LPNA Minutes 2016-09-28

Date posted: September 28, 2016


La Alma Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association
Monthly Meeting Minutes

Meeting took place Denver Open Media (700 Kalamath, Studio A) at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, September 28, 2016.

Attendee list: Available upon request.

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

  • Officer Gibbs passed out the latest crime maps. Primary concerns continue to be crimes of opportunity, such as theft from an unlocked car or garage. He strongly encouraged residents to do whatever they can to eliminate easy access to their home, garage and car. Always lock doors and windows and never store anything of value in your car.
  • Make sure that the registration you leave in your car is the one intended for your vehicle. That one omits your address.
  • He will continue to work with traffic planning regarding 13th street. He was able to successfully have stops signs installed at 13th and Decatur. He’s aware there are issues between 13th and Speer and 13th and Osage. Before changes can be made, certain thresholds have to be met.
  • Heroin continues to be a problem in Denver as well as across the country. It’s the most prominent drug of choice at this time, likely due to its low price.
  • 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.

DENVER OPEN MEDIA – Nicole Marquez, nicole@openmediafoundation.org

  • Denver Open Media (DOM)  is currently broadcasting our meeting on public access channel Comcast 56.
  • DOM has been in the La Alma Lincoln Park neighborhood for over 10 years.
  • They are Denver’s public access channel station allowing community members to come to the station and publish their own content.
  • Several services are provided in the realm of publishing video and audio programming, including classes, equipment and space rental and, of course, programming on their stations.
  • For information about classes and education opportunities at DOM, go to https://www.denveropenmedia.org/
  • They also offer a free drop in youth group every Wednesday evening from 3:30pm to 6:30 pm. For more information about the youth group, go to http://omfound.org/education/education-resources/youth-media

ALL COPY PRODUCTS – Brad Knepper, BKnepper@allcopyproducts.com

  • All Copy Products, located at 1635 W 13TH Avenue, is a business solutions company that offers all aspects of office technology. It started in 1975, is privately owned and is headquartered here in Denver. Since 1975, they have expanded extensively and currently have 7 different sites in the Denver area. For multiple reasons, they’ve decided to consolidate those sites into one site – the site on W 13th.
  • All Copy is planning a major expansion to this site. They are applying for a variance to the height restriction for their 5 story office building. The variance is needed because their design is 9’6” higher than the height limits in that area.
  • Jack Mousseau of MOA Architecture presented the site plans and answered questions from the neighbors. All members are happy to see some business expansion in that location as it is currently pretty unattractive and not very pedestrian or bicyclist friendly, despite being a designated bike route.
  • One concern was raised regarding the possible impact of increased traffic on 13th as it can get pretty backed up at the railroad crossing. Despite this possible concern, there were no objections to the project at the meeting.
  • The hearing variance is scheduled for Tuesday, October 4th at 10am.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA RETAIL AND GROW OPERATION –Rita Tsalyuk

  • Business manager, Rita Tsalyuk, came to introduce herself and share that she will be managing the new medical marijuana shop at 1136 Yuma Court.
  • She indicated they are focused on being good neighbors and ensuring that they provide safety for themselves and the community with cameras, lighting and security staff.
  • This location is on the edge between retail and industrial and is not located near any services for children.

EMILY GRIFFITH SCHOLARSHIP FUND – Christine Sprague

  • Christine provided an update for the grant targeting increased community connection and marketing of the scholarship for La Alma Lincoln Park residents.
  • She shared the near final drafts of a mailer to go to every resident in the neighborhood.
  • The mailer has several goals – promotion of the scholarship, encouragement for residents to join the neighborhood association and fundraising for the scholarship.
  • She also encouraged neighbors to join us on Monday, October 3rd at Strange Craft Beer Company for happy hour. Starts at 3pm.

HISTORIC DENVER 2016 ACTION FUND – Alyson Crabtree

  • Grant application has been submitted.

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS –

  • Neighborhood Happy Hour, Monday, October 3 at Strange Craft Beer (1330 Zuni) from 3pm to 7pm.
  • Convenient app as another way to contact 311 – download pocketgov.com You can use it to report a problem, ask a question and track your car if it’s been towed.
  • The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee for Denver is seeking applications for new committee members. If you have any expertise in affordable housing, please consider participating on this committee. See http://www.denverite.com/denver-looking-candidates-mayors-affordable-housing-advisory-committee-17620/ for more information.

Next meeting: Wednesday  October 26, 2016, 6:30pm. Location: Greenlee Elementary School 1150 Lipan Street

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