Legal representation is key for Denver residents facing eviction, study says, and most don’t have it

It’s a high-stakes process that can leave people without a home, plus an eviction record that will follow them for years.

Last year, more than 8,000 Denver households faced eviction notices, according to research from the Colorado Center of Law and Policy. It’s a high-stakes process that can leave people without a home, plus an eviction record that will follow them for years.

Tenants who had legal representation that year avoided eviction 78.6 percent of the time. (Although even the eviction filing is public and can be detrimental to future housing.) That’s the good news.

The bad news is that there were only 11 of them. Six lived in Denver Housing Authority properties and five lived in private-market homes studied for this report. 


New downtown Whole Foods slated to open in November with 2nd Birdcall location

The store in Capitol Hill is planned to close shortly before the supermarket opens within Union Denver apartment complex.

Luxury apartment complex Union Denver anchored by Whole Foods Market. (Courtesy of Holland Partner Group)
Luxury apartment complex Union Denver anchored by Whole Foods Market. (Courtesy of Holland Partner Group)

Whole Foods is planning to carve out space in its new downtown store for the chicken and robots restaurant Birdcall, the grocer announced Monday.


New transit-oriented affordable housing at 38th and Blake will replace tiny home village

By late 2019, developers hope to have 65 new affordable units within a five minute walk of the 38th and Blake light rail station.

A view of the Denver skyline from 38th and Blake on June 22, 2017. (Andrew Kenney/Denverite) rino; river north; light rail; freight; downtown; mountains; sunset
A view of the Denver skyline from 38th and Blake on June 22, 2017. (Andrew Kenney/Denverite)

By late 2019, developers hope to have 65 new affordable units within a five-minute walk of the 38th and Blake light rail station.

The Urban Land Conservancy, through a 99-year ground lease with development partner Medici Consulting Group, plans to keep the units affordable for a long time. 


Historic designation for Packard’s Hill in Highland pits neighbor vs. neighbor in a familiar Denver battle

Historic Denver wishes historic designations would stop splitting neighborhoods, said John Olson, director of preservation programs.

3737 W. 32nd Ave. Sept. 20, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) colorado; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; west highland; residential real estate; historic district;
3737 W. 32nd Ave. Sept. 20, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Few would argue with Highland being one of Denver’s most historic neighborhoods, but officially designating the area as such is an entirely different matter.


Denver plans to buy Park Hill Golf Club for $21 million; golf unlikely to survive there

The proposed deal, which would require the approval of the Denver City Council, would have Denver pay $20.5 million over the course of 30 years for the property.

Homes sit behind a screen protecting them from stray balls hit at the Park Hill Golf Course. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) park hill; golf course; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado; sports;
Homes sit behind a screen protecting them from stray balls hit at the Park Hill Golf Club. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The city of Denver is preparing to purchase the 155-acre Park Hill Golf Club, which sits on land controlled by the nonprofit Clayton Early Learning in northeastern Denver.

The proposed deal, which would require the approval of the Denver City Council, would have Denver pay $20.5 million over the course of 30 years for the property.

While no plans for the future use of the land have been announced, this deal would likely mark the end of its long tenure as a golf course.