Newsletter Highlights – Complete December Newsletter
Will Jefferson Park Fail to Connect with Downtown? – Residents love the fact Jefferson Park is so close to downtown yet to many, it seems far away. Our neighborhood is an island surrounded by rivers of roadways with Speer to the North, Federal to the West and the mightiest of all, I-25 to the East. Crossing these barriers can seem like a treacherous journey for many an urban traveler. For years, JPUN has lent its voice to promote better connectivity to Denver’s Downtown not only for our residents but adjoining neighborhoods in Northwest Denver. The development boom has prompted city officials to review zoning for the Central Platte Valley Area District more commonly known as Elitch Gardens. Since April, a committee has met to create The Downtown Area Plan Amendment (DAPA) which is a blueprint for future development in that area.
The importance of this plan cannot be understated as it will guide state and local project funding and development in that area for generations. If these problems are not adequately documented in DAPA, significant change will not happen anytime soon, if at all. Funding will be focused on other areas in the plan or development will prohibit the expansion of 23rd Ave to accommodate a solution.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Attend a Town Hall Meeting with DAPA management team – Site tentatively Family Star Montessori 2246 Federal Blvd (Check the JPUN Site for final location information) – Date Jan 9. JPUN along with surrounding neighborhood organizations and business districts will be hosting this town hall meeting. Your voice matters. We have been told public opinion carries a lot of weight in determining the final plan. For more information please email email@example.com or check the JPUN Facebook and website. JPUN will not publish a January newsletter. JPUN will also discuss this topic at their General Membership Meeting on Tues., Dec. 12.
No Such Thing as Bad Publicity? – Our neighborhood has been in the news lately. On November 10, 9News aired a story about “Slot Homes” with scenes filmed in Jefferson Park. Additionally, an article in the November issue of 5280 magazine titled “The Beholder” featured a former JPUN Board member. In the article both he and Councilman Espinoza were critical of current architectural styles in Jefferson Park and throughout Denver. The JPUN Board has responded to that article with a letter on page 4 of the Newsletter.
Jefferson Park’s Annual Holiday Party – Join JPUN’s family friendly celebration with friends and neighbors at Jefferson Park’s annual holiday Party Wednesday, December 13th. From 5:30 to 8 PM at Mackinzie’s Cocktails & Wine 2240 Clay Street
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