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Colorado Toys For Tots Can’t Find Warehouse Space Because of Cannabis Industry

With a booming marijuana industry contributing to skyrocketing industrial real estate prices in Denver, regional Toys for Tots organizers are struggling to find a spot to set up Santa’s workshop.

The nonprofit’s organizers in Colorado Springs and Pueblo have found a business willing to donate a warehouse to the group that collects toys and money to give disadvantaged kids Christmas presents. However, Denver regional Toys for Tots coordinator and Marine Sgt. Phillip Sena is scrambling to find a space.

The seasonal operation lasts through Christmas. Ideally, Sena wanted to start Oct. 1, but the real estate market threw a wrench in his plans.

“The minute they hear this isn’t a dispensary trying to rent the space out and that we’re looking for someone to donate the warehouse, they lose interest,” Sena said. “I get the business aspect of that. But if we get a warehouse, that means that children are going to get toys this Christmas in Denver.”

About 4 percent of industrial spaces were vacant in Denver as of June, according to a real estate market report by Cushman and Wakefield. [Read more at The Denver Post]

 

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