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ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is enforcing curfew violations for juveniles.
Curfew hours are 11:59 p.m. until 5 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. on weekdays.
Police say parents should pick up their child within 45 minutes of curfew violation.
This decision came after a rise in shootings in the downtown area, one at the embattled Reign restaurant and night club off Washington Avenue.
The city is blaming reign for some of the violence in the area.
Monday, Reign is due for a hearing. The city served the nightclub with two summons, a nuisance and a liquor license summons.
If the city prevails there, it could close the popular night life spot completely and board up the building for up to a year.
Its landlord is also suing to force Reign to leave its premises, alleging it owes more than $150,000 in rent. Reign has denied the accusation.
The city’s liquor control chief suspended the Washington Avenue nightspot’s liquor license last Friday, calling Reign Restaurant “a serious threat to the health and safety of the public.”
The suspension will last until hearings resume September 27, at which point it could become permanent.
The crackdown on Reign and the curfew for young St. Louisans is all a part of the initiative Mayor Jones announced on Tuesday.
Parents could face charges if they do not follow the new curfew.
Also, you can expect to see at least 30 more police officers on weekend shifts for the next several weeks.
Coloradans who received COVID-19 vaccines produced by Moderna or Johnson & Johnson have been approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to get booster shots under certain conditions, greatly expanding the pool of who can get additional doses.
In August, the CDC approved boosters for people who have suppressed immune systems. A month later came approval for certain people who’d received the Pfizer vaccine.
In addition to approval for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson boosters, the CDC authorized a “mix and match” approach to the shots, noting people may get a different type of vaccine for their booster than their original shot.
The authorization kicks in immediately for anyone eligible to receive boosters.
“For many Coloradans, a booster dose is an important part of maintaining the greatest protection against COVID-19,” said Dr. Eric France, the state’s chief medical officer, in a news release. “People who are eligible should get their booster dose as soon as possible, especially as we approach the holidays and look forward to safely celebrating with our families and friends.”
The state health department said Colorado has “ample inventory” to provide booster shots to those who are eligible while still administering first and second doses to people completing their initial vaccine series.
Eligible Coloradans can receive free COVID-19 vaccines or boosters at any of the more than 1,700 vaccine providers across the state or at one of the state’s mobile vaccination clinics, officials said. No insurance, identification, proof of residency, or proof of medical history is required.
Here’s who is eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccination booster shots:
Late this summer, the CDC approved booster shots for people who had been inoculated with Pfizer or Moderna vaccines and have suppressed immune systems. But the agency declined to authorize the additional doses for the full population.
People qualify for additional doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines because they’re immunocompromised if they:
The CDC’s authorization of additional doses for people who are immunocompromised did not include Johnson & Johnson, but boosters of that vaccine are now allowed for anyone above the age of 18 regardless of health condition.
This week’s CDC approval of Moderna vaccines comes with the same qualifications as the authorization of third doses of Pfizer.
People who are fully vaccinated with Pfizer or Moderna vaccines can get a third shot if they are 65 or older, or if they’re 18 or older and have qualifying health conditions, live in long-term care settings, or work or live in places that put them at higher risk of contracting the virus.
People who meet those conditions are eligible for a booster six months after completing their original vaccination series.
The health conditions that qualify for the Pfizer or Moderna boosters include:
Booster doses are recommended for anyone 18 and older who received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is believed to be less effective than the two-dose Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.
People who originally received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine can get their booster two months or more after their single dose, according to the CDC.
And under the mix-and-match authorization, people who received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson shots can elect to receive a shot of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines as their booster.
A narrow, triangular block in RiNo is slated to be the site of a new 49-unit, income-restricted condominium complex.
The Chestnut Place Condos are planned to have 14 one-bedroom units, 27 two-bedroom units and eight three-bedroom units, as well as one commercial space.
All units will be sold to buyers making at or below 80 percent of the area median income, which is about $55,000 for a single-person household and $64,000 for a two-person household.
According to city documents, Elevation Community Land Trust has promised to buy the land and building when the project is completed. The trust will then sell the units. The 80 percent area median income requirement will last for 99 years.
The land includes two parcels that total 7,010 square feet, or 0.16 acres, that makes up a block formed by Chestnut Place, Arkins Court and 36th Avenue. There is currently one house on the site, which is kitty-corner from Ironton Distillery and across Chestnut Place from Number 38 beer hall.
Lauren DeBell, the chief strategy officer with Elevation Community Land Trust, told BusinessDen that planned amenities at the Chestnut Place Condos include a rooftop deck, bike shop and bike storage, as well as close access to the riverfront promenade Denver is constructing.
DeBell said the immediate area has an “extremely low” 18 percent homeownership rate.
“It is our hope that residents who have been displaced from the Five Points neighborhood will be able to return as homeowners,” she said, “and that current residents who desire to stay long-term but never dreamed they could own a home will have a new opportunity to purchase a beautiful condo where they can gain stability, wealth and a place to call home.”
As BusinessDen previously reported, the land was sold in November to Chestnut Lofts LLC, which has ties to the Urban Land Conservancy, and 3501 Chestnut Land LLC, which has ties to Shanahan Development, the contractor for the project.
The entities paid $1.13 million across two deals for 3501 and 3563 Chestnut Place, according to public records, with the Urban Land Conservancy retaining about a 70 percent interest and the Shanahan Development entity retaining about 30 percent.
“The biggest challenge this development has faced is the site itself,” according to a briefing on the project from the city. “The very narrow, triangular site, currently comprised of two parcels, required an increasingly challenging building form.”
Developers sought a zoning variance to raise the building height for more units, but the Board of Adjustment for Zoning offered only a “partial variance,” the briefing stated. The land is currently zoned for a five-story building, but it’s within a zoning overlay district that lets developers build higher if certain conditions are met.
“Additionally, the existing structure on the site requires asbestos and lead-based paint mitigation during demolition, increasing overall site preparation expenses,” the briefing stated.
The Chestnut Place project is expected to cost more than $17.7 million, according to the city’s briefing, and the developer is seeking a no-interest loan from the city of about $2.5 million to cover outstanding costs and federal funding of about $1 million.
Construction is expected to start in February and be completed by March 2023.
Shanahan Development and has partnered with the two land trust entities on other developments. In 2018, they purchased an 18,000-square-foot site at 801 W. 6th Ave. in the Santa Fe Arts District for the development of 92 income-restricted, for-sale units.
Elevation Community Land Trust currently has home listings on its website that range from as low as $149,000 for a studio with one bathroom in the Lincoln Park neighborhood and $280,000 for a three-bedroom, one-bathroom home in Aurora.
Colorado’s unemployment rate continued to fall in September despite another month of below-average job gains tied to weaker-than-expected hiring in the public sector, according to an update Friday from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.
The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 5.9% in August to 5.6% in September, which equates to 10,100 fewer unemployed workers. Colorado ranks 35th for its unemployment rate, which remains stubbornly above the U.S. seasonally-adjusted rate of 4.8%.
Employers in the state added a net 5,100 nonfarm jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis between the middle of August and the middle of September. Before the pandemic, that would be a solid gain, but it is only 42% of the monthly gains averaged earlier this year.
“While that represents a decent number of jobs added, it does fall short of the average from February to July which was 12,000 jobs a month,” said Ryan Gedney, a senior labor economist with the CDLE. In August, the state added a revised 5,000 jobs over July and September wasn’t much better at 5,100.
Gedney declined to attribute the end of enhanced federal unemployment benefits in early September to the drop in the state’s unemployment rate. One of the conditions of receiving unemployment benefits is that recipients must certify they are actively looking for work.
If the state economy keeps adding jobs around last month’s pace, Colorado won’t reach pre-pandemic employment counts until January 2023, said Chris Brown, vice president of policy and research at the Common Sense Institute, in a research note Thursday.
Accounting for population gains, Colorado employers need to add 9,884 jobs a month to get back to pre-pandemic levels by 2023.
“This recovery is like a bad cold, it just seems like it takes forever to get over it,” said Gary Horvath, a Broomfield economist who closely tracks the monthly employment reports.
Gedney said the past two months of weaker employment gains coincide with the rise in COVID-19 cases tied to the delta variant. But for months now, employers have complained they can’t fill openings and that could also be holding back hiring.
Horvath said when he recently tried to schedule a furnace tune-up to get ahead of falling temperatures, he was told the earliest appointment slot was Jan. 25, a sign that technicians are in short supply.
The biggest gains last month came in leisure and hospitality, up 3,800 jobs; trade, transportation and utilities, up 2,400 jobs; and professional and business services, up 1,100 jobs. Government employment fell by 3,300 jobs, with the losses mostly concentrated in local government employment in education.
Gedney said that appears to reflect a disruption in hiring patterns at school districts tied to the pandemic rather than fewer workers at schools. More hiring appears to have happened in July than is normally the case.
Although the overall pace of hiring was disappointing, Brown said the report had some positive news on the share of mothers participating in the workforce. It is now back to pre-pandemic levels in Colorado, although the share of women overall participating in the labor force is at 63.4% or 0.75 points below where it was at the start of the pandemic.
Gedney notes that the state has recovered 79% of the jobs lost in March and April of last year and ranks 17th among states on that measure.
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