Update on Primrose School at Colorado Station
Update provided by Tim and Michelle Alexander, owners & Todd Fehr, project manager
Primrose School is located at Warren & Bellaire, and they are expanding
Currently demand exceeds supply for childcare.
Goals: keep existing 1.5 acre footprint, operate at full capacity during construction, keep one story. New construction will decrease ample playground space to add 3 classrooms, add a laundry room, and a storage area, refresh the landscaping, ultimately Increasing licensing to 202 children total.
Permit and Site Plan Amendment are nearly finished, and under review by the city
UHNC are willing to vote to provide a letter of recommendation if that would help the permit to be pushed through.
Development in the area
The board has not been notified by any developers since the last meeting.
Brief discussion/recap on the property at Colorado Blvd & Evans. Last communication with property owners was last fall, but no real updates. The potential owner/developers just wanted to be connected and had questions about the good neighbor agreement that is in place.
Question received: What’s happening with the Cameron Motel sign? Per the last annual meeting, the Cameron apartments will be saving it as a historic sign, although unclear on where it will be positioned.
Park Meeting Recap
The first community meeting for the new park between Iliff & Warren at Bellaire was on 9/15.
An initial survey requesting interest on uses of the park went out recently, and will be open until 10/15. Everyone should fill out the survey. There have been 206 replies so far.
Looking for a park name! Laura Morales in charge of creating the name. She is taking requests at firstname.lastname@example.org
Next meeting will be held in November and a 3rd meeting in January, stay tuned if you’d like to be a part of the process. Updates always available at bit.ly/UhillsPark
The park will be constructed in 2024, odds of having a dog park are slim, no plans to add additional parking, just street parking.
Near Southeast Neighborhood Planning Initiative
Other Points Discussed
No more storage facilities or drive throughs allowed within a quarter mile of major transit stations (such as the Evans light rail station).
Area around the light rail station is zoned for 20 stories
The city is awarding $2M in various mini-grants and was asking for ideas in where to spend it, so Liz submitted a request for traffic calming mural funds. Have gotten some positive response from the Comcast building and Cameron Apartments, who are interested in helping.
Question: Has the city provided any issues regarding the homeless issues re: Colo blvd & Evans?
When UHNC is cc’d on emails of this nature, the consistent response is always to report that to 311. The more calls the more attention the situation will receive
Several community members have requested, via 311, that the car wash at 4105 E Warren be considered a blighted property, which ultimately means “serves more harm than good to the community”. Please consider calling to support the cause.
Also discussed the property at Evans and I-25 that was a La Quinta. We will keep our eye on it. There has been talk of building either a 5-story or 9-story apartment building there. The permit was pushed through prior to the affordable housing requirement was instated. Completion date 2026.
Call to action: Jenny & Liz have enjoyed serving our board for 2 terms as co-president, and their appointment is ending. We need to find successor(s) for the job. They will be here to support the transition, but it is time for a new person to step into the role. Is it you?
Estimated 3 hours of action per week that includes reading and responding to emails, updating social media and the UNHC website, preparing agendas, running our board meeting, and staying up to date on our beautiful ever-changing neighborhood.
Next meeting scheduled for Oct 18th, 6pm via Zoom.