LPNA Minutes 2017-03-22

Date posted: June 26, 2017


La Alma Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association
Monthly Meeting Minutes

Meeting took place at Greenlee Elementary School at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

Attendee list: Available upon request.

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

  • Please, please, please do not leave things in your car. Theft from motor vehicles is a big concern. In order to reduce your risk, do not leave anything of value or anything that appears it may contain something of value, such as a gym bag or backpack, in a visible location in your car. Put items you’ll be leaving in the car in your trunk BEFORE you leave for your destination.
  • Also please be diligent about locking your doors, especially the doors to your outbuildings, such as garages and storage sheds. 96% of burglaries are due to unlocked doors – they are crimes of opportunity.
  • As the weather improves, be wary regarding door-to-door solicitors. All solicitors must have a “peddler’s license displayed. If you don’t see one, ask to see it.  Solicitors also are not permitted to continue past dark. Contact police if someone does not produce a license or is out soliciting after dark.
  • Please register your bike with the Denver Police. Stolen bikes are recovered throughout the year when homeless encampments are cleared. If you’ve registered your bike, it can be returned to you. If you’ve not reported your bike stolen, or cannot provide the serial number – located on your bike frame – your bike might have been recovered but unknown. Those bikes are auctioned off at the end of the year. Go to denvergov.org to register your bike.
  • If you notice an abandoned bike in your area, contact 911 to have it picked up.
  • A U-bolt is the most effective type of bike lock.
  • The next women’s self defense class is scheduled for Saturday, August 5th at Rude Rec Center.

GALS SCHOOL UPCOMING RENOVATIONS – Carol Bowars, Executive Director carol.bowar@galschoolsdenver.org

  • Girls Athletic Leadership School (GALS) is an all girls public school in the neighborhood. They have 280 students in the middle school (6th through 8th grade) and 120 students in the high school (9th through 11th grade). They will be opening a 12th grade class next year and need additional space to accommodate their growth.
  • This school is highly focused on movement and movement learning every day with a positive gender focus.
  • If you’re interested in more information regarding the school, Executive Director Bowars encouraged you to join them on a tour. Tours are offered on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
  • Due to the success of their model, they are also opening an all boys’ school in the fall, utilizing the same model. It will be called the Boys School of Denver.
  • Their current campus for girls is at 120% capacity. Ms. Bowars shared their plans for their upcoming expansion. It includes an additional nine classrooms and an expansion of the current cafeteria.
  • They also will be expanding to a full size turf field for soccer and rugby or lacrosse.
  • Current plans indicated completion of construction by August 2018.
  • It was noted that while GALS draws students from all over the Denver metro area, approximately 20-25% of the students are GALS are from the LALP neighborhood.

CAPSTONE COLLEGIATE COMMUNITIES DEVELOPMENT – Meredith Wenskoski, Principal mwenskoski@livablecitiesstudio.com

  • Capstone is considering developing the property on Osage between 13th and 15th into housing that targets students. To ensure viability for this project, they need to go up to 5 stories. This would require rezoning for this lot.  Current zoning allows up to 3 stories.
  • As currently designed, the community would have 600 ‘beds’ within 200 units. The bedrooms (similar to old style quad units) would be rented rather than the units. Each tenant would have a private, secure bedroom, but share a kitchen/dining/living space with up to three other ‘bedroom’ renters.
  • It also includes over 300 structured, internal parking spots, not visible to the street.
  • Rental rates would be comparable to other student housing and all the units would come ‘fully furnished’.
  • Timeline for the rezoning hearing has not been determined.

GO BOND UPDATE – David Griggs and Aubrey Lavizzo, lincolnparkneighbors@gmail.com

  • GO Bond process is in the project selection phase. Public input hearings are available at the beginning of each committee meeting. Michael Simon and Aubrey have volunteered to coordinate speakers from LPNA for each meeting.
  • Talking points will be published by Aubrey.
  • All neighbors were encouraged to contact Councilman Paul Lopez and the two at-large council members, Robin Kniech and Debbie Ortega..

DENVER SUSTAINABLE NEIGHBORHOOD UPDATE – Taylor Moellers, taylor.moellers@denvergov.org

  • LALP’s application for engagement in the sustainable neighborhood program was granted on March 8th.
  • Next up is a Leadership meeting to work together to chart the direction of the neighborhood to increase sustainability within our own neighborhood.

LPNA BOARD NOMINATIONS – Lisa Shusko, Vice President, lincolnparkneighbors@gmail.com

  • LPNA Board elections are scheduled for May, 2017. In preparation for the election, Lisa encouraged people to consider serving and indicated nominations would be opened at our next meeting, April.

HISTORIC DENVER ACTION FUND UPDATE – Michael Simon, Treasurer, lincolnparkneighbors@gmail.com

  • Michael provided an update regarding the Historic Denver funds needed. Along with the $10,000 grant from Historic Denver, the neighborhood needs an additional $6350 to complete the initial survey for the neighborhood.
  • Through current fundraising efforts, we have raised $3550 of that amount. We continue to seek the remainder, $2800. You can donate by writing a check directly to LPNA or going through a link on the main page of the neighborhood website.

OTHER BUSINESS –

  • None.

Next meeting: Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 6:30pm, at Greenlee Elementary School.

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