Denver opens Wellington Webb building as overnight shelter


Denver is repurposing one of its main municipal buildings into an overnight shelter as the city scrambles to find warm places for people to stay during a historic, subzero cold snap.

The Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office Building, 201 W. Colfax Ave, opened at 3 p.m. Thursday as a 24-hour warming center for up to 100 people, the city said in a news release. Chairs and blankets will be available, but not cots.

The building will be closed for city operations through the weekend.

The city previously opened the Denver Coliseum, 4600 Humboldt St., and the Downtown Denver YMCA, 25 E 16th Ave. as 24-hour warming shelters.

Weapons — including knives and firearms — are prohibited in the warming centers, as are alcohol, drugs, scooters, bicycles and skateboards.

The Coliseum shelter, designed to support 225 people, had more than 350 on Wednesday night, said Jill Lis, a Denver city spokesperson. Some of the individuals moved to the YMCA on Thursday, which can fit 100 people.


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