LPNA Minutes 2015-05-27

Date posted: September 16, 2015


Meeting took place at ArtStreet (1079 Osage) at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, May 27, 2015.

Attendee list: Available upon request.

DENVER POLICE DEPARTMENT, Denise Gomez

  • Officer’s Report – Denise has a new partner. This gives her more flexibility and time to engage with community groups.
  • Lincoln Park and the strip mall on Colfax – Denver police, Parks and Rec, DHA, Colorado High School and Judy Montero are meeting weekly with a focus on safety in the park, and the strip mall. She appreciates any support from the neighborhood association in proposing changes to the park to reduce criminal activity in the park.
  • Drug paraphernalia ticket – A few of the local stores are selling drug paraphernalia as “decorative items”. Denver Police and the DA’s office are attempting a prosecution for this and are waiting to see how it goes in court before police write more paraphernalia tickets.
  • Automobile Thefts – Handout provided with tips to reduce risk to your vehicle. Car thefts are up everywhere in Denver. Denise strongly urged all drivers of 90’s model Honda Civics or Accords to go to District One Substation at 1131 W 46th Ave to get a free club to lock your steering wheel. She also encourages drivers of Jeeps and Intrepids to get clubs as well.
  • Burglaries – Warmer weather usually comes with increased reports of home burglaries. Denver Police will come to your home, assess it for risk and provide you with tips to reduce your risk of being burglarized. Just give them a call at (720) 913-0400 to set something up.
  • Neighborhood watch program: Denise would like to start neighborhood watch programs in our neighborhoods. For your block to qualify, you need a minimum of 40% of the homes on your street to agree to participate. If your street would like to participate, call (720) 913-0400 and ask to talk with Denise regarding neighborhood watch.

DHA MARIPOSA, Mark Howard

  • Street Lights – 12 street lights are being installed throughout the Mariposa project area in the next few week.
  • Mariposa 6 – construction is up to the 4th floor. Anticipated completion – last November or early December. Upon completion, it will house 94 apartments from one to four bedrooms targeting mixed income.
  • Demolition has started on the remaining old housing units.
  • Upon total project completion (including 7a and 7b) the total housing units will number between 512 and 523.
  • Retail update – have commitments for a yoga studio, an architecture/design firm and possibly with Handmade to Homemade.
  • Parking concerns raised by attendees as possible barrier for retail.
  • Request was made for temporary dog park on empty lot at Mariposa and 10th. This lot may be sold soon to a not-for-profit builder for townhome construction.
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PARTY IN THE PARK – Saturday, June 20 from 11am to 2pm

  • Overview by Michael Simon.
  • Our 2nd annual party in the park has been set.
  • Flyers have been printed by Emily Griffith and will be sent out to schools before school ends for the year.
  • Anticipate very high participation 600 – 1000 people.
  • Party will include food, live music, and entertainment.
    • Free food
    • 11:30 – Marimba Band
    • 12:30 – New Orleans Funk band
    • Max Fund puppy truck – literally a truck full of puppies to play with.
    • Denver Police’s tricked out Corvette
    • Hopefully a fire truck
    • Food Trucks on the street with food for sale
    • Possibly tours of the new Emily Griffith school on Osage
    • Interactive resources booths and retail booths. Retails booths will be available for $25. There is no cost for resource booths.
  • Request was made to have flyers printed in Spanish as well.
  • Volunteers will be needed. Sign up options will be posted on the LPNA website and sent out on the listserv.
  • We also need to raise money to pay for the food and the musical entertainers.

BUTTERFLY WALK PROJECT – Nearing completion

  • Power point overview provided by David Griggs.
  • Please take some time to walk the park and check out the butterfly wall on the rec center as well as the six butterfly stations with information about the neighborhood and about butterflies.
  • Yolanda from Byers Library expressed interested in writing a blog about the project for the library website. Agreed to coordinate with David Griggs for this.

NEW MEDICAL OFFICE BUILDING IN NW DENVER

  • Not an ER zone, only for minor emergencies.
  • Adjacent lots with have 74 parking spaces which will be shared with local businesses during the evenings.
  • Hours of medical office building will be 7am to 10pm.
  • Will be opening up a design review process to the community.
  • Interested folks can get in touch through email.
  • Lutheran church is partnering with local builder for construction.

XCEL ENERGY, Representative from CLEAResult

  • Engaging in a neighborhood program for Lincoln Park that targets small businesses with a focus on lighting.
  • Will come out and do a free energy audit for small business. Has reached her term limits. Retrospective on her contributions.
  • To sign up, go to http://www.xcelenergy.com/Energy_Solutions/Rebate_Finder_Tool/Small_Business_Lighting

PINTS FOR PAINTERS, Julie at ArtStreet

  • Julie passed out a flyer encouraging neighbors to enjoy a pint at Renegade Brewing during happy hour (5pm start) on June 10th. A portion of proceeds goes to street art murals.

METRO STATE ANNOUNCEMENTS, Elizabeth Parmelee

  • Offering tours of the exhibit called History of the 9th Street Park currently housed in the Casa Maya Bldg. Sign up will be available via listserve.
  • Handout provided with upcoming events including:
    • July 3rd – Civic Center Park – Independence Eve Celebration, MSU is the official higher education partner for this celebration
    • July 17th 4pm – 8on – 25th Anniversary for the Center for the Visual Arts Celebration at the CVA on Santa Fe Blvd. There will be live music, food, and lots of amazing art for sale.
    • Regency Athletic Complex is now open
    • Learn On Program – Offerings of short term, non-credit courses on wide variety of topics. Go to https://www.msudenver.edu/learnon/ for more information.

EMILY GRIFFITH Grand Opening Event scheduled for July 17th in Lincoln Park.

TRANSPORTATION STUDY – UCD

  • Transportation equity study survey passed out. Goal to get feedback from 100 households regarding quality, level and access to public transportation and how it impacts people’s lives.
  • Study no longer targeting income limited families.
  • Goal is to better understand the reasons people choose specific transportation modalities.

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION – CATHOLIC CHARITIES, Alberto Torres

  • Mariposa early childhood education program is scheduled to open at 1240 W. 10th Ave this summer.
  • This is a comprehensive program that will serve 64 children between the ages of six weeks and five years old.
  • The Open House and Dedication date has not been set yet, but staff will be onsite beginning in June and neighbors are encourages to stop by and say hello.
  • Flyers about the program were provided.

BYERS LIBRARY, Yolanda

  • Summer reading program starts the first week in June.
  • Children aged 0 to 18 are eligible to participate. Stop by the library to sign up and get more information.
  • Plaza Programs will start at Byers library every Thursday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. This program targets immigrants and refugees for one on one help to address a variety concerns from citizenship help job searches, resume creation, etc. Laptops are available and conversation tables are also available. If you’re interested you just need to stop into the library on Thursday evenings.

Meeting Adjourned at 8pm

Next meeting: Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 6:30pm, at ArtsStreet.

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