Apartment Rental: At the time this paper went to press, some two-bedroom units were still available. To inquire about units and eligibility, call the Northfield Apartments at 303-477-4394 or stop in at 4900 Trenton St. (at Northfield Blvd.) to fill out an application. The income verification and eligibility process takes about 72 hours after all required information has been submitted.
One hundred eighty units of affordable housing, The Moline Apartments, officially opened on July 10. “The work to get this apartment built will have a long-term effect on a lot of lives,” said Gete Mekonnen, executive director of NE Denver Housing, at the opening event. “With almost 200 3-person households living here, 600 people will be served every year. With a 100-year life span of the building and 600 people served each year, the cumulative impact on lives is significant. That is the achievement of the partnership that got this facility built. We work with the developer to be sure the units are placed close to shopping, transportation, job opportunities, open space, and good schools. The impact on the youth, in the long run, is very significant,” says Mekonnen.
Mayor Michael Hancock compared the completion of this project to a battle won, and says the city will continue working with partners who share his view of Denver: “…the city that is home for all people, without judgment, without prejudice. We want folks to have the audacity to believe if they want to stay in this great city, we have a place for them.”
The Moline Apartments building is located on the currently-under-construction portion of Martin Luther King Blvd. at Moline St. It looks like three structures, but they are connected, forming a U-shaped complex.
Project Manager Robert Guererro points out the attractive wood and brick on the front of the building that faces MLK—architectural details soon to be viewed by thousands of cars passing by on the new MLK extension to Peoria, scheduled for opening in November. The new road will also bring wide sidewalks with access to Bluff Lake and the Peoria light rail station.
The building does not have elevators, but does have accessible units on the ground floor. Apartments are clustered around multiple stairwell entries, reducing the amount of building space used for interior hallways.
Mekonnen says a core value of his organization is healthy living, and that encompasses multiple aspects of residents’ lives. To encourage community, the facility features multiple shared areas: a large kitchen/gathering area with adjoining smaller spaces; a program room with a garage style glass door that opens to the outside for homework help, exercise and other classes; “a zen garden” outdoor seating area; a children’s play area; and a garden where fresh local produce can be grown and shared. The big kitchen in the central gathering place will be used both for cooking classes and for shared meals.
NE Denver Housing has built 464 units of affordable rental and for-sale housing in Stapleton; construction will start soon on an additional 56 for-sale townhomes along MLK Blvd. near the Moline Apartments.