“Our biggest problem at Civic Center Park wasn’t the homeless; it was the drug dealing,” said a spokeswoman for the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation.
HealthOne wants to buy part of the campus at the northwest corner of 9th Avenue and Clermont Street but it is unclear if there are any competing bids.
Voters approved the other four components of the $450 million bond effort, and nixed limiting the number of unrelated people that can live at one home.
An initiative to increase Denver’s marijuana tax to provide funding for pandemic research also failed.
An opposing ballot question backed by the developer that owns the former golf course was rejected by Denver voters.
“I’ve never seen a city work so hard so that they don’t have to do the work,” said Garrett Flicker, who spearheaded Initiative 303, after hearing the decision.
The city seeks “a mixture of shelter and permanent housing” and is looking for teams with documented property ownership.
Denver seeks to nullify the portion requiring it to respond to complaints within 72 hours or risk being sued. No ruling had been issued as of 8 p.m. Sunday.
“This is not being done with a scalpel; it’s being done with a sledgehammer,” said Denver Councilwoman Kendra Black. She warned that prohibition never works.
“What we are going to do is a case-by-case, restaurant-by-restaurant, bar-by-bar assessment of what is possible,” Mayor Michael Hancock said Tuesday.