In This Issue: April 9 General Meeting; Tree Planting; Get Involved; WeCAN Run Club; Weigh in on 17th and Newton; City Council Recap; Clean-up Day; Over the Clover Survey; Stadium Plan; Healthy City hearing; Alzheimer's workshop; Cabinet in the Community; West Colfax in the News
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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
Dear Friends and Neighbors, 

The Sustainability Team had its first meeting that included neighbors, business owners, and members of adjacent RNOs. We are excited to be working with the City of Denver to advance our collective sustainability goals. Our West Colfax Sustainable Neighborhoods team is particularly committed to working at the intersection of the 2020 sustainability goals for Housing, Food, Materials, and Health. We are excited to be developing a neighborhood pilot of the Denver Compost Challenge in collaboration with the Sustainable Neighborhoods program. If you are interested in learning more or being part of the next meeting contact

And please join us for our next Sustainability event, Tree Planting Day, on April 27, 9:00am-12:00pm. Contact Jessica to get involved!

Kind Regards,

Leah Rounds & Jessica Dominguez

WeCAN Co-Presidents

April 9 General Meeting
WeCAN meets the second Tuesday of every month (January-May, August-November), 6:00-7:00pm in the Main Hall of the Confluence Ministries Building at 1400 Quitman St. Here is a glimpse at this month's General Meeting.
6:00pm: Denver Police District 1 Community Resource Officer, Bob Anderson, and the Northwest Denver Public Safety Resource Center begins our meetings by sharing recent crime statistics, crime prevention tips, and is available to answer all your questions and concerns.


6:05 Jen Sevcik and Tim Samp, owners of a new local business, Duality Fitness, at 4635 W. Colfax Ave. Learn about what this business has to offer and why they're excited to be in West Colfax. There will be a fitness demonstration too!

6:15 Dianne Thiel, from Denver Right to Survive Initiative (300) committee, will share information and answer your questions about this initiative, which will be on the Denver ballot this May.


6:25 Dan Shah, Director of the West Colfax Business Improvement District (WCBID) will be presenting on the re-design of the Colfax Ave. and Federal Blvd. "Clover" intersection. Come learn about improvements and add your voice to the process!

6:45 David Zucker, Zocalo Development, presenting on a project at 17th and Newton St. A quick recap of the project can be seen here, and see the "Time to weigh in on a proposed redevelopment at 17th and Newton. We need your vote!" section below to learn even more about this project.


West Colfax Tree Planting Day

What: A morning of planting trees with neighbors, for neighbors, in West Colfax. Starting with coffee, bagels, and meeting your neighbors at Brew Culture Coffee before setting off into the neighborhood.

When: Saturday, April 27, 9:00am to 12:00pm

Where: Meet at Brew Culture Coffee, 3610 W. Colfax Ave.

Interested in joining us? Contact

WeCAN partners with the Denver Digs Tree program every year as a part of its Sustainability efforts in West Colfax.

Are you a West Colfax business? Sponsor the WeCAN team on Tree Planting Day. Contact to learn more.

Do you know WordPress and familiar with web hosting? WeCAN needs you!

WeCAN needs a neighbor with expertise in WordPress and web hosting. We have it all set up, we just need help managing it! Please contact if you can help out.

WeCAN Running Club, Mondays, 6:30pm at Seedstock Brewery

The WeCAN Running Club has been going strong for over 2 years now! Come out to run, jog or walk with your West Colfax neighbors every Monday! 

Time to weigh in on a proposed redevelopment at 17th and Newton. We need your vote!
David Zucker from Zocalo Community Development approached WeCAN in Summer 2017 about initial plans to redevelop the vacant parking lots at 17th and Newton. The lots are currently part of Planned Unit Development (PUD #8) zoning, which provides for a total of 515,400 square feet of hospital, medical office buildings, and multi-unit residential towers, requiring medical uses. Zocalo is proposing a development containing residential and commercial uses that would require a rezoning to a new PUD. The upcoming Planning Board meeting will be held on April 17th. 

The purpose of this section is to provide you background that might be helpful in voting as to whether WeCAN should write a letter of support, opposition, or remain neutral. Per WeCAN By-Laws, members must be provided with one week notice of an online vote, followed by two weeks of open voting. All votes will be reviewed to ensure accurate membership. Please read the entire background on this project here.

Zocalo applied for a rezoning on the property to facilitate the above project to a new PUD (#21) on February 14, 2019. The Planning Board meeting has been scheduled for April 17, 2019 at 3:00 pm. The City Council meeting has not yet been scheduled. The Zocalo team is attending the April 9, 2019 General Meeting to answer any additional questions you may have about this complex project prior to voting.

WeCAN is asking for a vote from all neighbors. Please go here to vote before end-of-day in April 24, 2019. Thank you in advance for your time in carefully evaluating developments coming to our neighborhood.
Denver City Council District 1 & 3 Candidate Forum Recap
Election Day is May 7th! All ballots must be turned in by 7:00pm that day. The West Colfax neighborhood is split roughly in half with two Denver City Council Districts, 1 and 3 (See the map here.)  

WeCAN hosted the District 1 candidate forum at its February General Meeting and the District 3 candidate forum at its March General Meeting. Our past newsletters (linked above) included candidates information and where you can learn more about their platform.

A few candidates also submitted written responses to questions taken at General Meetings. You can view those responses here.
Know a Neighbor who Needs Help with an Exterior Home Project?

Join with WeCAN and Extreme Community Makeover at the next West Colfax Clean-up Day!

Saturday, June 1, 9:00 AM
Where: Meet at Confluence Ministries, 1400 Quitman St.

This is a great way to partner with your neighbors to:
  • complete exterior home repair or improvement projects for a neighbor in need
  • clean up trash on the streets and alleys
  • remove graffiti
  • meet neighbors and make connections
Lunch is provided. Projects are generally completed by 4PM, but you can come for a half day. Children of all ages are welcome to come with an adult willing to work with and supervise them.
Please contact Diana Dietvorst at 303-550-985 or to volunteer or make suggestions on projects for the day. 

If you know a neighbor in West Colfax who could use help with the exterior of their home or their yard, please contact Diana.

Are you a West Colfax business? Sponsor the WeCAN Team for the June 1st Clean-up Day. Contact to learn more.


Add Your Voice: Take the "Over the Colfax Clover" Survey

Improvements are coming the the West Colfax Avenue and Federal Boulevard intersection! Add your voice to the process and take the survey here!

A presentation was made in February at the Alamo Drafthouse on this project, get the background on this project here.


Stadium District Master Plan Meeting #3 - April 4


The Public Hearing for “Game Plan for a Healthy City” April 10

The Public Hearing for “Game Plan for a Healthy City” (originally scheduled for 3/13/19) has been rescheduled to WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10 at the regular Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) meeting.
The PRAB meeting on April 10, 2019, begins at 5:30pm. It is held at the Wellington Webb Municipal Building, located at 201 W. Colfax Ave., Room 4.F.6.
A copy of the “Game Plan for a Healthy City” is accessible through the City of Denver's Denveright website. Review the plan directly via this link.  The 3-Year Action Plan is also now available for review online.

Alzheimer's & Dementia Educational Series at the Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Library

Mayor Hancock's Cabinet in the Community - April 27

West Colfax in the News
There's always something happening in West Colfax; here are a few recent headlines.

Little Man Ice Cream to open shop in Denver International Airport, bring soft serve to Oneida Park, The Know, March 29, 2019.

Ralph Bakshi's American Pop Coming to DiNK in April, Westword, March 28, 2019.

Denver finds creative way to bring stability to vulnerable homeowners, affordable option for rentersThe Denver Channel, March 27, 2019.

Rafael Espinoza's Exit Interview: "It Would Be Hell of a Lot Easier If I Were Mayor," Westword, March 26, 2019.

Man hit, killed by vehicle on West Colfax, 9News, March 21, 2019.

Denver drivers urged to 'slow the funk down', The Denver Channel, March 19, 2019.

Pinkard delivers Koelbel and Co.’s Sienna Sloans Lake, Colorado Real Estate Journal, March 17, 2019.

Infill developer Schwartz seeks bulk buyer, Colorado Real Estate Journal, March 11, 2019.

How one Colorado couple built their careers by creating fantastic worlds, 303 Magazine, March 5, 2019.

The colorful, service-offering new Delores Project shelter opens this frigid week, Denverite, March 5, 2019.
APRIL 2019
WeCAN General Meeting

Tuesday April 9, 2019


1400 Quitman St., main hall


6:00: Denver Police District 1 Community Resource Officer, Bob Anderson, and the Northwest Denver Public Safety Resource Center 

6:05 Jen Sevcik and Tim Samp, owners of a new local business, Duality Fitness, 4635 W. Colfax Ave.

6:15 Dianne Thiel, from Denver Right to Survive Initiative (300) committee

6:25 Dan Shah, Director of the West Colfax Business Improvement District (WCBID)

6:45 David Zucker, Zocalo Development, redevelopment project at 17th and Newton

West Colfax
Events Calendar

April 2019
1  WeCAN Running Club Seedstock Brewery, 3610 W Colfax Ave, 6:30pm 
*WeCAN Running Club every Monday

4  Stadium District Master Plan Meeting #3, Mile High Stadium, 1701 Bryant St, 6:00-7:30pm

8  Amazing Artwork - Amazing Women Art Show Presentation, Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Branch Library, 1498 Irving St., 5:30pm

9  WeCAN General Meeting, Confluence Ministries, 1400 Quitman St., 6:00-7:00pm

Alzheimer's & Dementia Educational Series,  Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Branch Library, 1498 Irving St., 11:00am

15  Denver Police District 1 Citizens Advisory Group (CAG), District 1 Station, 1311 W. 46th Ave., 6:00pm

15-19  Extra Trash Pick-up SOUTH of Colfax Ave.

17  WeCAN Board of Directors Meeting, Confluence Ministries, 1400 Quitman St., 6:00-7:00pm

17  Affordable Housing Assistance Workshop, Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Library, 1498 Irving St., 3:00-5:30pm.

17  Planning Board Public Hearing: Rezone request for area bounded by 17th Ave, Lowell Blvd, 16th Ave, Newton St & 1570, 1572, 1576, 1578, 1580, 1584, 1586, 1590, 1592 Meade St., City & County Building, 1437 Bannock St., 3:00pm

22-26  Extra Trash Pick-up NORTH of Colfax Ave.

27  WeCAN Tree Planting Day, meet at Brew Culture Coffee, 3620 W. Colfax Ave., 9:00am



Find a complete calendar of West Colfax events at our Events Calendar.

Know of an event happening in West Colfax or the surrounding neighborhoods? Please share your events with us at and we’ll add them to the WeCAN calendar.
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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