NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING GETS GOING IN DENVER’S WESTOOD NEIGHBORHOOD

Nonprofit Mi Casa Resource Center will also move its headquarters into the building

By Joe Vaccarelli, The Denver Post, August 11, 2015

DENVER – A new affordable housing development that will also house a prominent Denver nonprofit officially broke ground Tuesday in Denver’s Westwood neighborhood.

The $15 million Terraza del Sol project — developed by Gorman and Company — will bring 42 units of affordable housing to 3116 W. Alameda Ave. The ground floor will serve as the new organizational headquarters of the  Mi Casa Resource Center and include the organization’s Family Economic Education Center.

Mi Casa has served the Latino community in the Denver metro area for the past 40 years; the education center will offer services ranging from legal consultation and entrepreneurial training to GED test preparation and computer literacy classes.

“Residents are not just facing affordability, but access to good quality jobs and education and training,” Denver City Councilman Paul Lopez said. “This project brings both together.”

Mi Casa will sell its current headquarters at 360 Acoma St. The new building should be ready fall 2016.

“This is where we need to be,” Mi Casa CEO and executive director Christine Marquez-Hudson said. “This facility will serve not just families living overhead, but the entire area. I think this is a facility we envision being a catalyst for the community.”

The 42 units will provide energy-efficient one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments that are available to people earning between 30 and 60 percent of the area median income. That translates to between $23,000 and $46,020  per year. These 42 units are part of 337 affordable housing rentals that will be available in Westwood in the near future, according to Lopez.

Rents will range from $382 per month for a one-bedroom unit to $733 per month for three bedrooms. Other amenities at the development include a fitness room, indoor bike storage, media room, outdoor terrace and community room.

The project is financed by Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, State of Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Denver Office of Economic Development, Denver Urban Renewal Authority, Citibank and Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. The building was designed by Shopworks Architecture.

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