As part of our mission to help address the increasing need for affordable housing in our community, the Boulder County Housing Authority (BCHA) is completing construction on its newest community, The Spoke on Coffman, in Longmont.
The Spoke on Coffman -representing a four-party partnership that includes Boulder County, BCHA, the Longmont Downtown Development Authority (LDDA), and the City of Longmont- is a mixed-use neighborhood of affordable rental homes planned for 518 Coffman Street in downtown Longmont. In its downtown location, the development is surrounded by shopping, restaurants and cafés, entertainment, parks, and schools, with municipal offices and services including a recreation center, senior center and library located near the site. It is also situated a few blocks from a regional transit center, which currently offers a free bus circulating Longmont and seven other transit options connecting to Boulder, Denver and Fort Collins areas.
The new neighborhood will consist of 73 1- to 3-bedroom apartments, affordable to households with income up to 60% AMI. In 2020, this translates to a maximum income of $69,060 for a family of four or a maximum income of $48,360 for a single-person household, the typical income for a nurse, firefighter, or bank teller. The development will also provide twelve project-based subsidies for households earning below 30% AMI, or a maximum income of $34,530 for a four-person household and $24,180 for a one-person household.
The Spoke will be located across the street from the St. Vrain Community Hub, Boulder County’s integrated one-stop location for a wide range of services and benefits, including health coverage, food, financial, and child care assistance, financial coaching, immunizations, employment supports, mental health services, family and children services, and much more. While these services are being provided remotely or by appointment only during COVID-19, by project completion the Hub should return to in-person service. The proximity of the Hub to residents of The Spoke on Coffman will support housing stability, job training and healthier households.
The Spoke on Coffman will also include a 262-space parking deck with bike and electric vehicle charging for residents and downtown employees, a commercial space with an enterprise café, and office space.
In all our neighborhoods of affordable homes, BCHA strives to welcome a range of community members, help them on their path to self-sufficiency by connecting them to a wide range of supports, and achieve social, economic, and environmental sustainability. The Spoke on Coffman provides affordable housing in proximity to the St. Vrain Community Hub, Longmont’s vibrant Main Street, local and regional transportation, and access to employment opportunities.
We are excited to present this virtual fly-through of The Spoke on Coffman, from RNN Architects:
A New Name
The official name of the development is now “The Spoke on Coffman”, developed through a “Longmont, Name That Neighborhood” contest conducted by BCHA with Longmont businesses and residents. Over a two-month period beginning in January, local businesses and residents were asked to submit their name suggestions. Thirty-three names were submitted, four finalists were announced, and then 135 votes were cast through a public survey with “The Spoke on Coffman” receiving overwhelming support. Thanks to Longmont businesses and residents for the creative naming of this new neighborhood!
Construction Update as of February 2021
In February, Pinkard Construction, our general contractor, continued construction on the garage structure, which included forming and pouring the third level concrete slab of the garage structure. Vertical temporary supports will be constructed to the garage structure’s forth level, which will be formed and poured in March.
Additionally, work was completed this month on the residential structure’s foundation. The team will begin wall and floor framing and sheathing on the first and second level of the residential structure. At this time, the development is on schedule to be completed by Spring 2022.