Archives for: November 2009

11/10/09

Permalink 08:48:03 pm, Categories: Background, Kirstan's Ramblings, 82 words   English (US)

Be Sure to Tell Someone The Difference They Make!

This is heavy on my heart while I'm thinking of close friends, and even myself, who have lost someone close to a tragic suicide. While we are not to blame for someone else taking h/is/er own life, this is just a nice reminder of how simple words, validation and appreciation can make a difference. Sieze the day and make every day count with those you love!

Make a difference by telling someone how much they mean to you, click here >

11/06/09

Permalink 09:33:18 am, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], 139 words   English (US)

Denver Arts Week, November 6-14

Denver is earning a reputation as a world capital of art and architecture.

The week kicks off with Know Your Arts First Friday, a celebration of local art and artists in the Mile High City's thriving neighborhood art districts. Offering extended gallery hours, great food and drink, a festive atmosphere, and amazing art, Know Your Arts First Friday offers the perfect introduction to Denver's Arts Week.

Also in the same week, Night at the Museums will be offering an unparalleled chance to discover Denver's greatest cultural attractions, all in one night, all for FREE. Eleven museums, including the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, are opening their doors for this once-a-year event, an unbeatable experience for an unbeatable price.

Check out the rest of the amazing events and activities >

11/03/09

Permalink 09:41:58 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, Real Estate, 560 words   English (US)

Downtown Denver's 14th Street to Become "Ambassador Street"

Property Owners Vote in Favor of Funding Improvements to
Corridor That Will Attract Pedestrians

Downtown Denver's 14th Street will soon emerge has a vibrant pedestrian-oriented thoroughfare, thanks to the successful result of the November 3rd election in which private property owners along the street voted to contribute $4 million to the overall $14 million cost of the streetscaping project through the formation of a general improvement district.

Through this public-private initiative, sidewalks will be expanded, encouraging outdoor seating and ground floor shopping and dining uses that will bolster the experience one has when walking down the street. Key elements include the addition of about 200 trees, as well as new flower planters, better "wayfinding" signage, crosswalk bulb-outs, improved pedestrian lighting, decorative street corner monuments, bike racks and enhanced maintenance. A dedicated bicycle lane will be added in the street and on-street parking will be retained.

14th Street is becoming known as the "Ambassador Street" due to the diversity of visitor-oriented uses found along this corridor, including the Colorado Convention Center, the Denver Performing Arts Complex, the Hyatt Regency at Colorado Convention Center, and four other new or recently-constructed hotels. Altogether, $1.5 billion in public and private investments have been made along the corridor since 2002. The new streetscaping project will build on these investments to strengthen this new identity. The district covers the entire the 12 block length between Market Street and Colfax Avenue and extends approximately one-half block on either side of 14th Street.

"With the completion of this ambitious plan, 14th Street will serve as an excellent complement to the 16th Street Mall," said Tami Door, President & CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership. "Consistent with the vision of the 2007 Downtown Area Plan, 14th Street will truly be a magnet for pedestrians, which will benefit residents, business owners and the overall community."

The project will cost roughly $14 million, with property owners contributing $4 million, and $10 million coming out of the Better Denver Bond Program, which was created in 2007.

"14th Street will see improvements on every level, from bike lanes to traffic signals, to sidewalk improvements and other placemaking installations for a truly multi-modal corridor," said Deputy Mayor and Manager of Public Works, Bill Vidal. "The project is unique in that in addition to the Better Denver Bond funds, we have the property owners contributing to the improvements and we are thrilled to see this public private partnership moving forward."

Meeting and consulting with property owners in the District was a four year process, assumed by the City, the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District and the Downtown Denver Partnership. A consultant team including Parsons Brinkerhoff, CRL & Associates and studioINSITE assisted with design and consensus building services. From February 2009 to June 2009, eight two hour workshops were held with interested property owners, other stakeholders, City representatives and representatives from the Downtown Denver Partnership.

"We are glad we could contribute to a greater 'sense of place' along 14th Street," said Josh Fine of Focus Property Group. "As property owners in the area, we recognized the opportunity we had not only to improve the value of what we own, but the type of experience people have when they're here."

Construction is slated to begin in the summer of 2010 with the goal of completion in the fall of 2011. Check out the You Tube Video to see a glimps of what's to come >

**printed from Downtown Denver Partnerships Press Release, November 3, 2009

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Welcome to my journey. My name is Kirstan Borne (formerly Kirstan Marks) and I'm an active community member, a Denver Realtor, and business owner who moved from the suburbs to the city of Denver, nearly 10 years ago. It's a change of pace, a change of lifestyle, and a definite move for the better! I have great knowledge and experience in residential, commercial and investment real estate since 2001. Currently, I specialize in commercial real estate sales and leasing with my firm Location Innovators, Llc.

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