Nettie Moore, Beloved Westside Community Member, Passes Away
We say farewell to Nettie Moore who passed away February 8, 2021. She was 96 years old. She lived her whole life on 12th and Utica Street (before it was even named) watching it transform from fields and prairies to the hip downtown extension it has become. She devoted her life to advocating for improvements in the entire West Colfax neighborhood. Her determination and dedication will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to know her. To read more about her life, please see a beautiful story in Denverite: “Nettie Moore reflects on 96 years in Denver’s west side as her pacemaker slowly fails” Photo by Basha Cohen
Sloan’s Lake Area Musician Luke the Knife Releases New Single
While live music experiences are fewer and far between (literally with social distancing) these days, it’s not stopping local musicians from creating new music. Luke the Knife (Luke Miller of Lotus) has released “Better Mind”, the first single from his debut solo album DISCO NAP – a head-nodding mix of disco, funk, house, and downtempo. The bright, Nu-Disco track features gospel-tinged vocals from Denver’s Raven Jane. The new track premieres alongside the album’s Kickstarter pre-launch, which seeks to raise funds supporting the production, distribution, and marketing of the album. Check out his kickstarter page for more information. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/luketheknife/luke-the-knife-disco-nap. Photo by Mike Ryan
Local 46 Owners Purchasing Empty El Chapultapec II Property, Plan to Open New Bar
The El Chapultapec II building on 38th Ave has been a bar since at least the 1950s and likely will be again, as the owners of Local 46 are looking at a move. The Local 46 location at 46th and Tennyson is up for sale, prompting the L46 tenants to move. The possibility of a new biergarten, bar, and music venue moved closer to reality when the city approved the plans for pollution and sound mitigating walls and other improvements. L46 owner Niya Gingerich and her team collected petitions and letters of support from neighbors of the new property, elected officials, and of course patrons of the old location. They will likely have indoor music as well, continuing the tradition of their Tennyson St location. Photo courtesy of Local 46
Brown International Elementary Students Help Women This Valentine’s Day
5th grade students at Brown International Academy (elementary school at 26th/Lowell) are taking action to help women. Knowing that this year Valentine’s Day is looking different and they can’t share candy in classrooms, they wanted to save their money that they might spend on other Valentine’s Day trinkets and put it toward a good cause. They are collecting women hygiene products to make care baskets for refugee & asylee women in Denver. Care baskets are collected at Ruby’s Market.
Denver Urban Gardens Split Parcel, Maintain Smaller Community Garden
Last October, news broke about Denver Urban Gardens selling a parcel of land on 35th Ave to a developer to cover the organization’s debts and keep them afloat. While many of the organization’s volunteers (gardeners) and the members of the neighboring community protested, the organization maintained that the sale was the only way to keep them from bankruptcy. The Denver Board of Adjustments approved splitting the parcel, paving way for the sale and then development of roughly 2/3 of the property; the remaining 1/3 will be maintained as a community garden.
Habitat for Humanity Site in Highland Neighborhood For Sale For $6.8 Million
Habitat for Humanity has put their administrative building in the Highland Neighborhood up for sale. Zoned for up to three stories, the .95 acre plot is being marketed as a “Multifamily Redevelopment Opportunity.” The surrounding area has a variety of commercial and residential structures, both new and older. The 32nd and Eliot St location just East of Federal is also close to North High School and Highland Park but not directly on busy Federal Blvd, likely making it appealing for residential development.