“Of the eight council members that Denver Mayor Michael Hancock asked to recommend sites for sanctioned homeless camps earlier this month, six ultimately complied.
Council members Candi CdeBaca, Amanda Sandoval, Jamie Torres, Chris Hinds, Stacie Gilmore and Debbie Ortega suggested a total of 13 sites, with one site named twice.
Council members Robin Kniech and Paul Kashmann did not suggest any sites.
Hancock asked the eight council members — there are 13 in all — to make suggestions on July 8 because the eight signed a letter in April calling for “safe outdoor spaces” where individuals could camp given the coronavirus pandemic.
In his letter, Hancock asked the council members to recommend sites in their own district that are approximately 10,000 square feet, with the idea that the sites would accommodate about 50 tents.
CdeBaca, who represents District 9 (northern Denver, including downtown, Five Points and Globeville), suggested four sites:
– The parking lot for Coors Field at 2701-2949 Blake St., which is owned by the stadium district
– The parking lots at 720 Park Avenue West, 2250 Stout St. and 2255 California St., which are adjacent and owned by the same private party
– The city’s National Western Center complex in Elyria-Swansea
– The privately owned Park Hill Golf Club at 4141 E. 35th Ave.
Ortega, who is an at-large member, suggested two sites, according to a representative:
– The privately owned parking lot at 720 Park Avenue West
– Bannock Plaza, the east side of Denver’s City and County Building
CdeBaca was the only council member to suggest a site outside her district. The Park Hill Golf Club, which a developer purchased last year, is in District 8.”
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Gounley, Thomas. Business Den 29 July 2020.