By Kathryn White
City Council members Darrell Watson and Amanda P. Sandoval have sponsored a proposal to rezone 200 W. Warner Place, the former Clarion Hotel, to allow it to become a multi-unit residential building.
The site’s current zoning, I-A-UO-2, an industrial district, allows short-term stays only. The proposed rezoning, I-MX-3, allows for both residential and industrial uses.
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) purchased the building and renamed it Renewal Village. It is currently being renovated to provide housing for people experiencing homelessness or at risk of experiencing homelessness. If rezoned, CCH would be able to provide what they called longer-term supportive housing for the same populations.
At a public meeting held by Watson and Sandoval in Globeville Sept. 14, attendees asked questions about the timeline for the proposal and whether current residents in the area would be prioritized for affordable housing. Some also expressed concerns that the community received little notice about the proposal and had not been invited to participate in plans for the site.
The public can sign up to make statements at a required public hearing for the proposal scheduled for Oct. 30 at 5:30 p.m. Visit denvergov.org/citycouncil and select “Public Input” and then “Giving Input at a Public Hearing.” Written comments can be sent before Oct. 30 to firstname.lastname@example.org. City Council may vote on the proposal that same evening.
More information about the proposal can be found at denvergov.org/rezoning under the category “Currently Proposed Rezonings” or by contacting Senior City Planner Edson Ibañez at email@example.com.