Denver’s mayor gives honorees fancy gold coins instead of keys to the city

“We don’t give away keys to the city, John. Too many people breaking in.”

Mayor Michael Hancock speaks to the press at the launch of Denver Day Works. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) mayor michael hancock; homeless; day labor; social work; kevinjbeaty; denverite; denver; colorado; kevinjbeaty;
Mayor Michael Hancock speaks to the press at the launch of Denver Day Works. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has fancy gold coins for “outstanding individuals” who have contributed to the city.

The general manager of the Denver Broncos has one, so do three former presidents and Stevie Wonder. Altogether, 30 people and organizations have received Challenge Coins from Hancock since October 2013, according to a list the Mayor’s Office shared with Denverite.


Major Five Points developer nabs historic Rossonian Hotel

Palisade Partners purchased the 105-year-old hotel at the tip of Welton and Washington streets earlier this month for $6 million.

After dark at the intersection of Welton Street, Washington and 26th, Five Points. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) five points; residential; development; apartments; kevinjbeaty; colorado; denver; denverite; rossonian;
After dark at the intersection of Welton Street, Washington and 26th streets, Five Points. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

A major developer in Five Points is planning to take on perhaps its most significant project in the area yet with the restoration of the Rossonian Hotel.


Denver’s Goldspot Brewing to raise beer money for struggling Berkeley brewery

Goldspot plans to hold a fundraiser for Grateful Gnome on Aug. 30 at its taproom near the southeast corner of West 50th Avenue and Lowell Boulevard in the Regis.

The Grateful Gnome in Denver's Berkeley neighborhood has to push back its open date to a scaffolding collapse at an adjacent site, June 13, 2017. (Adrian D. Garcia/Denverite)
The Grateful Gnome in Denver’s Berkeley neighborhood has to push back its open date to a scaffolding collapse at an adjacent site, June 13, 2017. (Adrian D. Garcia/Denverite)

Goldspot Brewing Co. is planning to raise money this month to help a struggling nearby craft brewery get its doors open in Berkeley.



Denver auditor finds builders are waiting a long time to get permits

Builders looking to get a permit from the Denver Community Planning and Development Department better bring a book.

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Construction in Jefferson Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Builders looking to get a permit from the Denver Community Planning and Development Department better bring a book.

A new audit from the city shows “inefficiencies” in CPD’s permit intake process mean average wait times are more than an hour and a half, and sometimes lines to file construction permits start forming hours before the department opens its doors.

The delay is just one more roadblock Denver has in keeping up with its rapidly growing population, according to a news release from Denver Auditor’s Office.