Huge thank you to everyone to reached out to your representatives, attended town halls, knocked doors and handed out flyers, or just chatted with a neighbor. The city has decided to not move forward with the site at 5500 E. Yale. The official notice from the Mayor’s office is below.
From Denver’s own assessment of the Yale corridor there are safety concerns for pedestrians and cyclists along the site. The neighbors are concerned that the pedestrian crash rate would sharply increase. Read the full report here.
The plan calls for building of 100 pallet shelters in a micro-community to help folks into services and a more permanent living arrangement off of the streets.
It is an admirable goal, however the district 4 location at 5500 E. Yale Ave is on the edge of a section of unincorporated Arapahoe county. Just a stones throw away you will find two schools, single family homes with many small children, apartments for the elderly, and a street with a very high accident rate.
The concern is that the micro-community will lead to an increase in vehicle on pedestrian accidents, drug dealing, open air drug use, theft, and other crime and safety issues in the neighborhood.