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September 8, 2003 // UPDATED 11:03 am - April 30, 2007
By: Skyway News Staff
Skyway News Staff

Long-lived Loring dumpster controversy may end happily A dumpster in front of Laurel Apartments near the Basilica of St. Mary has inspired some trash talk among neighborhood leaders.

The trash container has been parked on the sidewalk at 1502 Laurel Ave. for years. Neighborhood leaders with Citizens for a Loring Park Community (CLPC) call it a smelly eyesore.

They also lament its proximity to the Jeremiah Program, a supportive housing facility for single mothers.

Meanwhile, Jim Nordlie of Laurel Apartments, says the dumpster had to go somewhere. When Jeremiah opened next door to the apartment building in 1997, he said he had to move the trash container to its current location.

"It's pretty ugly, we agree," he said. "But our residents have to put their rubbish somewhere."

The city ordered him to remove the dumpster by Aug. 28 -- a deadline Nordlie missed.

Ricardo Cervantes, assistant superintendent with the city's Housing Inspections Division, said the city has planned a meeting with Nordlie to come up with a permanent trash solution.

"We're trying to work with the property owner," he said.

Nordlie said the dumpster will be moved as soon as the city approves a "no-parking" spot on Laurel Avenue to make way for garbage collection trucks. He said there are plans for three smaller garbage cans to be placed away from the side-

walk, closer to the apartment building.

Jana Metge, a CLPC staff member, said the neighborhood group wants to see the dumpster gone as soon as possible, but by Sept. 23 at the latest -- the day before the dedication ceremony at Jeremiah.

The campus has been expanded to house an additional 21 families.

Metge said she's optimistic the dumpster issue will soon be resolved.

"I think he'll move it for the best interest of the neighborhood," she said. "There are solutions that could be achieved, such as placing individual dumpsters in the gated area in back and this would solve everyone's problem, so why not do it? Such a solution is a win-win." -- Sarah McKenzie

Loring complex will get 22 new units Plans are underway to add 22 new units to Loring Towers and overhaul security at the apartment complex. Loring Towers, 15 E. Grant St., is currently a 10-story complex with 208 units.

The new units will be built out of common areas on each floor, and allow Loring Towers to retain affordable-housing rent controls on its units for 30 years, an official said.

Eric Galatz, a lawyer representing Denver-based Apartment Investment and Management Co. (AIMCO), one of the country's largest apartment owners, briefed neighborhood leaders of the plans at an Aug. 25 meeting of Citizens for a Loring Park Community.

Before the construction project can go forward, AIMCO needs to secure variances from the city and a conditional-use permit.

Galatz said the company hopes to have financing in place for the project by December and begin construction in January 2004.

It receives federal subsidies to keep rents at affordable rates.

Under the new plan, the additional apartments would be priced at $605 monthly, about $200 more than the average rent now. Galatz said the difference would be subsidized to keep rents at their current rates for tenants. The rent controls on some of the units were set to expire.

There are also plans to add security cameras to the building, plus a new community room and additional parking spots. -- Sarah McKenzie