If you’ve been off on a visit to Obliviousville for the last few years, perhaps you are now entering Astonishtown to hear that the southeast corner of S. University Blvd and E. Evans Ave. is about to become an 11-story, half-block-long edifice. Everything Must Go! – from the Wesley Apartments south to and including the fine historic art deco University Manor apt. By 2012 we’re due to have main level retail with apartments above, and parking, in that space. They like the name “Observatory” something “for its cachet” although we ‘splained it is Not near the observatory – but everyone surely can observe it – can’t miss it. How about Evanversity Heights?
We guess it’s the way o’ the world. We love to live in Denver. So does everyone, and that’s why no one leaves Denver (especially UP) and more keep coming, and the city likes them to live IN Denver taxwise, and the city likes development near light rail and buslines “greenwise,” and back in the harrowing days of Blueprint Denver the city told UP it must indicate areas for development because some bazillion folks were projected to move here. UP hoped this would not happen but ultimately indicated portions of its perimeters on S. Colorado and S. University if it must have density some un-fine day. The day hath arrived. Batten thy hatches. (UPCC’s writing the zoning history of this for its website soon.)
Another construction project is underway, but this is one we know and love. The intersection of Buchtel Blvd. Parkway and S. Columbine St. is being redone to remove the increasingly dangerous E. Jewell Ave. entry/exit. Project manager Steve Forvilly points out that this is a tad complicated as it involves alignment of Buchtel, signs, sidewalks, lighting, etc. and adding the closed part of Jewell Ave. to adjacent Buchtel Centennial Park. The alley between Columbine/Josephine will now go in/out only on Josephine.
We like to think this also is the way of the world – that the park will be re-planted in natural grasses. We requested this in 1986 when we created it from former ugliness, but Parks had no one able to do this. 25 years later, it’s all the thing-to-do. Mr. Forvilly assures us the four trees in the park will be well protected, as will the rock/plaque/sundial honoring the great Henry A. Buchtel, with his words, “We seek to understand the truth about everything under the stars and above the stars.” The sundial currently being refurbished by Bill Berg.
Speaking of Stars, Chamberlin Observatory star night is May 11. New note cards with a black-and-white drawing of the observatory are available thanks to Dana Strand-O’Connor. Proceeds will benefit UPark School, contact 720-424-3410.
Trees!UP folks love, plant, nurture, prune, and probably hug ‘em. If we ever catch people defacing one, we might haul off and – not hug them for sure. Only God can make a tree, or Mother Nature if you prefer, either way – stay on their good side. We thank city forester Mike Swanson for keeping an eye on UP’s trees. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer as a tree steward for the Parks Dept.
UPCommunity Council communicates with its website upcc.us, email updates, UP-Words newsletter, Purple Pages directory, bulletin board, block captains, the postcard sent last January, and even this here deathless prose. To get email updates once a month, please visit the website for sign-up info. If you still need UPCC info, call Pres. Tom Gonnella at 303-698-3777. Next UPCC board meeting is June 14.
All-UP Yard Sale will be June 11 from 7-2. Join in the UP yard sale being held at Accelerated Schools (the historic Iliff Mansion), 2160 S. Cook St. You may bring items there any time that morning, so there’ll be a continuous addition of wonders to sell and Buy, and you may retrieve your unsold items before 3p.m. when they’ll be taken to charity. Funds raised will benefit participating UPCC, UPSchool, MOMsClub, and Accl.Schools. OR -- put up your own signs, use your own yard, and keep the proceeds if desired. Details: Pam Adams or Jen Schmidt at email@example.com or 720-273-0817.
UP School Field Day is May 17 at Observatory Park; yearbooks come out May 20; Spring Band Concert at RED ROCKS! on May 24 (weather permitting – let’s Hope it Permits!); New Family Registration 3-6:30p.m. May 25, and last day of ECE; 5th Grade Continuation 6-7:30 May 26; Kdg. Bridging Ceremony 9:30-11 May 27, and last day for students till Aug. 18. Meanwhile, all the school bathrooms are being remodeled, incl. new floors and wall tile.
Not so delightful, Harvard Gulch has needed some clean-up, and we hope someone at Wastewater or Urban Drainage is fixing this. Thanks for the alert, Linda Roots. More delightful, the McWilliams Park dragon/dino is getting a new coat – thank you, Jill Coffman of Parks Dept. And Yay, Councilman Brown is starting plans to improve landscape in the I-25/S. Univ. vicinity.
DU/Good Neighbors discussed campus and UP concerns, skateboarders, safer crossing at Asbury/S. University, messy student-renters, bike routes, DU’s Holocaust Memorial for contemplation and classes, Academic Commons (Penrose Library redo), natural grasses and greensward, slowing traffic on E. Asbury through campus, and the effect of, um, “Evanversity Hts.” on the area.
We’re sad to hear that Erna Shubert has left us, at nearly-98. She was a great lady, a leading light of UPark, a librarian, witty, smart, and it was her suggestion UP begin its great Block Capt. program many years ago. Our condolences to Moras, friend and Buchtel mentor since ‘76.
If you have news/views of UP, please contact Diana Helper, 303-733-4902 or firstname.lastname@example.org.