Denver wins $30 million to remake Sun Valley

DENVER — The City and County of Denver and the Denver Housing Authority received a $ 30 million grant that will go toward housing, jobs and new open space in the Sun Valley neighborhood.

With the award of this Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), local partners will be able to:

  • Build 750 new, mixed-income housing units;
  • Improve the neighborhood’s landscape by creating new open space and increasing opportunities for local businesses;
  • Increase families’ access to quality jobs and education; and
  • Develop a centralized district energy program to serve the target area.

Located just west of downtown Denver, Sun Valley is the lowest income neighborhood in the city, and the Sun Valley Homes and Sun Valley Annex public housing developments are among the housing authority’s most distressed and isolated sites. Despite these challenges, Sun Valley holds incredible potential, with a new light rail station and significant planned private and public investments.

“The residents of Sun Valley deserve the same access to opportunities that so many others in our city have, and this plan will breathe new life into all of these efforts,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said.

New investments in Sun Valley are laying the groundwork for the future. The Decatur-Federal Light Rail Station was completed in 2013 and now connects Sun Valley to downtown and the surrounding region. In the northern part of the neighborhood, the Denver Broncos plan to construct a $ 351 million Entertainment District with retail, commercial and residential developments. Additionally, the city is continuing to invest in the neighborhood’s light industrial area to attract new businesses.

Read a comprehensive summary of each the Choice Neighborhood grants announced today.

Other cities who shared a total of $ 132 million in HUD grants awarded were:  Louisville, Kentucky; Boston, Massachusetts; St. Louis; and Camden, New Jersey.

“More than anything, we are enthusiastic about this award because of what it means for the children of Sun Valley,” said Ismael Guerrero, DHA Executive Director.  “We will replace the obsolete housing with new and improved housing, and we will make investments in the neighborhood.  And all of that will be with the goal of making Sun Valley a great place for families and a neighborhood where our children reach their full potential.”

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Ska Mexican Logger Wins Bronze Medal at 2016 Great American Beer Festival

DENVER — Ska Brewing’s Mexican Logger polished off another great summer season with a medal at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) this past weekend. Mexican Logger clinched the bronze medal in the International Style Pilsner Category at GABF 2016.

Last year, Ska’s Mexican-style lager rendition won a Silver medal in the same category.

“We always knew Mexican Logger was a crowd pleaser, but to have it win a medal two years in a row at the Great American Beer Festival is super exciting for us,” said Kristen Muraro, Marketing Director at Ska.

Originally brewed in 1999 and first enclosed in cans in 2011, the Mexican Logger has been our top seller every summer. To keep up with demand for Mexican Logger this year; Ska Brewing increased production of the beer by twenty percent and anticipates increasing it another twenty percent in 2017.  To answer the most frequently asked question, Mexican Logger will not be available year-round.

Mexican Logger offers a superhuman balance of sweet malt and mild bite. Crafted with fresh grains and Saaz hops, the Mexican Logger is a refreshing brew for warm weather days. At 5% ABV and 20 IBU’s this highly seasonable beer features a light to medium body and a clean, crisp finish.

Mexican Logger has just wrapped up its 17th thirst quenching summer to make way for its winter season sibling: Euphoria Winter Pale Ale. Look for Mexican Logger next spring in all of Ska’s regions of distribution, which are largely Colorado, Southern California, Chicago, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

About Ska Brewing
Based in Durango, Colorado, Ska Brewing was founded in 1995 and produces over a dozen award-winning beers.  Pioneers in the canned craft beer movement, Ska Brewing is known for an array of styles in 12 oz cans including Modus Hoperandi, Mexican Logger, Euphoria and Pinstripe.  For information (a lot of it), music, and a good time, visit www.skabrewing.com. Plug into the latest updates, beer releases and shenanigans at facebook.com/skabrew and twitter.com/skabrewing.

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Denver jail kitchen employee fired in groping incident wins appeal

Denver jail kitchen employee fired in groping incident wins appeal
A Denver Sheriff Department kitchen worker fired for allegedly groping an inmate has won his appeal to get his job back. However, Dean Altman, 49, remains out of a job as the city challenges a Career Service Authority hearing officer's Oct. 31 order …
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