Denver Meadows RV Park Residents Claim Small Win in Fight for Their Homes

Left: Alberto Chichar has lived at Denver Meadows for eight years. Right: Nancy Flores, who purchased her home in March 2016, showing a letter she received from Denver Meadows that explains its intent to sell the property.EXPAND
Left: Alberto Chichar has lived at Denver Meadows for eight years. Right: Nancy Flores, who purchased her home in March 2016, showing a letter she received from Denver Meadows that explains its intent to sell the property.
Brandon Marshall

It was a cause for celebration.

On Monday, July 11, Aurora City Council tabled a measure that would have allowed Denver Meadows RV Park owner Shawn Lustigman to sell the twenty-acre plot of land between Interstate 225 and Colfax Avenue – which happens to be by the light-rail tracks of the R Line, set to open later this year – and effectively displace the RV park's residents, many of whom are Latino and low-income.

Residents of Denver Meadows RV Park celebrating in the lobby after a victory; on Monday, July 11, the Aurora City Council postponed a vote that would rezone the property and leave many residents homeless.EXPAND
Residents of Denver Meadows RV Park celebrating in the lobby after a victory; on Monday, July 11, the Aurora City Council postponed a vote that would rezone the property and leave many residents homeless.
Brandon Marshall

Council told Lustigman to work on a plan to help residents pay for their moving costs.

The council's decision was a small victory for the residents, who have been fighting Lustigman on the issue for several months.

Shawn Lustigman owns Denver Meadows RV Park.EXPAND
Shawn Lustigman owns Denver Meadows RV Park.
Brandon Marshall

Photographer Brandon Marshall attended the July 11 meeting and visited a few residents in their homes to learn more about the community. 

A few Denver Meadows residents.EXPAND
A few Denver Meadows residents.
Brandon Marshall
Nancy Flores purchased her home in March 2016.EXPAND
Nancy Flores purchased her home in March 2016.
Brandon Marshall

Click to view the complete slide show, Denver Meadows RV Park Residents Fight for Their Homes in Growing Aurora.

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