8315 E. COLFAX
AFFORDABLE HOUSING &
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CENTER
Mercy Housing is proud to collaborate with the City and County of Denver and Mile High Early Learning (MHEL) for the mixed-use development of 8315 E. Colfax Avenue in Denver, CO. The development will combine affordable apartments with an affordable quality childcare space to offer a community inspired family focused property. The site is uniquely positioned to help influence the future development along the commercial East Colfax Corridor and help stem the displacement in the neighborhood.
Centrally 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.
82 affordable apartments for families
5,600 square feet of ground floor space for an early childhood education center (ECE) with an additional 2,400 square feet for a designated outdoor play area
On-site residential courtyard, community rooms, and property staff offices
Structured parking spaces on the ground floor provided free of charge on a first-come, first-serve basis
On-site resident services programming provided by Mercy Housing including financial literacy, vocational training and job readiness, youth programming, and health navigation services
Equitable Transit Oriented Development (ETOD) opportunity through provision of affordable housing on a high frequency transit corridor and transit pass subsidy program to encourage car-free living
Mercy Housing Management Group (MHMG) will be the management agent for the property and is committed to providing quality property management services which reinforce the philosophy that all residents deserve respect, dignity, and a place to call home.
Family- and youth-focused Resident Services will be offered onsite by Mercy Housing.
COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Mercy Housing is committed to incorporating the local community into the development process through a variety of means, including input from neighbors, neighborhood associations, and local leaders, as well as written and electronic communications. In observance of social distancing measures related to COVID-19, Mercy Housing does not plan to hold in-person meetings or interactions, but instead will be hosting virtual community meetings.
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Stakeholder and neighborhood outreach meetings
application to CHFA
ECE Capital Campaign in full swing
ECE Capital Campaign 100% committed
SPRING / SUMMER 2020
FALL / WINTER
SPRING — FALL
Residential funding committed
ECE Capital Campaign – 50%-80% capital fundraising committed and identified
City of Denver permitting/ECE operation licensing
Construction completed and resident move-ins
ECE Center opens
City and County of Denver's Department of Housing Stability: Mercy Housing was selected by the Department of Housing Stability as a development partner for 8315 E. Colfax and the adjacent parcel at 1500 Valentia Street. The city owns both parcels and will plan to help offset Mercy Housing's development cost via land donation and other soft funding.
The Department of Housing Stability builds a healthy, housed, and connected Denver. They invest resources, create policy, and partner with organizations to keep people in the homes they already live in, to quickly resolve an experience of homelessness, and to connect people to affordable housing opportunities.
Mile High Early Learning: Mercy Housing is proud to be partnering with Mile High Early Learning (MHEL) as our ECE operator. MHEL is Denver’s oldest and largest provider of subsidized quality early childhood care and education – serving thousands of Denver’s most under-resourced children and families since 1970.
Radian, Inc.: Mercy Housing’s partner for community engagement, Radian has been deeply involved with the East Colfax neighborhood in the past and is currently involved with several neighborhood-level initiatives. Radian is a nonprofit architecture and urban design group that serves community advocates through a people-centered approach in the pursuit of social equity. Radian uses innovative design strategies to elevate and respond to the voice of underserved and underrepresented communities by co-creating programs, tools, and policy recommendations that mitigate involuntary displacement and ensure Denver's economic growth equitably benefits everyone. Through community advocacy, architecture, and urban planning, Radian integrates community priorities into local development to increase opportunities and lessen the barrier for residents to access healthy food, high quality education, attainable housing, and other community benefits.