In April of 2016 the Santa Fe BID held an annual meeting to present their 2015 annual report and present to members of the City of Denver’s Department of Public Works, Councilman Paul Lopez and other departments a Priorities Proposal. This proposal was requested by the City as a way to communicate the BID’s physical and infrastructure desires for future improvement. Both documents take into consideration the feedback from area surveys of property and business owners. The BID is currently working on a 2016 annual report which will be available in April of 2017.
General Obligation (GO) Bond Effort
This year our community showed up to the various public GO Bond forums and enthusiastically participated by filling out the recommendation cards and placing map stickers.
We have the full support of our District’s Councilman Paul Lopez and various members of the City Council for the recommended physical improvements we would like the GO Bond to fund. Santa Fe Drive is one of the oldest, if not THE oldest main Denver corridor and it is long overdue for major infrastructure improvements. Santa Fe Drive is also home to the State’s first designated Art District and hosts the largest First Friday art walk, not only in Colorado but the region, making it a huge attraction for art lovers and visitors. In addition, the last issuance of the GO Bonds did not serve the infrastructure needs of any West Denver area. At this time the community of Santa Fe Drive / La Alma Lincoln Park formally requests that the general obligation bond fund the following project components for the Santa Fe Drive corridor between 6th and 13th Avenue;
- Full concrete street and sidewalks reconstruction,
- Utility reconstruction,
- Reduced lanes of traffic to 2 lanes,
- Widen sidewalks similar to the 14th street rebuild and design,
- Relocate gas meters,
- Eliminate tree wells on the 700 and 800 blocks of Santa Fe Drive,
- Replace trees, pedestrian lighting and furniture including trash receptacles and benches.
This request is based on #2 of the Intermediate Phase (page 2) of the Priority Proposal that was presented to city officials including the Department of Public Works in April of 2016 year. This request is also the result of a master vision plan that was produced in recent years that addresses the neighborhood’s history, Santa Fe Drive’s physical dysfunctions, potential traffic alternatives and proposed design plans. Currently we are working to refine this proposal and will be presenting it to Mayor Michael B. Hancock on Friday, March 10th at 1:45 pm at the Volunteer of America building on the 1200 block of Santa Fe Drive. If you support our efforts please plan on attending and show your support!