PROP­ERTY AUC­TION DE­LAY COULD HELP THE HOME­LESS

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS -

Fed­eral of­fi­cials have de­layed the auc­tion of 59 acres of land near the West Rail Line Fed­eral Cen­ter Sta­tion for 45 days, giv­ing some hope the land could be used to de­velop hous­ing for home­less peo­ple.

“This is a great first step in stop­ping the sale of the prop­erty to com­mer­cial in­ter­ests,” said Colorado Coali­tion for the Home­less CEO John Par­ven­sky, who sued to stop the auc­tion on Tues­day, the day the sale was set.

The U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice no­ti­fied a fed­eral judge that it will take no ac­tion on the auc­tion un­til Sept. 8.

The home­less coali­tion will con­tinue to pur­sue its re­quest for an or­der re­quir­ing HUD to re-eval­u­ate the suit­abil­ity of the prop­erty as re­quired by Ti­tle V of the McKin­ney-Vento Act. The act gives home­less agen­cies the right of first re­fusal when fed­eral prop­er­ties are sold.

“It con­tin­ues to con­found us that HUD could have de­ter­mined that the Fed­eral Cen­ter Sta­tion prop­erty, lo­cated ad­ja­cent to the RTD sta­tion and St. An­thony’s Hospi­tal, was ‘un­suit­able for use to as­sist the home­less’, while GSA de­ter­mined that it was more than suit­able for high-end res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment,” Par­ven­sky wrote. — Kirk Mitchell, The Den­ver Post

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