Affordable Housing Community Breaks Ground on Former Johnson & Wales Campus

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Groundbreaking photo courtesy of Archway communities.

On May 18, Archway Communities held a groundbreaking ceremony for its affordable housing development on the Mosaic Community Campus located at 7150 Montview Blvd, Denver.

Archway, a leader in providing quality affordable housing for Coloradans, has begun renovations on four historic dormitory buildings at the former Johnson & Wales Campus in Denver’s Park Hill Neighborhood. Archway purchased two of the dormitories in December 2021 and the other two in December 2022, from Urban Land Conservancy (ULC), which acquired the campus in 2021 in partnership with Denver Public Schools and the Denver Housing Authority.

“Archway’s adaptive reuse project will stand as a best practice of how historic preservation can provide much-needed affordable housing for Denver families, and we’re proud to support this exciting future at the Mosaic Community Campus,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said.

Archway is in the process of converting the four buildings into 154 apartment homes, offering studios, one, two and three-bedroom apartments at rents affordable to individuals and families earning between 30% – 60% of the Area Median Income. Situated on the historic campus that was once home to Colorado Women’s College, the new Mosaic Community Campus currently includes a beautiful central quad, and community kitchens (operated by Kitchen Network), St.

Elizabeth’s School, Denver School of the Arts, Denver Housing Authority Affordable Housing Units, and a host of other amenities. Archway expects to begin delivering units for occupancy in early 2024.

Speakers at the groundbreaking included representatives from CHFA, the Urban Land Conservancy, the Denver Housing Authority, The Colorado Division of Housing, Boston Capital, the Department of Housing Stability, Hudson Housing Capital, as well as Denver City Councilman Chris Herndon.

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