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Letters to the Editor

Why I Support Colorado House Bill 19-1177

Dear Editor,

Too often when I’m in a public space I find myself scanning for exits, places to take cover, and guessing where a gunman would most likely enter the building. While exercising at the recreation center the other day, I worried about how the childcare facility, where my two-year-old daughter was, would evacuate if a shooter showed up.

I am oddly grateful for the long security lines I now wait in to see concerts and plays because at least it means I can feel some modicum of safety. I talk to mothers who have back to school anxiety, not due to the usual stress of transition, but due to worries that a mass shooting could happen at their child’s school. Lockdown drills are now part of the curriculum, teaching children to stress about surviving the daily hazards of attending school, going to worship, going to a movie theater, or going to the bank.

It’s one thing to teach our children to protect themselves from the accidental risks that show up in life. However, to have to teach them how to protect themselves from the possibility of getting caught in the literal crossfire of someone else’s mental illness is not what “freedom” means to me.

Gun violence is indeed a mental health issue. It is an issue that the fight for equal access to excellent mental health care is such a long, uphill battle. It is also an issue that people in the throes of mental illness right now have unchecked access to firearms. Guns are too quick, and too lethal to be in the hands of those who professionals deem to be a threat to themselves or others. That is why I support Colorado House Bill 19-1177 for extreme risk protection orders, and I hope my representatives do, too.

– Robin Doss, Wheat Ridge

Regarding Revitalization In Wheat Ridge

Dear Guy Nahmiach,

I have taken the survey at the city web site, and I plan to attend one of the open houses regarding revitalization in Wheat Ridge. ( “Take A Minute To Take The Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Survey,” Feb. 18 Neighborhood Gazette.) However I wanted to express my views to you as well.

A little background: My husband and I are homeowners in the Fruitdale section of the city, we built a house here four years ago and have owned property in Wheat Ridge since 2007.

First, I am concerned about the “out of character with the neighborhood” residential development I see in Denver and don’t want to see it happen in Wheat Ridge. Specifically, the scraping of smaller, older one-story homes and the building of huge, boxy, two-and-a-half story, modern-styled structures from lot line to lot line. I would support any ordinance that will maintain a more attractive lot size to building foot print ratio and a stricter height limit.

Second, I am concerned about the proportion of multi-unit residential buildings to single-family dwellings in Wheat Ridge. It is too high and is a long-standing problem that needs to be addressed. Single-family, owner-occupied residences need to be encouraged more than they are now.

Third, I am concerned about the composition of the types of businesses we have in Wheat Ridge. We have an overabundance of auto repair shops, used car lots, and RV, ATV, truck and trailer businesses. This is especially true in Fruitdale. According to the area subplan issued by the Wheat Ridge (2005?), farm and garden oriented businesses were to be encouraged here in keeping with the feel of Fruitdale. This has not happened. The current businesses do not serve the people in the surrounding neighborhoods, nor do they serve the visitors to Prospect Park and the nearby historical park. The businesses that have been permitted along 44th make it less desirable for people to buy houses here. I am disappointed that the city has not shown more leadership in implementing the plans envisioned for Fruitdale.

Thanks for listening,

– Elizabeth Smith, Wheat Ridge

Notice & Warning

Citizens of Wheat Ridge need to be made aware of a tragic and serious disease which has infected our community and is immediately coming to our neighborhood!

This Disease has a name. It is called: “MU-N” and/or “PRD” ReZoning! These are acronyms for: Multi-Use and/or Planned Residential Development, otherwise known to citizens affected by this plague as: “Miss-Use” and/or “Poor Residential Development” Zones!

Many parcels of land, within our city, are being eaten-up by the rezoning of properties to these new zone designations, which eliminate many previously long established Suburban Building Code Requirements for our city like:

• Setbacks from streets and property lines

• Height restrictions from one or two stories to four or more

• Residential dwelling density from one, two or three to dozens

• Other symptoms to numerous to mention here.

Most attacks have previously affected only vacant land parcels, like the 138 apartments at Town Center, at the southwest corner of 44th and Upham, with more to come; or the 162 apartments currently under construction at the northwest corner of 38th and Upham; or that Perrins Row Homes project located on the south side of 38th between Depew and Eaton, with 26 townhomes right next to the sidewalk.

However, most recently and currently under attack are four residential properties, with active Residential Dwelling units upon them, located on the east side of Upham Street at the 4000 to 4066 block. Specifically, four single-family residential homes, on four small parcels of land, are designated to be razed to allow for 38 three-story townhomes to be built on two acres of land.

Unfortunately, you can NOT look to your city government for treatment or help with this devastating ailment, because your city government is the host and carrier spreading this devastation upon our community!

Our only hope is to become involved, as individual citizens of Wheat Ridge, and APPEAR, in mass, to PROTEST, at the upcoming city council meeting, now scheduled for Monday, April 8, 2019, at 7 p.m., in City Council Chambers, in attempt to administer some heavy doses of citizen outrage and protest to those city council members, who represent you and us!

With this in mind, if you are interested in hearing more about this citizen involvement and/or to become involved in protesting this latest rezoning of those particular four properties at 4000 to 4066 Upham Street, please attend a neighborhood meeting at the Wheat Ridge Co-op, located at 7250 W. 38th Ave., (south side of 38th at Upham) on Saturday, March 23, 30, or April 6, at 1 p.m. Please help us to save our beloved city!

–Rolly Sorrentino, Wheat Ridge