Partnerships for Baker School Apartments
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Posted by: Emily Nilsen
Delwest Partners With Area Leaders to Provide Services at New Affordable Housing Development
A feature submitted by Housing Colorado Editorial Committee member, Joe Delzotto
Leading Colorado developer Delwest recently announced that it has teamed up with two Denver organizations to further support residents of Baker School Apartments -- its new affordable housing units currently under construction. Working with Unison Housing Partners, a progressive and socially conscious housing authority in Adams County, and Growing Home, a nonprofit serving children and families in north metro Denver, Delwest has planned every aspect not just of the building but of the surrounding environment to enable and empower residents. Growing Home will provide high-need services including after-school programs, cooking demonstrations, and financial planning assistance for the greater community and all residents of Baker School Apartments.
With such honorable ambitions, it's only fitting that the building sits on the former grounds of its namesake: the Baker Elementary School, an institution originally founded in 1877 and named after frontiersman Jim Baker. Located at 3555 W. 64th Ave, the development will add close to 150 spacious and well-designed affordable housing units as soon as winter, 2018. The one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments will be in walking distance to Westminster Public Schools, the new Hyland Hills "Clear Creek Valley Park," Jim Baker Reservoir, Hidden Lakes Park, and Splashland Aquatic Center.
Resort-style amenities that distinguish Baker School Apartments from both affordable and market-rate options in the neighborhood include:
- Dog park
- Teaching kitchen
- Community center
- Fitness center
- Counseling rooms
The focus on quality will continue inside each apartment, which will feature granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a full-sized washer and dryer set. Additionally, the structure will be fitted with solar panels to help lower traditional energy usage.
In order to get these homes built to the exacting standards for which Delwest is known -- while staying true to the need for more affordable housing options and other essential services to cost-burdened residents -- Delwest sourced funding through HOME Investment Partnership Program Funds made available through the Community Development Division of Adams County and Division of Housing/DOLA, State of Colorado. Homes will be available to residents making just 60% of the AMI (area median income).
To learn more – please visit the Baker School Apartments website.