The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless wants to redevelop a hotel and restaurant property it purchased off Interstate 25 in Globeville late last year.
The nonprofit has requested the 3500 and 3600 Park Avenue West lots, currently home to a La Quinta Inn and the Old West Pancake House, be rezoned for up to eight stories. The coalition wants to build income-restricted housing on the site.
The coalition would actually be able to build up to 12 stories if the eight-story zoning is approved thanks to the city’s recently passed “Expanding Housing Affordability” plan, which offers incentives to those building income-restricted housing.
CCH Housing Developer Max Lubarsky said the organization has not determined if it will do so.
“It’s a little too early to tell, but we will try to put as many units as we can fit to serve as many families as possible there,” he said.
Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca said she would support an even taller rezoning.
“I think 20 stories, given that it’s surrounded on both sides by 20 stories — or allowable 20 stories — would make sense,” CdeBaca said. “And for this specific use I think we should definitely be considering going up to 20.”
A Denver City Council committee forwarded the reasoning request on Tuesday. A final vote by the full council is expected Nov. 14.
The La Quinta Inn is one of more than a half dozen hotels that have been used to house the homeless since the coronavirus pandemic began in the spring of 2022.
The coalition purchased the properties last December, paying $11 million, records show.