Aurora council tables plan that could force hundreds to move

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AURORA, Colo. — Residents of Denver Meadows mobile home park are celebrating a big victory after the Aurora City Council postponed a vote to rezone their property.

The mobile home park near Interstate 225 and Colfax Avenue has about 100 homes. The property owner, Shawn Lustigman, submitted an application to Aurora to rezone the 20-acre plot as high intensity commercial, which would include shops, offices, a hotel and housing.

Under the plan, everyone who currently lives at Denver Meadows would be forced to move.

It is mostly low-income housing, and residents are worried how they would pay for relocation. Moving a trailer costs up to $6,000. Lustigman’s attorney Jessica Alizadeh told concerned residents at a public hearing in May that they would not be compensated for moving costs.

Residents of Denver Meadows have been fighting the proposed rezoning ordinance for months. Close to 100 attended Monday’s city council meeting to protest and ask council members to vote down the plan.

After a brief public comment period, council members decided to postpone the vote until Lustigman could secure a developer and a way for residents to be compensated for their moving costs.