Move along... "to 38th and Blake!"
It is well known that the Beloved Community Village has been operating on a 6-month, temporary use permit that is set to expire in mid-January, at which time all eleven tiny homes, and the people who make their life in them will need to “Move Along” to a new parcel of land.
Since August of 2017, The Colorado Village Collaborative (CVC) has been meeting with engineers, contractors, landowners, Community Planning and Development (CPD), the Mayor’s Office, City Council, and community members to discuss the logistics of this pending move. On November 29, CVC officially submitted paperwork to CPD to relocate the Beloved Community Village to a separate Urban Land Conservancy parcel directly across the alleyway from the current village location at 38th and Blake.
During the course of this process, three different landowners stepped forward to say that they would be delighted to house the Beloved Community Village on their land. But in the end, this decision came down to staying in a neighborhood that has begun to feel like home. When Villagers met to determine their top choice for relocation every single villager voted to stay in the RiNo neighborhood where public transportation is highly accessible, but most importantly where they have been greeted for months by the welcome and support of the neighborhood.
Amanda McDougal, one of the Villagers who also sits on the CVC Board of Directors said it best when she said, “RiNo is our home. We love RiNo, and they love us.”
As simple as it may seem, the path to moving across the alleyway will not be easy. There are three distinct hurdles that will need to be cleared in the four weeks leading up to the move, and those are outlined below:
The site at 1420 E. 38th St. is currently under the old zoning code, and slated to be updated into the new zoning code in February. However, that timeline will not meet the need to move the village by January 16, so Albus Brooks will be sponsoring an ordinance which would enable this particular site to be rezoned three weeks sooner and therefore accommodate the timeline of the move.
The move will take time and the villagers will be temporarily displaced for up to two weeks during the move. CVC is currently working to partner with hotels, faith communities, and households who would be interested in hosting a villager for the 5-14 days that the move could take.
CVC will partner with the Whiting-Turner Contracting company once more to make the move. Whiting-Turner will be donating their time, but the equipment that will be used for the move will cost around $2500 per day, and the total cost of the move is expected to come in around $25,000. Around $18,000 of that has been secured to date, but CVC needs the support of the community to come up with final $7,000.
Please consider supporting Beloved Community Village by contacting your City Council representative to support this ordinance; helping CVC find locations for the villagers to stay during their temporary displacement; and by donating to these efforts and inviting your friends to join you in that support.
CVC and the Beloved Community Village are extremely grateful to all of those across the city who have made it possible for us to remain in RiNo for the next six months of the life of Beloved Community Village, but we look forward to the day when these six-month timelines have been erased and permanent zoning has been established for tiny home villages that allows for the preservation and prioritization of land for the poor in the middle of Denver.
This week, we ask that you help us "Move Along... to 38th and Blake," by making a tax-deductible donation to the Colorado Village Collaborative.