the WRFPD: Several given to them. However, the WRFPD is no officers resigned. Chief Gillespie left the longer a volunteer organization and the way department. The Board obtained a bridge of doing business needs to change. Change loan to cover operating expenses. Acting is not easy, but strong leadership must start Chief Olme was selected by the Board to with the Board of Directors. be the ongoing Chief. Currently the Board If you are interested in becoming a is planning for the upcoming elections, WRFPD Board member you still have time in which property owners will be asked to to get on the May ballot. Self-nomination approve a tax increase and three Board of forms are available from the district and Directors positions will be up for election. must be turned in before the end of February. The Board consists of five members who Remember I am available at the serve four-year terms. Edgewater Coffee Shop 5224 W. 25th Ave. A five-member blue ribbon panel Yes, it is open on Wednesday morning just was established in December by Chief for the opportunity to meet with citizens Olme to look at all of the issues facing the from 9-11 a.m. I will buy your coffee. If that WRFPD. Here is a brief summary of the time does not work, please call and I will recommendations and options: meet with you another time. While an increase in revenues seems Edgewater mayor Bonnie McNulty can inevitable, the panel recommended the be reached at 303-233-6216 or bjmcnulty2 hiring of outside consultants to assess the financial and organizational needs of


Now that the Chocolate hearts EdgEwatEr City CounCil It Ain’t Water, Folks are empty, come in for a checkup and cleaning. J By Myra Armon Keeble

enny McCarthy is making me do this: I cannot stand by and watch her promote e-cigarettes on television – television! Didn’t we get cigarette ads off TV in 1971? Apparently not. Many people are curious or concerned about nicotine vapor products such as e-cigarettes. In Colorado, employers, community leaders, medical providers and parents have extra reasons to be concerned from a public health and safety standpoint. Are they healthy or helpful? Nope. Because e-cigarettes are unregulated, manufacturers are not obliged to disclose or monitor the contents of the vapor, and they can be promoted and used in places tobacco products cannot. FDA tests of e-cigarettes found the presence of carcinogenic chemicals in the vapor, including nickel, formaldehyde and lead. Over 40 state attorneys general (including Colorado’s) have urged the FDA to immediately regulate the sale and advertising of e-cigarettes, stating that the products are appealing to youth and no one is ensuring their safety. Last month, the state health department issued a press release calling on FDA to regulate e-cigarettes and other new tobacco products. In addition, although some e-cigarettes have been marketed as smoking-cessation aids, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated, “There is no conclusive scientific evidence that they [e-cigarettes] promote long-term cessation, nor are they recommended as a cessation method.” Appealing to kids: CDC data show that the number of youth trying these products doubled from 2011-12. Nicotine vapor products come in several candy flavors, thus appealing to the tastes of youth. Although Colorado bans sales to children,

the products are available online and high school students have reported heavy use on school grounds. Vaporizing in Colorado: Colorado has additional aggravated issues when it comes to vaporizing. R.J. Reynolds, maker of Camel cigarettes, is testing its first e-cigarette in our state, including television ads. Big Tobacco is now in the e-cigarette world and its history of deceptions around health impacts of their products is well documented. Unfortunately, the marijuana-vaporizing world is as advanced as the nicotine-vaping world. Rolling Stone dubbed the new products the “iPod of getting baked” because of their ability to deliver potent marijuana and conceal its public use, and the difficulty in being able to detect the difference between marijuana and nicotine vaporizers, which may be odorless. Clearly, these issues impact our communities. Learn more at a free luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Exempla Lutheran Medical Center, 8300 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge. Speakers will help employers, property owners, and school and community leaders understand the implications of these products, answer questions, and explore solutions to reduce any public health and safety burden. The luncheon is co-sponsored by Exempla Lutheran Medical Center and the Tobacco Prevention Program at the Jefferson County Health Department. I will provide the introduction and talk about how Edgewater addressed the issue of vaporization in public places. Space is limited. To learn more or to RSVP, e-mail or call 303-275-7555.

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The February 14 – March 18, 2014 issue of Neighborhood Gazette, serving Wheat Ridge and Edgewater, Colorado.

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