Berkeley-Regis United Neighbors, Inc. (BRUN)
Board Meeting Minutes for October 16, 2018
West 38th Avenue & Historic Berkeley Regis
West 38th Avenue Neighborhood Association, in existence for four years as West 38th Avenue Coalition, is now an RNO that works to improve West 38th Avenue along both the Berkeley and West Highlands side of this corridor. The group is focused on getting the City to do a corridor study of West 38th, improving bus stops along the route, and evaluating transportation options such as scooters and B-cycles.
Their membership includes interested residents and owners of businesses located on West 38th. They are currently working on a liquor license for Enigma Bazaar, located in the building previously occupied by Ziggie’s.
Historic Berkeley-Regis (HBR) works to protect historical buildings that (somehow) still stand in Berkeley-Regis. While pursuing the history of Berkeley Lake and Park, the group uncovered the original masterplan for this park and also learned of improvements and masterplan updates for another historic park, Inspiration Park.
Other HBR projects include: the Steele Center Foursquare (39th & King), Feral’s move to the Alcott Theater, and other landmarks along Tennyson Street between 39th & 41st.
Thank you to Marie Edgar for attending and reporting this to us.
Regis University Activities & Updates
Last month’s Walk Federal Avenue event, organized by Regis University, in which Mayor Hancock participated, did bring attention to a variety of issues relevant to Federal (between 48th & 52nd).
Regis is developing a community-focused newsletter that will feature Regis events and activities that are open to the public in areas such as music, lectures, exercise classes, etc. If you do not receive an email copy of the newsletter in late December/early January, check the Regis website where you can sign up for it.
Thank you to Jay April for attending and reporting this to us.
RTD Trains & Busses
RTD wants Northwest Denver residents to be aware of safety issues related to increased train traffic.
STOP, LOOK, and LISTEN when busses, trains, tracks, crossings, transit hubs and construction areas are nearby. Remove your headset. Lower the volume on your music source. Listen for the sound of an approaching train. Quiet zones, in which commuter rail and freight trains do not sound their horns, will be implemented. And, should you notice safety issues or suspicious activity, you can report them via RTD Transit Watch, a reporting app that’s available for iOS / Android devices.
Unlike light rail vehicles that run in downtown Denver, commuter rail vehicles (G-Line and A-Line trains, for example) are heavy, like freight trains, and require longer stopping distances. For this reason, pedestrians, drivers of automobiles, etc. must protect their own safety by following rules when crossing train tracks at pedestrian and/or vehicle crossings.
Night Stops Program: Bus riders can request non-standard stops between 7 P.M. and 5 A.M. Ask the driver to let you off at the end of your block, for example, or anywhere along the route.
Change Is Coming: RTD changes are coming on January 1, 2019. Check RTD’s website for details.
Thank you to Lindsey Alarcon, RTD Senior Specialist, for attending and reporting this to us.
2022 Olympic Games
In May 2019, Denver voters might get a chance to vote on whether the City should:
(1) host the 2022 Olympic Games, or (2) spend another dime in pursuit of hosting the games. Petitions aimed at placing these issues on the May 2019 ballot are circulating now.
Thank you to Marie Benedix, West Highlands Neighborhood Association, for attending and reporting this to us.
FREE Halloween Family Concert
Talented young musicians, ages 4-to-17, will perform during the Tunes and Treats concert scheduled for Sunday, October 28th at 3:30 P.M. in the Julian Pavilion at the Highlands Center, 2945 Julian Street, Denver.
Thank you to Dennis Gallagher for attending and reporting this to us.
The BRUN Board voted 7-to-2 in favor of sending a letter supporting Denver Streets Partnership’s request for a grant from The Colorado Health Foundation. If granted, Denver Streets Partnership will use the funds to ensure that healthy, active transportation options, such as walking and biking, are safe, convenient and available to Denver residents of all ages, incomes, and abilities.
BRUN’s Annual Meeting, typically held in February at the Oriental Theatre, was discussed.
BRUN’s next board meeting is scheduled for December 4th. There will no meeting in November.