A West Colfax parking lot could become 320 homes, half of them affordable

This just in! Denverite covers plans for affordable housing development in a West Colfax parking lot.

 

“More than a year since neighbors first took notice, a plan to replace a West Colfax parking lot with housing is close to potential approval.

David Zucker of Zocalo Community Development wants to build 16 stories high at 17th Avenue and Newton Street to create a one-block collection of about 320 homes. Half of those condos and apartments would serve people who aren’t rich, including families of Denver Public Schools students without homes.

Two of the four nearby neighborhood organizations oppose the project. Some locals worry that traffic will increase, parking spots will decrease, and tall buildings will zap privacy and sunlight.”

 

Read more on Denverite here.

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Denver Council votes on moving tiny-home village for homeless

Colorado Politics covers a vote on plans for a tiny-home village

 

“The Council is scheduled to vote after a public hearing on a resolution that would enable a nonprofit group to lease about 20,000 square-feet of vacant city-owned lot at 4400 Pearl Street for $10 per year with two additional one-year options.

The vote is the latest step in a nearly two-year-long effort to relocate the Beloved Community Village, which consists of a dozen 8-by-12-foot units currently located at 38th and Blake Street, just across from a light rail station.”

 

Read more on Colorado Politics here.

Denver Expands Property Tax Relief Program To Include More Families

In recent news, CBS4 highlights Denver’s Property Tax Relief Program.

 

“DENVER (CBS4)– The competitive housing market across Colorado means it’s not only tough to find a home in your price range, rising home values and property taxes can put a pinch on families. Now, the City of Denver is helping out.

The Denver Property Tax Relief Program is expanding to help more people. Starting May 1, families who own a home and earn up to 40% of the area median income, or AMI, will be able to apply for a new relief program.”

 

Read more on CBS4 here.

Colorado is set to invest more in affordable housing than ever before. And it nearly spent even more.

The Colorado Sun highlights plans to invest over $600 million in affordable housing over the next seven years.

 

“Just days ago, a package of bills moving through the state legislature would have invested more than $600 million in affordable housing over the next seven years, with ongoing funding of about $50 million a year thereafter. But in a span of 48 hours last week, one measure got slashed by $190 million. And another was cut by about $53 million over the next two years, after lawmakers tapped its funding source to pay for a health care program instead.

In some ways it was deja vu all over again. Colorado’s housing affordability crisis has been top of mind for the state’s residents for years now, but has struggled to emerge as a top spending priority at the state Capitol, consistently taking a back seat to roads, schools and health care.”

 

Read more on The Colorado Sun here.

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Aurora Eyes Creating Affordable Artist Live/Work Spaces; Meeting April 30

Westword covers plans to build 85 units of affordable housing in the RiNo district.

Artspace, the Minneapolis-based nonprofit devoted to creating affordable spaces for artists, has been exploring options for a project in metro Denver for well over a decade. Three years ago, it zeroed in on a plan to build 85 units of affordable housing and 3,000 square feet of workshop and performance space in the RiNo Art District.

But a fast-tracked schedule for the North Wynkoop development created a financing roadblock for that Artspace project in RiNo, so the organization and city officials have gone back to the drawing board in Denver. Meanwhile, Aurora has high hopes that an affordable-housing project for artists might fly in that city just east of Denver. ”

 

Read more on Westword here.

HOME/MAKER: a show with a focus on affordable art as well as affordable housing

Denverite covers an art show with a focus on affordable housing.

 

“Intricate, evocative paintings, photographs and sculpture have popped up on the Market Street side of Larimer Square, offering a creative contribution to Denver’s housing conversation.

Sales from the exhibit HOME/MAKER, which opens Thursday in a space that once housed an Irish pub at 1432 Market Street, will benefit the Denver-based national nonprofit developer Mercy Housing. The show includes the work of local professionals alongside pieces by residents of Mercy’s apartments for low-income families, seniors and others. Art-making is part of the support programs offered at Mercy complexes.”

 

Read more on Denverite here.

The Hooper: Here’s what’s coming to the newest development in Five Points

In recent news, Denver Business Journal highlights plans for new development in Five Points.

 

“Developers break ground Wednesday on the latest infill project in Denver’s historic Five Points neighborhood, and have given some clues as to what could take over the new building’s commercial space.

The Hooper is a nine-story, mixed-use project at 2600 Welton St. that includes 33,000 square feet of Class A office space, 6,400 square feet of ground-floor retail and 103 apartments — 78 of which are considered “micro,” measuring between 350 and 500 square feet.”

 

Read more on Denver Business Journal here.

Denver City Council approves plans for responsible growth over the next 20 years

Denver7 highlights Comprehensive Plan 2040 and Blueprint Denver.

 

“This document will serve as a guide to ensure that the community’s long-term vision will help inform decisions as budget season approaches.

The second approved plan, Blueprint Denver , is an integrated land use and transportation plan that focuses on creating complete neighborhoods and networks across the city. It also offers a measured approach for where growth should go and how it should fit.”

 

Read more on Denver7 here.

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Denver has a new plan for the year 2040. Here’s how the vote happened.

This just in! The Denver Post covers plans for growth and development in Denver.

 

“The Denver City Council on Monday ended years of talking and planning with a simple answer: Yes.

With strong majorities, the council approved two key elements of the “Denveright” vision for how Denver will handle the projected addition of 200,000 more residents over the next 20 years.

The plans don’t make many immediate changes, but they will guide the city’s decisions in the years to come. They envision a city with better transit connections and more options for mid-density housing. They also describe a new approach to social equity, aiming to ‘remove barriers for people of color to live in Denver.'”

 

Read more on The Denver Post here.

Crews Break Ground On 133 Unit Affordable Housing Complex

CBS4 highlights a new plans for an affordable housing complex by RTD’s W-Line in Denver.

 

“DENVER (CBS4)– Crews will break ground on Monday on an affordable housing complex in Denver. The income-qualified units will be at Sheridan Station.

There will be 133 units in the complex near RTD’s W-Line in Denver. All units will be restricted for households earning up to 60 percent of the area’s median income.”

 

Read more on CBS4 here.