May 22, 2015 East Colfax/East Montclair Neighborhood News

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East Colfax / East Montclair Neighborhood News - May 22, 2015



Neighborhood History on this Memorial Day Weekend


As we begin to celebrate the Memorial Day weekend in 2015 upon the 75th anniversary of World War II it is time to reflect on the lives lost fighting for our country and those that made sacrifices for us in the past.

The following is the story of  Eugene "Gene" Taylor who served in World War II and lived right in our own neighborhood; he is survived by his wife Barbara who still is a resident of East Montclair.

Several years ago Bonna Gayhart learned of Mr. Taylor's story. He and his wife were some of the founders of The East Montclair Neighborhood Association.

Gene graduated from East High School in 1941 and went into the US Army in May 1942. He was sent to Camp Carson and in July was assigned to Camp Hale in the Colorado mountains where he trained in the 10th mountain Division. Later he was assigned to the 126th combat engineers learning to build tramways, roads and bridges. In January 1945 his division was sent to Italy.

At the time there was heavy fighting in the Apennine mountains.

His battalion was responsible for building tramways up the mountain to supply the infantry with artillery and ammunition. The tramways also served to bring down the dead and wounded.

On April 23, 1945 Gene's unit was assigned to ferry infantrymen across the Po River near San Benedetto under heavy fire. The assault boat was loaded with heavy weapons, men with packs on their backs, machine guns, ammunition and a radio. As Gene's boat near to the far shore it struck a bridge abutment and sink. Corporal "Gene" Taylor brave the swift current and worked heroically to save his passengers, encumbered as they were with heavy packs.

Through his efforts all his men but one were saved from drowning. As a result of his throat efforts Jean was awarded the Bronze Star in July 1945.

When the war ended in 1945 Corporal Taylor return to Colorado, married his sweetheart Barbara and built a home in Wabash Street for them and started a family. This Memorial Day we honor Marvin Eugene "Gene" Taylor as a hero, a patriot and respected citizen of our community.

Click HERE for more information about the events on the Po River in 1945!


Neighborhood News!


Bobs Service


Bob's Volvo is a neighborhood business that has been here since 1974 and can keep your Volvo, Honda or Subaru on the road for many years to come. Their not in the business of putting you in a new car every three years. Their comprehensive maintenance program is designed around the family who wants to stop the cycle of new car payments and is determined to keep their cars long term.

Their family run..., Bob retired several years ago and his sons Jason and Marcus keep the tradition alive and well with the same quality service since their humble beginnings in 1974.

7453 E Colfax Ave at Roslyn

303 320-9640
303 320-1866




New Coffee Shop in the
East Colfax/East Montclair Neighborhood!


There is a new coffee shop in the neighborhood, Quince Essential Coffee! Their website, Facebook, etc. is just now being developed so please be patient. Located on Quince Street between E. 14th Ave. and East Colfax at 1447 Quince Street.

Here are a few words from the owners via Nextdoor:

Hello Neighbors!

We've had the pleasure of meeting many of you and look forward to meeting many more! Our official full open day is June 3rd from 6am to 8pm. Until then, we will be open next week Monday through Friday 4pm to 8pm and weekends from 8am to 7pm.

We proudly serve Kaladi Coffee, as well as other hot and cold drinks, snacks, and Happy Leaf Kombucha.

are kiddo and dog friendly and eagerly anticipate becoming an integral part of the community.

Babette & Michelle


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May 22, 2015
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P.S. You Are Here Projects – Are Here!


In April 2014, Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Denver Arts & Venues launched P.S. You Are Here, a creative placemaking and neighborhood revitalization program for creative, temporary, physical projects in outdoor public spaces. The program is designed to transform underutilized gathering spaces into valuable neighborhood assets and to inspire innovative ideas by community members who would be impacted by the projects.
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Whittier Alley Loop Project
Unveiling - Sunday, May 24 at 3p.m.

In August 2014, Whittier Neighborhood Association (WNA) was awarded a P.S. You Are Here grant to create the Whittier Alley Loop project. In this placemaking project, arts and culture transforms the neighborhood’s public space through a half-mile pathway across four alleyways that feature murals by local artists and community members, historic markers and quotes from neighborhood residents, and an outdoor reading area at the Ford-Warren Library.
The Loop Project was possible through a combination of the grant proceeds, donations from residents and community volunteer efforts. The project will be unveiled on Sunday, May 24, 3p.m. at the annual Whittier DAYZ celebration on 28th Avenue between Race and Williams. The community event will have food trucks, live bands and kids’ activities, continuing until 8p.m.
The Alley Loop will foster the neighborhood’s rich culture and history through the prism of art and design, promoting positive interaction among neighbors as a result of improved aesthetics and increased pride.
The Alley Loop will feature eight different installations including historic markers featuring Madam C.J. Walker Park and the historic “color line,” a community chalkboard, quotes & poems by residents and murals featuring diversity, kindness and bridging the neighborhood. The project artists are:

“Diversity” Mural – Jaime Molina, Pedro Barrios and Project Voyce students at Manual High School
“Reader” Sculpture – Bob Ragland
“Bee Bridge” Murals – Feile Case
“Age of Kindness” Mural – Dwayne Glapion
History and quotes graphic design – Broox Pulford
“Neighborhood” Poetry and Words – Uche Ohaya
For more information, visit:
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 Access Gallery
VSA Colorado/Access Gallery's Story Poles Unveiling – Tuesday, June 9 at 2p.m.
As an organization dedicated to increasing access to the arts for people with disabilities and other underserved populations, the concept of bridging and connecting is the core of VSA Colorado/Access Gallery's efforts and recent Story Poles project through the P.S. You Are Here grant funding.

Using the work of sculptor Judith Scott as the inspiration, VSA Colorado/Access Gallery worked with students from Greenlee Elementary and residents of Denver Housing Authority's North Lincoln site to create Story Poles, made with simple materials like yarn, fabrics and PVC piping. Participants select colors and materials that spoke to them to create a colorful, collective sculpture. These poles are a result of more than 30 workshops including more than 200 people with disabilities working to create these wonderful creative poles.

Join us for the unveiling in the Sunken Gardens Park (between 8th and 11th Avenues off Speer Boulevard) on June 9 at 2p.m.

The overall project was headed by Emily vonSwearingen, a professional VSA Colorado artist with an art therapy background and experience in working with a wide range of demographics.  

For more information, visit:

Application for 2015 funding open August 3rd through September 18th.
Visit to learn more.
P.S. You Are Here was developed through public feedback gathered during the creation of
Denver's first cultural plan in 25 years, IMAGINE 2020.
Denver Arts & Venues' mission is to enhance Denver's quality of life and economic vitality through premier public venues, arts and entertainment opportunities. Denver Arts & Venues
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Denver Police Department District 2 Latest News & Updates


Denver Police Department and I.N.C. Community Meeting

May 26, 2015 @ 6:00 PM

To Download Flyers for North Park Hill and North East Park Hill in both English and Spanish Click the links below:

Resources for kids in North Park Hill

Resources for kids in North East Park Hill

Recursos para los niños en el norte de Park Hill
Recursos para los niños en Nordeste Park Hill


Safe Summer Safe Denver Website
 In an effort to share communication and align coordination between multiple stakeholders, I have generated a form that connects key sectors and point people, an agency resource list of youth services in Northeast Denver, as well as a calendar of events with various activities. The links and information can be accessed at
Please inform me of any additions, corrections, or other ways the website can be made more useful. 

Park Hill Reunion, Michael Jackson Tribute and Old School 4th of July Celebration
We will continue to build on the success of last year's community activities in Holly Square with several festivals and family friendly events. It is our way of utilizing the neighborhood and promoting collaboration. The event is Saturday, July 4.  If you are interested in being on the planning committee or sharing resources, let me know. 
Fridays 6pm
Every Friday from 6-9 pm brother jeff's Cultural Center is open for young people ages 12-17 years old. We alternate between young men and young women. This Friday, May 22, Bring the Young Men. There will be movies, video games, chess and free food. The address is 2836 Welton Street, Denver 80205.
Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation (INC)
The INC monthly meeting will be held Tuesday, May 26 at 6:00 pm at your Dist. 2 Police Station, 3921 Holly, Denver 80207. I will be one of several presenters that will give updates and strategies for reducing Northeast Denver violence. For more information contact Merce Lea at 
Employment Opportunities

Vicker's Boys and Girls Club is looking for a Tech Specialist and a Teen Center Specialist. Contact Jason Torrez at 
Pauline Robinson Branch Library is looking for a Circulation/Security Clerk at the library. Contact Leslie Williams:   
I can be reached at or call 303.297.0823. Thank you for your continued great work. 

Don't Forget the next Community Advisory Board Meeting is on June 24th, 2015 at 6:00 PM at Denver Police District 2 Headquarters!!!

Denver City Council & Government Updates!
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CASE NUMBERS #2015I-00005 – Denver Zoning Code 2015 Text Amendment Bundle #1
Applicant(s) Brad Buchanan, Executive Director of Community Planning & Development
Senior City Planner
PHONE/EMAIL 720-865-2972 /
DATE Monday, June 15th, 2015
TIME 5:30 pm
PLACE City and County of Denver Building, 1437 Bannock Street
ROOM City Council Chambers, Room 451

The above-referenced City Council meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. with public hearings beginning no earlier than 6:00 p.m.  Written protests must be filed with City Council before 12:00 Noon, on the 7th day prior to the public hearing date.  ANYONE WHO WISHES TO ADDRESS THE COUNCIL MUST REGISTER PRIOR TO THE OPENING OF THE PUBLIC HEARING AND BE PREPARED TO MAKE THEIR PRESENTATION DURING THE PUBLIC HEARING PORTION OF THE MEETING.
Description of Text Amendment:               As part of the city’s ongoing effort to keep the Denver Zoning Code modern, clear and user-friendly, the Denver Community Planning and Development department (“CPD”) proposes multiple text amendments to numerous sections of the code. The amendments are intended to improve usability and organization and to make clarifying changes and substantive changes based on CPD’s experience implementing the code.  The amendments included in this text amendment were selected and prioritized in response to customer and community feedback, industry changes, and other factors.
The proposed Council Adoption Draft of the above-referenced Text Amendment and a summary of the Text Amendment are available to be viewed or downloaded at:
Any questions or comments regarding these proposals may be directed to Kyle Dalton, Senior City Planner, at 720-865-2972 or

This message is to inform all Registered Neighborhood Organizations in the City and County of Denver that the new recreation center to be located at Colfax Ave. and Josephine St. is eligible for naming.  The attached public notice has been placed at the site and a link to Denver Parks and Recreation’s naming policy and guidelines is below.
Please feel free to contact the department at this email address with any questions.  You may also call 720-913-0633 with any questions.
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DPR Naming Policy for Buildings, Parks and Park Features

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Weekend street closures planned on Speer Boulevard between Champa and Stout streets for light rail repairs

DENVER, May 22 – As a part of the Regional Transportation District’s (RTD) ongoing State of Good Repair efforts to provide safe and reliable service for riders, RTD will be repairing track along the central rail line at Stout Street and Speer Boulevard. 

The work will cause a temporary closure on southbound Speer between Champa and Stout streets. Traffic will be temporarily detoured onto Kalamath Street starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 23 until Sunday, May 24 at 8 p.m. Light rail service delays are expected during this time and passengers should add extra time for their commute.

For route specific detour information, please visit the RTD website at

For route information, please call RTD’s Telephone Information Center at 303.299.6000. Call 303.299.6089 for the speech and hearing impaired. Visit RTD’s website at

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Office Hours Change of Location
Dear neighbors,

I host regular “Office Hours” in my district the first three Thursdays of each month from 10 am – 12 pm. In March, I started hosting my “Office Hours” in a new location at Windsor Gardens the second Thursday of each month. For May, June and July I will be in the Centerpoint West Community Room located at 595 S. Clinton St. in the Centerpoint Community Center.

The locations for the first and third Thursday Office Hours will remain the same. Times for all three events are 10 am – 12 pm.

  • First Thursday: Café Steep, 4100 E 8th Ave
  • Second Thursday: *NEW LOCATION* Centerpoint West Community Room, 595 S. Clinton St
  • Third Thursday: Einstein’s Café, Lowry Towne Center

No appointment necessary. Just drop in to chat if you like.


New Recycling Center

Many of you have contacted my office with questions about the new recycling drop-off center that opened at Quebec and Cherry Creek Drive South. There is no limit to the amount material you can bring however this service is only available for residents of Denver, not commercial contractors. You may bring yard waste such as food waste, leaves and grass clippings to the site, but the material will need to be emptied out of any plastic bags and into one of the green compost carts at the center. Plastic bags are not accepted at all. You can use brown paper bags for yard waste as they are compostable.

There are limitations on the size of the branches that can be dropped off. Branches must be no longer than 4 ft. in length, no wider than 4 inches in diameter and weigh no more than 50 pounds. If you have lost an entire mature tree the recycling center cannot take it all and you should hire a tree service. If you have lost branches, Denver Recycling will gladly take them.

The recycling drop-off center does not take any electronics or recycle any batteries. Here is a list of all accepted recyclable materials. Additionally, here you can find information here on what materials can be composted.
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How do you measure walkability?

Different tools provide varying perspectives on Denver neighborhoods


How walkable is the West Colfax neighborhood?  It depends on how you measure it.

By Jennifer Addair, WalkDenver Board Member

Peter Drucker said “What gets measured gets improved.” Measuring roadways and vehicle throughput is standard, but measuring the pedestrian environment is relatively new. Fortunately, cities and other organizations are constantly improving measurement of walkability. In Denver, we have at least three tools to evaluate walkability: the WALKscope tool developed by WalkDenver and PlaceMatters, Walk Score, and  a Neighborhood Walkability Analysis conducted by the City and County of Denver's Department of Community Planning & Development (CPD).

  • WALKscope takes an “on the sidewalk” look at walkability by gathering crowd-sourced data about the actual walking experience, focusing on sidewalks, pedestrian amenities, intersections, and volume of pedestrians.
  • Walk Score’s methodology examines the number and variety of amenities, how long it would take to walk to those amenities, population density, block length, and intersections.
  • CPD’s Neighborhood Walkability Analysis analyzes similar factors such as population and employment density, block size, distance to parks, grocery stores, or community facilities, and the percent of an area with mixed-use zoning.

Denver’s West Colfax neighborhood shows how walkability ratings can vary between different sources, and the importance of examining a variety of data points.
According to Walk Score, most locations in the West Colfax neighborhood are  “Somewhat Walkable” or “Car Dependent”, with a pocket of “Very Walkable” ratings around 17th and 18th between Federal and Irving. The Walk Scores for this neighborhood are positively impacted by proximity to parks, schools, dining and groceries, while access to shopping, entertainment, and ability to run errands without a car generally decreased Walk Scores.



The West Colfax Neighborhood on Walk Score

Looking at the pedestrian experience via WALKscope data adds another dimension. For example, sidewalk and intersection quality are rated quite low along Sheridan even though Walk Score indicates this area is “Somewhat Walkable”, and the “Very Walkable” pocket between Federal and Irving rates only moderately on sidewalk and intersection quality.



Sidewalk Ratings of the West Colfax Neighborhood on WALKscope 

In CPD’s Neighborhood Walkability Analysis, West Colfax receives a high aggregated score. Access to community facilities (schools, libraries, and recreation centers), full service grocery stores, and smaller block size provided high walkability, while low or medium walkability ratings included population density, low employment density, mixed-use zoning, and park/trail/open space access.



Source: CPD Neighborhood Walkability Analysis 

So how should you measure walkability? First, we must acknowledge that each data source has merits and limitations and that identifying human motivation and environmental factors is incredibly complex. Used together, these data sets with their different research and data collection methods create rich and complementary layers of information. We can’t think of walkability as a single score, index, or rating. Instead, let’s envision walkability measurement as a broad toolbox helping us to improve the pedestrian experience.

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The Colfax Mayfair Business Improvement District has launched a streetscape design project to make the area more attractive and easier to get around.

The district is Colfax Avenue from Eudora Street to Monaco Parkway, plus the Mayfair Town Center from Colfax to 14th, Kearney to Leyden.

The "streetscape" includes sidewalks, medians and possible crosswalks. This project does not involve paving or utility work on Colfax Avenue.

What is Streetscaping?

Streetscape is a term “that refers to is used to describe the natural and built fabric of the street, and defined as the design quality of the street and its visual effect.” The concept recognizes that a street is a public place where people are able to engage in various activities. Streetscapes and their visual experience largely influences public places where people interact, and it ultimately helps define a community’s aesthetic quality, economic activity, health, and sustainability.


Illustration of Streetscape Design


A successful streetscape has multiple aspects. Because all roads have multiple users and serve many functions, each streetscape design must be context-sensitive. Transportation systems must consider the context or physical setting and use design approaches and materials that are consistent with local conditions. A streetscape needs to have boundaries to ensure safe travel for all roadway users. Signs, curbs, fences and landscaping can effectively create an inclusive, yet safe environment that provides a sense of physical comfort for diverse users and activities. The aesthetic appeal elements of beautification initiatives, attractive lighting, street furniture, clean streets, and outdoor dining contribute to a town’s sense of place. Amenities should be designed to get people out of their cars to socialize, interact with their environment, and discover other mobility options.

Thank you, in advance, for spending less than 10 minutes on less than 20 questions! Your answers will be used in the planning process for the streetscape design.

May 2015
Introducing the Colfax Mayfair BID!


The new Business Improvement District's mission is to create a better place for people and business through economic development, public improvements, safety and advocacy. 


Last fall, voters approved the formation of the new Colfax Mayfair BID.Today, it is funded by commercial property owners along East Colfax Avenue from Eudora Street to Monaco Boulevard as well as in the Mayfair Town Center area (Colfax to 14th Avenue between Kearney and Leyden streets). Additional funding is provided by Denver's Office of Economic Development.


Our first priority is the Streetscape Design Project to improve safety, ease of access and the overall pedestrian experience. Denver-based Design Workshop will lead the project's planning process. With community input, they will consider elements such as sidewalks, lighting, benches, bus shelters, bicycle racks and gathering spaces. See next article for how you can participate. 


We have also started marketing efforts, including the creation of a new logo, which is a colorful, stylized version of a Krameria flower. (As you know, many of the district streets are named after flowers and trees.) Other efforts include this monthly e-newsletter for updates on new businesses, special events and other developments. A facebook page is up; like us now! Plus, a website will launch later this week as a resource for consumers and businesses alike.


Read more about our progress...


E-survey Coming Your Way
We want your opinion! What's your experience as you walk, bike or drive around the Colfax Mayfair Business Improvement District?
In the next week, we will email a survey to you. It should take a few minutes to complete and will be so helpful for our planning process. Please watch your inbox for it!
Red Octave Moves into Old Cork House

Keep an eye on the former Cork House Restaurant on Colfax and Eudora Street. It will re-open in late June as Red Octave Kitchen and Bar, a contemporary Italian steak house with live music, full bar, and expansive outdoor dining.


Behind it all are Phil Long and David Sanchez (right), co-owners and longtime friends from the Red Lion Restaurant and Vail Resorts. Phil has been a popular musician there for 25 years.


"We've been looking for a location for a long time, and I hadn't been to this part of Colfax in years," said Long. "The typical perception of East Colfax is way off. We're eager to be part of the revolution that is going on here."


Renovations on the 5,000-sf building and large outdoor patio are well underway. In addition, the property includes a small multi-tenant retail building at Colfax and Elm Street. Long is actively recruiting new tenants. To date, a doughnut shop and a flower shop have signed leases and are beginning renovations. 

Koko FitClub Opens in Mayfair Center
A new concept in fitness is now open at Krameria and 14th -- Koko Fitclub.
This digital gym uses technology to create a customized plan for members. With a personal flash drive, they can connect with the gym's equipment to receive instruction, feedback and results as they workout.
Owner Kevin Mercado (right with staff) sees great potential in his new location. "We have had a lot of interest from the neighborhood already!" To get acquainted with the gym, he is offering an introductory special of $30 for 30 days.
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Lowry Beer Garden Anniversary Event
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The Annual Beer Garden Event

Thursday May 28th, 5-9P:  A Lowry Foundation Fundraiser

Larimer Associates and The Lowry Beer Garden host the third anniversary of the opening of this popular Lowry gathering spot.  This event is a benefit for the Lowry Foundation and its community programs, including the Lowry Elementary School Food for Kids Backpack Program.  Advance tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children.  In addition to the festivities, the Foundation will present a silent auction.  Purchase tickets now!

This Week:

Last Chance: To register for the Yard Sale Next Week
FYI: LCMA Board of Directors Meeting 5/28 6-8P
Save the Date:  Lowry Business Alliance Anniversary Party on June 11th


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