Heart of the Rockies Church housing plan goes to neighborhood reunion


Four nonprofits involved in a massive development plan in southern Fort Collins that they call “the next big thing” will outline their vision on Nov. 4 at a neighborhood meeting.

Heart of the Rockies Christian Church and CARE Housing, along with Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity and Friends of L’Arche, offered an affordable housing campus for rent and for sale, two group homes for adults with developmental disabilities, and a community center on the church property at 6501 Brittany Street, at the northwest corner of Trilby Road and Lemay Avenue.

They call the project Heartside Hill.

The 11-acre site is divided into two lots. The church, an auxiliary modular building, parking lot, playground and community garden spans 2.2 acres. The current proposal is for the remainder of the undeveloped church land.

The church went through a long process earlier this year to select partners to develop the unused and unnecessary path with a focus on organizations that focus on affordable housing. He chose Habitat for Humanity, CARE Housing and the Friends of L’Arche, an international organization serving people with intellectual disabilities.

According to preliminary plans reviewed with city staff in April, the project will include 72 units of affordable multi-family rental housing developed by CARE Housing; 10 Single Family Homes for Affordable Home Ownership Developed by Habitat for Humanity; two group homes for adults with intellectual disabilities developed by L’Arche; and a shared community center as well as a play area, gathering areas and open spaces.

CARE Housing executive director Steve Kuehneman said partner organizations are working on different options and no final decisions on the site plan have been made.

The collaborative project addresses some of the key issues facing the community, including affordable rental housing, affordable homeownership, support for people with developmental disabilities, and early childhood development, the partners said in their request for preliminary examination.

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According to early designs, L’Arche’s 10 single-family lots and two group homes will be along the north side of the site facing Brittany Street.

Six CARE Housing 12-plexes will be located on the south side of the site, with four buildings facing East Trilby Road and two buildings internal to the site.

The neighborhood meeting is one of the first steps in the city review process. Under city regulations, developers can file formal plans 10 days after the ward meeting. Kuehneman said they plan to file their case within three or four weeks of the ward meeting.

“We want to build on the neighborhood meeting and see what we can do to address these concerns and give enough time to address them,” he said.

Kuehneman said he was happy the project got off the ground.

“With each passing day, this project becomes more and more a reality,” he said. “I am delighted to see it come to fruition and to see the positive impact it can have on the community.”

Partners have met informally with neighbors several times over the past few months and heard concerns about traffic and parking, but also support for how the plan is addressing affordable housing “which is such a need. great, ”Kuehneman said.

Kuehneman earlier told Coloradoan it could take three to five years to complete the project. If all goes according to plan, apartments would likely be available for those earning between 30% and 80% of the city’s median income, which this year is $ 67,200 for a single person and $ 95,900 for a family of four. people, according to the United States. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

A person earning 30% of the MAI would earn just over $ 20,000 per year; someone earning 80% would earn $ 53,760. Thirty percent for a family of four would be $ 28,770 and 80% would be $ 76,720.

The city’s MAI could change early next year when new numbers are released.


The City of Fort Collins will host a virtual neighborhood meeting at 6 p.m. on November 4. Details on how to participate in the meeting will be available at fcgov.com/developmentreview/proposals at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. If you don’t have internet access or need help, call 719-297-1058.

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