Draft Site Plans for Affordable Housing Effort, East Lafayette, to Be Unveiled Later This Month
Early site plans for one of Boulder County’s most ambitious affordable housing undertakings in recent years, “East Lafayette” — with its initial designs for hundreds of attainable units atop some of Lafayette’s last vestiges undeveloped land — will be unveiled later this month, officials say.
The Boulder County Housing Authority will present three draft site plans of the project — curated from weeks of design suggestions during workshops and from the East Lafayette Advisory Committee, a group culled specifically for the project — at an advisory committee meeting Oct. 22, according to an update released last week.
Those plans will also be shared online on Oct. 15.
The plans will incorporate several themes present in most of the suggestions in recent weeks, including: providing a connection from Canterbury (Peak to Peak) to 120th Street; providing a buffer along 120th and Emma streets; “striving for lower intensity of uses along Emma Street and prioritizes higher intensity of uses along the industrial edge;” and, encourages multi-modal connections, according to last week’s update.
A groundbreaking on the site before the end of this decade is unlikely, though it couldn’t come soon enough for residents in the city’s housing-strapped market, where the average monthly rent for a two-bedroom home in March was roughly $1,800, according to a Boulder County Housing and Human Services analysis, a 42 percent increase from prices in 2011.
The “East Lafayette” development will divide its housing options between rentals and units available for affordable ownership, according to Ian Swallow, a Boulder County Housing Authority development planner serving as the project manager.
Rentals likely will be priced below 60 percent of the area median income rates — $1,222 and $1,694 for one- and three-bedroom units, respectively, according to rentcafe.com — and ownership units will potentially run between 60 and 120 percent AMI, Swallow said.
The Boulder County Housing Authority outreach team can be reached for feedback on the project at 303-825-1671. Interested residents also can visit the website lafayettehousing.org for links to feedback and comments.
″(Boulder County Housing Authority) will be coordinating various community meetings in the next two months with our (East Lafayette Advisory Committee) community representatives,” the release states. ”(Residents can) look for meetings to be held in conjunction with Old Town, Arbordale Acres, Peak to Peak School and other Lafayette (East Lafayette Advisory Committee) groups. We are also planning a walk along Emma Street with neighbors and the (housing authority) team, details will be posted on the website and shared once a date is finalized.”
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