Neighbors for

Greater Capitol Hill

A New Registered Neighborhood Organization (RNO)

For people who want to be actively involved

in setting a direction for the greater Capitol Hill neighborhood

Who we are:

A group of neighborhood activists who believe that more focus is needed on Greater Capitol Hill's core issues of:

  • Zoning

  • Transportation, including walking, biking, transit and - yes - even driving. This includes parking issues, which create headaches throughout our neighborhood.

  • Historic Preservation, because our neighborhood is host to so many historic structures, including some iconic ones.

  • Licensing, including for establishments that sell alcohol and marijuana.

The boundaries of Neighbors for Greater Capitol Hill are generally: York/Josephine Streets on the east, 6th Avenue on the south, Broadway on the west, and Glenarm Place/23rd Avenue on the north.

Become a Member of Neighbors for Greater Capitol Hill

We will do our best to keep you informed and represent the interests of the residents of Capitol Hill. Individual memberships are just $10 for the calendar year beginning January 1.

Download the application at https://tinyurl.com/s5caf79 and mail it with your check.

We accept donations, too!

Neighbors for Greater Capitol Hill

P.O. Box 18516

Denver, Colorado 80218


Officers:

  • President: Brad Cameron

  • Vice President: Caroline Schomp

  • Secretary: Michael Henry

  • Treasurer: Hilleary Waters

Board members: Shayne Brady, Mike Harr, Matt James, Kevin Logan, and Kathleen Reilly

Committees:

  • Historic Preservation - chaired by Michael Henry.

  • Zoning, Land Use, Transportation & Licensing: co-chaired by Brad Cameron, Shayne Brady, and Kevin Logan.

  • Communication: chaired by Caroline Schomp.

This slate of members was re-elected to serve through 2020 at the Neighbors for Greater Capitol Hill annual meeting on November 19.

City's 2020 Leaf Drop Program Is Open for Business

It’s that time of year when the leaves are starting to change and fall. When raking leaves, rather than throwing them in the trash to be taken to a landfill, Denver residents can drop them off at a Denver LeafDrop site to be composted for free, now through December 4! Composting is nature’s way of recycling and returning valuable organic matter and nutrients to soil to be used again to help plants thrive. Compost created through Denver’s LeafDrop Program will be made available for residents to purchase at a discounted rate in the spring.

The following LeafDrop locations will be open on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

  • Cherry Creek Transfer Station – 7301 E. Jewell Ave. (entrance on E. Jewell Ave.)

  • Havana Nursery – 10450 Smith Rd. (enter on Smith Road; leaves must be brought in bags at this location)

  • Central Platte Campus – 1271 W. Bayaud Ave. (leaves must be brought in bags at this location)

When dropping off raked leaves, paper bags are preferred - they can also be composted! Denver residents can download a coupon to receive a free five-pack of paper leaf bags at participating Ace Hardware Stores at denvergov.org/leafdrop.

Dive more Denver LeafDrop locations opened October 31st for three weekends to allow residents to drop-off raked leaves to be composted for free. In addition, Jack-O’-Lanterns still sitting on the front porch after Halloween are also accepted for composting. Compost created through Denver’s LeafDrop Program will be made available for residents to purchase at a discounted rate in the spring to help their gardens thrive.

Weekend LeafDrop Locations

Open Saturdays and Sundays until November 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Bruce Randolph High School – E. 40th Ave. and Steele St.

  • Cherry Creek Transfer Station - 7301 E. Jewell Ave. (Enter on E. Jewell Ave.; please note, this is the only location accepting loose leaves.)

  • Kennedy High School – Newland St. and Brown Pl.

  • Sloan’s Lake Park - 17th Ave. and Sheridan Blvd.

  • Veterans Park – S. Vine St. and E. Iowa Ave.

When dropping-off raked leaves, paper bags are preferred - they can also be composted! Denver residents can visit denvergov.org/leafdrop to download a coupon for a free five-pack of paper leaf bags at participating Ace Hardware Stores.

A few more helpful tips:

  • Please make sure to social distance and wear a face covering at drop-off locations.

  • Leaves cannot contain branches or other materials.

  • Never rake or blow leaves into the street; they could clog storm sewer inlets and Denver’s street sweepers.

  • Only bring leaves to drop-off sites during specified dates and times; dropping off leaves during other times is considered illegal dumping.

To learn more about Denver’s LeafDrop Program, please visit denvergov.org/leafdrop.


Safe Outdoor Spaces Proposed for Two Capitol Hill Churches

Barring some unforeseen glitches, Denver's homeless will have two "Safe Outdoor Spaces" temporary campsites available at First Baptist Church, 14th and Grant and Denver Community Church, 16th and Pearl. You can read more about the plans at https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/2-safe-outdoor-spaces-for-people-experiencing-homelessness-planned-for-cap-hill/ar-BB1aDmWK.

There are two online forums scheduled for community input, although there apparently is no requirement for community input before the city's zoning administrator grants a waiver that would permit the SOS to go forward. The two community meetings are planned for:

  • 6-8 p.m. Nov. 19

  • 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 21

  • Information on joining the meetings via Zoom webinar as well as more about the Safe Outdoor Space model can be found at sos.konveio.com

Neighbors for Greater Capitol Hill is not among the SOS sponsoring organizations and has not taken an official position on them. We encourage interested community members to join one of the Zoom meetings to state their opinions, and/or email their city council representatives, Chris Hinds and Candi CdeBaca and the city zoning administrator, Tina Axelrad.


Demolition Permit for Campbell-Stone Residences Withdrawn

Botnick Realty withdrew its application for a Certificate of Demolition Eligibility for the property at 1295 Race Street on October 15th, the Campbell-Stone Residences. The apartment building houses low-income seniors.

Neighbors for Greater Capitol Hill Board member Michael Henry was one of three neighborhood residences that filed a notice of intent to oppose the application by filing for a landmark designation on the building. Botnick Realty withdrew its application the next day.

According to a story in the November 9th "BusinessDen," Botnick Realty's Brian Botnick said in an email, “We simply decided that it was premature to process it. As we had said earlier we were just exploring options so there was no urgency to the application.” The certificate would have allowed the building to be demolished at any time within a five-year window.

Coming Soon: Neighbors for Greater Capitol Hill's Annual Meeting

No date has been set for our RNO's annual meeting, but it likely will take place during the first two weeks in December, and feature a brief presentation and Q&A session with District 10's Councilman Chris Hinds, followed by election of officers for 2021. The meeting will be held via Zoom, since we unfortunately can't get together in person because of the pandemic. Advance registration will be required and information will be posted on this website and on our Facebook page. This is also the time of year to renew your membership. Information will be sent out via email and will also be available at the annual meeting.