Tungsten Village: Nederland’s New Neighborhood of Affordable Workforce Housing
Announcing Winners for the Name it, Ned! community contest:
The results are in! The Boulder County Housing Authority is pleased to announce the winning submission and community contributors for the “Name it, Ned!” contest. A total of 70 respondents voted on six different options, and the clear winner is Tungsten Village! This submission received more than twice as many top votes than the second runner-up. Semi-finalist submissions considered for the final round of voting were submitted by:
- Katie Sylvest
- Naomi Harris
- Kristen Conrad
- Carol Helwig
- Janice Gauger
- Jason Walp
- Tamara Whinston
Both Naomi Harris and Tamara Whinston submitted suggestions that included “Tungsten”, so both will receive the grand prize for naming the new neighborhood in Ned: a big basket of gift cards from Nederland area businesses! Thank you to all of the Nederland residents and community partners who submitted naming ideas, helped spread the word about the contest, and took part in the voting. Semi-finalists will also receive gift cards.
Why Tungsten Village?
Both Naomi and Tamara cited Nederland’s history of tungsten mining as a source of inspiration for their submission. According to the town history, Sam Conger, who had discovered the Caribou silver mine, found tungsten in areas to the north and east of Nederland, and he knew its value in making steel. The old silver mill in Nederland was converted to process tungsten. By 1916, Nederland had a population of nearly 3,000, about twice its present number. The discovery of tungsten inspired a renaissance of mining in Nederland, becoming synonymous with new beginnings and revitalization of the mountain town.
As Tamara said in her submission, “Taking the rich history of mining Tungsten in the Nederland area and putting it together with the saying “it takes a village” is so fitting for our close knit community. I feel that “Tungsten Village” would be a lasting name for our new neighborhood!”
More about Tungsten Village:
In our quest to help address the increasing lack of housing affordability across the county, the Boulder County Housing Authority (BCHA) purchased a .85-acre lot near downtown Nederland. The currently-vacant land is located on Third Street next to the town’s Regional Transportation District (RTD) parking lot and is near many area services, making it ideal for the placement of 26 high-quality, permanently-below-market-rate rental homes for the area’s workforce, seniors, and others. BCHA presented our initial proposal for this housing at two community meetings in March 2017. We updated our proposal to reflect some of the community feedback we received at that time as well as additional feedback and guidance from town staff.
A final Planned Unit Development (PUD) application was submitted to the Town of Nederland. The Nederland Planning Commission approved the proposal by a 4-to-1 vote at their February 28, 2018 meeting, and the Nederland Town Board approved the plan on March 20th. We are deeply grateful to town leaders and staff for your support, as well as community partners and other supporters who shared your thoughts about the need for this housing. We understand some neighbors in the area surrounding the housing site have concerns about potential impacts of some aspects of the development on them. We remain committed to listening to these concerns and addressing them to the best of our ability.
BCHA has submitted an application to the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) for funding support for the construction of this new neighborhood of affordable workforce housing. The application seeks to utilize Low Income Housing Tax Credits, an important tool in the creation of affordable housing. We expect to hear the result of the application by late summer or early fall.
The proposal includes:
- 26 high-quality, permanently-below-market-rate rental homes.
- Homes would be affordable to those earning at or below 60% of Area Median Income (AMI)
- Mix of 1, 2, and 3-bedroom homes
- BCHA is committed to working with the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) to serve district employees who are being priced out of the market. BCHA is planning to set aside up to four (4) homes for qualified district employees.
- Community Amenities include: Secured keyless entry feature, individual home storage, paved patio area with outdoor seating, play-ground/tot lot & ponds, on-site secure bicycle parking, pedestrian connection to regional transportation network, and on-site property management office.
BCHA has a long-standing relationship with the Town of Nederland and has operated as the town’s housing authority since 1976. BCHA currently owns and manages twenty-four (24) existing residential multifamily homes within the town limits and will be making investments to improve these communities in years to come to help ensure below-market-rate housing options remain in place for residents in these homes. In addition to the 24 apartments currently owned and managed by BCHA in Nederland, BCHA also has 11 Housing Choice Voucher holders who reside in Nederland. Housing Choice Vouchers are housing assistance vouchers used in the private housing market.
In addition to housing, Boulder County has long partnered with the Nederland community across a range of other supports, including food assistance, health coverage, child protection, and child care assistance. Find out about the need for affordable housing in Nederland and our partnerships in support of the community by reading the fact sheet.
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