Mayor Hancock has said affordable housing is a crisis for Denver—and it is his number one priority.
In four separate incidents from Dec. 31 through Feb. 7, numerous residents of the Northfield Apartments, an income-qualified rental complex in Conservatory Green, had their tires slashed. In total, 54 vehicles in the parking lot and surrounding streets were vandalized by an unknown suspect(s), with some vehicles damaged more than once.
At the Feb. 21 SUN meeting, Mayor Michael Hancock said the issue of affordable housing in Stapleton has been a “challenging one.”
Landri Taylor, Stapleton Foundation executive director, announced at the November CAB meeting a study into how the foundation could assist buyers in making down payments on affordable homes.
The city of Denver will not enforce the Green Book vision for rental housing at Stapleton. “While the Stapleton Development Plan (Green Book) is mentioned in the Development Agreement as ‘principles’ to be adhered to, the Development Agreement does not adopt those principles as enforceable terms,” says Denver’s housing director Rick Padilla.
The Northfield Apartments officially opened their doors to residents on Nov. 4.
All Denver residents will pay a tax and most builders will pay a development impact fee under Denver’s new affordable housing fund approved by Denver City Council Sept. 19 on a 9-4 vote.
Editor’s Note: The Front Porch received the op-ed below in opposition to the new affordable fund and solicited the piece in favor so readers can consider opposing views side by side.
The Denver City Council will vote Sept. 12 whether to create a permanent affordable housing fund whose revenue sources would be a 0.5 mill property tax and a “linkage” fee assessed on most new development.
Affordable housing has been an issue of abiding interest in Stapleton as rental and affordable for-sale units have lagged behind the goals established in the development agreement with Denver in 2001.