Housing Issues

We need your help.
Yikes, oh no, the Mercury could get squeezed out. The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless has three 5-story buildings within a block of us already and they want to build a 9-story building right beside us, 15 feet away from us to house the homeless.  We believe housing is a human right, and we support their mission but the neighborhood is already saturated and the additional problems this will present could destroy us.  Keep reading for more details.

Please, if you can take the time to write a short letter or send the form letter below opposing this project, I would be so grateful, and it would help keep the Mercury strong. Our goal is to have 1,000 letters sent on our behalf.

The link below will send your letter to all of the following people and organizations:
Candi CeBaca, Wayne Mcclary, Kathryn Grosscup, Britta Fisher, Steve Johnson, Denver Advisory Board, planreview@denvergov.orghousingstability@denvergov.orgrealestatedevelopment@denvergov.org
mayorsoffice@genvergov.org. Please visit this page to find out more information. 

This form letter below will pop up into your e-mail application if you click on the “Send E-mail Now” link. Feel free to send whatever portion of the letter makes sense to you, or craft your own letter. Thank you so much for your support, it means everything to us.

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“I am writing to share my concern for the Mercury Cafe in regards to a proposed project by the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless (CCH). The plan to build a nine-story building directly alongside the Mercury Cafe will further hurt, even cripple, the Mercury Cafe and their ability to continue as a business.Founded in 1975, the Mercury Cafe has been in their current location at 22nd and California since 1990, serving the Denver metro area as a venue and launching pad of musicians, artists, poets, and dramatists, and a culinary supporter of local farmers, ranchers, brewers, and vintners. The cafe is the site of dance classes, student performances, weddings, memorials, celebrations, and community organizing. It’s at the heart of a large, loyal and vibrant community. The Mercury Cafe is a model of sustainability with its clean energy and commitment to organic and locally sourced food and spirits.The Mercury Cafe believes housing is a Human right.  However, within 1 block of the Mercury Cafe, there are already three five-story buildings that serve the homeless residents of Denver.  Concentrating the poverty and mental illness into one block in the neighborhood is not good for the people who live in the housing.  It has also been a struggle for the small businesses on the block to navigate. Another such facility will add to this profile.Unfortunately, CCH has a history of failing to fully resolve many issues arising from buildings they already manage here, including their tenants’ human waste, trash, and confrontational interactions. With escalating intensity, these unresolved issues are falling on the Owner and staff of the Mercury Cafe, who now deal with them on a daily and nightly basis. While CCH meets with and seems to listen to its business neighbors, they have failed to make the effective and sustained changes needed to truly support neighborly co-existence. And yet CCH now wants to build another building in this already saturated location. I believe CCH can and should locate their proposed building in another area of Denver, so as to disperse the impact of this type of housing rather than continuing to overwhelm the neighborhood around 22nd and California. Thank you,”