Building the future
Housing Catalyst has been building community and inspiring change in Fort Collins for 50 years. The organization is poised to continue providing creative, sustainable, community-focused solutions to address the growing need for affordable homes in Northern Colorado.
“Housing Catalyst has a good track record and a solid foundation upon which to meet the ever-changing realities of our affordable housing conundrum,” said Kefalas. “They understand the critical importance of collaboration, coordination, creativity, innovation, leveraging of resources, and inclusivity – ensuring that all voices are heard and that everyone, especially the people directly impacted by the high cost of housing in Fort Collins and Larimer County, has a place at the table.”
One Housing Catalyst project currently in the works was devised in partnership with the Downtown Development Authority. A new community, Oak 140, is scheduled to break ground in downtown Fort Collins this September. The former site of the Elks building at the intersection of Mason and Oak will be transformed into new residences, offering an affordable rental option for those who work downtown and earn below the area median income.
“The Oak 140 partnership with Housing Catalyst has been a rewarding experience from the moment the two organizations decided to collaborate and redevelop the vacant property,” said Matt Robenalt, Executive Director of the Downtown Development Authority. “Housing Catalyst’s core values and dedication to serve the Fort Collins community aligned perfectly with the DDA’s values, and the distinct differences in our team’s skills and organization’s missions became the complementary strengths that continue to drive success for the partnership.”
The Oak 140 project will feature commercial and office space, parking, and 78 apartments, including studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom options. Construction is set to be completed in 2022.
“We will continue to use our resources and expertise to develop partnerships and communities in Northern Colorado,” said Brewen. “As the demand for affordable homes continues to grow, we want to offer living options that boost our economy, increase community health and well-being, and bring residents together.”