Jason Sutton has one concern about the city purchasing the DoubleTree Hotel in Park Hill as part of Denver’s House1000 program: How will it be different from Fusion Studios?
Sutton made his remarks Wednesday during a town hall meeting at the Martin Luther King Jr. recreation center. Sutton owns the Chick-fil-a located next door to Fusion Studios, 3737 Quebec. Fusion is housing for the formerly homeless in a former 1980s-era Quality Inn and Suites. It is owned and operated by Colorado Coalition for the Homeless.
Sutton said the project originally was touted as “transitional housing,” but he said many residents have lived there longer than three years. He said many residents suffer from addiction and alcoholism.
Sutton said he has had seven people trespassed at Chick-fil-a from Fusion. He said it takes a long time to get such orders processed. He said violent people have entered his restaurant and caused problems.
Fusion not owned by city
“I don’t believe we’re setting these people up with the resources to be effective,” Sutton said. City Council member Shontel Lewis said Fusion is owned by the Coalition, not the city. She said she supports the city buying its own hotels so it can control how they’re managed.
Sutton said Fusion residents have stolen things from him and he has tried to retrieve his property. He said security guards at Fusion would not allow him to do that.
Sutton said he does not believe people experiencing homelessness should be given private hotel rooms. He said during four tours of duty in Iraq he lived in large tents with no privacy.
Lewis said her goal is to prevent the loss of life and limb as it gets colder. “I appreciate that but as a taxpayer I’m saying this is going the wrong route,” a resident responded.