A blessing on the Bosler House

HIGHLAND — The Bosler House made her official debut on April 1 to the grateful “oohs” and “aahs” of a veritable who’s who of North Denver friends and neighbors, realtors, City Councilman Espinoza, State Representative Dan Pabon, and Historic Denver and Community Planning and Development Landmark Preservation advocates. Annie Lewinski, the director of Historic Denver […]

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Pabon Earns Top House Finance Spot

DENVER — Rep. Dan Pabon, D- Denver, was selected yesterday by Speaker-designate Crisanta Duran to serve as chair of the Finance Committee as well as to serve on the House Public Health Care & Human Services and Appropriations Committees. Rep. Pabon was re-elected on November 8 to represent House District 4 in north-central Denver.

“To be named chair of the Finance Committee is a great honor,” said Rep. Pabon. “I look forward to working closely with representatives from across Colorado to ensure that our state budget matches the priorities of advancing opportunity, strengthening job creation and ensuring that we support the most vulnerable among us.”

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Landmark status denied for Hoyt House

JEFFERSON PARK — Late Monday night November 21, Denver City Council chose to deny landmark status to the historic boyhood home of brothers Burnham and Merrill Hoyt, two Denver architects whose combined works include Red Rocks, the State Capitol, the Denver Press Club and the Denver Library.

The 7-4 decision will lead to the owner, Judith Battista, receiving a certificate of non-historic status for 2849 W 23rd Avenue, which allows for the home to be demolished. The future buyers of her home and the home next to it required Battista to garner the certificate before the purchase, signaling that the 120-year-old historical site will soon succumb to the development boom that has reshaped Jefferson Park in the last few years.

Councilmen Rafael Espinoza, District 1, initiated the landmark process after Battista filed for the non-historic status and community members stepped forward to do it on their own. “Having experienced firsthand distortions of truth and justice as an applicant of a community-led landmark application and the personal toll that it had on my co-applicants, when I was contacted by the community about the desire to preserve the Hoyt House, I made the decision to act in my capacity to put forth the application,” said Espinoza. “Thus, allowing the structure to be considered on its merits with regard to the criteria and avoiding hostility being leveled on community members.”

Before the hearing, Battista stated that she was willing to sell the home to the highest bidder, whether that was preservationists or developers.

While Espinoza and Historic Denver Inc. found buyers interested in purchasing the home “as is” and developing it as a historic site, Battista acknowledged that she did not allow those potential buyers inside to see the home.

Battista, who has owned the home for nearly10 years and is currently renting the property to tenants, told Council: “This hostile designation has been anything but kind to me. I cannot afford the repairs or the upkeep. My house is my only investment and my only nest egg for retirement.”

During the hearing, Espinoza said that if the home were Landmarked he would help find Battista a buyer for the property, but he questioned why it should be the responsibility of the seller to obtain the right to demolish the home instead of the purchaser who stood to profit from its development.

Throughout the hearing Council members stated time and again that the home had historic value that should be preserved, but were concerned about the loss of wealth Battista might experience as a result of their following the recommendation of the City’s Landmark Preservation Commission, which voted unanimously to save the Hoyt house.

Additionally, members stated that they were concerned that the process needed to be tweaked to raise the bar against historic preservation and for homeowners seeking the right to demolish their homes either for themselves or others.

Council member Mary Beth Susman stated the ordinance may “need some tweaking and maybe a higher bar for hostile designation [than is needed in cases where the owners are amenable to the designation]”

Espinoza disagreed with the assertion that the bar was too low or that the Landmark designations were becoming a new norm.

“Since I have been in office, there have been 197 of these requests for the right to demolish a potential landmark structure. Of the 197, 86, nearly half, have been in my northwest Denver district,” said Espinoza. “Of the 86, I have had come through; seven structures have had the potential to be wider-scale points of contention among my constituents. Only one resulted in a land-marking application that resulted in this sort of public hearing, and that structure is now demolished. The other six potentially historic structures that generated community concern resulted in the following outcomes: Three were withdrawn voluntarily, and the structures remain. Two were protected from demolition and destructive alteration via a covenant agreement with Historic Denver. One was voluntarily withdrawn, and a full restoration is almost complete, and will be resold along with new developments on both sides of the structure.”

The ability to challenge an owner’s request to acquire a certificate of non-historic status to demolish a home required only one applicant and $ 100 before 2012. In 2012, Council amended the ordinance by increasing the fee to $ 875 and requiring three signatures from Denver residents. However, Council recognized that a community could not always raise those fees and allowed a Councilperson to make the challenge.

Council members voting for the landmark designation were Espinoza, Wayne New, Debbie Ortega and Paul Lopez. Those opposed were Kendra Black, Albus Brooks, Jolon Clark, Kevin Flynn, Mary Beth Susman and Stacie Gilmore.

By: Joe Boven  |  [email protected]

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Steele Cooperative Preschool Open House

NORTH DENVER — Steele Cooperative Preschool will be hosting our Grand Open House to celebrate our new Grove Street school on Saturday, November 12th from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at 3746 Grove St. Denver, CO 80211.

Founded in 1982, Steele is a highly-rated cooperative preschool serving Colorado children.  Lauded for its one-room-school-house environment, play-based curriculum, and age-appropriate commitment to Kindergarten preparedness, it is the only cooperative preschool still operating in Northwest Denver. As a cooperative, Steele involves parents actively and directly in their children’s earliest education. This approach gives families a sense of continuity between home and preschool, creates a sense of community for students and parents.

Steele is as committed to the classroom as it is to the community.  Our CLASS-rated teachers have a close working relationship with the Denver Preschool Program.  Working within the framework fo the school’s play-based curriculum, Steele staff members utilize nationally-recognized tools like Handwriting Without Tears to teach skills such as writing, letter, and print recognition; number awareness; and the emotional aptitude necessary for success in Kindergarten.

The new Grove Street schoolhouse was made possible through the hard work of our amazing teachers, brilliant board members, and by all our wonderful Steele families.

Please join us in celebrating our wonderful new schoolhouse.

Saturday, November 12th • 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
3746 Grove St. • Denver, CO 80211

For more information, visit steelecooperativepreschool.org

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This Denver haunted house is the best in the country

This Denver haunted house is the best in the country
13th Floor (Denver). "Giant animated figures powered by Integrated Microsoft Kinect technology are able to detect, interact with and react to individual fright-seekers, providing both big and small blood-curdling scares around every corne," Fangoria said.
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Fire severely damages Highlands Ranch house, guts truck; no injuries

Fire severely damages Highlands Ranch house, guts truck; no injuries
Bush, wearing a white Denver Broncos jersey, rushed home and helplessly watched as firefighters watered down the two-story home, which suffered heavy damage. The garage was gutted by flames, as were rooms above the garage. The truck, still in the …
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North I-25 plan subject of open house

North I-25 plan subject of open house
A public open house is scheduled for 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Longmont to discuss adding new lanes to Interstate 25 north of Denver and other transportation issues. A presentation on the I-25 project is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. at the Southwest Weld …
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