Denver mayor pulls plug on newest potential encampment location

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Mayor Michael Hancock pulled the plug Tuesday on a second website proposed for town’s first sanctioned homeless encampment — a small strip of city-owned property in 5 Factors between Sonny Lawson Park and the Blair-Caldwell Library.
Initially town’s first sanctioned encampment had been slated to open in early August as a substitute for shelters that will enable extra social distancing. However the first proposed website within the Denver Coliseum’s car parking zone was nixed in mid-August after substantial pushback from residents there.
The top of the Blair-Caldwell plaza website took place similarly.
The continued delay widens the hole for wanted shelter house for folks experiencing homelessness as metropolis officers ramp up efforts to interrupt up current encampments — with out correct justification, some consultants say.
“There are probably higher websites, with fewer authorized and sensible obstacles,” Hancock mentioned in a Fb put up. “Due to this fact, the digital city halls which have been scheduled for this week will probably be postponed, and we are going to look to schedule a citywide dialog.”
The cancellation got here after some neighbors — a lot of whom are extra prosperous members of the neighborhood — complained concerning the website, mentioned Lisa Calderón, chief of employees for Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca, whose district contains the location.
Cole Chandler, govt director for the Colorado Village Collaborative, which can function the encampment if and when it opens, has mentioned he already has cash to run a website for about six months. He declined to touch upon the most recent cancellation.
“He’s bought folks employed, he’s bought tents, he’s able to go, and we now have nowhere to place it due to all this crap,” Calderón mentioned.
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Individuals space already tenting close to the proposed website, she famous.
Metropolis officers will filter out a homeless encampment Sept. 22 on the intersection of 25th and Arapahoe streets, only a few blocks from the Blair-Caldwell plaza.

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