May 15th Workshop Report Arrives - Major Step Toward An Overlay District
Too much development, too little parking, and the loss of a “neighborhood feel” were among many concerns voiced by neighbors at BRUN’s successful Zoning Overlay Workshop on May 15, 2014. A comprehensive report on those concerns is now online.
Nearly six months in the making, the 27-page document will be instrumental to BRUN in drafting terms for a proposed Zoning Overlay District. Such a move, if ultimately approved by the City Council, would amend Denver’s zoning code with tighter restrictions affecting development within BRUN boundaries.
Approximtely120 people attended the May meeting at Arrupe Jesuit High School, and completed written surveys in response to specific questions. A few more respondents participated online. BRUN Board member Heather Noyes coordinated the public meeting and managed compilation of the report.
Some sample comments:
“Moved here for the real neighborhood feel of the area, the bungalow style and mature trees and cared for lawns.”
“Beautiful homes, nice people, great mix of commercial and retail businesses within walking distance of homes.”
“Proximity to downtown, diverse structures and home types, modest lot sizes.”
“Hate to see all the small houses disappearing. Some should go, just hate to see so many being replaced by large, impersonal duplexes.”
“Need more true mixed use along Tennyson Street especially north of 44th”
Good Neighbor Agreements Halloween and More Events
What Next? A Business Association is Born
Name suggestions included “TennyBe,” the Berkeley Business Association, and the Berkeley Tennyson Business Association (or Alliance).
Resurging interest in restaurants and retail on Tennyson Street has given birth to a successor to the now-defunct Berkeley District Merchants Associations. Business people gathered on October 15 for a meeting of the minds led by Nicole Sullivan, owner of the BookBar.
The first order of business, not yet resolved, is to choose a name, tagline, and mission statement. Name suggestions included “TennyBe,” the Berkeley Business Association, and the Berkeley Tennyson Business Association (or Alliance).
The group discussed social media plans and potential online platforms for communications, file-sharing, and membership management. (BRUN’s own multi-function platform is provided by Wild Apricot Inc., based in Toronto.)
It considered ways to collaborate with BRUN as well as the non-profit Tennyson Alliance.
To get involved with the new business association, contact Nicole Sullivan at the BookBar.
Good Neighbor Agreements – Yes or No?
When applying for a liquor license, local businesses are often asked to sign an agreement with BRUN. Our mostly standardized Good Neighbor Agreement affects trash disposal times, closing time, and other business practices affecting neighbors.
After securing a GNA, typically BRUN will support the establishment’s liquor application. These businesses have signed GNA’s in the past two years:
DJ's Berkeley Cafe
West End Tap House
Small Batch Liquors (for tasting events)
Berkeley Tavern (at 44th and Yates)
Block & Larder
Hops & Pie
Are Good Neighbor Agreements good or bad for the area? We’re taking a poll! A four-question survey was emailed recently to all BRUN members and “non-member” contacts in our database. If you haven't done so already, please complete the survey here.
Trick or Treat Hits the Street
For the 16th straight year, trick-or-treaters attacked Tennyson Street on the Saturday before Halloween. The perfect Indian summer weather was conducive to costumes of all kinds including witches, ghosts, vampires, and ambiguous characters from “Frozen.”
Upcoming events along Tennyson Street include a "hello to the neighborhood" event sponsored by the Atomic Cowboy, Denver Biscuit Company, and Fat Sully’s Pizza. The three-concept restaurant will set up shop in 2015 at 4275 Tennyson Street. The company will host a neighborhood tailgate party there on November 9 from 10 am to 2 pm, before the Broncos game.
BRUN’s annual holiday party at Local 46 is set for December 9 starting at 6 pm. Our annual meeting is on February 10, 2015 at the Oriental Theater. Keep up with BRUN events BerkeleyRegisNeighbors.org/events.
Join (or re-join) BRUN
BRUN itself is rising along with the Berkeley and Regis neighborhood. We need your support! Our influence is proportional only to our paid membership total.
Been a member in the past? Go to www.berkeleyregisneighbors.org. Click on your profile and check your membership status. If you're not listed as "Active," hit "Renew." Having trouble? Call Tom LaRocque at 303-522-1669.