Aurora’s New Homeless Shelter Brings Anxiety to Local Business Owner: Jill Chen’s Story

Concerned Denver Business Owner Fears Impact of Aurora Homeless Shelter on Her Asian Restaurant

Jill Chen moved to Denver from China and became a U.S. citizen 10 years ago, she started her own business, Zume Asian Cuisine near Chambers Road and Interstate 70. A single mother of three, Chen started the business to support her family, emphasizing that it was very important to her.

Chen has found success with her restaurant, in large part due to the neighborhood it is located in. Her customers love to come in for a succulent Chinese meal. She credits the success of her business to the supportive and kind people in the community.

Recently, Chen learned that the City of Aurora had bought the Crowne Plaza Hotel across the street to build a shelter for the homeless. While she initially thought it was a great idea, she began to worry about how it might affect her livelihood. She feared that her business might suffer as a result of being so close to the new shelter facility.

The City of Aurora has stated that they will work with residents and business owners near the site to create good neighbor plans. While they emphasize that outreach about the project has been ongoing, Chen remains anxious about potential negative impacts on her business.

In an effort to prevent further damage or closure of her restaurant, Chen has expressed hope for government assistance

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