In This Issue:  WeCAN Social at Barfly March 11; PUD 8 Working Group: Rezone Request Update; General Meeting March 13; Sustainable Neighborhood Network Spring Skill-building Retreat; Denver Parks & Rec Art Program's Interest Survey
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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.
Bringing Neighbors Together to Build Community
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Please join us for our next WeCAN Social Hour! Sunday, March 11, 3:00-5:00pm at Barfly, 4255 W. Colfax Ave. Enjoy a few appetizers on us and come out to meet a few new neighbors and help WeCAN stuff our New Resident Welcome Packets. Come out to support WeCAN's mission of "Bringing Neighbors Together to Build Community."

Kind Regards,

Leah Rounds & Dave Justice

WeCAN Co-Presidents

WeCAN PUD 8 Working Group: Rezone Request for 17th & Newton, Zocalo Community Development 

WeCAN has been meeting with Zocalo Community Development for about the last year on their proposed redevelopment of the parcels/parking lot adjacent to the Sloans Lake Rehab Center (17th St. and Newton Ave.). Given the scale of this particular development, an official position from our neighborhood required a vote by the General Membership of WeCAN. At our February General Meeting, the board proposed a vote on writing a letter of support for continuing the Planned Unit Development (PUD) change process to move forward with further refinement and planning of the development. However, the General Membership was split with about half feeling that they had enough information to vote and half feeling that they needed more information. As such, WeCAN formed a Working Committee of interested members in order to determine what additional information/commitments the membership would like from Zocalo in order to make an informed decision and hold a vote where most would feel comfortable taking a position.
Thank you to the nine neighborhood residents and members of WeCAN who attended the Working Committee on February 28th! Following is a bulleted list of the main points discussed by these dedicated individuals. We are now opening these ideas to the rest of the neighborhood for comment. Please contact Megan Yonke, WeCAN Vice President, at to submit comments before end-of-day on Tuesday, March 20th. The Working Group will then meet again to consolidate the list the last week of March and will thereafter meet with Zocalo Community Development.
  • The members appreciate the bike/pedestrian connections through the proposed site along Meade and applaud that a vehicular thoroughfare was not created.
  • The members appreciated the intent of the developer to create affordable housing on site. However, members expressed a need for more diverse affordable housing, ranging from homeless housing to affordable for-sale housing and to integrate that housing into a cohesive design. The current design of segregated affordable for-rent (to workforce level mostly) and no affordable for-sale housing in separate buildings runs contrary to these values. Further, it was important to the group to diversify access to and views of the lake from affordable housing units.
  • Members desired more neighborhood amenities and open space to activate the street and increase the quality of life of residents. To remain consistent with the spirit of the current PUD (health-care campus), some health- and wellness-related services would be much appreciated.
  • The members wished to minimize the impact of traffic on the neighborhood through better parking design by incorporating parking into the respective buildings to promote convenience of parking on-site, rather than a separate parking garage. Further, more thought should be put into the design of ingress and egress of the property to prevent congestion.
  • The members were concerned about the use of tax increment financing (TIF) in creating long-term unaffordability due to property tax burden, as well as subtracting revenue from crucial public services, such as schools. The members encourage the developer to consider other revenue sources to accomplish affordability objectives.
  • The proposed height is inconsistent with the context of the surrounding neighborhood, with a density greater than allowed in the current PUD. The members wish for the developer to accomplish the above objectives in buildings of lower heights.
WeCAN General Meeting - March 13th
A reminder that the next WeCAN General Meeting is Tuesday, March 13, 6:00-7:00pm, in the main hall of Confluence Ministries, 1400 Quitman St. Please join us and learn about what's happening in West Colfax.


6:00-6:05: Bob Anderson, Community Resource Officer, Denver Police District 1

6:05-6:10: Amanda Steward, new Principal at Lake Middle School

6:10-6:20: Bridget Forgy, M.S., Rocky Mountain Human Services

6:20-6:30: Erin Decker, West Colfax Community Urban Garden and Denver Urban Gardens

6:30-6:40: Andrew Rowe, Fluid Market

6:40-7:00: Shannon Schaefer, Preservation Coordinator for Historic Denver


Sustainable Neighborhood Network Spring Skill-building Retreat
WeCAN and West Colfax has been a participant in Denver's Sustainable Neighborhood Network since 2014, and has been awarded 'Outstanding Sustainable Neighborhood' status every year we've been involved.

Leaders from Lakewood and Denver Sustainable Neighborhoods are invited to join for an evening and day of learning, networking, and fun! Contact to get involved in WeCAN's sustainability efforts in West Colfax or Register Here.

Friday, March 16, 6 - 8 pm & Saturday, March 17, 8 am - 3 pm
Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop Street, Denver, CO 80202. 

Feeling Cultured? Take Denver Parks & Rec
Art Program's Interest Survey!

Do you like photography? Painting? Crafts? Dance? Music?
Do you wish your neighborhood’s recreation centers offered different Arts & Culture classes?
Now is your chance to TELL US: Take the survey and enter to win a free class (up to a $90 value) or a $50 Amazon gift card!
This survey will help Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) identify the types of Arts and Culture programming that residents would like to see offered throughout our 28 recreation centers. Whether you are a frequent user of these programs, or have never been to a DPR recreation center, we can use your help!
The survey will take 10-20 minutes to complete. If you have children at home, there will be a section to provide input on the types of classes they prefer. The survey closes April 30, 2018.
Share the survey by using this link: or by referring people to

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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