The areas in red are the current 56 lots that still have the name Swastika Acres, bordered east and west by Clarkson to Franklin and north to south by Belleview to Union. Courtesy image
BY FREDA MIKLIN
As has been well-reported, the Swastika Acres subdivision in Cherry Hills Village got its name long before the Nazi Party of Germany decided to adopt the previously innocent swastika as its symbol. That doesn’t matter much to most decent people.
Few knew the name existed because it doesn’t appear anywhere except on obscure recorded deeds that no one sees except when a property is sold. Through the years, when people came across it, they were surprised, scratched their heads and completed their property transaction.
It was September 2017 when the Cherry Hills Village City Council did their part to ease eliminating the name from their residents’ paperwork. They passed an ordinance permitting any subdivision in the city to change its name by simply submitting signatures requesting a new subdivision name from more than 50 percent of lot-owners. Then people got busy with other things.
This subdivision, originally had 150 lots in its early years. Currently, however, there are only 56 lots remaining. That means a petition requesting a new name to replace Swastika Acres needs only the signatures of 29 lot-owners to cause city council to pass an ordinance making the name change official. CHV city council member Dan Sheldon and city manager Jim Thorsen expect those signatures to be gathered in the coming weeks. Once that is done, Sheldon will happily introduce the necessary ordinance to effect the change, making Swastika Acres a tarnished memory. He told us that he has received assurance from real estate experts that homeowners will not need to take any action with the county or their mortgage-holders as a result of the change. Affected CHV residents will be happy to put this unexpected chapter behind them.
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