COLUMBUS — The family of a Colorado woman who lost her job and her home after the city of Denver issued a permit for a new apartment building to be built on her street is still struggling to make ends meet.
Amber Taylor, 44, said she lost her home to foreclosure last year, and her husband and two children moved out to help her pay the bills.
They still have a mortgage, but she said the payments have been too slow.
“We’re still trying to pay the rent,” Taylor said.
She and her family have no insurance.
Taylor said her husband was laid off in 2014 and her three children are still living with their mother.
“My husband has been taking care of the kids.
It’s really tough,” she said.
When the building on Taylor’s block in Denver’s northwest neighborhood of Commerce Square was approved in May, the new condo would have been built on the vacant lots next to Taylor’s old house.
But the city’s Planning Commission voted in favor of a new building on her property in November, citing concerns about traffic congestion and air quality.
“Our goal was to create a neighborhood that could be more vibrant,” said Planning Commission member Karen Stelzer.
Stelzzer said the neighborhood was already one of the most diverse in the city, but the new condos would be a boon for the area.
“I’m proud to be a part of that neighborhood,” she added.
Stellzer, who represents the northwest part of the city where the new development will be built, said the new building would allow the neighborhood to be more inclusive.
“The residents and their businesses will benefit from a stronger economic development district,” she told The Washington Posts.
“This will provide more affordable housing for working families.”
Taylor said she is still unsure what she will do next.
“It’s a bit scary,” she laughed.
She said she was planning on getting a new job to help support her kids.
“If I had to do it all over again, I’d do everything in my power to get a new place.”