Why should you contact 311 or go to pocketgov? “The squeaky wheel gets the grease” is true. In the city, activities in agencies are often driven by volume. The more issues are reported, the more likely they are to get attention. In addition, if you don’t report an issue, how will city agencies know there is a problem? Because of this, it is imperative that you report the problems you encounter in our neighborhood; this is how we will drive change and improve our community!
Forum Real Estate Group has already created some changes on the 13-acre Kmart site at Monaco and Evans. This summer the Plum Creek Garden Market operated a pop-up selling plants, and more recently Fluid Truck Share has been on-site as well as Covid-19 testing. They are hoping to continue the Santa Claus Shop tradition and host Christmas tree sales this winter. Beyond the interim uses, we now have a sense of what is planned long term for the development they are calling Blūm (“bloom”) at High Line. The Forum team and the City of Denver held a zoom community meeting in May to share details and obtain feedback from neighbors.
Some overarching design themes were improving the sense of place and breaking up the mega block to bring a pedestrian scale to the area. While the first goal seems easily attainable, the second will take significant transformation at a busy intersection. Here are some of the pieces of their concept.
South Development – Townhomes You’ve likely seen the demolition of the CDOT Holly site is well underway. This will soon be complete and horizontal improvements (utilities and paving) are expected to begin in late October. One noticeable improvement will be a 7′ wide landscape buffer along Holly between the street and a new 8′ wide sidewalk. Lokal Communities is the owner, developer and architect for the southern portion of the site which consists of 198 for-sale 3-story townhomes. Two garage parking spaces per unit will be provided.