Apr 24Growing our Footprint Across the Mountain Plains
This is an exciting time for Mercy Housing Mountain Plains! From grand openings to groundbreakings to major renovations, we are growing our footprint across the region. This year we are thrilled to be opening two new affordable housing communities in Colorado – The Rose on Colfax in Denver and Northfield Commons in Fort Collins.
In addition to new developments, we’re continuing to preserve existing communities, keeping them available and affordable to the many people that call Mercy Housing home. “Mercy Housing is committed to affordable housing preservation and has focused on several properties within our portfolio where we can do upgrades and improvements to keep them safe, clean, and affordable long term,” Mercy Housing Mountain Plains’ President Shelly Marquez shared.
Without the support of our community partners and donors, this exciting growth would not be possible. Nor would the free and critical Resident Services programming we provide onsite to all residents.
The Rose on Colfax
The Rose on Colfax continues to take shape in the East Colfax neighborhood of Denver, with plans of a grand opening in November. The affordable family community with 82 apartments will be the first mixed-use development in the region with an early childhood education center on the ground floor. The Mile High United Way Early Learning Center will offer both Mercy Housing residents and the community-at-large a safe, affordable childcare option in this current childcare desert.
Conveniently located approximately six miles east of Denver’s Central Business District, the East Colfax neighborhood is one of Denver’s most ethnically diverse, as well as one of the city’s poorest, with a household poverty rate four times the city’s average.
“Alliance Construction Solutions is proud to be a partner on this project. Mercy Housing has created a project that not only provides affordable family-oriented units, an early childhood education center, and a family-focused environment, but one that is rooted and focused on serving the community,” says Robin Choate, Client Development Manager of Alliance Construction Solutions.
With the help of Dohn Construction, Mercy Housing broke ground on this family community in April 2022. Northfield Commons will include 84 one-, two-, and three-bedroom affordable apartment homes. When completed, Northfield Commons will also feature a community clubhouse, basketball court, playground, walking track, and an onsite leasing office. This community is part of the new Northfield neighborhood development located just north of downtown Fort Collins and along a regional bike trail.
Construction is currently underway, with the first phase set to be completed in May. Northfield Commons is expected to be finished in August 2023. Project manager Carolyn Reid says,
“The first buildings will be ready for move in this summer and our property management team is going to start pre-leasing this spring.”
With a groundbreaking scheduled for August 2023, Mercy Housing Mountain Plains is thrilled to announce its first new development in the Southwest in over a decade. Glendale Senior Apartments will feature a four-story building with 148 affordable apartments for seniors.
The building will also have a community room, laundry rooms on every floor, and a courtyard for residents to gather. Glendale Senior is conveniently located along a high-transit corridor and near medical services and senior centers.
Preservation is a Priority
We are thrilled to announce that Mercy Housing Midwest was awarded a $500,000 grant from Front Porch Investments’ Development and Preservation Fund to use for major renovations at Timbercreek Apartments. Originally built in 1974, this nine-building apartment complex was acquired by Mercy Housing in 2001, and has never been updated.
The community features 180 multifamily apartments and a variety of onsite Resident Services and community activities. Some of the updates to the community will include new appliances, windows, doors, and flooring.
Clare Gardens comprises three- and four-bedroom townhomes, subsidized through the HUD Section 8 Program, under which residents pay only 30% of their adjusted income for rent. We’re proud to share that all 128 apartments have undergone renovations and now have new flooring, countertops, cabinets, and appliances. Additionally, apartments have new water heaters and furnaces, along with new air conditioning systems. The building’s exteriors were also completely redone. The entrance to Clare Gardens now features a circle drive, new site lighting, and cameras throughout the grounds.
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