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Monthly Meetings
(and Minutes)

Our general meeting takes place the third Tuesday of each month, 6:30pm at Counterpath (7935 East 14th Ave.) and on Zoom.
Tuesday, December 17, 2024

--land acknowledgments

--updates and open comments

--pot luck holiday party and elections

Tuesday, August 20, 2024

--land acknowledgments

--updates and open comments

--Denver Health

--Seneca Holmes, director of NEST

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

--land acknowledgments

--updates and open comments

--East Colfax Community Collective, progress with MINT

--Archway Communities, affordable housing at Mosaic Community Campus

--Social Cannabis proposed shop

--Denver Task Force to Reimagine Policing and Public Safety

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

--land acknowledgments

--updates and open comments

--At Large Councilwoman Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez

--deputy district attorney update

--district attorney candidate Leora Joseph

--Denver Police quarterly presentation

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

--land acknowledgments

--updates and open comments

--Shea Scott on revitalization project

--At-Large Councilmember Sarah Parady

--HOST on new affordably housing program

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

--land acknowledgments

--updates and open comments

--update from Congresswoman Dianne DeGette's office, Joe Wood

--DOTI BRT safety study

--relaunch of East Colfax neighborhood plan

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

--land acknowledgments

--updates and open comments

--Councilmember Shontel Lewis

--Denver Police on guns in East Colfax

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

--land acknowledgments

--updates and open comments

--Elevation Community Land Trust and 1523 and 1551 Verbena

--Janet Estrada from Ashley Elementary

--Valor on the Fax, Nicole Rice-Collins and Niko

--NEST with Elvis Rubio and Kathleen Ferrick

Full minutes.

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

--New board.

--review of bylaws

--Denver RNO criteria

--Membership drive and section leader program

--Vote on DO-8 zoning of Colfax Ave.

Full minutes.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

--Board elections! Full minutes

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

--Open Comments—Maya Thomas from the Fax Partnership. One, two-minute speaking slot is available for anyone who would like to sign up to speak on any topic. Please reply to this email or write to and we will add your name.

--Tim Roberts, ECNA president's report on 2019 and 2020 terms of office and invitation to all to run for the ECNA board at our December 15 meeting. Tim will also conduct a ritual burning of the East Area Plan.

--Jeff Martinez, Brothers Redevelopment, update on new housing development at 7900 East Colfax Ave.

--City Auditor Tim O'Brien, general update

--Colorado State Representative Leslie Herod, overview of SB217, "Enhance Law Enforcement Integrity," and legislative goals for 2021

--Maggie Gómez, Deputy Director at the Center for Health Progress, to talk about serving on the Colorado COVID Health Equity Response team

--Finally, we're also excited to have poet Jennifer Foerster, author of Leaving Tulsa (2013) and Bright Raft in the Afterweather (2018), reading from her work (her full bio is below)

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

--Open Comments—Two, two-minute speaking slots are available for anyone who would like to sign up to speak on any topic. Please reply to this email or write to and we will add your name. Jesus Gonzalez and Brendan Greene will provide updates from the East Colfax Community Collective.

--Megan Tortorelli, Treasurer’s report on Emergency Fund and other items

--Rashidat Odeyemi, Community Coordinator, Advenir apartments, introduction

--Patti Iwasaki, Climate Action Task Force, on Sales Tax Initiative 2A

--Lauren Grosh, Owner and Chief Marketing Officer for Sky Blue Builders, on Proposition 118, family and medical leave

--Chris Stiffler from Colorado Fiscal Institute on Amendment B and repealing the Gallagher Amendment

--State Senator Michael Foote, Senate sponsor for Proposition 113, on national vote

--Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese, opposing Proposition 113

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

--Open Comments—Maya Thomas from Fax Partnership


--RTD Board Candidate Kyle Bradell, running for RTD District A.

----Danielle Adams, Community Engagement Associate with Denver Clerk and Recorders Office, talks about a crisis of voter registration in the East Colfax neighborhood. Our most populous areas have extremely low voter registration and we need a plan to change that.


--Neighborhood Eviction Watch program. Description and talk with someone here who lost housing a few weeks ago, Blair Sagan, former resident of Night Window artist studios. As the federal eviction moratorium expires soon after the November election we expect this program to become increasingly important.


--Sharon Knight, president of Hope Communities, talks about recent series of safety meetings at Hope Communities: what brought about the meetings and progress made so far.


--Group Living ordinance, ECNA vote via electronic ballot, two-week or Sept. 29 deadline (must attend this current ECNA meeting to be eligible to vote!). This zoning ordinance has been widely discussed in the press and covered at two ECNA meetings so far. Let's discuss what should be on our ballot at this meeting. Suggestions include: (1) approval of current changes to the ordinance, (2) adoption of INC recommendation to delay (please see below), (3) refusal of current process.

Full minutes linked here.

Video linked here.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Meeting organized and run by board member Christian Steward. 

Meeting agenda:

6:30- Welcome and introduction
6:35- Review July’s meeting and introduce August meeting structure
6:40- District 2 Police Chief Kathleen Bancroft update, Fax Partnership on East Colfax neighborhood businesses
6:50- Introduction to Office of Story Telling- Rowena A
7:10pm- Introduction to the Office of Community and Business Engagement in the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure- Afor C.
Review East Colfax crosswalk projects and Colfax BRT
7:30pm- Live Entertainment and Surveys- Nick, Christian, Afor,
7:55pm- Adjourn.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Meeting organized and run by board member Brendan Greene. 

Meeting agenda:


6:40-7:10--Introduce Group Living

7:10-7:20--Update on Vote from June Meeting/Next Steps


Introduction to TMAP

Update on Eviction Status 

Action Steps on TRUA

7:50-8:00 Q and A, Suggestions, Recommendations

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Meeting organized and run by board member Lara Duran. Focusing on revision to ECNA bylaws and further discussion of and vote on delay of East Area Plan.

Minutes here.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Discussion of delay of East Area Plan.

Agenda, minutes here.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

*Open Comments only, via Zoom.









Tuesday, March 17, 2020

*Meeting cancelled due to stay-at-home order.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

*Laura Aldrete, Executive Director of Denver's Community Planning and Development
*Atim Otii, Director of Denver's Office of Immigrants and Refugees

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

*ECNA Board Member Lara Duran on East Colfax Story Map Collective project 
*Kuhl Brown, director at Mercy Housing upcoming renovations at Grace Apartments and how this affects residents
*Dee Dee DeVuyst, program manager at Radian, on the Colorado Equity Compass and how it can strengthen East Colfax neighborhood initiatives and priorities
*Monica Martinez, executive director of the Fax Partnership, and Jeff Martinez, president of Brothers Redevlopment, with update on the 7900 E. Colfax development and affordable housing project with Brain Injury Alliance
*U.S. Senate Candidate Andrew Romanoff to present his candidacy and legislative priorities

Complete Minutes

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

*Holiday Party and board elections!

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

*ECNA Board Member Megan Tortorelli, second phase of East Colfax individual neighborhood plan 
*Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen and District 2 Commander Kathleen Bancroft on questions raised at Oct. 15 ECNA monthly meeting related to protocol and harassment
*Jennifer Edgar, program manager at Hope Communities and Hidden Brook apartments
*Jana Persky, Opportunity Zone program director at Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade
*At-Large Councilwoman Robin Kniech, legislative update

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

*Open Comments. Jerry Saltzman will present his plan for an accessory dwelling unit, vote anticipated. 
*​Denver Police Department, quarterly update
*Riley Hayduk, legislative update from the office of U.S. Senator Cory Gardner
*Councilwoman Deborah Ortega, legislative update
*State Representative Leslie Herod, legislative update
*State Senator Angela Williams, legislative update
*East Colfax Neighborhood Plan, discussion and vote on policy item 1, anti-displacement

Complete Minutes

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

*Open comments: Emily Spense, Megan Tortorelli on East Colfax plan

*Brendan Greene, 7900 update, community organizing

*Adam Estroff and YIMBY

*Rename St*pleton for All: Liz Stalnaker and Kim Brewer

*CW Amanda Sawyer

*CM Christopher Herndon

*State Representative Chris Hansen

Complete Minutes

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

*Featured local business: Global Grocery Mart

*Shae Isaacs, Emily Griffith Technical College

*East Colfax resident John Fernandez presents his protest of south Stapleton drive-through

*Hope Communities and Hidden Brook Apartments, Jennifer Edgar

*Garden Court Apartments, Dontae Latson

Complete Mintues

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

*Yoal Ghebremeskel of Street Fraternity, open comments

*Denver Police Department quarterly update

*New District 5 City Councilperson, Amanda Sawyer

*Megan Yonke, Housing Development Officer, will announce the outcome of the competitive process to identify developers for the two city-owned East Colfax parcels. Brothers Redevlopment and Mercy Housing present these projects and answer questions.

Complete Minutes

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

*Discussion of tax increment financing, with Renee Martinez-Stone from West Denver Renaissance Collective, Tracy Huggins from Denver Urban Renewal Authority, and Irene Aguilar of the Neighborhood Equity and Stabilization Team.

*Tay Anderson, School Board Candidate

Complete Minutes

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

*Kelsey Smith from Fax Partnership

*Members of the Ethiopian and Eritrean community in East Colfax, owners and operators of the East Colfax Convenience Store and Shalom Salon at 8700 East Colfax.

*Dana Hoffman from Public Works, updates on a new crosswalk at Xenia and 13th Ave., the bike lane on Syracuse Ave., bus rapid transit, and sidewalks. 

Complete Minutes

April 16, 2019

*Denver Police Department. Lieutenant Ernest Martinez to cover recent crime and safety news, and field any questions.
*Regal Bakery and Chess Cafe, located at 1141 Syracuse St., makes a case for a new hotel and restaurant liquor license, with owner Victoria Grotewiel. Vote anticipated. 
*Deputy District Attorney Phil Reinert will give a basic overview of his office and provide updates on their priorities.
*Kit Taintor. State Refugee Coordinator at the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), responsible for statewide coordination of Colorado’s refugee resettlement program. Prior to her appointment as State Refugee Coordinator, Ms. Taintor was the Grant and Program Manager for the refugee program at CDHS. Between 2009 and 2014, as Executive Director, she led the Colorado African Organization, a mutual assistance association that supports metro Denver’s refugee and immigrant communities.
*Jamie Giellis will present her candidacy for mayor in the upcoming May 7 election. She was recently profiled in the Denver Post.

Complete Minutes

March 19, 2019

* Julian Wolff from Denver Animal Protection and Denver Animal Shelter.
* Penfield Tate will present his candidacy for mayor.
* Terese Howard from Denver Homeless Out Loud will present the Right to Survive ballot measure 300.
* Irene Aguilar, Neighborhood Equity and Stabilization Director in Denver's Office of Economic Development, will present what her office is working on in relation to the East Colfax neighborhood.

Complete Minutes

February 19, 2019

*Open Comments.
*Local Business Feature: Regal Bakery. Owner Victoria Grotewiel with some samples and menus.
*Board member Megan Tortorelli update on creating different sectors of the East Colfax neighborhood to increase representation.
*Peg Perl on her candidacy for Denver Clerk of Court.
*Joanne Greek and John Micheal Hill from the Office of Economic Development on Enterprise Zones and Opportunity Zones, two development-drivers in our area.
*Mike Guertin and Jeff Bader from Denver Urban Renewal Authority (DURA) with information  regarding the Urban Renewal Area Conditions Study and next steps.

Complete Minutes

January 15, 2019

*Daniyom Bekele from immigrant and refugee services at our local Schlessman Family Library.
*Robert Lucero from the Ute Tribe, on acknowledgments and reparations.
*Max Nardo from Denver Digs free-tree program
*Steve Elkins on his proposed rezoning for an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) at his home on Quince St.
*Other ECNA news

Complete Minutes

December 17, 2019

*Holiday Potluck & Elections

Complete Minutes

September 18, 2018

* Sharon Avendano | Community Resource Officer | DPD Monthly Update

* Prosperity Denver (November Ballot Initiative)

* Leslie Herod | District 8 Colorado House Representative | Caring 4 Denver (November Ballot Initiative)

* Sara Tabatabaie | PhD Candidate, Environmental Studies Program | Environmental Design Program, East Colfax Neighborhood Project

* City Council Representatives | Christopher Herndon & Marybeth Susman | City Update

Complete Minutes

August 21, 2018

* DPD Update - Sharon Avandano, Community Resource Officer

* Re-Zoning Application and Update on 7900 E Colfax Ave & 8315 E Colfax, and 1500 Valentia - Megan Yonke,       Housing Development Officer, Office of Economic Development

* Update on Hanger Bar & 7 Star - Eric C. Reece, Assistant City Attorney for Denver

Complete Minutes


July 17, 2018

*Denver Police Department | Sgt. Ingersoll - Monthly Update

  • Hear the most recent updates on local crime and what DPD has focused on this past month

* Sky To Ground LLC | Nanci Kerr | West Auto Body's Rezoning Proposal/Letter of Support Vote

  • Review of proposed re-zoning application for West Auto Body located at 8450 E Colfax Ave and membership vote for Letter of Support

* be well Health & Wellness Initiative | Project Manager of be well Block Captains, Felicia Freeman & Project Manager be well Block Captains, Shyretta Hudnall | East Colfax Block Captain Training​ Announcement

* Owner of the Hanger Bar, Lorie Thomas | Hanger Bar Nuisance Abatement/Investigation

Complete Minutes


June 19, 2018

* Denver Police Department - Monthly Update

  • Hear the most recent updates on local crime and what DPD has focused on this past month

* Sky To Ground LLC rep working with West Auto Body's Rezoning Proposal, Nanci Kerr

  • Preview of a proposed re-zoning application for West Auto Body located at 8450 E Colfax Ave

* Community Resource Officer, Sharon Avendano - Neighborhood Watch Formation Information

  • Detailed information on the process of forming a Neighborhood Watch for your own block!

  • Opportunity to get all your Neighborhood Watch questions answered

* be well Youth Council Project Manager, Felicia Freeman & Project Manager be well Block Captains, Shyretta Hudnall | Street Lighting & Safety Community Conversation

  • be well Health & Wellness Initiative

  • Health and the built environment

  • Street lighting and safety project

  • Denver Vision Zero

Complete Minutes


May 15, 2018

* Denice Degal | Senior City Inspector - presenting and answering questions related to PocketGov/311 and the city's investigation process

* Eric Richardson | ECNA Treasurer and Fiscal Analyst at CDOT - will discuss transportation funding and how the recently passed SB 18-001 and potential ballot initiatives will affect Denver 

Complete Minutes

April 17, 2018

* DPD District 2 Update

* Makalah Emanuel from Groundwork Denver - A review of Groundwork Denver's mission and the results from the recent canvassing events we have had in our neighborhood.

* Vanessa Frank - Reviewing some of the programs and opportunities to get involved with Sustainable Neighborhoods and ideas that came from the Sustainable Neighborhood Skillbuilding Retreat on 3/17.

Complete Minutes


March 20, 2018

* Denver Police District 2 (Precinct 223) Crime & Safety Update
* Grace López Ramírez with Denver's Agency for Human Rights & Community Partnerships will be in attendance to introduce herself and the Agency
* Denver Auditor, Tim O'Brien, will introduce himself and speak about what his position does for the city, how that impacts homeowners and local businesses
* Brittany Zuber will discuss the 2018 Rolling Clean Up Plans as part of the Denver Sustainable Neighborhoods Program.
* Tom Fesing will discuss a proposed letter being sent to the Office of Economic Development for H.U.D. to save and/or re-purpose the Saturday's Signage located at 8315 East Colfax before demolition of the building takes place for redevelopment. In accordance with 36 CFR Part 800 (Protection of Historic Properties).
* Tom Fesing as part of the East Area Plan steering committee wants to hear the community’s input on the following 3 vision elements of the plan and how the neighborhood should be represented.

Complete Minutes


February 20, 2018

* Denver Police District 2 (Precinct 223) Crime & Safety Update

* Representative from Rocky Mountain Human Services

​* Brief update from President

​* ECNA "After Hours" event at Your Deli -  7036 E Colfax Ave  (Colfax Ave & Pontiac St)

Complete Minutes


January 16, 2018

* Denver Police District 2 (Precinct 223) Crime & Safety Update

​* Monica Martinez update on the Fax Partnership
* Jamie Perkins, Transportation Chair Announcement
* Neighborhood Association discussion and vote on whether to support or oppose the 7-Eleven Liquor License Application for Nayyar, Inc. & 7-Eleven, Inc., Dba 7-Eleven Store 35976B located at 8755 E. Montview Blvd. in the Stapleton Neighborhood for a 3.2% Beer Off-Premises Liquor License.​​

Complete Minutes


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