A New Downtown – For the past year, we have participated alongside the City, Downtown Denver Partnership, neighborhood organizations, the Auraria Campus, the Greenway Foundation and stakeholders to develop the Central Platte Valley – Auraria Amendment to the Downtown Area Plan. Through this community-led effort, a vision has emerged for what this 62-acre site should be
Please consider attending JPUN’s March 13 meeting to learn about the Platte River development being proposed and provide your input. What amenities would you like to see in that area? Think beyond just bars and restaurants. Dog Park? Schools that connect with the Children’s Museum? Free shuttles from light rail stops?
Music at Jefferson Park – For 7 years, volunteers have lived the life of a band roadie and helped with day-of activities for our concerts. On Sunday, June 24th, 2018 and Sunday, July 22nd, 2018, you can live that dream. For just a small amount of time you can help your community and see some great live music in your neighborhood park. We can’t do these concerts without your support. To volunteer or for more info email email@example.com
JPUN Board Elections – JPUN will be electing board members at the upcoming JPUN general membership meeting. This is your opportunity to become more involved in your neighborhood and help improve your community. Whether you are interested in running or want to participate in democracy and vote, please attend and let your voice be heard.
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Northwest Denver Deserves Better Than This – The City of Denver is reviewing improvements to the Central Platte Valley Area directly west of Jefferson Park. This includes potential changes to the 23rd Avenue Bridge and this dangerous intersection. Your input is vital to ensuring that the City makes this a high priority in their near-term plans. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to voice your opinion. Tell the city you want improved highway connections, protected lanes for pedestrians and bicyclists, along with safe and unobstructed access to the Platte River Trail and LoDo. Attend the public meeting FEBRUARY 22 at 5:30pm-7:30pm Commons on Champa | 1245 Champa St. | Denver, CO 8020 and let your voice be heard
Meow Wolf Lands in Sun Valley – Meow Wolf Denver promises something for everyone. For kids, it’s an imaginative experience complete with climbing, interactive light, sound, and pure creativity. For younger adults expect a concert/bar venue (800 capacity) with shows ranging from comedians to DJs, solo singer/songwriters to full bands. For the rest, Meow Wolf brings to Denver an art museum, and experience based learning and exploration. Through interaction you discover the artist’s narrative, play music and activate spaces in different ways to alter the environment you’re exploring. Expect Meow Wolf to energize a rather vacant and barren area. Around a half a million people visited Meow Wolf in Santa Fe and it is nearly three times smaller than the Denver site. Plans to break ground are set for the third quarter of 2018, with a projected opening date in 2020.
JPUN Signs Agreements with New Businesses – Top Shelf Liquor and Leo’s Sports Bar have both signed Good Neighbor Agreements (GNAs) with JPUN. Top Shelf Liquor will be a liquor store located at 2757 N. Speer Boulevard. Once built, it will be connected to the existing Shell station at Speer and Zuni. Leo’s Sports Bar at 2525 Federal Boulevard is a billiards hall catering to both professional and amateur players. By definition a GNA is an agreement between a business and a neighborhood (community) that addresses specific areas of concern in a collaborative way. The intent is to protect and improve the safety, health, welfare and quality of life for all within the community. The GNA is usually related to a liquor or marijuana license.
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Northwest Denver neighborhoods are holding a SPECIAL MEETING with city officials to discuss changes along the 23rd Ave bridge area. Current city plans DO NOT adequately address community needs.
• Protected pedestrian lane access to South Platte River trail and downtown
• Protected bicycle lane and access to South Platte River trail and downtown
• Reconfiguration of highway on- and off-ramp at 23rd Avenue ramps
CHANGE WILL NOT HAPPEN WITHOUT YOU. TELL DENVER WE NEED A NEW BRIDGE!
TUESDAY, JANUARY 9 — 6:30PM–8PM
FAMILY STAR MONTESSORI SCHOOL | 2246 FEDERAL BLVD
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Become a Part of the Story – We are always looking for content for our newsletter, please send any pet of the month, neighbor of the month, picture this photos, and general stories to email@example.com.
Volunteers Needed – Volunteers are needed to help deliver copies of the newsletter. If you are interested please contact Brooke Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Join neighbors and friends at JPUN’s annual Jefferson Park Holiday Party on Wed., Dec. 13 at Mackinzie’s Cocktails and Wine from 5:30 – 8 PM. This family friendly and festive event will feature light appetizers and holidays sweets with extended happy hour pricing.