Commentary: What’s The Future For Affordable Housing In Lyons?

By Amy Reinholds
The Lyons Board of Trustees heard two updates on June 4 about affordable housing proposals. Summit Housing Group is continuing due diligence activities for the site at Lyons Valley Park, considering a proposal for only 29 rental homes there – as Lyons Valley homeowners suggested at a presentation last month – if other homes can

 

By Amy Reinholds
The Inn Between celebrates a ground breaking for Micah Homes in Longmont on May 31, on land previously owned by United Church of Christ Longmont, about three years after a church member first had the idea that her congregation could help with the local housing need.
According to The Inn Between, a nonprofit in Longmont that provides supportive housing, case management, and life skills training, the Micah project expands a

 

 

By Amy Reinholds
The Lyons Board of Trustees unanimously voted on May 21 to direct staff to negotiate a purchase and sale agreement with the partners who are proposing a mixed-use proposal on the eastern end of town that includes an innovative food agriculture business, a commercial kitchen, and affordable rentals.

Even though the Board of Trustees cannot commit any of the $4 million of possible federal disaster recovery funds earmarked for

 

By Amy Reinholds
By the end of April, the final round of applicants were selected to purchase the six Habitat for Humanity homes being built in Lyons at 112 Park Street. And the Lyons community can see the progress of two of the duplex buildings so far: the building furthest to the west that contains two homes and the one furthest to the east, which also contains two homes. It’s getting real.

 

 

By Amy Reinholds
At the April 23 Lyons Planning and Community Development Commission (PCDC) meeting, Town Planner Paul Glasgow reported that Summit Housing Group determined it cannot apply for the "9 percent" Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) in this year's application round.

Summit Housing Group, which was assigned the purchase and sale agreement to purchase Lyons Valley Park, Filing 8, Tract A from Keith Bell, completed some due diligence tasks this past week related to a proposal last month for 43 affordable rental homes.

Glasgow said that Summit determined that the title commitment for Filing 8, Tract A that is “subject to PRD” (used in 1969-1979 to allow multi-family housing), only

 

 

By Amy Reinholds
At the end of last year, I wrote about a home sharing program for older members of the community that also could also create more affordable opportunities for renters of all ages. The Fort Collins and Loveland non-profit called Neighbor to Neighbor started a matching program to help homeowners age 55 and older rent out parts of their homes to younger people. This spring they are going through the application process for home seekers and home

COMMENTARY: What's the future for affordable housing in Lyons?

 

By Amy Reinholds
Although not on the agenda for this week’s Lyons Board of Trustees meeting, there are a few updates about affordable housing in Lyons.

Summit Housing Group, which was assigned the purchase and sale agreement to purchase Lyons Valley Park, Filing 8, Tract A from Keith Bell earlier this month, is completing due diligence tasks, including appraisals and geotechnical engineering assessments. Town Administrator Victoria Simonsen said that Summit will have to make a decision within a week on whether to move forward with the proposal for forty-three affordable rental homes.

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