2A-2G Will Benefit Many Communities
One of the main reasons I urge voters to approve Denver's $973 million bond on the Nov.7 ballot is that neighborhoods all around Denver - including Five Points, Montbello, Park Hill and Green Valley Ranch - will benefit.
We've all seen the enormous growth Denver has experienced in the last few years and the changes to our neighborhoods. The bond money will help the city maintain and improve the unique qualities of our neighborhoods in northeast Denver.
Many people are not aware that voting yes means your tax rates will stay the same. The city needs the voters to approve the bond or these projects and others will be delayed, could eventually cost more or may never be complete.
Developed with more community input than any bond in our history, since last year the City received more than 4,000 suggestions, ideas and comments on possible bond projects. In the end, City Council voted unanimously to support 460 individual projects.
Projects in northeast Denver that will be paid for with the bond money include new sidewalks for Bruce Randolph Avenue, Colorado Boulevard, Smith Road, Peoria Street, Quebec Street and Green Valley Ranch Boulevard.
Improvements would also be made to neighborhood recreation centers, including Hiawatha Davis, Montbello, St. Charles and Martin Luther King.
In addition, the money would be used to build a new $16 million fire station at 72nd and Tower Road, a new District 5 police station, and for delayed improvements at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library.
The new fire station is needed because 89 percent of emergency incidents in this area of Denver exceeds the standard four-minute response time. Without the bond money, the new fire station likely won't get built for years.
The District 5 police station, which serves Stapleton, Montbello and Green Valley Ranch, would be rebuilt with the bond. Less than 10 years ago, District 5 housed 57 officers and staff but because of growth now 117 are based at that station.
I pushed hard to make sure the bond included improvements to the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, which Wilma and I helped design and build when I was mayor. The library is now more than 14 years old and is beginning to show the signs of wear and tear due to high use. Other benefits from the bond include a new indoor pool constructed in Green Valley Ranch, which has been delayed since 2007.
I was fortunate that voters approved a bond package when I was mayor and those projects helped our city thrive. If approved, 2A thru 2G will continue the good work of helping our neighborhoods meet their needs.
I hope you’ll join me and vote yes on all the measures.
Editor’s note: Mayor Wellington E. Webb served as Denver’s 42nd mayor from 1991-2003.