The federal government’s denial March 23 of a plan to develop 59 acres near the Federal Center in Lakewood into a housing and resource center for the homeless dismayed its proponents …
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The General Services Administration, which owns the land, will release more information in coming weeks about next steps for reopening the online auction.
The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless plans to appeal to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and said it will consider going to court to if necessary to take ownership of the land for homeless housing services.
• October 2015: The 59 acres are put forth as a joint project between Lakewood and the General Services Administration, which owns the land. In exchange for the land, the city would build a new laboratory at the Federal Center.
• January 2016: Due to concern from residents and some city council members about a lack of information and time to do the necessary groundwork, negotiations end.
• May 10, 2017: The property is put on sale in an online auction. Bidders must make a deposit of $95,000 to show they are serious about taking ownership of the land.
• July 25, 2017: Colorado Coalition for the Homeless files an injunction against the GSA, asking to halt the sale until the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has a chance to determine if the land could be used for homeless services.
• July 27, 2017: The original auction had been scheduled to close on this date, but the government extends the auction until Sept. 8 while it reviews the coalition's injunction.
• Sept. 25, 2017: HUD releases a letter stating the land could be used for homeless services, and orders the GSA to cancel its online auction.
• Oct. 6, 2017: HUD formally pronounces the land suitable for homeless housing, giving the coalition time to submit an application to the Department of Health and Human Services regarding its interest in the property.
• Dec. 26, 2017: The coalition submits initial application to Department of Health and Human Services to take ownership of the property.
• Jan. 23, 2018: HHS approves the plan submitted by the coalition, which moves the organization on to the next step: supplying detailed financing and operational plans for the $120 million project by March 9, again to the HHS.
• Feb. 8, 2018: Coalition hosts first large-scale open meeting with the community about the project at Alameda High School.
• March 9, 2018: Coalition submits expanded plan to HHS.
• March 23, 2018: HHS denies coalition’s project application.
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