Property Update - Phase I

Re:Vision is incredibly excited to say that Phase I of the property development is just weeks away from breaking ground. Evan though the name Phase I implies not much has happened on the property yet, check out our last blog post about everything they've already accomplished. 

As many of you know the small building on the property has already been transformed by Westwood Unidos, Westwood Healthy Places, and Re:Vision, into La Casita - a community-driven education & fitness center. The space is a magnet for community members - offering classes of all sorts 6 days a week. For more information and a class schedule, click here

So, what Re:Vision is calling Phase I refers to a half million dollar investment from Denver's Office of Economic Development in the improvement of the outdoor space on the property, an urban farm & greenhouse, and sorely needed pedestrian and right-of-way improvements. At the heart of property will be a plaza - designed to be a gathering space for community members, pop-up events, or dance, music or art demonstrations. Surrounding the plaza will be demonstration gardens showcasing Colorado-appropriate plants, gardening techniques, as well as some more traditional herbs, trees and shrubs.

As you turn South you'll walk across a new parking lot which will be closed regularly for farmers markets, pop-up events, and community gatherings. On the other side, you'll walk along a sidewalk alongside the urban farm beds planted with several crops destined for community consumption until you get to a large (existing) concrete slab - even more space for community gatherings, but also home to a public restroom and farm stand, in addition to a 3,000 square foot greenhouse. 

Finally, you'll be able to stroll along the sidewalk on W. Custer Place and S. Meade Street without fear of the current 8' tall chain link fence falling down on you! The sidewalk will be wider, with a retaining wall and lower fence transforming this right-of-way from an eye sore and barrier to walking into a beautiful, inviting property frontage. 

Stay tuned for more updates!

Property Development Update - Intro

We're starting a series of short blogs about the development of our property in the heart of Westwood on Morrison Rd. As you may already know, Re:Vision is the owner and 'developer' of the property, which will be transformed, through various phases of construction and improvements, into a vibrant, multi-functional, community hub. 

This is the property when we bought it - partially collapsed warehouse, overgrown with weed trees, dilapidated mobile home and semi trailers, and countless piles of trash and debris.

This is the property when we bought it - partially collapsed warehouse, overgrown with weed trees, dilapidated mobile home and semi trailers, and countless piles of trash and debris.

Since purchasing and taking control of the 1.7 acre junkyard property in early 2015, Re:Vision has been hard at work cleaning it up - abating asbestos, demolishing unsafe buildings, and hauling away trash and recycling. The property has come a long way and now has an active community education and fitness center, the beginnings of a 1-acre urban farm, and buildings we can 'use' for special events, gatherings, and meetings.

This is more or less where we're at today! A clean blank slate - and you can see the beginnings of an urban farm too. 

This is more or less where we're at today! A clean blank slate - and you can see the beginnings of an urban farm too. 

The process of coming to a final Master Site Plan is still evolving - we know the overall components like Re:Vision's offices, a community courtyard and plaza, urban farm and greenhouse, a full-service grocery store run by the Westwood Food Cooperative, etc. However what has been evolving as more information comes to light is the best configuration and scale of these components on the property. 

We've finally come to rest on a Phased approach to the build-out of the property. While many details are still in the works and final timelines, budgets, and partners are not finalized, we are more confident than ever this is the best path forward.

These phases will be shared over the next few weeks - so check back frequently!

Starting with Listening

Starting with Listening

Asnake Deferse was one of those people that I remember first having a significant conversation with in La Tiendita, a community market we piloted this fall. I am certain that we had met before, but it was in La Tiendita, surrounded by bags of grains and coolers of vegetables that Asnake began to explain to me about Sun Valley, a Denver neighborhood close to Westwood.

EL OTOÑO ES LA NUEVA PRIMAVERA/ Fall is the new spring!

EL OTOÑO ES LA NUEVA PRIMAVERA/ Fall is the new spring!

La mayoría de la gente piensa en la jardinería como un evento de solo una vez - se planta en la primavera y se cosecha una vez en el otoño, y eso es todo. En realidad, algunas estrategias diferentes pueden ayudarle a usted y a su familia a cosechar los beneficios de su jardín varias veces durante toda la temporada!

Most people think of gardening as a one-time event - you plant in the spring, harvest once in the fall, and that’s it. Actually, a few different strategies can help you and your family reap benefits from your garden multiple times throughout the season!

 

FERTILIZANTE – ¿POR QUE? ¿COMO Y CUANDO?/FERTILIZER - WHY, WHEN AND HOW?

FERTILIZANTE – ¿POR QUE?  ¿COMO Y CUANDO?/FERTILIZER - WHY, WHEN AND HOW?

Es posible que ya haya recibido su dosis de fertilizante de su Promotora la semana pasada, y es posible que se pregunten exactamente de qué se trata todo esto. Hay una gran cantidad de productos y a veces puede ser confuso entender el por qué, cómo y cuándo debemos aplicar los fertilizantes. Re:Vision está aquí para ayudar!

You may have received your dose of fertilizer from your Promotora last week, and you may be wondering just what all of that is about! There are a lot of products out there, and sometimes it can be confusing to understand why, how and when we should apply fertilizers. Re:Vision is here to help!