Nearby residents have filed appeals to get the city to revoke the temporary permit for the “safe outdoor space” in a church parking lot.
The appeal to the Denver Board of Adjustment came after a lawsuit filed by five homeowners was dismissed in May.
First Universalist Church of Denver in University Hills was granted a permit July 9 to host eight vehicles per night, with first arrivals next week.
The Denver Rescue Mission now has full control of the east side of the block. The seller paid $791,000 for the 0.36-acre property in 2010.
Mango Tree Coffee is a division of Manna Worldwide, and plans to donate all profits to the parent organization. Manna builds orphanages and schools.
The deal for the 13-building, 25-acre university campus in South Park Hill, which also involved Denver Public Schools and the Denver Housing Authority, closed Tuesday.
The First Universalist Church of Denver at 4101 E. Hampden Ave. would be Denver’s first “safe parking” site if approved.
The Crossroads Center has long been operated by the Salvation Army as an overnight shelter. But it went 24/7 last year.
“The plaintiffs have not deterred us,” the nonprofit that would manage the camp said in a statement. “Instead, the plaintiffs have lit a fire underneath us.”
The Park Hill site will have 33 tents instead of the 45 announced in April in response to feedback from the affluent neighborhood.