In This Issue: March Sustainability Month, Mile High Vista Survey, Open House on Slot Homes, Community Forester Workshop, Dan Pabon House District 4 Town Hall and more...
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The West Colfax
Association of Neighbors(WeCAN) 
is the Registered Neighborhood Organization (RNO) for the neighbors who live, work, or own property in the West Colfax neighborhood.
WeCAN meets the second Tuesday of every month, 6:00pm, in the main hall of the Confluence Ministries building, 1400 Quitman Street.
Bringing Neighbors Together to Build Community
March is Sustainability Month in West Colfax

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

West Colfax has been a part of the Sustainable Neighborhood Network (SNN) since 2014, earning Outstanding Sustainable Neighborhood status every year since! Through this program, WeCAN has provided a variety of volunteer opportunities, workshops and events in the neighborhood to bring neighbors together to support sustainability practices. Some highlights of the West Colfax SNN:
  • The WeCAN Running Club has been meeting since September 2016, with 50+ runners participating for close to 1,000 miles run so far!
  • WeCAN has partnered with Extreme Community Makeover (ECM) and Confluence Ministries since 2012 for West Colfax Clean-up Days, bringing over 150 neighbors together to clean up alleys, help senior and disabled neighbors with yard projects, and readying the community garden.
  • WeCAN has also partnered with The Parks People and Denver Digs Trees to help bring more trees to the West Colfax neighborhood; canvassing the neighborhood for yards in need of trees, and helping to distribute and plant trees to help beautify the neighborhood.

Have ideas on how to support or want to help WeCAN with its SNN efforts? Please join us at our March 14th General Membership Meeting to learn more about the SSN and how you can get involved in these and other sustainability projects in West Colfax. Please contact to get involved with the SNN if you’re unable to make it to the March meeting.

Kind Regards,

Nadia Hafeez Patrick & Leah Rounds
WeCAN Co-Presidents
At the Next WeCAN General Membership Meeting – March 14, 2017

Along with the Sustainable Neighborhood Network Celebration, Denver Urban Gardens will be at our March 14th General Membership Meeting for a Master Composter Presentation. The Master Composter Program is a ten-session course training individuals to be Master Composters and, in turn, equipping participants to share their newly acquired knowledge with others in the community. Through hands-on sessions, Master Composter Program participants learn about a broad range of compost and recycling topics, including resource conservation and the effective use of recycled household materials in gardens and home landscapes. Join us on March 14 to learn more about the program and how you can become a Master Composter.

Additional information will be available about the Denver Digs Trees program and the West Colfax Food Co-op at our General Membership Meeting; look for more more information on these programs in the Mid-March Newsletter. And as always, WeCAN will highlight neighborhood events and Community Resource Officer Bob Anderson of Denver Police District 1 will share crime statistics and answer your questions and concerns.
What uses would you like to see at Mile High Vista?

In 2011, the Urban Land Conservancy (ULC), sole member of the Avondale Commons, LLC (also known as Mile High Vista), purchased the 2.16 acre site located at 3200/3290 W. Colfax and 1400 Irving. The proposed plan for the site was as a mixed use development to be comprised of three structures: (1) Multi-family affordable housing; (2) Community Need – Library; and (3) Commercial Use (possible Non-Profit mixed w/market rate). Of the three proposed structures, the housing and library are constructed and are in use. The housing includes 80 units of affordable apartments with 19,000 square feet of commercial/non-profit space. The second structure is the home of the 28,000 square-foot Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library, part of the Denver Public Library system. The remaining, undeveloped parcel on the site is approximately 19,000 square-feet. For this portion of the site, we are seeking to find the most appropriate uses through community engagement and the results of a market study. Your feedback is crucial to guide decisions concerning the future uses of this remaining undeveloped parcel.

What commercial or non-profit space would you like to see at this location?

Take the quick online survey:, open until March 13th. Or attend one of the public meetings March 4th or March 8th, more information on the flyer.
Community Open House on Slot Homes - March 8

Join Community Planning and Development planners for a community open house to discuss the forthcoming Denver Zoning Code text amendment on "slot homes" in Denver. You are invited to learn about the process and share your thoughts as problems associated with slot home development are identified.

Wednesday, March 8 - 5:30-7:30 p.m
Scheitler Recreation Center
5031 W. 46th Ave. Denver CO

About Slot Homes: Community Planning and Development has been conducting city-wide research, analysis and public outreach to identify the problem more clearly, explore alternatives and identify tools to promote improved design outcomes for "slot homes." These efforts will result in a text amendment to the Denver Zoning code in spring of 2018.

A slot home is a multi-unit residential structure consisting of attached dwelling units arranged side-by-side and primarily perpendicular to the street. Most dwelling units have an individual, direct entrance to the exterior facing a side lot line or center pedestrian court. Individual vehicular garages are generally located beneath each unit.

For more information on the project, questions or comments, contact Senior City Planner Analiese Hock, Visit the project website.
The Parks People 2017 Community Forester Workshops... Registration Now Open!

Ever wanted to learn more about trees, advocate for our urban forest, educate others, or help improve your community's tree canopy?!  Now is an excellent time to do just that...

Local nonprofit, The Park People, is pleased to partner with Denver Parks & Recreation to host the Community Forester​ program - a fun and informative, five-workshop series that will teach participants about trees and prepare them to act as stewards of the urban tree canopy.

This is a great opportunity to support our environment, urban forest, community health, and quality of life in Denver.  Call 303-722-6262 to register TODAY! Class size is limited and tends to fill up quickly, so don't delay. See below for info/schedule (or) click here for additional Community Forester Info
Topic Date Location
'Trees 101' Sat, March 11 -  9:00a to 1:00p James Fleming Mansion, Platt Park
Planting & Health Sat, April 01 -  9:00a to 1:00p Cook Park Recreation Center
Pruning Sat, May 06 -  9:00a to 1:00p Harvard Gulch Rec Center
ID & Inventory Sat, June 03 -  9:00a to 1:00p South High School
Volunteer Leadership & Community Engagement Sat, July 08 -  9:00a to noon James Fleming Mansion, Platt Park

Classes are $20 ea. and if you attend the first four, the fifth is free!  The entire series is $80. To become an official Community Forester, participants must complete all five sessions. However, individuals may take 'Trees 101' and at least one other class to become a Tree Steward.
Dan Pabon, Representative from House District 4 Next Town Hall - March 13 State Representative of House District 4, Dan Pabon, is holding his next Town Hall event on Monday March 13 at 6:30pm at the SouthWest Improvement Council at 1000 S. Lowell Blvd. Stay connected and up-to-date with Dan Pabon and state legislation by signing up for his newsletter. You can contact Dan Pabon at or 303-378-8658.
MARCH 2017
Next Meeting:

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

1400 Quitman St.


6:00-6:05: WeCAN Announcements

6:05-6:10: DPD Community Resource Officer Bob Anderson

6:10-6:20: Sustainable Neighborhood Network Celebration with Taylor Moellers, Sustainable Neighborhoods Program Coordinator, and the WeCAN Sustainability Team

6:20-6:35: Master Composter Presentation by Denver Urban Gardens

6:30-6:40: The Parks People on the Denver Digs Trees program

6:40-6:55: West Colfax Food Co-op Presentation by Terry Freeman
West Colfax
Events Calendar

March 2017



2&3  Councilman Rafael Espinoza, District 1, Office Hours: Thursdays 1:00-5:00pm and Fridays 9:00am-5:00pm at the NW Denver Cop Shop, 5094 W Colfax Ave.

4     Public Meeting: What uses would you like to see at Mile High Vista? 10:30am-12:00pm, Avondale Apartments 2nd floor community room, 3275 W. 14th Ave.

6     WeCAN Running Club @Seedstock Brewery (3610 W Colfax Ave), 6:20pm *The WeCAN Running Club meets every Monday.

8     Community Open House on Slot Homes, 5:30-7:30pm, Scheitler Recreation Center, 5031 W. 46th Ave.

8     Public Meeting: What uses would you like to see at Mile High Vista? 6:00-7:00pm, Avondale Apartments 2nd floor community room, 3275 W. 14th Ave.

6-10  Extra Trash Pick-up south of Colfax Ave.

13     HD4 Representative Dan Pabon Town Hall, SouthWest Improvement Council (1000 S. Lowell Blvd.), 6:30pm

14     WeCAN General Membership Meeting, 1400 Quitman St., 6:00-7:00pm

16     Councilman Paul Lopez, District 3, Office Hours: Third Thursdays of the month, 3:30-6:30pm at the Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Library, 1498 Irving St.

16     Over the Colfax Clover public meeting, 3275 W 14th Ave., 6:00pm

18     Denver Police District 1 Women’s Self-Defense Class, Rude Rec Center (2855 W. Holden Pl.), 9:30am-1:30pm.

20     Denver Police Department District 1 Commanders Advisory Group, 1311 W. 46th Ave., 6:00pm

22     WeCAN Board of Directors Meeting, 1400 Quitman St., 6:00-7:30pm

28-April 1    Extra Trash Pick-up north of Colfax Ave.

Find a complete calendar of West Colfax events at

Know of an event happening in West Colfax or the surrounding neighborhoods? Please share your events with us at or call 303-578-6263 and we’ll add them to the WeCAN calendar.
West Colfax
In The News


Things are always happening in West Colfax; here are a few recent headlines:

Denver council approves tax financing plans for 225 affordable apartments near Sloan’s Lake from The Denver Post, February 14, 2017.

New housing, retail options abound at Sloans from Lakewood Sentinel, February 14, 2017.,242888

NYC developer breaks ground on townhome sites from BusinessDen, February 6, 2017.

Developers prepare makeover for Sloan’s Lake block from BusinessDen, January 24, 2017.



The West Colfax Association of Neighbors (WeCAN) acts as community stewards to connect neighbors with information, resources, and one another in the West Colfax neighborhood. WeCAN brings awareness and a voice to issues facing our historic but fast-changing community, develops and leads award-winning sustainability and community-building projects, and works to enhance our neighborhood while preserving the unique character and diversity of West Colfax.
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