FOOTHILLS COMMUNITY
MIXED-DENSITY AFFORDABLE RENTAL HOUSING
BOULDER, COLORADO

Project Data:

Owner
Housing Authority of the City of Boulder

Project Cost
$16 Million

Project Scope
75 Homes For Rent
Community Building Group Home For Developmentally Disabled

Completion Date
2001

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HOUSING AND REDEVELOPMENT OFFICIALS (NAHRO)
2002 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

RURAL HOUSING NOW!
2002 EAGLE AWARD



Project Description:

The Housing Authority of the City of Boulder selected Wolff Lyon to design a plan for a 13-acre site adjacent to a new community park in North Boulder. The initial development plan of 129 units was reduced to 75 to address flood plain issues. The residents of the new homes will have incomes of 68% or less than the area median. A community building helps provide a memorable focus for the neighborhood, and a group home for the developmentally disabled is also included.

The design approach creates a traditional neighborhood plan with canopied streets, detached walks, alleys, and front porches close to the sidewalk. The proposed building types include double houses, townhouses, and small apartment buildings. Connected parks and pedestrian walkways provide an additional amenity to the gracious streets.

The project is unique in that a traditional neighborhood design is employed rather than that of an apartment complex with parking lots. The variety of building types and unit sizes allows for a diversity of households and creates a feeling of a real neighborhood.