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Update on I-25 Central Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study – CDOT is reviewing several options for the six-mile stretch of highway between Santa Fe Drive and 20th Street that runs right through the center of the city. According to CDOT, this area carries over a quarter of a million cars each day and has the highest average daily traffic in all of Colorado. Some of the proposed options include:
• Multi-lane deck atop the current freeway
• Widening the interstate
• Toll lanes
• Lane realignment
• Additional light rail tracks
• Raised on and off ramps
• More feeder roads
• Charging drivers to use the highway during rush hours
While some may be too costly (multi-lane deck) and cause too much of a public outcry (charging drivers) CDOT feels more than one of these options may be implemented. JPUN has reached out to CDOT to see where they are in the process. CDOT states that they are currently running modeling scenarios on the proposed options.
JPUN will continue to work with CDOT to provide information to residents and present feedback. In the meantime, you can provide your input through the survey here – bit.ly/I-25CentralSurvey.
Little Creatures and Pretenders Headline August 25th Concert in Jefferson Park – Music@JeffersonPark’s 1st Double Bill in our 8-year history will be on August 25th! This is a perfect way to close out the summer with friends or meet up with families from school. The park is big enough for everyone. Pretenders, a tribute to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Pretenders, features members from three Denver bands: Jux County, The Velveteen Monster, Julie Monley Trio. And it includes Jefferson Park resident Chris Pearson on bass! Little Creatures, a band of eclectic Colorado musicians born out of the widely acclaimed “My Favorite Bands” festival, pays tribute to the great new wave, post-punk, art rock, avant-funk band the Talking Heads. Dancing is advised!
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Jefferson Park Day Community Clean-up & Celebration – Many thanks to all who participated in JPUN’s 17th annual Neighborhood Clean Up. It was a great way to meet your neighbors while doing something tangible to help your neighborhood. Participants fueled up for a morning of labor with breakfast burritos from Araujo’s and got their java fix from 2914 Coffee. Thanks to Leslie Twarogowski and Federal BID who helped coordinate the food and drink. Denver Public Works and Denver Park and Rec provided shovels, rakes, trash grabbers, buckets, brooms, trash bags, gloves and vests. You just had to provide a willingness to help and so many people did. Participants even got a mimosa courtesy of Sartos at the Farm and Flea event. The Broncos Stadium District Management provided a gator and employees to help with our efforts. Additionally, JPUN would like to thank Robert Caskey, Phil Arroyo and Mike O’Brien for lending their trucks for trash pickup and our Queen of Clean, Kym Foster, who once again chaired the event. The event was so popular that JPUN is considering a possible cleanup day in the Fall. If interested in helping, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
City Unveils Bike Lane Options for 23rd Ave – Denver Public Works (DPW) hosted an open house on design alternatives for the High Comfort Bike Lane along W. 23rd Ave. and Water St. from Federal to Speer. The meeting, held on May 30th in Jefferson Park at the Denver Elks Lodge, showcased three options for the proposed high comfort bikeway and solicited the public’s input. A high comfort bikeway is a dedicated path for bicyclists to travel along on a street that provides a buffer of protection between them and passing traffc. There are a variety of methods for these physical barriers between the rider and cars, such as planters, curbs, parked cars, or vertical posts. DPW distributed door hangers along the length of the affected corridor to residents and businesses inviting them to attend the public meeting. For those who were unable to attend the latest meeting, DPW is collecting feedback regarding the project up until June 10th. You can follow this link and specify the W. 23rd Ave project: https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/bicycling-in-denver/infrastructure/protected-bike-lanes.html
I-25 Central Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study – There will be an I-25 Central PEL Public Meeting Thursday, June 6 from 5:30-7:30 at Riverside Church. For more information on the PEL please visit the Project Site: https://www.codot.gov/projects/i-25-santa-fe-20th-street-pel
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Jefferson Park Day Community Clean-up & Celebration – Saturday, May 18 at 9 am Show your neighborhood pride on Saturday, May 18, by participating in Jefferson Park’s Annual Clean-Up and Neighborhood Celebration. This year’s event kicks-off in Jefferson Park at 9 AM (northeast side near playground area), where Araujo’s Breakfast Burritos, 2914 Coffee, juice, and fruit will be provided for volunteers. Once fueled, you may pick an area of Jefferson Park to help clean with friends, family or neighbors. It’s a great way to get to know people in your neighborhood.
JPUN General Membership Meeting – Join us on Tuesday, May 14 for our General Membership Meeting; 6:30 PM in the rear chapel at Riverside Church. Our featured speakers are Denver Animal Shelter, and Denver Property Tax Assessments.
City Reviews Application for Jefferson Park’s First Historic District – Denver’s Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) has received an application to create the city’s newest historic district along River Drive. The unique street is located southeast of the corner of W. 23rd Avenue and Clay Street and includes more than a dozen homes built in the 19th century. The area is the last intact section of a large subdivision from the 1880s called River Front Highlands that once covered a large swath of the current Jefferson Park neighborhood. Many of the homes on River Drive predate the park itself, which was built in 1899. A committee comprised of River Drive homeowners helped create the application which was submitted by Councilman Rafael Espinoza. The application is scheduled to be reviewed by the LPC on May 21. If the commission recommends approval, the application will then be reviewed by the Denver City Council which makes all final decisions on historic district designations. The process includes two scheduled opportunities for public comment at hearings in May and June.
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Friends of Over the Colfax Clover:
Join us for a rescheduled public meeting at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema as we move to decide on a preferred design for Colfax & Federal. The meeting is from 6:00-7:30 pm on Tuesday February 19th at the Alamo Sloans (4255 W Colfax Ave). FB Event Page here to share.
We are now at a critical juncture in the project, with exciting news about City funding and a new long-term redesign option for consideration, based on previous community input. At this meeting, we are seeking additional input on a preferred option, as the City and CDOT evaluate the project moving forward. We will also have updates on short-term improvements, and information about a potential event on the Federal bridge over Colfax.
Snacks from the Alamo and translation and childcare provided (with I-CE-NY treats for the kiddos)!
Last, I wanted to share a link to volunteer for a cool Vision Zero mural. The event and party is on Saturday March 9th at Los Mesones Taqueria (Colfax & Meade), with volunteer slots on the Friday March 8th. Sign up here
Join us on Tuesday, February 12th for our General Membership Meeting; 6:30 PM at Riverside Church. Hear from Debbie Ortega, our guest speaker, as she discusses near term changes in Jefferson Park
Attend a meeting on Wednesday, Feb 6, from 6 -7:30 pm at Alamo Drafthouse to hear more about the Colfax Cloverleaf project.
Review the Denveright plans & attend a meeting to discuss on February 27. Check out the newsletter for more information!
Join us on Thursday, December 13th for JPUN’s Holiday Party; 5:30 – 8 PM at El Cazo!
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year too!
Join us on Tuesday, November 13 for our General Membership Meeting from 6:30 – 8 PM.
- Come get your questions answered about Short Term Rentals
- Hear more about Blueprint Denver
- Learn about the Neighborhood Watch Program
We hope to see you at the Jefferson Square Holiday Affair on Saturday, November 17th from 1 – 6 PM. We will have local vendors for holiday shopping, tasty food trucks, festive drinks & live music!