John Parvensky, president of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and Bill Windsor, CCH housing developer, recently gave special donors of CCH a tour of the Renaissance Riverfront Lofts, located near Cuernavaca Park in the north river neighborhood. This is the first green building project of CCH, and a model for future developments.
Plans for the Renaissance Riverfront Lofts started in 2006. It took a year to arrange the land, a year for the financing & 14 months of construction. The lofts opened in April, 2009 and have been at 100% leasing since then.
This is the fist CCH project built under the Enterprise Green Community Guidelines and it links sustainability with the city’s homeless strategy. The Riverfront Lofts take advantage of natural lighting and rooftop PV panels supply all energy needs of the common areas. 90% of the lighting is compact fluorescent and the design and materials enhance air quality, improve water conservation, and increase energy efficiency.
CCH also used low-volatile organic finishing compounds for paints, sealants, and carpeting so there are no formaldehydes or petrochemicals and the better air quality helps with compromised immune systems, often common among the homeless. They also utilize Energy Star appliances to save on electricity costs and the elevators use 33% less power than hydraulic systems.
The Riverfront Lofts is 4 stories with 100 units of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. The location is ideal for people living and working downtown; there is retail within a block of the site plus light rail, access to bus lines and even bike paths.
50% of the units are reserved for CCH individuals and the balance are available for those earning up to $36K/year. The homeless pay rent based on 30% of their income and a combination of public grants and private donations help subsidize these tenants. The goal is to try to keep rent as affordable as possible for a downtown location.
Renaissance Housing Development Corporation, a subsidiary of CCH created the Riverfront Lofts and the project was designed by Christopher Carvell Architects of Denver. And now future projects, like the Renaissance Uptown Lofts (Colfax & Pearl) can easily replicate the same green technologies.
Other CCH projects have included: Beacon Place, Forum Apartments, Forest Manor, Gateway (short term, transitional housing property), Renaissance at Loretto Heights, Renaissance at Lowry Boulevard, Renaissance 88, Renaissance Blue Spruce Townhomes, Renaissance at Civic Center, Renaissance at Concord Plaxa, Renaissance Off Broadway Lofts, Renaissance at Xenia Village, Ruth Goebel House, and Renaissance Uptown Lofts (scheduled to open 12/10).