“The Regional Transportation District has given Denver’s economic development office the green light to pursue affordable housing development for a vacant lot owned by the transit agency in Five Points.
The city early next year plans to solicit competitive bids from developers to build condos aimed at buyers of mixed incomes, according to a news release. The site, now a parking lot, is at 2907-2915 Welton St., across the street from RTD’s central light rail line.
RTD’s Board of Directors voted Tuesday to give the city a purchase option on the land. City officials can assign that option to the chosen developer, which would pay a price set by a fair-market appraisal, the release says.
It’s unclear how many condos will result, and what portion will be reserved for purchase by buyers who meet income restrictions.
Denver has targeted the site for its second recent effort to spur affordable condo construction in a market that has seen little such development, even for market-rate projects.
The Denver Office of Economic Development earlier this fall loaned $3 million to developer Confluence Companies to help with the purchase of land for a mixed-income condo project next to the 41st and Fox station on the soon-to-open G Line commuter rail.”
Murray, John. Denver Post 21 December 2016..