Federal Center

Court rules against Coalition over 59 acres

Fed Center land sale moves forward

Staff report
Posted 6/26/18

The US District Court of Colorado ruled against the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless in its request for a Motion for a Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction to stop the public auction of 59 …

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Federal Center

Court rules against Coalition over 59 acres

Fed Center land sale moves forward

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The US District Court of Colorado ruled against the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless in its request for a Motion for a Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction to stop the public auction of 59 acres of Federal Center property.

The motions were filed against the General Services Administration (GSA), and would have required the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to reevaluate the Coalition’s financing plan to develop the property for affordable housing and services for families and individuals experiencing homelessness in the area.

According to a release from Cathy Alderman, vice president of communications and public policy, the organization is evaluating its options under the ruling about the best way to move forward.

“The Coalition is extremely disappointed that the court denied our request for a preliminary injunction to stop the auction of the Federal Center Station property. Unfortunately, there is a high standard of review to overrule the decision of an executive agency, and the court did not find that HHS violated this standard,” she said in the official statement. “The real losers in this case are the homeless families and individuals in Lakewood and Jefferson County who remain without adequate housing and services, and who will not have this resource available to respond to their needs.

We will continue to work with Jefferson County, Lakewood and other human services agencies in the county to develop initiatives to respond to the needs of homeless families and individuals in the County.”

The lawsuit followed HHS’ March denial of the coalition plan to turn the 59 acres into a housing and resource center for the homeless. Following the denial, the GSA reopened the online auction for the property, but as of June 26 there have been no bids, with 21 days remaining.

A temporary injunction on the GSA public auction would have allowed for CCH to have its application reevaluated by HHS without the threat of it being sold to a third party during the reevaluation, according to the coalition.

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