Housing Catalyst purchased the Midtown Arts Center in January 2018, intending to transform the building into apartments in late 2020. The Midtown Arts Center, currently a performing arts center with a dinner theater, will continue its programs and remain open through August 2019. After that time, the Center plans to move to new location with a larger capacity for its entertainment venue.
Housing Catalyst will begin redevelopment of the building in late 2019. We plan to provide 60 apartments and support services for people with a disability who are homeless. We believe the best way to help end homelessness is by providing safe, affordable homes along with concentrated support services for the most vulnerable people in our community. This model has proven to be the most effective way to solve homelessness in cities throughout the country.
About Mason Place:
Our new development will be called Mason Place and it will reflect Housing Catalyst’s high quality design and commitment to sustainability in development. Housing Catalyst will add one more floor to the top of the current building height, which is now two stories tall. The three-story building will contain 60 apartments along with a community room, laundry rooms and offices for staff and services.
This is not a homeless shelter. Services will only be provided to people who are residents of the building. Residents will be screened with a criminal background check and sex offender screening. The building will have staff onsite 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
About Redtail Ponds:
We have built a similar community in south Fort Collins called Redtail Ponds, which has been enormously successful in changing the lives of men and women since March 2015. Redtail Ponds has won numerous awards, both locally and nationally, and it has become a national model for this type of housing, called permanent supportive housing. More than 80 people who were formerly homeless have been helped with housing and critical services since it opened.
Housing Catalyst has begun the lengthy process of securing private and public funding for the site. Colorado Housing Tax Credits will be a critical component of our funding. These credits provide tax incentives for private investors to invest in the project.
Neighborhood input is very important to our process and we will begin neighborhood meetings in April 2018.
If you have any questions about this development, please contact Kim Iwanski at Housing Catalyst at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970-416-2444.
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