Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Jan. 25

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Hi. Today’s news roundup includes a huge and unusual housing project, lots of transportation stuff, a weird new restaurant and much more. Read, please.

Kids and teenagers in line at the entrance of the old Tabor Theater on 16th Street on Christmas Eve, 1935. (Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library/X-24746

Kids and teenagers in line at the entrance of the old Tabor Theater on 16th Street on Christmas Eve, 1935. (Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library/X-24746

Development:

Developers are building more condos since the construction-defect law passed, but it’s nowhere near the pre-recession total. Joe Rubino reports. (DP)

A new plan in Lakewood would start with rows of temporary domes and trailers before evolving to include 600 affordable and supportive housing units. It got a crucial early approval from the federal government on Tuesday.  (Denverite)

Arvada rejected 256 apartment units proposed near a G Line station. (KDVR)

Transportation:

A Senate Republicans bill to raise $3.5 billion for transportation passed its first hurdle, but it faces lots of questions, John Herrick reports. (Independent)

There’s a reportedly leaked version of the White House infrastructure plan. About half of the money would go toward state, local and private projects, but the federal match would be lower than usual. (CityLab)

The governor defended the I-70 expansion, claiming that by clearing up traffic it will improve pollution in north Denver. David Sachs reports. (Streetsblog)

The plan to remake 16th Street Mall is moving to its next phase — which means it’s your turn to weigh in. (Denverite)

The UMS, Denver’s biggest music festival, is in new hands now that Two Parts inked a deal to buy it from the Denver Post Community Foundation. (Denverite)

Bang Up To The Elephant opens in Capitol Hill this weekend. Take a look, but definitely go see how wild it is for yourself. (Denverite)

Recreation:

The North Face is paying $1 million toward a free bouldering wall in Montbello Open Space Park, which should open soon, according to Jason Blevins. (DP)

Homebrew god Charlie Papazian is retiring from the Brewers Association. (Camera)

Politics:

Colorado has seen a significant increase in the number of people who identify as conservationists, Grace Hood reports. (CPR)

Mayor Hancock to Jeff Sessions: “Denver won’t back down.”(Denverite)

Law:

Denver police are investigating “anomalies” that may have resulted in about 1,000 crime reports being ” downgraded in a way that essentially removed them from official reporting requirements and significantly improved department crime statistics,” Brian Maass reports. (CBS4)