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Updates – 10/12/2016
Yesterday, the Board of Adjustments heard the appeal brought by the Humboldt Neighborhood Association against the building permit issued for 1570 & 1578 Humboldt St. Unfortunately, the board voted 4-1 to deny the appeal (upholding the building permit). The chairman, Mr. Aguayo, deserves our appreciation for siding with the appellants.
Now more than ever it’s important to contact Barry Hirschfeld and the developers at Pando Holdings, Lance Gutsch and Kiely Wilson, to let them know the real impact this development will have on this neighborhood. The city may not have understood the consequences of the parking exemption, but these developers absolutely do and should be ashamed of what they’re doing.
The B. of A. appeal is behind us, but the issue is definitely not.
There are currently 11 other projects like this throughout Denver moving forward in the permitting process.
Prior to the passage of a moratorium on small lot parking exemptions, 11 projects from various developers were submitted to the City of Denver for approval. Those projects were allowed to move forward with their permitting and potential construction.
This issue stretches far beyond the Humboldt neighborhood. This weekend a group of representatives from neighborhood associations throughout the city will be meeting to discuss the next course of action. Please continue checking this website for updates and sign up for email updates in case of any new actions we can take.
Denver Community Planning and Development has approved construction of two 5-story apartment buildings housing a total of 108 units. These units will be approximately 250-350 sq. ft. studio apartments, known as micro-units. By exploiting a loophole in the Denver zoning code, the developers will be providing NO PARKING for the residents of these buildings.
The surrounding Uptown, City Park West, and Cheesman Park neighborhoods already face serious on-street parking challenges. This project will ensure that on-street parking will no longer be an option for many current and future residents of these neighborhoods.
We know that there is a housing shortage in Denver, but this is not the way to solve the problem. Responsible development that meets the needs of prospective residents without harming the neighborhood is possible. We are not opposed to responsible development on this property. We are opposed to a development that does not provide a reasonable amount of parking for the 108 new residents and instead forces the burden onto the surrounding residents and small business owners and patrons.