The latest news from the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative
NDCC Project News
March 6, 2017
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Anna
A Message from Anna

Dear Friends,
 
It's been a busy first quarter for the NDCC team, which kicks off what will be an exciting 2017! The many projects we have on tap include:
 
  • Master planning the 80-acre Heron Pond/Heller/Northside Open Space;
  • Developing conceptual design of the Washington Street corridor, starting with our first community meeting in April. Please stay tuned for more details as the date draws near.
  • Advancing the Mobility Master Plan, which aims to make movement around and through the NDCC area easier for all modes of transportation;
  • Designing and constructing two new bus stops in Elyria-Swansea at 48th and York St. and at 52nd and Steele, which will include the addition of sidewalks, curb and gutter;
  • Selecting a consultant team for the preliminary design of the 47th and York bike and pedestrian bridge, with a goal of completing preliminary engineering plans and the environmental process by end of 2017;
  • Construction of the first segment (from 29th to 40th Street) of Brighton Boulevard; and
  • Strengthening and expanding diverse partnerships to serve the GES and RiNo neighborhoods
We hope to see you at one of two open houses on March 23 at the Colorado Miners Community Center, one in the morning from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. and another in the evening from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., where we will share project updates, and interact with you to answer questions and gather your input. We look forward to seeing you then!
 
Finally, we're excited to announce the addition of four new staff members -- communications, neighborhood and parks project management, and planning - see their bios in this newsletter. As we go out in the community to introduce our new folks, your commitment to the Globeville, Elyria, Swansea and River North neighborhoods - and to each other - reminds me how important is the work we've been charged to do, which inspires me to keep striving to bring your vision to life. We feel honored to continue working alongside you!
 
Best regards,
 
Anna Jones
Executive Director
North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative
Upcoming Meetings & Events

Mobility Master Plan Public Meeting
Wednesday, March 8
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Stapleton Recreation Center ( 5090 Broadway)
 
7th Annual Seed Swap
Saturday, March 11
10 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
GrowHaus ( 4751 York St.)
 
Brighton Blvd.: 44th - Race Court Open House
Wednesday, March 22
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Colorado Miners Community Center ( 4809 Race St.)
*Spanish interpretation, child care and light snacks will be available.
 
Thursday, March 23
9 - 10:30 a.m. & 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Colorado Miners Community Center ( 4809 Race St.)
 
National Western Center Executive Oversight Committee Meeting
Thursday, March 23
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Webb Building, Room 4.F.6 ( 201 W. Colfax Ave.)
 
Coffee and Construction
Tuesday, March 28
8 a.m.
Blue Moon Brewing Company ( 3750 Chestnut Pl.)
 
National Western Center Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting
Thursday, March 30
5:30-7:30 p.m.
National Western Complex - Centennial Room ( 4655 Humboldt St.)
NDCC Open HouseOpen

You are invited to join us at one of our two open houses on March 23 at the Colorado Miners Community Center located at 4809 Race Street. The first event will take place from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. and the second at 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. At the open houses, you will have the opportunity to hear about projects underway and chat with the NDCC team.
 
Refreshments and Spanish interpretation will also be provided. We look forward to seeing you there!
NDCC Presentations to Community & Business Groups

Interested in learning more about the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative? If so, please contact us today!
Questions? Feedback?
 
The NDCC team believes in an open door policy. Do you have a question or comment? Share them with our team.
NDCC PROJECT UPDATES
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Community Spotlight
Project Angel Heart 
 
Photo credit: McBoat Photography
Access to a nutritious meal shouldn't be a worry for people with cancer, HIV/AIDS, kidney or heart disease, and other serious illnesses. But many people who are ill find themselves with little to eat. Project Angel Heart, a nonprofit organization with offices in Denver and Colorado Springs, provides medically-tailored meals, free of charge, to improve quality of life and positive health outcomes for people living with life-threatening illnesses.

"Medical bills can be financially devastating for people living with chronic, life-threatening conditions like cancer, HIV/AIDS, and kidney disease. Many find themselves having to choose between food and medicine, which can then send them into a cycle of decline," says CEO, Erin Pulling.
 
Project Angel Heart will deliver meals for more than 2,900 people in 2017. Businesses and individuals can help Project Angel Heart create healthier communities by funding meals, sponsoring events, and providing in-kind support. Learn more at  www.projectangelheart.org
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  Neighborhood Plans
Globeville Landing Outfall (GLO) 

 
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A temporary detour has been put in place for the bike trail running through Globeville Landing Park while drainage improvements are underway. You can view the temporary detour map here. For more information on the Globeville Landing Outfall project, please visit the project's site here.

Affordable Housing   

The Urban Land Conservancy (ULC) has selected Zocalo Community Development as the master developer for the six-acre Race Street Transit Oriented Development (TOD) site in Denver's Elyria Swansea neighborhood. The planned mixed-use development, set to be completed in multiple phases over several years, will include up to 560 residential units, as a combination of mixed-income rental and mixed-income for-sale homes and approximately 80,000 square feet of community serving commercial space. ULC and Zocalo's investment, together with support from the City and County of Denver, marks the first significant development in Northeast Denver, with a goal of the initial phase being operational to coincide with the opening of RTD's North Metro Rail Line in late 2018.
 
Garden Place Academy Learning Landscapes Garden_Place
 
 
 
Globeville's Garden Place Academy Advocates (GPAA) has been a friendly face in the community and a voice for the school since May 2015. The goal of GPAA is to increase parental involvement and to implement after school programs and tutoring for Garden Place Academy through three phases spanning to 2019. Phase One, "Learning Landscapes Upgrades," is still underway, and seeks to turn the school's Learning Garden into a beautiful community garden. Other improvements include adding a perimeter fence, planting trees to line the surrounding streets and relocating the current trash bins away from the front entry of the school.
 
There is still quite a bit of funding needed to complete Phase One. If you'd like to contribute to the GPAA's efforts, visit their website here.

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National Western Center Campus
7th Annual Seed Swap

The National Western Center (NWC) and the NDCC are supporting the 7th Annual Seed Swap at the GrowHaus on Saturday, March 11 from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Everything from Mushrooms 101 to Bee Keeping will be taught in the gardening workshops throughout the day. There will also be community food vendors, music and face painting. Find out more information and get tickets here .

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Parking & Transportation Demand Management Study

The Mayor's Office of the NWC has recently launched its Parking and Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Study.  The Study will address the needs of the existing National Western Stock Show complex and Coliseum, and the future phase development of the NWC campus, through infrastructure recommendations and strategies for parking, multi-modal opportunities and TDM improvements; the latter will leverage the transportation investments in the area made by the City and RTD.  The project team, led by Walker Parking Consultants, will engage the NWC Citizens Advisory Council and other area stakeholders at milestones throughout the planning process, scheduled to run from January to November 2017.   The project team anticipates a public meeting in late April and will provide more information going forward.  For questions, please contact Chris Proud, City and County of Denver Project Manager, Public Works Transportation and Mobility at  Christopher.Proud@denvergov.org .
 
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Upcoming Open House for Brighton Blvd.: 44th - Race Court

Join us for an Open House to reintroduce the community to the initial design plans developed by the NDCC in 2015 with resident input. This year, designers will further advance and refine these plans so the City can secure a contractor in late 2017 or early 2018 to build the project. Project team members will be on hand to discuss the project elements and timeline as well as gather feedback from residents and the business community.
 
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Brighton Blvd. Redevelopment Corridor
29th through 40th streets  

The New Year has brought new progress on the
Brighton Corridor Redevelopment project. Traffic on Brighton Blvd. between 29th and 40th streets has switched to one lane in each direction.
A traffic switch from the west to the east side of the street occurred the week of February 27 for crews to pave the east side of Brighton Blvd. Milling and asphalt removal on the west side of Brighton Blvd. will begin in March. As a reminder, there is no on-street parking on Brighton Blvd. between 29th and 40th streets. 

40th through 44th streets  

Ames Construction was selected as the contractor to redevelop Brighton Blvd. between 40th and 44th streets. Construction on this sectionwill begin this March. Some of the construction activities for spring 2017 include utility work and a traffic shift to the east side of Brighton Blvd. with one lane in each direction. There will be no on-street parking between 40th and 44th streets once construction begins.
 
If you would like to receive information about this project, please sign up for construction updates here.

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River North (RiNo)
River North Promenade

 

Thanks to everyone that came out for the River North Promenade project's public meeting on Jan. 11, 2017. We received great feedback to help us complete the next steps of the project, including the completion of the preliminary engineering plans. For more information, please visit the project's website.


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Walnut Street Corridor Improvements
 
The Walnut Street Corridor Improvements project held an Open House at The Walnut Room on Jan. 12, 2017. It was great to hear the feedback as this project works to define space for pedestrians and vehicles along Walnut Street from Broadway to 36th Street. This project will create a more predictable environment for all those traveling along the corridor.
 
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Central 70 (Formerly I-70 East Reconstruction)
Local Hiring

As the Central 70 Project gets ready to release the final RFP to the four shortlisted teams in March, the workforce development program is rolling out the first round of career development sessions. If you are interested in upcoming job opportunities on Central 70 and other local infrastructure projects, please join us to learn the best ways to qualify for, find, and keep a career in construction. To learn more, visit the  Central 70 website and scroll to Workforce Development.

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RTD Station Development
North Metro N Rail Line   
 
RTD crews have returned to the National Western Stock Show area to work on the station platforms of the future 48th & Brighton-National Western Center Station. The N Line to Thornton, slated to open for service in 2018, will feature the longest bridge in Colorado, the Skyway Bridge, stretching 9,533 feet and weighing 92.8 million pounds. To find out more information on the project, see the website.
 

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Employee
New NDCC Employees
Please welcome our new NDCC team members: Tricia Anstey, Leesly León, Sean Nelsen, and Sloane Nystrom. Learn more about them below.
 
Tricia Anstey - Portfolio Integration Manager
Tricia has focused on utility coordination for transportation-oriented projects such as the Regional Transportation District (RTD) FasTracks Program, 38th and Blake sidewalk improvements, Peoria Grade Separation and Brighton Boulevard Improvements for 10 years. Tricia will be working within the NDCC as a Portfolio Integration Manager for the Globeville, Elyria Swansea projects to ensure projects are fulfilling the goals of the neighborhood plans, that we communicate between departments and we keep projects moving forward.
 
Leesly Leon - Communications Director
Leesly brings more than 10 years of experience in the nonprofit and communications world, with a focus on diversity and inclusivity efforts. Her most recent work was with the public information team at RTD - FasTracks Program. She is originally from Peru and has been living in the U.S. for 13 years. As director of communications, she will be responsible for ensuring the continuous flow of updated and accurate information among all sections of NDCC to provide consistent and timely messages to our external stakeholders and community members.
 
Sean Nelsen - NDCC Intern
Sean will focus on housing strategies within the GES area and act as the point person for students in the Urban Development Strategies class at the University of Colorado-Denver. Sean was born and raised in Denver, where he attended Denver East High School. After graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.S. in Business Administration and a double emphasis on operations and information management, Sean worked for various nonprofits abroad and in Colorado.
 
Sloane Nystrom - NDCC Project Manager
Sloane is a Chicago native with over 12 years of experience in city park planning, building and redevelopment. For the past two years, she has been the parks project manager for the Town of Lyons focusing on FEMA flood recovery work, which focused on restoring parks, rivers, and trails after the flood event of 2013. Sloane will be working as a Project Manager focusing on parks and will be the liaison with the Parks and Recreation Department. As the NDCC Parks lead, she will work with community groups to ensure we are meeting the parks and open space goals for neighborhood plans.
Denver's Corridor of Opportunity

The Corridor of Opportunity represents a nearly 23-mile stretch between linking I-70 and East Commuter line from Denver Union Station to Denver International Airport.

The corridor is one of the most compelling commercial investment opportunities in the world, with thousands of developable acres. With nine commuter-rail stations along RTD's East Line alone, future plans for the area include transit-oriented development with housing, strategic locations for corporate headquarters and abundant options for additional open space.

The variety of opportunities, both existing and future, make this corridor a focal point for Denver's future economy, with nearly 40,000 new jobs through new and expanded businesses and $2.6 billion in economic impact expected over the next three decades, including $13.4 million annually in additional city revenue.

Denver's Corridor of Opportunity

About the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative (NDCC)

The North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative was founded by Mayor Michael B. Hancock on January 25, 2013. Recognizing a convergence of upcoming projects in the Elyria-Swansea and Globeville neighborhoods, the Mayor identified an opportunity to energize a cornerstone of the Corridor of Opportunity and create an updated gateway to downtown by aligning individual efforts into one coordinated vision. Anna Jones manages the general oversight, planning, strategic coordination, financing and implementation of the six primary projects.

City and County of Denver
North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative
201 W. Colfax Ave., Dept. 205
Denver, CO 80202