Board denies appeal over sanctioned homeless camp in Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park neighbors lose appeal with Denver over homeless camp

Nearby residents have lost an appeal with the city of Denver to overturn the permit that allows the operation of a homeless campsite at 780 Elati St. (BusinessDen file photos)

A Denver board that handles appeals related to zoning on Tuesday rejected one filed by neighbors of a city-sanctioned homeless encampment in Lincoln Park.

The Board of Adjustment for Zoning voted unanimously to uphold the issuance of the permit allowing the temporary camp at the southeast corner of 8th Avenue and Elati Street.

While board members found that the permit had been issued properly by Zoning Administrator Tina Axelrad, several also indicated they understood the concerns of neighbors, which dealt with a range of issues from lighting and odors associated with the camp to drug and alcohol use among those living there.

Lincoln Park sign

The occupants of a neighboring home to the Lincoln Park homeless camp were at the top of the list of nearby residents who filed an appeal against the operation of the campsite.

The camp, which opened in November, has space for up to 50 residents who live in ice-fishing tents. It is operated by the nonprofit Colorado Village Collaborative, which leases the property from Denver Health.

Forty-six nearby residents signed the appeal of the permit back in December.

This is the second CVC-managed campsite to end up before the Board of Adjustment for Zoning. A former camp in the parking lot of the Park Hill United Methodist Church was also unsuccessfully challenged by neighbors last year.

The first sanctioned camps were established in late 2020. Three are currently up and running, in Lincoln Park, Clayton and on the campus of Regis University.

Lincoln Park neighbors lose appeal with Denver over homeless camp

Nearby residents have lost an appeal with the city of Denver to overturn the permit that allows the operation of a homeless campsite at 780 Elati St. (BusinessDen file photos)

Members said they understood neighbors’ concerns but determined a permit allowing the camp was issued properly by a Denver city administrator.

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