June 2016 Board of Director Meeting Minutes

In attendance:  Kelly Dick, Andy Youtz, Tracey Pool, Jenny Usaj, Josh Davies, Lara Davies.

We spoke about our neighborhood summer party at Coohills, September 10th, 2-4pm.  

·       Name:  “End of Summer Lodo Social”.

·       Entertainment by Mike Strappelli.

·       Sponsored by Hammersmith

·       $1k down payment / $2k minimum

·       Jim Merrill says we have $700 to deposit from Women’s Series event

·        $20 before/$25 at the door for two drink tickets and light appetizers. 

·       Jenny to help with creating flyers to post.  Also Facebook post.

·       Eventbrite.  RSVP by September 6th.

·       Raffles

·       “No” to anyone wanting to sell their wares at the event.

Andy

·       Discussed the Blue Agave Grill agreement (16th Street Mall by the Cheesecake Factory)

·       Discussed Zoes Kitchen (by Cadence Union Station) approval for beer/wine license

·       Discussed Alliance Center’s transfer of their liquor license to Serendipity Catering (email vote)

·       Discussed Skyline Park Beer Garden by Lannie’s Clock Tower Caberet (between 16th and 17th Streets).  Needs excise and license approval.  Trying to receive GNC approval.  Would be open May-September, 11am – 11pm.

Tracey

·       Barth Hotel: 

o   Summer BBQ event will be held in late June or early July

o   Hoping to have another event closer to the fall.  September 6th is tentative date, but official event details are still to come.  May be Acme Burger type of event where we take residents to eat at a local restaurant or take orders to bring food back

o   Jim Theye will be preparing a budget breakdown for the dining series so that LoDo District my help with any budget shortfall; currently estimated at $1,500.

·       The Playground Cleanup:

o   Carol Rothman dropped off books with Jim Theye who will continue to restock the free library.

·       LoDo Angels will be hosting an event on July 13th for loft representatives to get a gauge on interest in the program and narrow the focus. 

·       Cherry Creek Clean-Up continues every second and fourth Thursday from 8-9:30am.  The group meets at the 15th and Wynkoop entrance.

Jenny

·       DDP Public Realm Committee’s focus:  What Do We Do With The Travelers?

·       Discussed art display at Riverfront Park

Lara

·       We’ve seen a 35% “open” rate on our newsletter

·       Will put information about the Cherry Creek Trail Clean-up and the Farmers Market on our Facebook page

Josh

·      No follow-up on bill from the Rhein Haus yet from annual meeting

Next meeting will be on July 12th at the Hyatt Regency Denver

Meeting adjourned.

 

May 2016 LoDoNA Board Meeting Minutes

Members present were Kelly, Andy, Andy, Jim, Kirk, Mike, Kirstan, Lara.

Jim spoke about the accounts. We have yet to collect on three of the sponsors from the annual party. He will reach out to them. Our reserves look good right now.

The board meeting location will be at the Hyatt Regency Board Room starting next month. Northern Bank is moving.

We discussed the summer event. It will be held at Coohills Restaurant in Saturday, September 10 from 2p-4p. We will have the entire restaurant to ourselves. A committee was formed that consisted of Kelly, Andy Davis, Kirk, and Jim. Jenny also volunteered via e-mail to help out as well. Lara will send out a save the date announcement. Kelly has secured entertainment. More details will be discussed at next month’s meeting. Kelly will reach out to Hammersmith regarding sponsoring the event.

Andy Youtz talked about several Good Neighborhood Committee subjects. The board voted on a new GNA with Mynt. There were eight votes in favor and none oppressed.  He also reported on a recent meeting regarding Commons Park. There was a neighborhood planning meeting where numerous members and member groups worked on improvement and redesign ideas. Andy also received information on a proposed idea for Skyline Park. He will forward that information onto the board for informational purposes.

Andy Davis is working on securing a WeeBoT venue. Baurs Listening Lounge is interested as well as Hopp Daddys. Andy will try to secure these sites. Other possible venues we reviewed as well.

Kirk is working on updating the building rep list. He has received a list of the building managers as well. Kirk and Ayn Fox are putting together an event at Larimer place Condos on July 13. They are hosting an informational meeting with the building reps and members of the LoDo Angels.

A local business person has designed thank you cards showcasing LoDo photos. She would donate 10%  of her proceeds to LoDo cares. Kirk will reach out to her and she how we can help her promote her cards.

Kirstan talked about the next Woman’s Series event which takes place tomorrow.

Lara is working on the next newsletter and Facebook. Please send her event information to put into the newsletter.

Andy Davis is going to reach out to a person on the DDP that recently gave a talk about downtown transportation.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:50pm

 

 

April 2016 LoDoNA Board Meeting Minutes

April 12, 2016

In Attendance: Kelly Dick, Andy Youtz, Andy Davis, Tracey Pool, Kirk Dielman,

Jenny Usaj, Mike West, Linda Lipsius and Kirstan Borne

Reviewed and approved the minutes of the March 8, 2016 board meeting.

Our meeting was held at Jenny Usaj’s office in the Palace Lofts due to the inability to access the community room at Northern Trust.  Next month we will meet at Northern Trust and beginning on June 14th we will meet in the  Executive Boardroom at the Hyatt Regency.  Thank you Tracey.

Jim Merrill was not present so we did not review the monthly treasurer’s report of the finances. 

There was a discussion of ideas for the Summer Event.  It was decided to pursue a block party event in August or September.  Jenny Usaj will check with Coohill’s to obtain information about doing a joint event with Coohill’s Beats on the Street summer concert series or having a separate event on the bridge.  Andy Youtz will find out whether we could do an event at Union Station in the area in front of The Terminal Bar.  Both will report back to the board.  Kelly will check with Jim Merrill concerning a budget for the summer block party or other event.  We also discussed some back up locations at The Barclay or the rooftop at Andy Davis’ building. 

Kirstan reported on the LoDoNA Women’s Group, which is discussing a Furry Friends Event in July.  She asked whether and how much LoDoNA could contribute to such an event.  They would like a few more people from LoDoNA to participate.  They are discussing whether to have a series of Furry Friends events on the same Saturdays as the Farmer’s Market. 

A LoDoNA resident Derrick Schimmell expressed an interest in joining the board and Kelly invited him to attend a future meeting to meet us.  Joe Howell resigned from the board due to personal time commitments, etc. 

Lara Davies forwarded to Kelly an e-mail from John Stahl at Hammersmith Management Company.  He had expressed an interest in helping to sponsor some of our events.  Kelly and Andy Davis will contact him. 

Chair reports were provided.  Andy Youtz reported that the time for appeal of the denial of the liquor license for 1414 Market Street had expired.  We opposed the application.  He also reported that the committee entered into a strong Good Neighbor Agreement with P.S. 303 Restaurant which is at 16th and Chestnut. 

Andy Davis moved, Tracey seconded and it passed to approve the Good Neighbor Agreement with P.S. 303 Restaurant.  

Andy Davis and Jack Tone will attend an upcoming meeting on The Commons.

The WeeBoT at the Mike Wright Gallery was successful.  The next WeeBoT may be at Bauer’s on April 28th.  Andy Davis will provide an e-mail notice.  We will do some checking on whether we have any “Thank You” notes available for use after our events.  

The Building Outreach Chair Kirk Dielman met with Ayn Fox of LoDo Angels and requested permission to work on a joint meeting of the LoDO Loft Reps and LoDo Angels tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, July 13th.  Kirk will begin contacting the Loft Reps in preparation for the meeting.  Kelly indicated that LoDoNA could provide $40-50 for refreshments at the meeting. 

Linda reported that LoDo Young Families had a meeting and is getting off of the ground.  She also has a facebook page for LoDo Runners. 

Tracey reported LoDo Cares had a meeting yesterday and they are discussing a fine dining fund raising event for the Barth Hotel.  More will be reported next month.

Jenny reported that as LoDo District Liaison she met with Terry Hershey and will take over as our representative, including being on the Public Realm subcommittee.  She also reported that there are some LoDo Development walking tours available this week-end on and she will send us an e-mail on the same.  

Kirstan reported that there was nothing new from the Membership Committee, however, she reported on ideas for the street scape on Wynkoop Street from Union Station to 21st Street area. 

The meeting adjourned at 7:15.  The next meeting will be on May 10th. 

 

March 2016 LoDoNA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Tuesday March 8, 2016

Members present were: Andy, Andy, Kelly, Jim, Jack, Lara, Kirk, Deb, Mike, Jen, Kirstan, Linda

February meeting minutes were approved.

Jim reported that $1800 was spent on the Manny Bridge Project for electrical repairs.

Items discussed were:

  • 2016 Annual Meeting Review
    • Good venue, Great food, well maintained/resupplied
    • Sound system was a weakness
    • Name tags printed and laid out so people can pick them up
  • Membership
    • 120-140 renew every year
    • Over 200 on the email list
  • New meeting place
    • Last meeting in current location is in May
    • New location: Executive Board Room at the Hyatt
    • June 14 will be the first at the new location
  • Summer Event ideas
    • No-Garage Garage Sale
      • Have it on a Sat afternoon
      • On the Union Station Plaza, Wynkoop dead end
      • 10% or more of individual proceeds go to charity
    • LoDo Block Party at Manny's Bridge
      •   Wynkoop dead end
    • Denver Days - Aug 1-7
      • City trying to promote block parties
      • City waives the associated permit fees, insurance fees
      • 60% of block residences and businesses have to agree
    • Movie Night at Union Station / LoDo Cinema
      • Previously had a movie night at Elephant 
      • Could connect the Movie Night with a WeeBoT?
  • The following board memebrs have decided to not remain on the board
    • David HughresHughes
    • Kat Tatman
    • JoyceLozow
    • Christine Santucci (but still on LDDRB)
  • Board recruitment
    • Derek Schimmel
      • Realtor, Interested in joining the Board
  • WeeBOT
    • Mike Wright Gallery, 1412 Wazee St
      • Mar 31, 5:30-7:30
    • New WeeBOT options
      • Hopdoddy
      • Rhein Haus
      • Baur's Listening Lounge
      • Milkbox Ice Cream Social
      • Milk & Honey
      • Green Russell

Linda reported there were approximately 18-20 LoDo Young Families members.

She also proposed starting a LoDo Runners group for those interested in meeting to jog/run.

February 2016 LoDoNA Board of Director Meeting Minutes

Monthly Board Meeting February 9, 2016

Meeting came to order at 5:35 PM. In attendance: Kelly Dick, Mike West, Deb Miller, Josh Davies, Andy Davis, David Hughes, Tracey Pool, Christine Santucci, Kirk Dielman, Andy Yountz, Terry Hershey, Lara Davies, and Jack Tone.

Jack Tone and Kelly Dick recorded the minutes concurrently.

The Board welcomed new member Deb Miller. 

The Minutes of the January meeting were reviewed with minor corrections two members’ names. Kirk moved, Jack seconded and the minutes were approved unanimously.

Annual Meeting - The meeting then focused on arrangements for the March 1 Annual Meeting. 

Josh confirmed that the meeting will be held on the second floor of Rein Haus. 70 added chairs will be placed in the bocce courts and large TVs will show the speakers. The meeting will start at 5:30 PM and will run to 7:30 PM. Tickets will be $20 in advance, $25 at the door and will include one drink ticket. An extra drink ticket will be provided for those who have renewed their membership in advance. About 150 persons are expected. $3000 is budgeted with 3/4 for food, 1/4 for drinks. Several food stations are planned around the room to avoid queues. 

It was agreed to invite Mayor Hancock, Councilpersons Brooks and Kneich, Representative Duran, as well as the award winners, Joyce (Charlie Award) and Gary Lozow, David Cole’s (Compassionate Neighbor Award) family and Fabby Hillyard, and Judy Montero. It was agreed to present Judy with the 2016 President’s Award. Andy Davis noted the conflict with the caucuses. It was agreed to retain the March 1 date for the AM.

The business meeting including awards will run from 5:45 PM to 6:30 PM. The three speakers will be scheduled between 6:30PM and 7:00 PM, limited to 10 minutes each. Jack will confirm with Nate Currey at RTD. Christine will confirm with the Market Street Station developer, and 

Three tables will be set up at the entrance for check ins. Jim and Kirsten will handle the registration table. Gables for materials will be provided for LoDo Cares, the LoDo Women’s Group and the Young Families group.

To start the business meeting Kelly and David will discuss accomplishments for the year. David announced that he will be stepping down as Co-President. GNC – Andy Youtz briefed the board on the GNC. The liquor store that wanted to go into the retail space at Market and 14th street was denied. There was overwhelming opposition from residents and business interests at the E& L hearing. The liquor store party is appealing the decision. Twenty people came in opposition and over 100 signed the petition opposing the license. Andy noted that a new restaurant, Public School 303, has applied for a license at 1601

WeeBOT – Andy Davis reported on the successful WeeBOT at Crave Burger, with over 58 signed up. March 31 is a possible date for the next WeeBOT.

Communications – Lara reported that the February newsletter will be out next week.

Tracey Pool has decided to become the LoDo Cares Chair person. She will work with Terry 

David Hughes announced he was not seeking reelection for the board and the Co President position effective March 1, 2016. 

LoDo Cares – Terry reported that Tracey Pool has agreed to chair the group.

LoDo Lights – Kelly noted that Diane Huntress has communicated that the lights on Manny’s Bridge have been repaired. Kelly says the City has agreed to take over maintenance.

Meeting adjourned at 6:55 PM.

2015 Annual Meeting Minutes - posted March 1, 2016

 

At 5:45 all attendees were welcomed to the meeting by President Josh Davies and the meeting was called to order.  Main sponsor, Sopra Communities, was thanked and gave opening remarks.  The VIPs were recognized and other sponsors were thanked.  Josh also thanked the volunteers for the night.At 5:55 pm the annual meeting business began.  We approved the minutes from the 2014 Annual Meeting.  Jack Tone made the motion that we approve, Joyce Lozow seconded and all were in favor. 

Josh reviewed the LoDoNA board members who were staying on for service in 2016 and thanked Bill Crismer and Carol Pike for their service.  We voted to keep the current members and to approve the new board members.  Mike West made the motion and Kirstan Marks seconded.  All were in favor and the motion passed.  No motions for other board members were made from the floor.

At 6:00 pm Josh gave the state of the neighborhood, which included the LoDoNA Mission; an overview of the LoDoNA Women’s Series; an overview of LoDoNA Games; an update on our advocacy initiatives (RTD bus routes, local control/bar closing, and Union Station); and an update on our philanthropy efforts (Holiday Project).  Josh also gave an update on LoDo Lights.

Josh gave the Partners in Change Award to Paul and Carol Anne Rothman and comments were made by Autumn Bjugstad on their behalf. 

Josh gave the 2014 Charlie Award to an individual or organization that has improved the Quality of Life for LoDo residents.  It was given to The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and Director Adam Lerner.

We also gave the Compassionate Neighbor Award to Terry Hershey. 

LoDoNA presented to the audience the meeting’s theme - Five Stars of LoDo.  This included updates on Transit from Joshua Solis, RTD; updates on development from Chris Shears, Shears Adkins Rockmore; updates on retail from Brian Phetteplace, DDP; updates from family on Terry Hershey and Susan Kiely, DDES; and updates on culture from Adam Lerner, MCA.

Josh concluded the meeting at 7pm.

Respectfully submitted by Lara Davies, Secretary

 

 

 

January 2016 Board of Director Meeting Minutes

January 12, 2016

In attendance: Kelly Dick, Jim Merrill, Mike West, Cat Tatman, Kirk Dielman, Tracey Pool, Christine Santucci, Andy Youtz, Terry Hershey, Andy Davis, Lara Davies, Kirstan Borne, Linda Lipsius

Potential new board member Linda Lipsius – voted, all in favor of having Linda join the board. Yeah! 

Linda is founder of LoDo New Families group – gave an overview of organization, Facebook page.  LoDo Young Families is the Facebook page

Reviewed December 8th minutes, noted a few corrections and minutes approved.

Jim- reviewed monthly activities and upcoming expenses. Insurance policies.  Jim has gotten a few emails from Diane Huntress, thinks she might want funding for the artist for the light installation?  He has suggested using their LoDo lights fund.  He’ll get further clarification.  

Tracy reviewed some of the overhead she discussed with Josh from previous meeting.  Shared costs to host annual meeting at Rein Haus. Discussed dates – suggested, landed on March 1st .

Confirm with Rein Haus that March 1st works

Need to determine PA system, screen & AV equipment

o Kelly is going to tour the space to determine layout of space, etc

Brainstormed Meeting Themes & Speakers

SPEAKERS

Dairy Block – alley activation project

Market St. Station Christine will reach out about a speaker.

Light Rail & DIA – RTD speaker

o Christine or Terry will reach out about a speaker

o Jack Tone has contacts, Kelly will e-mail him and see if jack can line up a speaker

THEME- TBD - Should email in ideas to Kelly and we will circulate via email

Nominate candidates for Charlie Award and Compassionate Neighbor Award

Charlie Award – 

o Jim is going to look into getting the actual award made

Compassionate Neighbor Award -

o Christine will look into getting the award made

Opposition about new liquor store wanting to open on 14th St and market.   Trying to propose contingencies to potentially stop this business.  It’s still in negotiation.  

Looking to circulate a petition to several buildings. Encourage residents to sign petition and attend the E & L meeting to be held Feb 1 It was approved by a unanimous vote to oppose the application if we were unable to negotiate a GNA with the applicant.

Need new members for Good Neighbor committee 

Entertainment districts – it means businesses in a specified area can have an event carry drinks outside from one business to another, late closing times, etc.  This seems to be coming up again and will be voted on by city council.

Next WeeBoT will be at Crave Burger on Feb 4th. 

Lara reported on the newsletter, reader response rate. 

Meeting adjourned at 7:10 pm.

Next meeting Tuesday, Feb 9th.

December 2015 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Dec 8, 2015 LoDoNA Board Meeting Minutes

Members present:  David Hughes, Joyce Lozow, Tracey Pool, Kirk Dielman, Andy Davis, Jim Merrill, Mike West, Kirstan Borne, Josh Davies, Lara Davies

There was a quorum.  Kelly Dick recorded the  minutes.

Minutes were approved with the exception of two spelling corrections.

Andy Davis was welcomed as our newest board member.

David discussed recent GNC meeting.  A new liquor store is opening on Market Street. They received a variance because they are located within 1000 feet of an existing liquor store. Their license is pending based on securing a GNA with LoDoNA.  A new hearing is to be held. Closing time and liquor license succession will be closely scrutinized in the GNA. 

The board voted to add Andy Youtz and Deb Miller as new board members.

Jim Merrill presented a treasurer report. 

The annual meeting was discussed.  Josh Davies lead the discussion. We will seek business sponsorship to help underwrite the event.  Possible locations are the Triangle Building, The Platform, Inspirato, HyatRegency, 16M, Verve, Rhein Haus Denver. Josh will contact Rhein Haus. Tracey will look into the Hyatt.. Josh will host and MC the event. Board Members  that must be voted for retention at the annual meeting are  Cat, David, Christine, Mike.  New members will also have to be voted in and they include Andy Davis, Andy Youtz,  Tracey Pool, Kirk Dielman, Debbie Miller.  Charlie Awards  and Compassionate Neighbor Award will be awarded at the annual meeting. We will nominate and vote on the recipients at the Jan Board Meeting.   The meeting theme will be discussed after the location is determined.  

Members will e-mail Josh with past year LoDoNA accomplishments so he can let the public know what LoDoNA has accomplished the past year.  Josh will invite our elected officials. Once we have a location, Josh will solicit help form all the board members to help run this meeting.

LoDo cares Holiday Project. Lara sent an electronic copy to all the Loft reps. He will put it in the newsletter. Board members will distribute posters. Kelly asked if any of the board members would be interested in being on the LoDo cares Committee. No one volunteered.

WeeBoT’s future and continued success was discussed.  The board decided to take a new approach to this process. Andy Davis volunteered to be the new WeeBoT Chair person.  Kirstan Borne will assist him.  

David will get restaurant recommendations  from the GNC.  He will forward it to Andy Davis.  Andy  will solicit the board for participation to help and organize the WeeBoT. Kelly will contact Joe Howe about the change of direction regarding WeeBoT.

Tracey Pool briefed us on the 16th Street Mall Security Action Plan Meeting which was held last week. 

Survey results were discussed. Safety, panhandling, drug dealing  were high on the list. They want to hire a private security force to mitigate these issues. They want to ramp up off duty police and enforce early morning and late night police presence. Travelers have been an issue. They discussed motivating people to call if they see something that is a safety or security problem. There was  discussion about proposed security alleys which would be restricted to just businesses. Install better lighting throughout the mall was addressed.. They will distribute the meeting discussion results to the businesses and residents. 

Meeting was adjourned at 7:12pm.

November 2015 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

November 10, 2015

In attendance: Kelly Dick, Jim Merrill, David Hughes, Jack Tone, Joyce Lozow, Mike West, Jenny Usaj, Joe Howe, Cat Tatman, Kirk Dielman, Tracey Pool, Christine Santucci

Approved Oct 13th minutes

Guest Speaker - Jennifer from Walk Denver to make Denver best walking city – they are petitioning to have the city fund for upkeep of sidewalks.  She would like a letter from LoDoNa saying we support her program.  

Discussed support for Walk Denver – we will write a letter to say we support the general idea but would need more information to endorse.

Welcome new board members – Kirk Dielman , Tracey Pool, Andy Davis (not in attendance). Board members unanimously approved via email vote on Nov 3, 2015.

Guest Debbie Miller potential new board member.

LoDo Lights is doing repairs and needs their funding

Young Families Group:  Kelly talked to Linda and she’s had a good response, 10-12 families responded.   Linda also expressed interest in the board. 

Commons Park July meeting update– no resolve as of yet.  

VOTE : David: new GNC chair – Andy Youtz would like to take this position.  David moved that we approve Andy the new GNC chair.  Approved in vote by LoDoNa Board.

Joyce – recruitment update.  Cat will resume secretary.

WeeBot’s -  Joe is working on next location.  Would be nice for Joe to have some support. David suggested asking new GNA members to host.

Jack- advocacy- train testing

Christine – LDDRB update – suggests having LoDoNa board member come and voice concerns.   Dairy Block lighting and others items approved.

October 2015 LoDoNA Board Meeting Minutes

In Attendance: Jim, Andrew, Joyce TJ, Kirsten, Joyce, David, Lara, Jack, Cat, Jenny

Met Andy Davis and Tracy Poole.  They sat in on the meeting as they are considering joining LoDoNa Board.

Treasurer’s Report - Jim reviewed financials

Vote on July meeting minutes approved

President’s report reviewed by David

Guest Speaker- Albus Brooks, City Councilman District 9

 Topics of concern from board: improvement of 16th St. Mall, Commons Park, quality of life, drug use, business development, safety, transportation.

Jack - Market Street Station update: development is still very conceptual and will likely will eliminate open space, cafes, shops. 

 Kirsten will attend 16th Street meeting and report back. 

TJ – reached out to all new buildings for contacts and getting them involved

Andrew- moving and resigning.  

Andy Davis and Tracy Poole are invited back

Next meeting November 10th 5:30  - will continue with second Tuesday of the month going forward

Meeting adjourned

July 2015 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

OF THE LOWER DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

HELD MONDAY, JULY 13, 2015

Pursuant to proper notice, a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association was held on Monday, July 13, 2015 beginning at 5:30 pm.  The meeting was adjourned at 7:10pm.  Those in attendance were: Kelly Dick, Josh Davies, Lara Davies, Andrew Guerra, Terry Hershey, Joyce Lozow, Kirstan Borne, TJ Johnson, Jim Merrill, Adam Smith,  Jack Tone, and Mike West,  Not able to attend were: David Hughes, Christine Santucci, Cat Tatman, Joe Howe and Jenny Ursaj

Kelly Dick, Co-President, chaired the meeting and Joyce Lozow, recorded the Minutes.

Minutes:

 Kelly announced that Kat Tatman resigned from recording the Minutes as she is too busy with her workand cannot guarantee being able to attend all meetings although she will continue to be on The Board.  Kelly asked who would like to take over, but no one volunteered.  One change was made - Kirstan Marks corrected that her last name now is: Borne.  Kirstan made a motion that we approve the June minutes.  Josh seconded.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

Treasurer's Report: Jim Merrill gave the report.  He said that we are approximately $ 3,000.00 net positive.  Finally, we received the last $ 500.00 for the Annual Meeting Sponsorship. With the new Quicken Books, Jim is able to, log in from anywhere, link to Pay Pal. The cost is: $ 15.00 per month which is one-half price for the first year.  Shortly Jim will be able to process checks from bank account to Quicken

Board Recruitment Chair:  Joyce stated that there was nothing to report as it was too far away.

Women's Series: Joyce reported that the June event was very successful.  The title was: the Spirit of Beauty with a Guest Speaker talking about her book.  Food was delicious at a beautiful loft in the Titanium Building - about fifty women in attendance.

Advocacy:  Jack reported the on July 28th at REI, there will be a meeting about the Commons Park issues.  Jack will be out of town; we hope that Kelly and Jenny will be able to attend.  The meeting will be announced in the LoDoNA Newsletter; East West sent out a notice to the residents in their buildings.  Fencing and Police there all the time are attempts to deal with the drug dealing Jack reached out to the Councilman Albus Brooks about attendingthe Board tonight. Albus could not make it.

Kirstan attended the initial meeting regarding the Wynkoop and 21st project. Many stakeholders were present including representatives from The Rockies, East/West Partners, Downtown Denver Partnership, Zocalo, neighborhood associations, development groups, etc. The purpose seems to be to create a more pedestrian friendly area in and around Wynkoop (from Cherry Creek Trail to Coors Field) and 21st (from Coors Field up to Tremont and Court St). The committee would like to see an addition of trees, green areas, friendly walking spaces, and possible festival days. There will be several more discussions/meetings over the next 9-10 months to gain feedback, ideas, etc.

LoDo Cares: Terry reported that LoDo Cares is chugging along with the following:

a.  residents went to Acme for burgers and sodas in June, b.  Barth Hotel Annual Play in Lobby July 23 - August 22nd on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights .  Play is "The Odd Couple" performed by female

professional actors.  It's an important fundraiser for The Barth, c.  Summer BBQ for residents on July 28th with big open fire pit in front serving S’mores

d. Creek Cleanup - sort of iffy with the weather, but had one last week.  Next Cleanup is July 28th, meet at Wynkoop st and the creek at 08:30am  e.  Terry approached by group started by Wash Park people with information and events about Inter-Generation ???.  Annual cost: $ 225.00.  Terry did not feel that we need to get involved with this.

 LoDo District:  Terry reported that The District recently had a strategy session addressing the question:  "where are we and where are we going?" It could be called a restart with new officers; the new chair  Barb Weiske, CEO of the Auraria Campus.  Also, various committees were reduced to three, they are: marketing (hospitality-restaurants & bars), events, and public realm (things going on in public spaces, access & circulation, i.e. Union Station, Market Street Station & Wynkoop Plan)

Communications: Lara reported:

a.  June Newsletter had a 40% open rate, b.  added most recent approved GNAs and encouraging residents to patronize those businesses c. July Newsletter going out on Tuesday or Wednesday - will include Barth Play info, d.  Lara also busy doing FB postings, e.  Concentra Urgent Medical Care contacted Lara to see if LoDoNA interested in putting wellness tips in monthly Newsletter.  It was discussed and we decided that we would not do it, but maybe just put in their LINK.

WeeBot:  Joe Howe was not in attendance to give his report.  The last WeeBot was June 11th was YoMaMA   Someone stated that we usually forget a Weebot in July because it is such a busy month.  Kelly stated that Joe is working on Hop Daddy restaurant, Also, hoping that Joe will follow up on the suggestion to have a WeeBot at Milk Box Ice Cream in Union Station.

Building Outreach:  Chair TJ asked "what is our objective here?"  Josh said that in the past holding events at individual buildings to reach out to residents has not been very successful. Lara told TJ that she (and Joyce) maintain a LoDoNA Loft Rep List and that is what she uses to send out LoDoNA information.  She will show TJ how to use it.  Someone suggested that TJ attempt to contact various Loft Reps (maybe on a one-to-one basis).

Fundraising:  Chuck said nothing has been done yet, but he would like to work with TJ meeting the LoDoNA Loft Reps.  Further, that we should list him as the Loft Rep for Larimer Place.

LoDo Lights: Jim stated that in our Treasury, we have about $ 3200.00 that was raised two years ago at Manny's Birthday Party at Wynkoop Brewery.  It is to be used for repairs and maintenance.  Diane and David Huntress are the contact persons. The Light Installation has been vandalized several times for the copper wiring.

GNC:  Adam reported :a.  Crave at 1550 Blake Street (formerly T’aco) has signed a GNC agreeing to no Cabaret License, no after hours events, and limiting patio noise.  Motion was made to accept by Adam and was seconded by TJ,

GNAs in the works with:

*  Venice as there is no current agreement.  They want  to extend their patio along 17th street,

* Mel is tidying up agreement with Nativ

GNC getting notifications of hearings only 3-4 days prior to hearings from Excise and Licensing.  He is working on getting more advance notices and making sure that Jim McCotter is also notified.

Adam announced that he will leaving LoDo in the next 3-6 weeks and is moving to Boulder.  He is working on his replacement.

Union Station:  Andrew reported that yesterday, Sunday, July 12th was the one year anniversary.  Gigi Cupcakes were passed out. 

Someissues:

Cooper Lounge finally getting a bathroom - it will be on the third floor near elevator. In the works is an Implementation of a point-of-sale - One Gift Card for all Union Station outlets called Aloha,

Address for Union Station and related business is: 1701 Wynkoop Street.  Fountain is on and working; towels provided by The Kitchen Next Door

For 4th of July, Homeland Security had their agents there.  Otherwise, there are armed security guards there.

Commuter line - official start of the A Line is spring,2016.  Maybe earlier in November or December, 2015.  Commuter Line will need greeters and information volunteers, maybe from Visit Denver?

Downtown Design Review Board: Christine was not at the meeting to give her report.  However, Josh talked about:

a. The Market Street Station.  That it is owned by East West and Union Station Neighborhood Company.  That they are pursuing a developer.  But, it will have no public space on the entire block and this is non-negotiable.  Probably one big office building with 10 stories and thetwo historic buildings remaining. 

Building going up to the north of The Four Seasons on 15th and Arapahoe and Lawrence Streets will be 33 stories and a signature building.

cThere was an article in the Denver Post today (7/13) about the future of the 16th Street Mall.  It talked about Lingering - wanting people to linger longer on the Mall, possibly moving the free Shuttle to 15th and 17th street (one way directions), and what to do with the brick pavers

Annual Meeting: Josh reported that nothing is planned yet as it will not be until February, 2016.   But, that RTD has big plans for a big STARTUP eventwhen Line A commences ... and that "the train to the plane" might be something for The Annual Meeting.   Kirstan suggested that we use the Annual Meeting as a good time to recruit volunteers to work on events.

New Business:  Kelly reported:

a.  Jiminy Wicket Lawn Croquet that benefits Alzeimers Association was at Union Station; was fun and well attend with lots of activities.

b.  Several people stated that the LoDo Bites event was not as good as last year.  Running the event was contracted out this year and there was poor communication to the restaurants.

c.  The District is rethinking LoDo Sips

d.  Kelly asked about LoDoNA putting on a event, maybe a Block Party sometime in the futureAll agreed that it was too late to put anything good together.  Maybe we should think aboutfall or next year event.

e.  Kelly asked if the 2nd Monday is still a good night for the Board Meetings; the consensus was YES.

Terry advised that the Downtown Middle School was approved in June and that they will begin to look for a space.

Next Meeting:  The meeting was adjourned around 6:30 pm and the next meeting will be Monday, August 10th.

Respectfully submitted, Joyce Lozow (Minutes Recorder for tonight only)

June 2015 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

OF THE LOWER DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD

ASSOCIATION Held June 8, 2015

Pursuant to proper notice, a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association was held on June 8, 2015 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The meeting was adjourned at 7:10 pm. In attendance were: Lara Davies, Kelly Dick, David Hughes, Jim Merrill, Jenny Usaj, Terry Hershey, Joe Howe, Joyce Lozow, Kirstan Marks, Jack Tone, and Chuck White. Three members from the public were also present.

Kelly Dick, Co-President, chaired the meeting and Kelly Dick, recorded the minutes.

Guest Speakers:

 Mark Bernstein from Denver Parks and Recreation was present. He spoke about the Confluence Park project. He spoke about the redesign of the park area to comply with ADA standards. Shoemaker Plaza will be redesigned along with the existing bridge and pedestrian walkways to ease congestion and promote  multi user compatibility. The projects master plan can be downloaded by using the following link; http://www.denvergov.org/sirepub/cache/2/vtub1l45euh5ktyolqcc4lje/30858006082015084848585.PDF

The project’s completion date is slated for October 2016. He then spoke briefly about a new initiative called Outdoor Downtown which is a 20 year plan that is looking at how best to plan, develop,  and utilize our existing and proposed new  city’s parks.

James Creasey from Jiminywicket.org spoke about the lawn croquet tournament that will be taking place at Union Station Plaza on July 10, August 14, September 11. It will raise money to help alleviate the isolation and loneliness of Alzheimer’s and the elderly by pairing up younger individuals with the elderly for a game of croquet. The website can be found at:

http://www.jiminywicketgovcup.org/

Treasurer’s Report: Jim has implemented the financial records  onto Quicken Books Online. He reported that $1000 has been collected from donations from sponsors at the annual meeting. He will reach out to collect the final $500 from Downtown Denver Partnership.

Minutes: Terry made a motion that we approve the May minutes. Jack seconded. All were in favor and the motion passed.

WeeBoT Chair: Joe reported that the last WeeBoT w as  at Pourtions at the back of Nativ Hotel on June 4th. Joe has received a list of past WeeBoT  venues from Carol and Bill. David expressed we should favor holding WeeBoTs at establishments that have signed a GNA agreement. Joe will reach out to ZipCar and see if he can get them to sponsor a few WeeBots since they had told him that at a prior WeeBoT.  Future suggestions for this event were  Coohills, Wazee Suppr Club, Dorchester Eatery.

GNC: Adam was not present

LDDRB Chair: Christine was appointed to the board. The painting on the side of the new Nativ Hotel was discussed. It must have been approved for it to proceed. The covering of an old sign painting on the Rockmount building was discussed. She will attend the next LDDRB meeting which is to be held on July 2 at 7:30am in the Northern Trust Board room. It is open to the public.

Partnership Chair: Jenny has met with three other neighborhood groups: Rino, Golden Triangle and Highlands. She reported there will be six new electronic informational, interactive touchscreen devices located on the 16th street mall. People can use them to find out what is going on, maps, directories etc.. It is the first of their kind in the country.

Advocacy Chair: Jack reported back about the bus stop issue near Larimer Place Condo.  RTD said this current location is safe and they were not going to move it. He has reached out to our new Councilman Albus Brooks and will try to get him to present at our next board meeting on July 13. We may start at 5:00pm instead of 5:30pm to accommodate his schedule. Josh was invited to attend the 21st Street/Wynkoop Street Design Plan Committee Meeting to be held June 18th. Kelly & David can’t attend. Kirstan volunteered to attend. This committee is soliciting input from area groups about future plans for these two streets.

Communications Chair: Lara reported that the newsletter will be sent out this week. Our website has been updated. It was suggested that we list in the newsletter any new restaurant that has signed a GNA.

LoDo Cares Chair: Terry reported that the outing with the Barth Hotel residents to Union Station was a success. They will have an outdoor grilling event the end of July at the Barth Hotel. Cherry Creek trail clean-up takes place every other Tuesday starting June 9th.  The Creative District proposal is a works in progress.  Terry is also on the LoDo District board and will report on their meetings monthly. She also reported that the Denver Board of Education was going to be voting on the new proposed Middle School.  LoDo Bites event on June 16th was brought up.

Membership Chair: Kirstan will attend the 21st Street/Wynkoop Street Design Plan Meeting on June 18th

Board Recruitment Chair: Joyce mentioned the LoDo Women’s Series Event that will be held June 10th at Lux salon with a gathering at a Titanium Loft afterwards.

Union Station Liaison:   Andrew was not present

Annual Meeting Chair: Josh was not present

Next Meeting - The meeting was adjourned at 7:10 pm and the next meeting will be July 13, 2015 at 5:00 pm. Or 5:30pm depending on if Councilman Albus Brooks will be present

Respectfully submitted, Kelly Dick

May 2015 LoDoNA Board Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

OF THE LOWER DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

HELD May 11, 2015

Pursuant to proper notice, a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association was held on May 11, 2015 beginning at 5:30 p.m.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:59 pm.  In attendance were: Lara Davies, Kelly Dick, Terry Hershey, Joe Howe, Joyce Lozow, Kirstan Marks, Adam Smith, Jack Tone, and Chuck White.

Kelly Dick, Co-President, chaired the meeting and Lara Davies, recorded the minutes.

Minutes: Changes were made to Joyce’s title, Jack’s title, and the date of the next meeting.  Joyce made a motion that we approve the April minutes.  Jack seconded.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report: Kelly gave Jim’s report.  He is still waiting for payment from the Partnership, Alpine Bank, and Great American Z Block for sponsorship for Annual Meeting.  This will total $1500.  Joyce will follow-up. 

Terry made a motion that we approve LoDoNA purchasing a license to Quicken Books on the Cloud for $15 per month for the Treasurer’s work.  Jim will work out the details of this purchase and report back to the board.  Joe seconded this and all were in favor.  The motion passed.

Secretary: Kelly asked if minutes could be ready the week of the meeting on Friday, rather than waiting till the next month.  Lara said she would inform Cat. 

WeeBOT Chair: The last WeeBOT was April 30th at ZoeMaMa.  Zip Cars has expressed interest in sponsoring two WeeBOTs.  The board thought this was a good idea and that Joe should reach out to Bill or Carol for feedback on previous sponsorships of WeeBOT and a history of locations for WeeBOT.  Joyce said she could help Joe reach out to Carol too.

Lara reported that a description of the restaurant and picture or logo is used in all invites for WeeBOT.  Facebook is also updated with this information.   

Andrew will ask about us having an ice cream WeeBOT in July at Union Station at the ice cream shop.

GNC:  Adam made a motion that the board approve the Bistro Provencal – GNA.  It has succession language.  The restaurant has a patio but they will keep music in check.  Jack seconded.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

Adam made a motion that we approve the Amante Coffee GNA.  This coffee shop will be in the Oxford Annex.  It will be open till 7.  They red-lined the special events provision because they want to be able to do some special events and also red-lined the patio section because they don’t have one.  They also wanted a cabaret license.  Succession language is included.   Chuck second the motion.  All were in favor and the motion passed. 

There was a discussion of the new marijuana friendly hotel – Nativ.  Adam will be keeping an eye on it.   

Partnership Chair: Kelly reported that Jenny reached out to Commons Park and others in the neighborhood about the fenced off area in the park and that she will have a report at the next meeting.

Communications Chair: The next newsletter is coming out mid-May and website updates will be coming out by next month.

Lara asked the board if someone could take over nametags and invites.  This was left off the list of responsibilities that were divided out among board members at the previous meeting.  Kirstan agreed to do nametags and invites for the Women’s Series and Joe agreed to do nametags and invites for the WeeBOTs.  Lara will train them.  Josh and Lara will work on nametags for the Annual Meeting.

Advocacy Chair:  Jack will reach out to Albus Brooks to come to one of our next meetings if Josh hasn’t reached out yet. 

Jack asked if the bus depot was still an issue.  Most board members agreed that it wasn’t any longer. 

Chuck brought up that a big issue for pedestrians is the Larimer and 15th bus stop.   Jack said he would reach out about it and report back.

Building Outreach Chair:  TJ was not present but Lara mentioned she would show him where the Loft Reps are stored so he can send emails/communicate with them.  Something for us all to think about is how do we get renters involved in our group.

Fundraising Chair: Chuck is willing to go with anyone on fundraising request meetings.

Union Station Liaison:  Andrew gave us an update on Hotel Palomar, Hotel Nativ, and ZBlock. 

Andrew said if he gets word of events at Union Station he will send for us and for the newsletter.  The fountains will start around Memorial Day.  The use recycled water. 

Membership Chair: Kirstan will add a paragraph about finding volunteers to help with WeeBOTs and invites/nametags for the newsletter.

When people tell us they want to volunteer via our website, Kirstan gets the email.  She will now send to the chairs and they should respond to the potential volunteer.  Lara will also update the website to list all the new chairs.

LoDo Cares Chair: Terry said the clean-up of the trail would be starting soon.  Terry will send updates.  We recently had a good turn-out for the playground clean-up.  LoDo Cares is taking 62 residents from the Barth to Acme at Union Station. The group agreed this would be good stuff for the newsletter.  Terry will send.

LoDo Cares would like to have LoDo named as a Creative District, which is a state certification.  They will take this to LoDo District and if they agree, get a group together to work on it.  Terry will report back to the group about the outcome. 

Co-presidents: Kelly will reach out to Greenway Foundation for update on Confluence Park.  Other people thought the creator of the DenverInfill site might be a good guest. 

Next Meeting - The meeting was adjourned at 6:47 pm and the next meeting will be June 8, 2015 at 5:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted, Lara Davies.

April 2015 LoDoNA Board Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

OF THE LOWER DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

HELD April 13, 2015

Pursuant to proper notice, a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association was held on April 13, 2015 beginning at 5:30 p.m.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:47 pm.  In attendance were: Kelly Dick, Josh Davies, Lara Davies, Terry Hershey, David Hughes, TJ Johnson, Joyce Lozow, Kirstan Marks, Jim Merrill, Cat Tatman, Christine Santucci, Adam Smith, Jack Tone, Jenny Usaj, Mike West, and Chuck White. 

Josh Davies, President, chaired the meeting and Secretary, Lara Davies, recorded the minutes.

Minutes: David made a motion that we approve the March minutes.  Jim seconded.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

Financials Update: Jim gave update on our financials.  For March we had $11,600 in income and $8511.16 in expenses.

GNC:  David recommended that we approve the GNA for Lucia a new Italian restaurant in the neighborhood.  It has succession language in the GNA.  Terry second.  All were in favor and the motion passed. 

Several board members brought up the fact that bars need to remember to clean up after Saturday nights.  Josh recommended we talk to Paula Grey about this.  She is serving as a liaison for the bars and the neighborhood.

Website: – The board picked both neighbors as winners in the photo content.  Lara sent then an email to ask if we can use them without fee, without license, and in perpetuity.  Both have agreed and received their gift cards. 

Judy Montero Update: Judy gave us an update on her three terms.  She discussed the upcoming elections, the changes to the map for district 9, and future concerns for the neighborhood. 

Joyce will put together a thank you gift for Judy to give to her on behalf of the board – perhaps a paperweight.

Officer Roles: – Josh divided up the roles of LoDoNA board:

Membership Chair – Kirstan

Treasurer – Jim

Communications – Lara

Secretary – Cat

Partnership Chair – Jenny

Good Neighbor Chair – Adam

WeeBOT Chair – Joe

Building Engagement Chair (includes Loft Reps) - TJ

Advocacy Chair - Jack

Board Recruitment Chair – Joyce

Co-Presidents - David/Kelly

Annual Meeting Chair- Josh

LoDo Cares Chair - Terry

Fundraising Chair - Chuck

Union Station Chair/Sage Hospitality – Andrew

WeeBOT: The next WeeBOT is April 30th at ZoeMaMa. 

Next Meeting - The meeting was adjourned at 6:47 pm and the next meeting will be May 11, 2015 at 5:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted, Lara Davies.

 

March 2015 LoDoNA Board Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

OF THE LOWER DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

HELD March 9, 2015

Pursuant to proper notice, a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association was held on March 9, 2015 beginning at 5:30 p.m.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:51 pm.  In attendance were: Josh Davies, Lara Davies, Kelly Dick, Andrew Guerra, David Hughes, Joyce Lozow, Kirstan Marks, Jim Merrill, Cat Tatman, Jack Tone, and Mike West.

Josh Davies, President, chaired the meeting and Secretary, Lara Davies, recorded the minutes.

Minutes: Jack made a motion that we approve the February minutes.  Kelly seconded.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

Review of Annual Meeting:

 ·      The food was too light. 

·      We had several $5 memberships received. 

·      The screen in the back of the room was great.

·      Always need a double sided buffet.

·      There was a bottle neck because the bar was right by registration.  

·      Needed more bars. 

·      Great to not have to have board members set up the event space. 

·      Not enough coat racks.

·      The attendees really enjoyed the content.

·      Perhaps the compassion award should not be a secret so they can invite their family.

·      Keeping the speakers comments short is good.

·      We need to train new registration folks better on the Eventbrite apps, etc.

·      Josh is available to help plan the 2016 annual meeting.

·      We will probably be about $2K ahead in revenue. We were worried about paying for drinks for over 50 people and could have probably had more food with the amount of sponsorships.  It was great to have MacSpa as a sponsor for our marketing efforts.

Website Pictures:

Cat made a motion to do a contest for new pictures for the website.  The winner will receive a $50 gift card for Union Station restaurant (not for the Crawford Hotel).   Jim seconded – all were in favor and the motion passed. 

Board Members:

The remaining time left on Bill Chrismer’s board seat will be a one year term and the remaining time left on Carol Pike’s seat will be a two year term.  Interested candidates are Philippa Greggory, Peggy Cruger, Chuck White, and Adam Smith.  Jim made a motion to have Chuck replace Carol and Kirstan seconded it.  All were in favor and the motion passed.  We will fill the second seat officially in April.   

WeeBOT:

The next WeeBOT will be at Lower 40 on April 2nd. 

Short-Term Rentals:

Josh brought up the fact that short term rentals may become a bigger issue over the coming months for our board. 

GNC:

David made a motion to approve the Zo Ma Ma GNC.   Jack seconded.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

President:

Josh will not run again as President but will remain on the board to help out.  Many board members recommended Terry as a replacement.

Jack made a motion that Jim remain as Treasurer.  Mike seconded.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

Joyce made a motion that Lara remain as Secretary.  Kirstan seconded.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

Josh suggested an approach to finding a new president could be to divide up the responsibilities and have the President’s main responsibility be running the board meeting.

David is also looking for a new Chairperson for the GNC.

Next Meeting - The meeting was adjourned at 6:51 pm and the next meeting will be April 9, 2015 at 5:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted, Lara Davies, Secretary

 

February 2015 LoDoNA Board Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

OF THE LOWER DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

HELD February 16, 2015

 Pursuant to proper notice, a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association was held on February 16, 2015 beginning at 5:30 p.m.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:47 pm.  In attendance were: Andrew Guerra, Josh Davies, Lara Davies, Kelly Dick, Terry Hershey, Joe Howe, TJ Johnson, Kirstan Marks, Jim Merrill, Christine Santucci, Jack Tone, and Mike West.

Josh Davies, President, chaired the meeting and Secretary, Lara Davies, recorded the minutes.

Minutes: TJ made a motion that we approve the January minutes.  Kelly seconded.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

2015 Annual Meeting:

Sopra is the presenting sponsor for the meeting.  Other sponsors are Alpine Bank, Zi Block, Downtown Denver Partnership, Bouquets, Kentwood City, MacSpa (doing design work for poster and some other projects), and Downtown Denver News (running an ad).  We are close to around $2K for sponsorship.

We will start at 5:30 with the program and move into a reception. 

During the meeting we went on a tour and realized we would need about 5 greeters from 5-6 helping direct folks to the room.  Alpine Bank can help us with staffing greeters.  We will also send out an email describing how to get to the room the day before. 

Attendees will receive a drink ticket for coming and also one for renewing their membership.

We will make sign to help guide folks to the meeting that greeters can carry and Andrew will put a sign in Union Station. 

Christine helped get the posters ready and they are at everyone’s building ready to be disseminated.  Board members should ask businesses to put up signs.  Kirstan will contact a few newsletters to ask if we can put our event in them.

Mike West will be the welcome chair and Lara Davies will be the registration chair. 

Financial Update: Finances are good.  Jim renewed one of our insurance policies for $780 and will renew one later in the year for $1400.

March Meeting: We will have a March meeting.

Board News:

WeeBOT Director is going to be Joe.  Carol and Bill’s spots will both open up on the board.   Josh will also be stepping down as President after the annual meeting.

Next Meeting - The meeting was adjourned at 6:47 pm and the next meeting will be March 9, 2015 at 5:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted, Lara Davies, Secretary

 

January 2015 LoDoNA Board Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

OF THE LOWER DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

HELD January 12, 2015

Pursuant to proper notice, a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association was held on January 12, 2015 beginning at 5:30 p.m.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:31 pm.  In attendance were: Andrew Guerra, Kelly Dick, Terry Hershey, Josh Davies, Lara Davies, Joyce Lozow, Carol Pike, Christine Santucci, Cat Tatman, and Mike West.

Josh Davies, President, chaired the meeting and Secretary, Lara Davies, recorded the minutes.

Minutes: Terry made a motion that we approve the December minutes.  Carol seconded.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

Holiday Project:  We raised about $8K more than last year without a match and had way more contributors because of the direct mail campaign.  Overall a success!

Joyce is going to have a night for those that would like to look at the Holiday Project going forward.   What does the future of this look like?

Annual Meeting:

We will be doing our meeting on March 3rd in the Union Station on the lower level.  Perhaps we have the meeting first and then have a reception in the Terminal bar or Cooper Lounge?

Maybe reception in terminal bar or cooper lounge and then meeting downstairs

The theme will be Lodo, our Five star neighborhood.  We will discuss five things that are happening in the neighborhood. Each speaker will get five minutes. 

1.    Train to airport - Transport

2.    Grocery store - Food

3.    East West Partner bike trail/tracks for storing bikes - Wellness

4.    Zi block – Retail/Hotel Development

5.    MCA speaker – Culture

We hope to get about 150 there in theatre style seating.  We will also give a brief state of the neighborhood and do awards during the presentation from 5:30-6:30.  We should have some tables set up for the speakers to have some materials.  The reception will follow at 7:30.  We will need to have a group who can help direct traffic. 

Christine and Cat will look to see if we should do our poster through MaxSpa, PostNet, or someone else.

We will also get the ad in the Downtown Denver News – February edition. 

Sopra Communities and Alpine Bank are in as sponsors.  We need to ask Bouquets, Union Station Neighborhood, Downtown Denver Partnership, Oxford, Kentwood, and UMB.  Christine will ask Morgan Stanley.

President’s Update:

The January WeeBOT will be January 29th at Orange Theory Fitness in conjunction with LoDo Links. 

Bill Chrismer is resigning from LoDo District and LodoNA.  We will need a WeeBOT Director.  Perhaps TJ spearheads this and Carol works under him for support?

We could possibly bring on two more board members.  If you think of someone let Josh know.

Josh is stepping down as President and will stay on the board as President Emeritus. 

Announcements: Another charter chool should be opening soon – details to come.

Next Meeting - The meeting was adjourned at 6:31 pm and the next meeting will be March 9, 2015 at 5:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted, Lara Davies, Secretary

  

  

December 2014 LoDoNA Board Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

OF THE LOWER DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

HELD December 8, 2014

Pursuant to proper notice, a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association was held on December 8, 2014 beginning at 5:30 p.m.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:56 pm.  In attendance were: Josh Davies, Lara Davies, Kelly Dick, Andrew Guerra, David Hughes, TJ Johnson, Joyce Lozow, Kirstan Marks, Jim Merrill, Carol Pike, Cat Tatman, Jack Tone, Mike West.

Josh Davies, President, chaired the meeting and Secretary, Lara Davies, recorded the minutes.

Minutes:

David made a motion to approve the November minutes.  Carol seconded this motion.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

Holiday Project Update:

We are not doing a canned food drive but are donating money instead.  Burns Marketing has been doing all of our marketing.  (If you see Bill or Ken thank them for their work on this – esp. the post card creation.)  We did a direct mail piece to the LoDoNA database and a postcard to all addresses in the area.  Sullivan’s and Mangiamo Pronto also offered to donate a portion of the proceeds from eating the night of the 9th of December to the cause.  Jennifer Jasinski also included information about the project at all of her restaurants in customer bills, etc. 

We are at 93 donations so far and at about $13K.  We want to double the amount of residents that gave from last year as well as significantly increase the business contributions.  Joyce asked if  LoDoNA could make a contribution.    Jim gave a report of our current financial picture and then Jack made a motion to contribute $1500 to the project.  TJ seconded this and all were in favor.  The motion passed.

Josh will ask LoDo District if they can match.

2015 Annual Meeting:

LoDoNA has an annual meeting every year as required by our charter to remain a neighborhood association.  It also brings neighbors together and helps us with fundraising/membership goals.

We would like to do the event in late Jan/early Feb in a destination venue for about 150-200 people on either a Tue, Wed, or Thurs night if possible. 

New venue/destination spot

Some recommendations that were made about where to host were Inspirato, Union Station lower level, Hotel Teatro (too expensive), Coors Field (too expensive), Coohills, Tamayo, and 16M.

Josh spoke with Union Station and they are looking at the possibility.  We would charge $20 per person and they could provide drink and snacks. 

We discussed the theme and programming.  We brainstormed doing a lowdown on local LoDo businesses – one from tech, one from cultural, one from retail, and one from food and beverages.  We could even do a survey and ask residents to choose who they want to hear from. 

The group discussed and picked winners for the Charlie Award and the Compassionate Neighbor Awards.  These winners’ names have been excluded from the minutes. 

Jim will talk to Sopra about being a lead sponsor on the meeting.

President’s Update:  DDRO has voted to disband itself. 

We have three board seats that are expiring this year: Jack Tone, Kirstan Marks, and Joyce Lozow.  Josh will check to see if they want to still serve. 

We may not have a board seat but could possibly elect a new person.  Josh asked us to think about candidates. 

There are two forums on December 9th about Parks and Recs at the Oxford.  One is at 4:30 pm and one is at 7:30 am.

Commander Lopez has sent us information about a fund that has been set up for the four bicycle officers who were hit by driver suffering a medical emergency during the East High protests.  We will also include into the newsletter.

Next Meeting - The meeting was adjourned at 6:56 pm and the next meeting will be January 12, 2015 at 5:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted, Lara Davies, Secretary

 

November 2014 LoDoNA Board Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

OF THE LOWER DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

HELD November 10, 2014

 

Pursuant to proper notice, a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association was held on November 10, 2014 beginning at 5:30 p.m.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:50 pm.  In attendance were: Josh Davies, Lara Davies, Kelly Dick, Andrew Guerra, Terry Hershey, Joe Howe, David Hughes, Joyce Lozow, Kirstan Marks, Jim Merrill, Carol Pike, Christine Santucci, Jack Tone, Jenny Usaj, and Mike West.

Josh Davies, President, chaired the meeting and Secretary, Lara Davies, recorded the minutes.

Commons Park and Safety:

Neighbors from Riverfront Park (Nancy et al) addressed the board with their concerns about Commons Park especially around the sundial.  Commander Lopez also updated us on his efforts in the neighborhood.  He is working and training his officers on how to deal with the homeless versus the transients – two different types of issues.  Because of a recent initiative from the city, there are now 10 new community officers that serve our neighborhood (fully staffed by 2015).    

He will refocus attention on Commons Park around April after winter.  Josh will pass along our concerns to Scott Gilmore and Lauri Dannimiller at Parks and Rec.  If a resident sees an issue that needs police, but isn’t an emergency, they should call 720.913.2000 or email tony.lopez@denvergov.org.

LoDoNA (Josh) agreed to work closely with the neighbors that are concerned with this park (Nancy’s group) and they will do the same.

Per Lopez, legalization of marijuana has had an impact in the number of citations – 176 for posession in 2013 and 575 in 2014.  This is because of the public consumption issue.  Violent crime is down slightly in LoDo – a lot of these issues are homeless on homeless, phones theft, and fights around bars.  There is a slight drop in larcenies (bike thefts) and car thefts as well this year as well. 

Minutes:

David made a motion to approve the October minutes.  Terry seconded this motion.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report:

Our net income is $4500. 

GNC Report:

There were 2 GNAs to approve - Cholon and GQ Barbershop.  (Bill Chrismer applied for tavern liquor license.)  Both agreed to succession language.  David moved to accept the agreements.  Jack seconded them.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

The former Old Chicago space (Rhinehaus) will not have a rooftop and is moving ahead with the rest of the modifications to the property.  They want to rent the parking lot for outdoor space on the 14th side.  Stay tuned for further updates.

Holiday Project:

The posters and fact sheets will be distributed to all buildings.

Our goal is to double residential donations.  We will be doing a direct mail campaign to people in the LoDoNA database and previous contributors.

We will also be targeting LoDo businesses this year as well. 

Bill Chrismer is working on a restaurant night and we are also going to be publicizing the project in the Denver News.

Committee Reports:

Terry reported that there will be a Polar Express Party on 12/11/14 at Union Station to benefit the Barth. 

Jenny reported that 2 more people did the survey this month.  34 total people filled it out and the overwhelming majority want to keep things the same way re: the bar closing times.

President’s Update:

We may need to re-start our discussions about the impact of the bus routes going two directions on 18th Street, since our current RTD representative, Angie Malpiede, was not re-elected. It appears that Bonnie Archuleta was elected to serve the next term.

The intersection of 17th and Wynkoop is becoming dangerous for pedestrians.  We need to stay on top of this and Josh has reached out to officials with Public Works to see what options are available.

Denver Day of Rock will be Memorial Day Weekend again in 2015, and they are thinking about having a stage at 17th and Wynkoop.  They are working with Ayn Fox and the Union Station Plaza group to address any neighbor concerns with noise, etc.

There will be a new charter school downtown that will open in 2016.  It will be a middle school.  Everyone should think of new board members for 2015 and Annual Meeting Locations.  We will address this at the December board meeting.

 

October 2014 LoDoNA Board Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

OF THE LOWER DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

HELD October 14, 2014

Pursuant to proper notice, a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association was held on October 14, 2014 beginning at 5:30 p.m.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:55 pm.  In attendance were: Josh Davies, Lara Davies, Andrew Guerra, Terry Hershey, Joyce Lozow, Kirstan Marks, Jim Merrill, Carol Pike, Cat Tatman, and Jenny Usaj.

Josh Davies, President, chaired the meeting and Secretary, Lara Davies, recorded the minutes.

 Minutes:

Cat made a motion to approve the August and September minutes.  Joyce seconded this motion.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

18th Street Update:

Residents of the Franklin Lofts building came to our meeting to request our support in stopping a proposed increase to RTD bus traffic on 18th Street by making the street two-way. These residents believed that the original routes were working and asked us for our support in keeping the routes as they were - one way.  The argument for making the street two-way is to decrease bus traffic on 17th street which is an area many would like to keep more pedestrian friendly.  The public comment for the hearing on the 28th of October was due by October 16th.  

We sent a letter to RTD in April to ask them to consider rerouting some of the bus traffic off 18th street. In response they did move one bus route and agreed to do a study after a year on traffic impacts to our neighborhood.

Terry made a motion that we reach out to Angie and ask for our study by May 31, 2015.  At this time we should also note our concern with increased traffic on 18th street and the impact on our neighborhood.  We want the study to include safety issues and environmental issues.  Jim seconded this.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

Other Issues of Concern:

During the discussions, board members brought up dumping bottles at the Icehouse by Union Station to Andrew.  He said that the current rule is that they are not allowed to dump trash between 10pm and 7am and they will adhere to this rule. 

The group also discussed the Commons Park issues and asked if Commander Lopez could come in November to our meeting to discuss.  Nancy Green in Riverfront is also organizing a group of folks to talk about the issue.  This group doesn’t want to just move homeless and transients around (from park to park) but find a solution. Perhaps this group could also organize through LoDo Cares.  Ryan King is also supportive of this.  The group should address the difference between homelessness and vagrants.  

Treasurer’s Report:

Through September 2014 we are $4,900 in net income.

Advocacy Report:

32 people did our bar closing time survey.  51% want to keep hours the same and 61% are against local choice. 

President's Update:

Our next WeeBOT is October 23rd at the Terminal Bar from 5:30-7:30pm in the Beer Garden.

Market Street Station will be a parking garage until at least this time in 2015.  Users will enter the garage off of Blake St.

Scout Car is now permanent and will be staffed year-round Wednesday-Saturday.  We will add something about this to the newsletter.

Committee Announcements:

The Holiday Project committee met after our board meeting. 

There will be an Annual Holiday Party supporting the Barth Hotel in the Great Hall of Union Station on 12/11 at 8pm.

Next Meeting - The meeting was adjourned at 6:55 pm and the next meeting will be November 10, 2014 at 5:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted, Lara Davies, Secretary