Some folks fret it’s already “too late” for UP, as big buildings burgeon. Had UP wanted to try to keep such density in check, UP could have addressed changes in the zoning long ago, even during the planning for the ’56 Code. It probably wouldn’t have made a difference, however. Growth is growth, dollars is dollars. The city has long held that density along S. University and S. Colorado Blvd. makes sense (and cents) as shown in the ’56 Code.
Some time ago, the high-rise apartments on S. University and S. Colorado sprang up, towering over small houses behind them. Mr. Zoning Code stood firm on use-by-right. The advent of light rail spurs developers into making further use of the existing zoning. Thus we suddenly have Vista Lofts, DU Lofts, Observatory Place, Scholars Walk, and the 125-foot-tall retail & apartment edifice planned for the SE corner of Evans and University, stretching down almost to the UP United Methodist Church.
At the UPCC (University Park Community Council) Winter Meeting, this plan was described by UP resident Phil Caplan, who is closely associated with this project. He indicated that a small market and at least three restaurants are planned for the main floor retail. Groundbreaking is expected in 9 or 10 months. The entry will be on Evans, near the alley, and all parking will be accessed from that alley. Concerns were expressed regarding traffic flow on S. Josephine and on E. Warren, but Mr. Caplan said no problems are foreseen. No traffic study was required. He will update progress at the May 13 UPCC Spring meeting. Pat Cashen is UPCC Pres., firstname.lastname@example.org. The UPCC website is www.upcc.us.
The aim of UPCC is to keep all of UP’s considerable R-1 (single family dwelling) zoning intact, and to work diligently for the best possible development design in UP’s R-2, R-3, and other higher-density zones. We await study of the draft of the revised zoning code.
In our block of UP there are at least eight places for rent or sale ... nothing personal, surely ... and more in the block south. With the vast Asbury Green apartments well underway in that block, there will be hundreds more places to rent. Presumably we will have a lot of lovely new neighbors to introduce to the beauty and history of UP. Remember, this history includes over 120 years of growth, starting with prairie and potato fields.
What’s left of that prairie, 14 acres along Buchtel Blvd., will be seeded in April. The fence will stay up for awhile. The berms, posts and paths are in progress. The foxes are in evidence at their traditional den. The trash cans are back, and we have asked for plentiful posting of Leash Law signs there and in all our parks. The city is making great efforts to enforce this law everywhere in the city -- and the fine for noncompliance is $80. So leash-up your pup, and hang on tightly to the leash.
At UP School in March there’s Second Round Choice going on, Wellness Committee on the 10th, PTA the 12th, Individual Picture Day the 17th, Fourth Grade Performance the 19th, and Spring Break the 23-27th. CSC meets April 1, no foolin’. Save May 3 for the marvelous annual neighborhood House Tour sponsored by UP School. For school info, call 303-756-9407.
Puff Puff! At the recent DU Good Neighbors Meeting most of the discussion was on the topic of perhaps making the campus a “tobacco-free zone.” This is just a proposal, with plenty of support (and opposition), but we were told that some 260 other campuses in the U.S. already have this policy. Would this create clouds of smoke and debris in blocks just Off-campus? Of course smoking is allowed on public sidewalks and streets, so that affords a lot of puffin’ places closer than the neighborhood residential areas. The proposal would include help for quitting. Many pros and cons. How to monitor? Enforce? Stay tuned. Vice Chancellor Neil Krauss is DU’s neighborhood liaison person, email@example.com or 303-871-4365.
The monthly Star-gazing night at Chamberlin Observatory is March 7. In April it’s the 4th. For info about astronomical opportunities – 303-871-5172 or www.thedas.org.
At the Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation (INC) annual dinner, besides the great talk by Paul Kashmann, UP’s Bill Wynn received a “gold star” award for all he’s done for the neighborhood and the city, and yours truly received the annual Walt Kembel award for “outstanding community service.” Then the assembled multitude, which turned out to be a fine 350-voice, a cappella choir, sang our original song about INC and the City, to the tune of Yankee Doodle. Plenty of laughter burst forth from this usually pretty serious group. For INC info, visit www.neighborhoodlink.com/denver/inc.
On a serious note, we’re sad to hear of the sudden death of our longtime UP neighbor and good friend Peggy Tajchman. She and her family moved to Texas some time ago, but she is fondly remembered for her humor, artistic accomplishments, environmental concern, and neighborly, loving spirit.
Now it’s really Time to March. March on over to S. University Blvd. and see the big sign on the store-front next to Fuhgitabowdit Pizzeria. As we write, it says it’s going to be WILD. Across the Blvd. erstwhile “Motions” is still for sale. Gosh, we hope these places will be eateries, as we may have slipped below the usual 17 in that immediate area. DO remember to dine and shop Locally, wild or not.
And if you have news of UP, wild or not, please contact Diana Helper, 303-733-4902 or firstname.lastname@example.org.