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City officials and Westminster Downtown developers celebrated Dec. 19 that a mixed retail and housing project with 118 affordable apartments will start going up on Westminster Downtown, just northwest of Sheridan Boulevard and 88th Avenue.
Mayor Herb Atchison admitted that Westminster has a problem providing housing that’s affordable to all income levels.
“We want to insure that quality of life that Westminster offers can be obtained by all, making our city a more vibrant community,” Atchison said. “Since 2015 this has been big part of our plans.”
The new five story Eaton Street Apartments are being built right next to the downtown’s parking garage, hiding the garage from site when they are finished sometime in 2019.
When completed, the project will have four stories of residential units over a ground floor with common areas and six town homes as well as 22,000 square feet of retail space.
The affordable units will be reserved for tenants that earn 60 percent or less of the median income for the area — about $50,000 per year for a family of four.
“Not only will folks have an affordable, attainable place to live, it will be in this location, one of the greatest spots in the metro area — our downtown,” City Manager Don Tripp said.
It’s part of the overall redevelopment for the 105 acre site that housed the Westminster Mall, between 88th and 92nd and Sheridan and Harlan.
It’s the third project to break ground on the 105 acre former mall site since the mall itself was torn down beginning in the summer of 2011, leaving the JC Penney’s, Olive Garden restaurant, bowling alley and dental offices. Work on the six story parking garage began in July 2016 and Sherman Associates broke ground on a 255 residential project just south of the Eaton Street Apartments in Aug. 2017. Road and utility projects at the site wrapped up this summer.
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