Lyons Mayor Hollie Rogin was one of a handful of dignitaries who pushed a shovel into the ground Friday in Lyons.
But to her, the moment was more than just turning dirt.
“Today, we’re celebrating the culmination of a process that really began in the fall of 2013 when so many of our residents were displaced by the catastrophic loss of their homes,” Rogin said. “We are now creating housing that welcomes a diversity of folks into, and back into, homes in Lyons.”
Rogin was joined by Gov. Jared Polis and other state and local officials at the groundbreaking ceremony for an affordable housing development in Lyons.
Located at the intersection of Carter Drive and McConnell Drive, the forthcoming development will provide 40 housing units, all of which will be rental properties.
Polis, who represented Lyons in Congress when the 2013 floods devastated the town, said Friday’s groundbreaking ceremony marked the final chapter in the rebuilding process and was a testament to the community’s resilience.
“We know that people need a safe place to call home,” Polis said.
Upon its completion, likely sometime next year, the affordable housing development will consist of 24 single-family homes and 16 apartments.
Eleven of the single-family homes will be three-bedroom units and 13 will be two-bedroom units.
The 16 apartments, which will be spread out across four multi-family buildings, will be two-bedroom units.
While Polis applauded the state’s ongoing economic recovery in the wake of the 2013 floods and the pandemic, he also acknowledged that soaring housing prices had made it difficult for people to live and work in the same community because of financial constraints.
“The state partnering with innovative and local leaders and the private sector is what it takes to get it done,” Polis said about affordable housing projects. “Getting it done means a safe, stable home for decades, generations, which is what will be here at this site.”
Summit Housing Group, the project developer, will manage the single family homes and apartments that are intended for people who make 60% or less of the area median income in Boulder County.
The median household income in Boulder County in 2020 was $87,476, according to U.S. Census data.
Rogin said, “We are extremely grateful for our partnerships with the state of Colorado and with Summit Housing Group to make these 40 affordable homes a reality.”
Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds provided $4 million to the affordable housing project.
The town of Lyons has committed to the Boulder County Regional Housing Partnership’s goal of making 12% of the housing inventory affordable.
“I have to say, every time I’m here in Lyons it’s for a groundbreaking ceremony, which is pretty exciting given all that this particular community has gone through over the course of the last decade,” U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse said at Friday’s event. “It’s exciting to turn the corner.”
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