LPNA Minutes 2016-11-30

Date posted: June 20, 2017

La Alma Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association
Monthly Meeting Minutes

Meeting took place at Greenlee Elementary School at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

Attendee list: Available upon request.

DENVER POLICE DEPARTMENT, Officer Robert Gibbs, Robert.gibbs@denvergov.org

  • Officer Gibbs addresses concerns regarding homeless camping and congregating in Lincoln Park. He indicated that the police force is ‘hitting the park really hard’. They are also focused on the Platte River and Cherry Creek. His concern is that when people get pushed out of the river and creek, they will relocate into Lincoln Park and Sunken Gardens so those areas will also get extra attention.
  • As the holidays approach, there is an increase in package delivery to homes and therefore an increase in package thefts from front porches. Officer Gibbs encouraged neighbors to review the package theft prevention post on NextDoor. If you can, he encourages you to have packages sent to your place of business, rather than your home.
  • There has been a dramatic decrease in crime in this area in the last month. This is likely due to the heavy patrols in known heroin dealing areas. This also affects the homeless, who are supported by the HOT team -the Homeless Outreach Team. This is a difficult group to provide services to as the high rates of mental illness and substance abuse increases the refusal rate for those services.
  • There will be a reinspection of 949 Lipan Street tomorrow.
  • A women’s self-defense class is scheduled for January 28th  at Sun Valley Kitchen. Contact Officer Gibbs via email to enroll or get more information.

HISTORIC DENVER ACTION FUND UPDATE – Alyson Crabtree, lincolnparkneighbors@gmail.com

  • LPNA has been awarded a $10,000 grant to do a historic survey of the neighborhood. An additional $6000 is needed to complete the survey.
  • We have hired a consultant to document the architecture and overall history of the neighborhood.
  • The steering committee includes David Griggs, Fatima Hirji, Alyson Crabtree, Dave Stauffer and Tanya Coen.
  • The current goal is to have a presentation ready for the neighborhood sometime this summer.
  • The primary goal of this project is to provide good solid data to support new development restrictions so that those new developments are in keeping with the current architecture, feel and history of the neighborhood.

SUSTAINABLE NEIGHBORHOODS – Rachel Ohene, lincolnparkneighbors@gmail.com

  • With support of the neighbors, Rachel will be formally submitting our application to the City of Denver to be designated a Sustainable Neighborhood.
  • This designation will provide the neighborhood with support resources, such as staff assistance, some funding and overall access to supportive information and resources.
  • Our goal is to increase the connections in the neighborhood while also helping the environment.

EMILY GRIFFITH TECHNICAL COLLEGE LIAISON (EGTC) – Susan Saukus, neighbor, lincolnparkneighbors@gmail.com  Jeff Barratt, Executive Director EGTC jeff@emilygriffith.edu

  • EGTC supports a scholarship program specifically for neighbors in the La Alma Lincoln Park Neighborhood.
  • EGTC and Denver Health were recently awarded a neighborhood engagement grant which will fund a LPNA membership drive and fundraiser for seed money for the scholarship.
  • The grant will also provide seed money to open an international market, hopefully in on of the retail spaces at the Mariposa DHA complex.
  • Jeff Barratt indicated that EGTC is also looking at possible expansion into the empty lot next to them at 13th and Osage. LPNA agreed to write a letter of support for them.
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