Affordable Apartments with On-Site Early Learning Center Break Ground on Colfax

Conceptual rendering created by Van Meter Williams Pollack.

On April 7, Mercy Housing Mountain Plains, Alliance Construction Solutions, Mile High United Way, the City and County of Denver, and others celebrated the groundbreaking of The Rose on Colfax. This development will be a mixed-use with 82 affordable homes, along will a Mile High United Way Early Childhood Education Center on the first level. The project aims to solve two major affordability issues facing Colorado families: housing and childcare affordability. Construction completion is set for Spring 2023.

At the ceremony, community leaders who spoke about the impact this project will have on the surrounding community included: Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Councilman Christopher Herndon, Britta Fisher, chief housing officer, Department of Housing Stability, and Dr. Pamela Harris, president and CEO, Mile High Early Learning. It was a beautiful ceremony that demonstrated how working together can improve our community.

“The Rose on Colfax will support families in Denver, by creating homes and supporting their children’s development through the Mile High United Way Early Childhood Education Center,” said Dee Walsh, executive vice president and COO, Mercy Housing.
“We couldn’t be happier to partner with so many amazing organizations on this transformational development.”

“We are the experts in affordable housing construction. We continually work hard to ensure that we develop a quality product, and value our partnerships with clients such as Mercy Housing,” said Ryan Hubert, project manager at Alliance Construction Solutions.

Funding for the early childhood education center is possible, in part, through Mile High United Way donors and the investment of philanthropist and author MacKenzie Scott, who announced a $20 million investment in Mile High United Way last year.

Earlier this month, Mile High United Way announced an $8 million investment in five long-term community partnerships and projects, Mercy Housing being one. This new development is an example of how partners can collaborate to provide services that families in Denver need.  Mercy Housing Mountain Plains, Mile High United Way, Mile High Early Learning and the City and County of Denver’s ability to work together will enable over 80 families to have affordable homes located near quality early childhood education.

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