Reader: Proposal for a "high rise" in Highland has temperatures rising

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Whether the neighborhood is Highlands Ranch or Highland, nothing causes more talk among the neighbors than a proposal for a big new building -- and the plan for a major complex in northwest Denver that will include a five-story "high-rise" has created a veritable tower of babble.

Guest's response to some of that talk?

Gentrification has taken over the Highlands while pushing out people who did not want that to happen to their neighborhood. Now that it is the gentrifiers who take issue with new development the neighbors concerns are being listened to by the Mayor. Red Peak, the legal owners of the land, are within their rights per zoning law. Nothing like changing the rules half way through the game.

Can you fight city hall? Some of these neighbors plan to try.

This isn't the first fight to hit Highland, and it won't be the last. For Patricia Calhoun's column on a project proposed five years ago for Stoneman's Row, read "The View." . And what was the result? See it here.

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The destruction of the perfectly sound(and beautiful) church is totally irresponsible from environmental,aesthetic, and usage standpoints. The greenest building is anexisting one. The new building will not fit in architecturally(don't get me started). This part of the neighborhood is simply notdesigned to support this and such a project will wreak havoc. This“development” effort is the result of behind the doorbackslapping as the developers and councilmen knew no one we noticethe small, misplaced MS 5 zoning code in the middle of primarilysingle unit cottages, many of which are over 100 years old. I askthe developers this, “how would you feel if I came to yourneighborhood and took a giant crap in YOUR yard.”

Bill Menezes
Bill Menezes

Actually, Patty, the anonymous "Guest" is factually wrong. Anyone who lives in the immediate vicinity of this proposed project (as I do) knows that many of the people directly affected by it have been residents of the Highland Square area for many, many years, preceding the gentrification of the past 20. My 82-year-old neighbor next door has lived in his home since the 1960s, having raised his now-middle-aged kids there. Another neighbor across the alley has been there at least 40 years. Both would lose their skyline views, privacy and much of their winter sunshine if Red Peak builds the behemoths it has proposed. And there are others. Red Peak and its flacks at CRL Associates no doubt are deploying trolls to comment anonymously as "Guest" has here, with false information. Take it for what it's worth.

Bill Menezes
Bill Menezes

Hey Patty, good suggestion from Reddingbacon. Call up Red Peak Properties' CEO Mike Zoellner and ask him how he'd like these buildings to be put on his block in Park Hill. They'd have the same benefits he ascribes to putting them in Highland Square: Proximity to public transit; higher density; greater availability of rental housing; proximity to shops and other attractions.

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