City looks to extend rent deferment for its tenants

Approximately $276,900 of total rent will be deferred, according to the City of Denver. (Creative Commons)

The City of Denver is doubling down on a rent relief program for its tenants.

Monday’s City Council agenda included a measure deferring rent for entities that rent space in city buildings for an additional three months, stacking on top of the three months council already approved in early May.

In exchange for a total of six months of no rent, the tenants must extend their leases by six months, according to the proposal. If all tenants take advantage of the six months of rent relief, approximately $276,900 of total rent will be deferred.

The tenants that rent space from the city are:

Garner Galleria Theatre in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts is owned by the city. (Courtesy DCPA)

Denver Center for the Performing Arts
5280 Enterprises LLC, which operates two Subways in city buildings
Coffee Etcetera in the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse
Dazbog Coffee in the Webb Building
Stockyard Inn and Saloon on the National Western campus
HJB Convenience, which operates Russell’s Convenience stores in city buildings
National Western Center Authority
Wellshire LLC, which operates concessions at Wellshire Golf Course
Pizza Republica at the Colorado Convention Center

“The viability of tenants’ businesses depends upon building occupancy; as such, we recognize that it is not necessarily feasible to pay rent during this time,” city staff wrote in documents justifying the measure. “The Denver Center for the Performing Arts has cancelled its entire 2020-2021 performance season, and the Colorado Convention Center has very limited convention activity at this time.”

City staff said it’s undecided whether they could seek to extend deferment beyond six months.

“We are approaching this in 3 month increments until there is greater certainty as to the timing of return to normal business operations,” the documents state.

BusinessDen reported in May that the city also was searching for its own rent relief, reaching out to its landlords about the potential for savings.

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