February 2014 

 
Supporters gather for a proclamation against bullying in schools, online, or in the workplace. 

 

In this Issue

Welcome from Councilwoman Kniech

Denver Union Station Welcomes Mixed-Income Housing

By Train or Bus, Bike, Foot or Car: Getting You There Safely

Central Denver Regional Recreation Center a Reality

City Snapshots

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In the Media

Denver Business Journal

Affordable housing development planned for Denver Union Station area

Public Notice

RTD Central Rail Extension Mobility Study Public Meeting

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library
2401 Welton St.

Upcoming Events

Green Business Workshop 101

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Green Garage
2900 Zuni St.                

Home Energy Workshop for Denver Residents

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Montclair Rec Center
729 Ulster Way

Historic Landmark Commission Design Guidelines Public Workshop

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 
6:00pm
East High School
1600 City Park Esplanade

For more city events click here.  


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Looking Back, Moving Forward: A Welcome from Councilwoman Kniech 

Looking Back on 2013:  Big progress on big priorities. 

  • We modernized Denver’s Inclusionary Housing Ordinance to better support homeowners during tough times.
  • We announced a plan to transform a blighted area into a natural open space in the Globeville neighborhood.
  • We dedicated $3 million in new funds to preserve and build more mixed-income housing and invested in the creation of affordable homes near Union Station.
  • We committed to the modernization of trash collection in more neighborhoods and an expansion of curbside composting.
  • We created a first-of-its kind regulatory scheme for retail marijuana, which made orderly implementation of Amendment 64 possible in Denver on January 1.

Moving Forward I will: Continue progress on long-term projects and take on new challenges.

  • Identify sustainable funding to ensure that the new Housing Fund can provide the housing Denver residents need.
  • Modernize the development requirements in the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance, to better match our economy and encourage creative partnerships.
  • Expand access to healthy food by making it easier for home-gardeners to sell extra fruits and vegetables directly to their neighbors.
  • Develop an achievable plan and timeline for a more efficient and sustainable solid-waste system that will deliver modern service and composting citywide.
  • Refine marijuana regulatory policy and youth prevention strategy as we learn more about the new recreational marijuana industry in Denver.  

Forward. Together.

 

 

Councilwoman Robin Kniech     

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Denver Union Station Welcomes Mixed-Income Housing 

A partnership between Integral Development and East West Partners with investments from the state and Denver will complete the Denver Union Station redevelopment: more than 100 units of mixed-income and affordable housing, giving working families access to jobs and opportunities throughout the region.  Creating diverse communities is not always an easy process, but the mixed-income housing made possible by this partnership completes the last missing piece at Denver Union Station.  With a half billion dollars in public investment in transit, and half a billion dollars of private investment, now the folks who make transit developments a success, like bus drivers and restaurant servers, can live near Union Station and access these amenities.  Learn more about the mixed-income housing development here.

Photo Credit: Integral Development LLC

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By Train or Bus, Bike, Foot or Car: Denver Working to Get You Where You Need to Go, Safely

With more than 60% of the FasTrackssystem miles completed or under construction, transit expansion only matters when people have a safe, efficient, and affordable way to access it.  Committed to making a truly multi-modal city, public input and collaboration with community partners has helped Denver identify catalytic pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure projects to connect residents with neighborhood amenities and transportation corridors.  Click here to see completed and upcoming projects in Denver. 

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New Recreation Center Brings Regional Amenities to Central Denver

After voters approved the purchase of land at Colfax Avenue and Josephine in 2007, Denver has announced that the Central Denver, Regional Recreation Center is now financed and will begin construction in 2015.  Conceptual plans for the center will include two pools, a fitness area, multi-court gym, and several classrooms, and will be built and operated in partnership with Denver Public Schools/East High School.  Public meetings to refine the design will continue throughout 2014. 

Photo Credit: Denver Parks and Recreation

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City Snapshots

► Denver Women's Commission Releases Assessment of Women and Girls 

The Denver Women's Commission has released "Windows Into Denver's Women and Girls," which assesses and documents the status of women in a range of areas including employment, education, and safety.  Visit the Commission's website to read the findings and learn more about their efforts. 

 Denver Mini Maker Faire Brings Together Innovative Thinkers for an All-Out Extravaganza

The first annual Denver Mini Maker Faire will be held at the National Western Complex May 3-4th.   Makers are invited to strut their stuff in front of thousands of attendees over this two-day extravaganza of making.  The Faire is currently seeking entries from makers, tinkerers, inventors, hackers and do-it-yourselfers to exhibit.  Go to the Denver Mini Maker Faire's website, apply by March 16th. 

The Ruby Hill Railyard is Open and Ready for Riders

Denver Parks & Recreation and Winter Park Resort have teamed up for another exciting season at the Ruby Hill Railyard!  City-slickers will find seven rails featuring beginner, intermediate, and advanced configurations for skiing and snowboarding.  The Yard is free for all users, and offers free ski and snowboard rentals for kids ages 8 to 17 while supplies last.  Parents are required to fill out an equipment rental release and waiver.  The Yard will be open from 5:00am to 11:00pm for as long as snow-making will last.  Visit the website for details. 

► Doors OPEN Denver, A Look Inside Denver Buildings on April 12th and 13th

Come Celebrate Neighborhood Architecture at the 10th Anniversary Doors OPEN Denver weekend April 12-13th.  This free, two-day event is an invitation for everyone to tour in, around and through Denver’s most interesting buildings.   The 2014 event headquarters are in the beautiful new, white marble lobby at 1801 California, a great central location for all the weekend’s activities.   Stop in to grab a map, sign-up for a tour or just start out on your own urban adventure here

 Start your Spring Cleaning with The Great Denver Cleanup on Saturday, April 26th

With spring cleaning just around the corner, get rid of the old and make way for the new!  On Saturday,  April 26thDenver Public Works will collect mattresses, scrap metal, indoor and outdoor furniture, branches and appliances at free drop off locations across the City.  Some materials, like electronics, auto parts, or hazardous waste, will not be accepted.  Please visit the website for more details and to find a drop off location near you.  Make your home clean and beautiful this spring – and spread the word to your neighbors!

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 ©2011 Robin Kniech, Denver City Council, At-Large, 1437 Bannock Street, Room 488, Denver, CO 80202. Email: kniechatlarge@denvergov.org. Phone: (720) 337-7712. Fax: (720) 865-9540.

Council Aides: Feven Netsanet (Feven.Netsanet@denvergov.org) & Laura Brudzynski (laura.brudzynski@denvergov.org).
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