UPCC General Meeting Minutes February 2009

UPCC General Meeting February 11, 2009

Welcome and announcements from UPCC President Pat Cashen.

Saturday, February 14, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. there will be an Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation meeting at the Heritage Club.  These meetings are open to the public and a good way to get information for neighborhood associations.

Copies of the Small Area Plan are available on line through Denvergov.org.  Bound copies can be viewed at the meeting.

Newsletter articles for UPWords are welcome; send your articles to Communications Chair Kathy Poppen.

We recognize two UPCC board members as INC award recipients.  At an awards event two weeks prior to our general meeting, Diana Helper was recognized for her work and involvement with City of Denver Parks, and Bill Winn was recognized for overall contributions made to the City of Denver.

Neil Krauss, University of Denver Neighborhood Liaison, announced events happening on campus.

The Next Good Neighbors Meeting is February 17, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Driscoll Center.

Robert Kennedy Jr. is speaking on campus, February 12.

There will be Breast Cancer Awareness events on campus February 13, 14, and 15.  Women’s Basketball, Gymnastics, and Lacrosse will be playing benefit games.

Sesame Street will be in Magness Arena April 16 thru April 19.

To receive “The Source” D.U.’s newsletter full of campus announcements, go to D.U.’s website and follow the link.  You may also contact Neil Krauss at 303-871-4365 or nkrauss@du.edu.

Terri Allsup, University Park Elementary School PTA President, and Dana Williams, school principal, thanked the neighborhood for supporting our neighborhood school, and voting yes on Bond 3A, a bond that provides financing for structural improvements on the school as well as funding for a Learning Landscape.

The University Park Elementary School PTA raises funds to help supplement and enrich school programs.  All money raised by these activities goes directly to the PTA for allocation to different programs.   The direct donation fund drive is called the Apple Campaign.  UPark’s simplest fundraiser is a purchase of grocery cards.  They are purchased and exchanged for the exact dollar amount but the school gets back 2% from the card value.  These cards can be purchased at the school for King Soopers or Sunflower Market.  One of the largest fundraisers of the year is the annual Home Tour, Sunday May 3.  UPark will be selling tickets that day, and they can be purchased in advance at UPark School, Lulu’s Furniture, and Weaver’s Automotive.  Home Tour corporate sponsors are Adams Company, Peepers Optical, and Appalachian Construction.

Phil Caplan gave those attending the meeting an update on his development plans for the property on the corner of Evans and along University.  The ground breaking is still scheduled for late this year.  The property is now zoned RMU30 which means a combination of retail, restaurant, and residential.  The plan is for about 25,000 square feet of retail space and about 200 rental units with about 1.25 parking spaces per apartment.  The parking for residents is to be wrapped behind the apartments and the parking for retail and restaurant space is to be underground.  There will be an entrance lobby facing Evans, and retail space facing University.