Archway Communities will soon complete construction on a three-story affordable housing project with 67 apartments for adults 62 and older – as well as veterans – on north Wadsworth, just south of Crown Hill Park. The opening date will be later this month or early July.
Robinson Place will include a large community room with an entertainment kitchen, two roof decks, central laundry and bike storage. It is within walking distance of a neighborhood shopping center, convenience store, park, grocery stores and pharmacies, according to a press release from Archway. High-frequency bus transit will provide a quick connection to light rail.
It will be a fully nonsmoking campus, and some units will be ADA compatible. Pets are welcome.
“The need for affordable housing for older adults in this market is compelling and so our goal here is to help allow older adults to remain in their community while transitioning out of their single family homes or … to be closer to their children and grandchildren,” said Sebastian Corradino, Chief Executive Officer at Archway Communities, in a press release.
By affordable, the apartments are for families earning between 50 and 60 percent of Area Median Income (AMI).
“Everyone acutely feels the need for this type of project,” Leslie Rutherford, Archway’s Director of Communications, told the Neighborhood Gazette in a phone interview. “Our mission is to provide both these types of properties and wrap-around services, so residents can be successful in living there.”
Those supportive services and developmental programs are offered year-round to adults and youth who reside within Archway’s housing communities – 10 total.
There are four configurations of one-bedroom apartments, 544 to 654 square feet; applicant annual income limits are $26,376 to $41,050 (50 percent AMI) and $31,656 to $49,260 (60 percent AMI).
Two-bedroom units come in two configurations, 803 to 817 square feet; income limits are $31,632 to $41,050 (50 percent AMI) and $36,432 to $49,260 (60 percent AMI).
Applications are being accepted now, via web and telephone, on a first-come, first-served basis. With a limited number of units available, it is important to apply soon.
There is a questionnaire on Archway’s website – www.archwaycommunities.org – for applicants to submit name, birthdate, household size and income, and contact information.
“Once a person submits, they are contacted by our leasing representative, who walks them through the screening process,” Rutherford explains. “Then starts the application process, in person, over the phone, speaking to someone face-to-face.”
Applicants without access to the Internet can call Archway at 720-821-3285 and leave a voicemail expressing their interest. That phone line is checked multiple times a day, said Rutherford, and the caller’s name will be added to the interest list in order of receipt.
The wait list for the 15 units reserved for veterans will be handled through the Veterans Administration, said Rutherford.
Colorado Housing and Finance Authority awarded Archway Communities federal 9-percent Low Income Housing Tax Credits to support the project. In addition, the Colorado Division of Housing awarded Archway Communities $1.34 million and Jefferson County awarded $750,000 in financing support. Wells Fargo is the tax credit investor and construction lender. The Home Depot also provided a grant.
Consultants, architects, general contractors and partners include SB Clark, Bryan Cave, Taylor Kohrs, Van Tilburg, Banvard & Soderbergh Architects, 2 Oaks Partners, Metro West, City of Lakewood, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
For more information or to apply for housing, visit www.archwaycommunities.org or call 720-821-3285.