LPNA Minutes 2016-08-24

Date posted: September 19, 2016


La Alma Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association
Monthly Meeting Minutes

Meeting took place Byers Branch Library at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, August 24, 2016.

Attendee list: Available upon request.

DENVER POLICE DEPARTMENT – CRO Rob Gibbs, Robert.gibbs@denvergov.org

  • Officer Gibbs addressed resident concerns regarding two residences in the neighborhood that are suspected drug houses. These problem homes have been turned over to the narcotics department. They will build a case on these locations to get them closed down. It could take several months. He wanted to assure us that even if it looks like nothing is being done, he has full confidence in the narcotics team and knows that they are addressing the problems. Because many of their staff members are undercover, we likely will not recognize the work they’re doing.
  • Both homes have several complaints via both 311 and 911.
  • One of the residents thanked Officer Gibbs and the Denver police for their work on the Cherry Creek pathway. It is so much cleaner and easier to use than it was just a months ago.
  • Officer Gibbs added praise to the businesses along the pathway who also did a big clean up of the bike path. The businesses gathered 83 bags of trash and over 400 used needles just between 12th and 14th.
  • The next Self Defense class is being offered on October 22nd. This is a free class for women aged 15 or older being offered on Saturday, 10/22 from 9:30am to 1:30pm. It fills quickly so if you’re interested, contact Officer Gibbs via his email right away. This session will be at Scheitler Recreation Center at 46th and Sheridan.

JOE BYERS LIBRARY – Joe Garnevicus, jgarnevicus@denverlibrary.org

  • The Denver Public Library system is working with neighborhoods to improve spending to best meet the needs to each specific area.
  • The primary goal is to increase the over sense of community, get to know our neighbors better and increase safety.
  • Byers, despite being a small branch, has a lot going on.
  • Many of the programs are oriented towards teenagers. There is a plan to increase programming for adults as well.
  • Joe asked neighbors to complete a survey about our neighborhood. Surveys were handed out and are also available via NextDoor and Facebook.

VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA – Lindi Sinton, lsinton@voacolorado.org

  • VOA has been in Denver since 1896. The new building at 1247 Santa Fe has 25 staff members. They serve as a one-stop shop for homeless veterans. The VOA is an active member of the Upper Santa Fe Neighbor Assocation.
  • Lindi came today to ask for our input regarding the possibility of providing an overnight shelter for senior and/or disabled homeless women. She handed out a Case Statement titled “Emergency Shelter for Senior Women” which provided details regarding the need for shelter for this vulnerable population along with details regarding how the shelter would work and what concerns might arise.
  • They’re hoping to provide shelter for 60 to 70 women. They would open at 5pm and close at 7am.
  • This shelter would also provide support services to try to get people into permanent housing.
  • To get a bed, women would need to sign up at “The Gathering Place” at Colfax and Vine. There would never be a line out on Santa Fe as it would not be a ‘first come, first serve’ shelter such as the one on Park Avenue.
  • For women who arrive early, they would be able to wait in a sheltered area off the main roads.
  • If approved and built, an oversite committee of neighbors will be formed and maintained to address any ongoing concerns that may arise.

DENVER KIDS ACTION FUND BALLOT MEASURES 3A, 3B – Cameron Brennan brennan.cam@gmail.com

  • Cameron provided details regarding ballot measures 3A and 3B and requested support from voters for these two measures.
  • He provided a handout with details regarding these two measures.
  • The two measures include a Mill Levy Override and a new Bond.

DENVER HOUSING AUTHORITY – Mark Howard, mhoward@denverhousing.org

  • The last residential phases of the Mariposa project are underway. Phases 7 and 8 are rental apartment buildings. Phase 9 is a home ownership and market rate housing project being built by Koebel.
  • Members from the Koebel group provided attendees with a mock up of the projects they’re designing at the sites at 11th and Mariposa and 9th and Navaho.
  • 40 rowhomes are slated for the site at 11th and Mariposa. The homes will be 3 stories tall and range from 1400 to 2000 sq ft.
  • 18 rowhomes are slated for the smaller site at 9th and Navaho.
  • 52 units will be market rate and 6 will be affordable “path to home ownership” units.
  • Several neighbors expressed concern regarding ensuring the rowhomes connect the current neighborhood architecture and feel with the Mariposa development.
  • The architect agreed to join neighbors for a walk around the area to identify home features that can be reflected in the new project to improve neighborhood and neighbor to neighbor cohesion.
  • If all goes well, they hope to break ground on these projects next summer.

HISTORIC DENVER 2016 ACTION FUND – Fatima Hirji

  • Monies are currently available.
  • We’re in the process of writing a grant to give us an opportunity to survey the neighborhood for a clear measure of what’s in our neighborhood.
  • The grant is due next week.

COUNCILMAN PAUL LOPEZ OFFICE – Adriana Magaña, adriana.magana@denvergov.org or 303-337-3333

  • Adriana Magaña from Councilman Lopez’s office indicated that the city unexpectedly lost their west side city planner. The city is interviewing for a new planner. This change has resulted in a delay in the focus on renovations for Lincoln Park.
  • The transportation team is studying 10th avenue from Osage to Santa Fe to activate.
  • Councilman Lopez also provided a letter of support for Teresa’s grant application to KaBOOM for the Sunken Gardens project.
  • Finally, Adriana encouraged neighbors to check out the interactive website for BluePrint Denver at http://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/denveright.html
  • Denveright is a community-driven planning process focusing on land use, mobility, parks and recreational resources.

Next meeting: Wednesday  September 28, 2016, 6:30pm. Location TBD.

 

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