Montbello FreshLo | Denver, CO

Housing and Job Training For Aging Out Foster Teens

DESCRIPTION

The mixed-use Montbello FreshLo building redevelops an infill 1.6 acre former RTD bus storage site, that is adjacent to commercial, residential, healthcare and open space uses. The 7 story structure consists of 5 levels of 97 units of family affordable housing sitting on top of two levels of a fresh food grocery

The above dynamic program engages NE Denver’s Montbello community on many important fronts providing for local, entrepreneur provided, fresh food grocery in a district considered a “food desert”; a series of community oriented spaces for gatherings, meetings, pop-up retail, community offices and a community theatre “Black Box” for music, theater, dance and other live performances; as well as a critical local need for affordable family housing. Montbello FreshLo is designed to achieve not just multiple community benefits, but also achieve a National Green Building Standard Silver Rating with a full focus on Health and Wellness.

The $40,000,000 Montbello FreshLo project financing synthesizes Low Income Housing Tax Credits with New Market Tax Credits in concert with local City of Denver funding. This project is a partnership between Roybal Architects and VMWP, collaborating with the client team of the Montbello Organizing Committee and Burgess Services.

 

Design Features

  • Podium courtyard
  • 2-level fresh food grocery store
  • Diet & nutrition center
  • Education center
  • Street-level retail
  • Community use space
  • Black Box theater
  • Garage/surface parking

Project Information

  • Client: The Roybal Corporation
  • Building size/acres: 183,059 sq.ft./1.6 acres
  • Density: 62 du/ac, 97 units

Building Program

  • Dwelling Units: 97
  • 1 Bed: (590 sq.ft. Avg.) 49 (50%)
  • 2 Bed: (955sq.ft. Avg.) 33 (34%)
  • 3 Bed: (1,176 sq.ft. Avg.) 15 (16%) Grocery: 17,598 sq.ft.
  • Retail: 2,879 sq.ft.
  • Theater: 4,223 sq.ft.
  • Theater Office: 4,627 sq.ft.
  • Community Office: 2,086 sq.ft. Parking Provided: 160
  • Off-street surface: 52
  • Basement garage: 108

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