"Most the things we have done are readily apparent," he said. "For example, we got the water line installed and now we have running water in the building. Also, we had a contractor make a ramp down to the lower level in preparation for the next step in the project."
Work inside the building has included creating shelves and bins for the hardware that will be used when the depot becomes a letterpress museum. The roof has been fixed and a drainage problem has been resolved.
Next on the list is to build a wall to seal off the lower level so it can be used for storage.
"The final construction drawings are completed and I am awaiting a bid from contractors," Parson said July 15. "Construction companies are very busy and this is a small job, so it probably isn't a priority for them. However, I am hopeful we will be able to hire a contractor to get the wall built by late summer or early fall."
The Englewood Depot that now sits at South Galapago Street and West Dartmouth Avenue was built about 1915 adjacent to the railroad tracks near what is now the intersection of South Santa Fe Drive and U.S. Highway 285. According to the Colorado Historical Society, it is the last remaining wood-framed and stuccoed Mission Revival style depot built by the Santa Fe Railroad in Colorado.
In 1994, the developer of what is now the Sports Authority headquarters complex at Hampden and Santa Fe said the depot had to be moved off his site or it would be demolished.
A group of residents saved the depot from demolition by having it moved from its original location to its present site.
Eventually the ownership was transferred to the city. In 2013, the city council agreed the city didn't have the money to restore the long-empty depot and approved a proposal to sell it.
The Englewood Historical Preservation Society and Parson submitted offers. The society wanted to restore the building and make it into an Englewood museum while Parsons proposed restoring the building for a letter press museum. A selection committee unanimously supported Parson's proposal and the council approved the sale to for $30,000 in October 2014, despite the objections of a number of residents and the historical preservation society. As part of the sale, Parson agreed to historically restore the outside the depot building.]]>
Consider if it were you who were the one who will live directly next door to a marijuana dispensary. In the fall of 2014, a license was granted to open a medical marijuana store in Centennial Acres, a neighborhood where kids play outside and neighbors sit on their front porch and know each other. At the public hearing, along with 70 other residents, I spoke out against having a medical marijuana dispensary so close to our homes. I was shocked when the decision to allow the business in my neighborhood was made.
Using marijuana is a personal choice and for the most part, does not impact many of us. Allowing a pot shop in close proximity to where children live is ridiculous.
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The new city logo focuses on who we are, and where we want to go: To promote and ensure a high quality of life, economic vitality, and a uniquely desirable community identity. Our logo should not be replaced with the marijuana leaf.
Citizens for the Responsible Implementation of Amendment 64 seeks to protect us from the damage of allowing the marijuana industry to run our city. Please sign our petition and let the voters choose the future of Englewood in November.
"All the camp counselors were talking about it as soon as it came out," Wilson said.
Though the campers weren't allowed to play the game during camp, counselors started catching Pok mon immediately.
"The app was pretty big news," said Wilson, back home in Highlands Ranch and looking for Pok mon with his mom at Civic Green park last week. "I downloaded it after I got home."
The Pok mon franchise, once limited to trading cards and video games, is growing larger and larger since the release of Pok mon Go on July 6. Though the app is free to download, in-app purchases generated more than $14 million in just five days, according to SuperDataResearch.
The eagerly awaited app --; which uses augmented reality technology --; hit the top of U.S. sale charts 13 hours after its release, according to Boy Genius Report. Players use their cell phone cameras to view their surroundings. The game then adds Pok mon characters to the screen, making it seem as if they have appeared in real life.
"Research suggests the game is so popular because of the appeal of combining the virtual world with the real world," said Annie Butler, associate professor and department chair of human services at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. Butler specializes in addictive behavior as it relates to video games and technology.
"It sounds like a fun game, but there are two sides to every coin," Butler said. "Some people can use it and it's no big deal. But it becomes an addiction when people try to stop playing and can't, or let it interfere with their relationships."
Butler believes the game appeals to different demographics in different ways.
While kids enjoy the cartoon images and the gaming pieces of it, she said adults are more likely to enjoy the way they can use the app without experiencing the usual solitary aspects of gaming.
Christopher Cole, a Pok mon Go player and father of two, is one of many adults who have become avid Pok mon trainers this month. Cole typically plays the game with his two children and his wife, Karen.
"We go on walks around the neighborhood and make it an adventure," Cole said.
In the first 12 days since downloading the game, the Parker resident walked more than 55 miles.
"It motivates people to go to places they've never gone before and see parts of the city they've never seen before," he said.
Pok mon Go works with Google Maps to direct players to Pok stops, sites where they can catch different Pok mon based on their geographical location and the time of day. These places are usually located in neighborhoods, parks, stores or malls.
Brittany Rickson, 22, Matt Shircliff, 17, and Jill Zablonski, 26, often go to Parker's O'Brien Park to catch Pok mon.
"We usually come here together," said Zablonski, who was the first of the friends to download the game.
"Brittany downloaded the game a few hours after I did, when I told her I caught a Pikachu in her kitchen," she said.
"I play Pok mon Go too much --; I'm always on it," said Rickson. "I play a good four or five hours a day, at work and everything."
The three friends are just a fraction of the many people catching Pok mon in O'Brien.
"Even at 10 at night, the O'Brien parking lot is full," said Cole. "It's interesting to see all the people getting together and having fun, regardless of age and location."]]>