Designs for Density!
It’s the new scene!
Hear all about it on June 13.
Award-winning architect Jeffrey Sheppard will speak on Saturday June 13, 9-11 a.m. All are invited. Sheppard’s recent article “Denver Is a Great City, So Why the Bad Buildings?” (Denver Post, April 4, 2015) deals with finding more appealing, innovative ways to build, to enhance the environment and create a sense of place. UP like many neighborhoods is experiencing considerable density development. Come listen and discuss at this meeting, held at Brookdale (formerly Heritage Club), 2020 S. Monroe St. This is the monthly meeting of Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation (INC), hosted by UP Community Council, with refreshments provided by our very good neighbor, Brookdale. The quality of recycled water and its effect on vegetation in parks will also be discussed at this meeting. Also, donations for the SouthWest Improvement Council food bank are needed, so if you can, bring a can of tuna or jar of PB.
Two developments on South University Blvd. were described at UP’s Spring Meeting to a large, interested crowd. The 2200 block of South University construction is called “Muse,” with 120 boutique apartments, 140 parking spaces, central lounge and kitchen area, exercise room, rooftop deck, no retail space. Digging starts this month, to be completed in September.
The 2400 block of South University construction also begins this month, with 252 rental units plus retail, and 393 parking spaces (some marked for retail). It will take “a year or so” to complete. Both will be five stories, with underground parking entries on South University and the alley behind. Traffic is a concern to UP residents, as is parking and the small amount of open space provided. Some thousand people thus will be added to this historic neighborhood, which already has received several thousand in recent developments, and is trying to assimilate them as gracefully as possible: a minuet for multitudes.
Active Neighbors: Tony Hurd, firstname.lastname@example.org, attended the recent Harvard Gulch meeting and urges everyone to visit www.denverwaterways.com to learn of improvement plans and enter comments. Jennifer Engleby (email@example.com) is coordinating the Observatory Park Garden volunteers, and can use a few more folks to help care for this year’s crop of veggies, which are so appreciated by the Food Bank at University Church of Christ in UP. This is a Grow Local Colorado program.
The interpretive sign for Prairie Park, being fabricated at ArtCraft, may not be done until July when the Prairie Party is likely to be held. Contributions are needed: UPCC-PPark, PO Box 102407, Denver 80250.
Also: Congratulations to Trace Samaras, Debbie Harrington, Megan Bettinger, Ryan Zorn and June Morgan for their re-election as officers of UPCC!
The Annual Fourth of July Parade will not have a bike parade (except kids under 4) but will feature walking! or having a little non-motorized “float” and your own decorations and costumes, dogs, plus the VFW Band, hotdogs, and the fire truck shower. Whee! Visit www.upcc.us for details.
If you have news/views of UP, please contact Diana Helper, firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-733-4902.