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West Colfax Storage
On Wednesday Nov 18th the Lakewood Planning Commission approved a special use permit for a mini-warehouse storage facility to be located at Colfax and Holland. Having received feedback both for and against this application, and after considering other factors of interest to our community, the Eiber Neighborhood Assoc took no formal position on the request. We did, however, express concern over the possibility that this may become a trend, and we would not favor too much of this type of development on Colfax. The Planning Commission agreed that it is a concern, and assured the public that each application will be considered on a case by case basis. How much is too much remains to be determined.
A second application for a special use permit is pending for a similar storage facility just to the west at Colfax and Iris.Our association is meeting with the developer on Tuesday Nov 24, 6pm at the Action Center, 14th and Estes. They have already held their city-required neighborhood meeting, but are happy to meet with our organization’s planning committee. Eiber neighbors are welcome to join us.
As a brief overview, there are benefits and detriments to these facilities. They are indoor, climate controlled storage lockers, typically in a three story building. There is no outdoor storage. Buildings are modern and architecturally pleasing as big boxes go, and are required by zoning ordinance to have retail space on the Colfax frontage for shops or cafes. As commercial uses go, they make quiet neighbors, with low traffic volume and parking, and have substantial security. Storage is a service that benefits the local community, and with the expected increase in multi-family housing on our horizon, there stands to be much demand for it. On the downside is that this is perhaps not the best and highest use for property on Colfax, and many in the community would like to see a more vibrant corridor develop as Colfax revitalizes.
The location at Iris and Colfax, next to Discount Tires, is also the site of a small Tudor-style house built in 1937 by Paul and Helen Ferguson. The land was originally owned by Leonard Simms, a local farmer for which Simms St was named. This house is the last remaining residential structure that faces W Colfax, and is still in good condition, potentially qualifying it as a Lakewood Landmark. The developers have stated that saving the structure would not work with their current plans.
Neighbors with back yards bordering the site find the current state of the property to be a detriment, and it is in fact affecting interest in homes that are listed for sale there now. Some would welcome any improvement in that property’s condition.
The only reason this is being deliberated is that a storage facility in this zone requires a permit to operate. Any other allowed use can develop there without any permit or notification to neighbors, and some of those allowed uses might not be so tolerable. This permit process provides an opportunity for the community to evaluate the proposal and have some say in the process. The association would like to see high quality, low-impact development on Colfax, of a nature that provides valuable services to the local community, while still respecting the rich history of the strip. Our mission, as described in our neighborhood plan, includes working with commercial property owners on our boundaries to help mitigate the impact their developments have on their residential neighbors.
Please feel free to join us at our planning committee meeting Nov 24, 6pm, at the Action Center, 14th and Estes (use the side entrance on 14th).
[Editors note:This article is dated, but is still relevant. There are recent developments on this topic that we haven’t had a chance to update yet. Please check back soon for more timely content.]
In response to recent reports through Nextdoor.com of burglaries and attempted entries in our neighborhood, the Eiber Neighborhood Assoc sponsored a meeting with neighbors and police to discuss the matter.
Several City Council members were in attendance as well as two crime detectives and a Patrol Division Commander. Contact info below. What they said was:
There were 7 break-ins in our neighborhood in March, a definite “spike”. Most of them happened between Carr and Garrison and 6th to Colfax. One break-in occurred near Oak Street but had a different MO. The suspect(s) would perhaps knock on the front door to see if there was anyone home. If so, they made something up and went on down the road. If no answer, they probably knocked on the back door before breaking and entering through the back. They took small items that would fit into a backpack, like jewelry, electronics, even trinkets and liquor.
The encouraging news is there had not been a break-in in 8 days at the time of our meeting on March 31. The burglers can get a sense of heightened awareness in a neighborhood and they move on.
TIPS: Keep garage doors closed. Cut bushes away from your windows so you can have better visibility AND the criminals cannot hide in them. If you see a suspicious person or vehicle, call the non-emergency police number 303-987-7111. Better to report and find nothing wrong than to not report it. One person said they saw someone walking down the street, possibly texting or taking pictures or video on their smart phone, pausing, looking around, texting, walking. This is suspicious, report it! 987-7111.
You can check crimes in the area by visiting www.raidsonline.com.
SLU Agent Michele Deleon 303-987-7363 firstname.lastname@example.org
SLU Agent Justin Robertson 303-987-7197 email@example.com
Commander Pat Heffner 303-987-7175 firstname.lastname@example.org
Commander Rob Buchan 303-987-7107 email@example.com
Crime Stoppers mobile ‘app’ Available
Metro Crime Stoppers has an application that residents can download to smart phones to make it easier to report crimes and find crime prevention tips. Visit www.CrimeStoppersMobile.com to learn more.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR EIBER ELEMENTARY HOMEWORK CLUB
Eiber Elementary School, located at 1385 Independence Street, Lakewood, is a high need school, with over 90% of the children living in poverty. Some students are homeless, and many move during the school year. Despite these handicaps, the children are wonderful and bright, and eager for one-on-one attention.
The Eiber Neighborhood currently supports this school with a volunteer reading program and a community garden, but it is looking to expand support by participation in an after school homework club. Although the homework club is staffed with 2 teachers, student response has been overwhelming and more adults would really help. The program runs two days a week – Monday and Wednesday – between 3:45 pm and 4:45pm. Even if you can only drop in once a month your help would be appreciated.
Volunteers working in Jefferson County Schools need to have background checks, which are easy and painless. If interested, please let us know so we can get you going! Contact either Shannon or Lois.
US 6 Over Garrison Street
RTD Proposed Service Changes – May 2015
RTD is proposing changes to at least two services in the Eiber neighborhood, and has set up meetings to obtain the community’s feedback.
It is proposed to discontinue weekday eastbound rush-hour trips at 7:01 a.m., 7:31 a.m., 8:01 a.m., 3:31 p.m., 4:46 p.m., 5:16 p.m., 5:46 p.m., and 7:01 p.m. from Federal Center Station, and westbound trips at 6:41 a.m., 7:11 a.m., 7:41 a.m., 2:41 p.m., 4:26 p.m., 4:56 p.m., 5:26 p.m., and 6:11 p.m. from Union Station. Affected passengers would need to take the W line 7.5 minutes earlier or later. In addition, a third car would be added to busiest rush-hour trips.
It is proposed to end the Sunday/holiday westbound trip at 10:18 p.m. at Federal Center Station instead of the Jefferson County Government Center – Golden. Schedule adjustments would also be made.
It is proposed to discontinue the weekend eastbound trip at 4:30 a.m. from the Federal Center Station, and to move the start of the eastbound trip at 5:02 a.m. from the Jefferson County Government Center – Golden Station to start instead at the Federal Center Station at 5:11 a.m.
It is proposed to discontinue all service to 10th & Broadway on 13th Avenue and Bannock Street, service would instead be rerouted to either Lincoln Street & 16th Avenue or to Civic Center Station. Service would begin and end at Colfax & Broadway on each trip.
For more information and public meetings, go to http://www.rtd-denver.com/servicechanges-may2015.shtml
If you plan to park for more than 24 hours at one of the W Line’s Park-n-Ride stations, you will have to start paying for that long-term parking. RTD will start charging for parking on Oct. 27 at the Federal Center, Oak, Lakewood-Wadsworth and Decatur/Federal Center stations for in-district patrons who park for more than 24 hours. The fee will be $2 a day for in-district patrons. Out-of-district patron will have to pay $4 a day including for the first 24 hours. To find out whether you are in or out of the district, visit www.RTD-Denver.com and select “parking” under “Rider Tools” to enter your license plate. In addition to paying at the pay station, which accepts credit/debit and cash (but does not make change), you can set up an automated account or pay-by-phone by calling 1-877-727-5951.
Make a Difference in the Life of A Child
The Eiber Elementary School has 6 children still waiting to be paired with an adult in our volunteer Reading Literacy Program. Volunteers help Eiber’s children achieve academic success, and in return are enriched by the friendship and love of a child. It takes a time commitment of 30 minutes a week during the school year. A brief background check is required.
Many Eiber students are disadvantaged economically – over 90% of the students at Eiber are on a free or reduced-fee lunch program. Eiber is a dual language school, with a third of the students having a language background other than English, and 90% of those students speaking Spanish as their first language.
This program began as a literacy program and this year it expanded to provide support to the math curriculum. if you would like more information, contact Lois Witte, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eiber BeeSafe Initiative is Part of Sustainable Neighborhood Program
As part of Eiber’s Sustainable Neighborhood Program, the Eiberhood organization is encouraging neighbors to consider alternatives to systemic pesticides that are harmful to bees and other beneficial insects.
Systemics, which include a class of chemicals known as neonicotinoids, are the most widely used pesticides in the world, and are found in many common products available at hardware, garden, and large chain stores. They are found in granulars, sprays, and even fertilizers, such as 3-in-1 type products by Bayer, Ortho, Bonide, and others. These chemicals can also be found on live plants purchased at big box stores and nurseries, including plants that are sold as bee attractors!
Studies are linking bees’ Colony Collapse Disorder to the widespread use of these neonicotinoids. And while it has been debated that the chemicals themselves may not technically be fatal under lab conditions, field studies have shown that they certainly disorient and sicken bees to the extent that they become easy prey to other health threats. 30% of the food we eat is pollinated by bees. Last year, beekeepers reported losses of 40% – 90% of their hives. This syndrome has far reaching consequences to our food supply.
Why does that matter when it comes to our choice of lawn and garden products in the suburbs, and why should our neighborhood be concerned?
- Many neighbors keep honey beehives, which are specifically allowed under city ordinance as urban farm animals.
- Bees help pollinate our gardens and fruit trees, improving our harvests.
- Some species of bees, such as yellowjackets, actually benefit our yards and gardens by preying on beetle and mosquito larvae; they are nature’s pesticide.
- Elimination of these chemicals may also reduce the threat of toxin buildup in birds and other animals that might eat sick insects.
- Overspray and runoff contaminate our watersheds and potentially find their way into the water supply if not effectively treated.
As you are considering your springtime gardening and lawn work next year, please keep in mind that these chemicals are a very real threat to the overall health of our environment, and look for alternatives to the use of these systemic chemicals. Please join us in campaigning for a reduction and elimination of these products from your local retail stores. For more information on what action you can take, please refer to this beesafe flyer (pdf). Also, if you’d like to write a letter to your local retailer, here’s a template you can use. Thanks for all you do to help make Eiber more sustainable!
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