DENVER — A tiny home village in Denver needs to move and is hoping its neighbors in Globeville will welcome it.
The village was built by an organization called the Colorado Village Collaboration in 2017 as a community for those experiencing homelessness.
It has been operating under a temporary use permit at 38th Avenue and Blake Street in Denver's River North (RiNo) Art District, but needs to move by May 15 because the developers are using that land for an apartment complex.
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The city proposed a site in Globeville - a neighborhood in North Denver.
The land at 4400 Pearl Street is owned by the city. They would lease it to the Colorado Village Collaborative for $10 per year.
At Monday night's city council meeting, all 13 councilors approved the new site giving Colorado Village Collaborative the green light to move in the next two to three weeks.
Some people living in Globeville feel like this is another example of the city treating their neighborhood like a "dumping ground."
"It makes me angry," said Loretta Bezjak, a Globeville resident of more than 50 years. "I think that they think we’re a dumping ground down here. You know, we start getting all cleaned up and things are starting to look better and people are taking care of their homes and stuff. But, boom! Here we go."
The neighborhood is also going through massive change due to a project to widen Interstate 70. The $1.2 billion "Central 70" project includes ripping out the crumbling I-70 viaduct across north Denver, expanding the highway between Interstate 25 and Chambers Road using toll lanes and sinking a portion of the highway between Brighton and Colorado boulevards.
Those who live in the village share a community restroom and kitchen area. They also govern the village.
"I think that it’s great that people can have a step up to a more secure lifestyle," said Janice Ediger, who has lived in Globeville for about 35 years.
She said she thinks the tiny homes would be a good fit for the neighborhood, which she believes is a great stepping stone for a wide variety of people.
"I think that’s how you make a community better is by welcoming people and learning to live with them in a way that appreciates everybody’s gifts," Ediger said.
Now that the deal has been approved, the lease is good for one year and is able to be renewed twice which means the tiny homes village could stay at the new site for up to three years.
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