UPCC General Meeting Minutes October 8, 2008
Attendance: See signup sheet
The meeting began at 7:00 p.m. with an introduction and announcements from
President Pat Cashen.
UPCC has a new web site with links to neighborhood issues, and government
information. Members of UPCC can also pay voluntary dues on the site. Please email
us your opinions and feedback.
Prairie Park is under renovation and the parks department is reintroducing native
plants. There are some pesticides/herbicides being applied now.
There will be an open house to show the new public art work located at the old
Alberton’s shopping center site, developer Jeff Oberg’s project. The reception starts at
4:00 p.m., Friday, October 10.
Denver election officials may donate their pay to civic organizations. Pat has
information for those interested.
Introductions for our new committee chairs were made. Welcome:
Kathy Poppen, Communications…..she will be in charge of our newsletter
Steve Hick, Neighborhood Safety….our web site will have District 3 Police Station
postings and updates on our web site
Liza Prall, Traffic and Transportation….the City of Denver is in the process of creating a
parking master plan and Liza will be following the progress
Diana Helper is our neighborhood representative working with the City of Denver on a
study of the Harvard Gulch drainage and land use.
Vice Chancellor for neighborhood affairs, Neil Kraus, made the next announcements
for upcoming events at D.U.
If you are a neighbor that lives on a street with parking restrictions, you are eligible for
D.U.’s program to get free tickets to see some D.U. sports events. To obtain the tickets
go to the Ritchie Center box office.
October 25, 3:00 p.m. is the D.U. homecoming parade. Everyone is invited to watch.
D.U. offers 50% off the initiation fee to Coors Fitness Center if you are a neighbor.
Feel free to email Neil with questions, concerns, or student issues at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
D.U. is asking City Council for rezoning for the block between High, Race, Evans, and
Asbury Streets for new building to house the College of Education.
To receive the D.U. Community News, email Neil Krauss to get on the mailing list.
The Chamberlin Observatory renovation will be finished by the end of October.
Theresa Pena spoke about our the success of our neighborhood school, University Park
Elementary School, one of the top ten schools in the City to be rated “distinguished”.
The 3A Bond Initiative is a capitol bond issue that will provide funding to repair and
improve many DPS schools. If this bond passes, our neighborhood school will get
updated plumbing, ventilation, electrical, and a learning landscape. The cost is .42 per
month for every $100,000 assessed property value. This is about $12 per year more for
the average property owner.
University Park Elementary School principal Dana Williams introduced herself and
thanked the neighborhood for great support.
Developer Phil Caplan, business partner with David Elowe, presented the plan for the
new development called Lux, the property on the south east corner of Evans and
University. In October, this property will go to City Council for review to be rezoned
from R-3 to RMU30 to accommodate a mix of residential rental space and retail space.
There is a possibility that some of the businesses (on the ground floor) will be a market, 3
a coffee shop, and restaurants. Parking will be underground, and concealed in the back.
The rental units will not be marketed towards D.U. students, and the interior finishes
will be “high end”. On the street, the architecture will be stepped back and the trees
maintained to make the street pedestrian friendly.
Ellen Seymour acknowledged and thanked Dana Strand O’Connor for all her efforts in
creating a wonderful, useful, and informative website for the UPCC, www.UPCC.us.
Rosemary Stoffel presented the final adopted version of University Park
neighborhood’s Small Area Plan. Our plan was approved by Denver City Council on
September 8, 2008. This document gives formality and definition to the concerns and
wishes of the neighborhood community. It is a collection of residents’ input through
many meetings and surveys. The Small Area Plan can be used for zoning
considerations, and justification for neighborhood improvements. It is a guide to be
referred to when making decisions. Our neighbors have said they are most concerned
with preserving and defining what makes our neighborhood livable, stable, and
inviting. Their priorities are: Preservation of Historic Buildings, Parks and Trees, and
safe bike and pedestrian routes. Access to the entire plan is available for viewing
through our website. Thank you, Rosemary Stoffel, for working on this project, doing
the careful and thorough research and including opinions and input from as many
groups and individuals as possible.
Meeting adjourned 8:30 p.m.