Denver Housing Authority planning another complex in Lincoln Park

Income restricted housing planned in Denver

A warehouse sits at 901 Navajo St., but the Denver Housing Authority would like to turn it into another income-restricted housing complex within the Mariposa District. (Eric Heinz photo)

The Denver Housing Authority is planning to add to its Mariposa District in Lincoln Park.

The organization has requested rezoning for the 1.4-acre 901 Navajo St. lot, which it purchased in October 2020 for $3.2 million.

The change from industrial zoning to a maximum of eight-story residential buildings with commercial uses would allow DHA to build a new housing complex at the site.

A Denver City Council committee voted unanimously Tuesday to advance the rezoning request to the full council for consideration, tentatively scheduled for Dec. 20.

The property is a block south of RTD’s 10th/Osage station. The bulk of the housing around the station is owned by DHA, which calls it the Mariposa District. DHA’s headquarters are also in the area.

DHA spokeswoman Keo Frazier told BusinessDen that it is “too early” to guess how many units would be built on the Navajo Street lot. But the organization said it would dedicate 40 percent of the units to people making up to 30 percent of the area median income, which is less than $22,500 a year for one person.

The housing authority said it will issue a bid to seek developers of the project this fall.

Brad Johnson, a city planner, said he received eight letters in opposition of the project, mostly from nearby residents who had concerns about building heights, but he said a letter of support was sent to the city from the La Alma-Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association.

Funding for the project will come through the “DHA Delivers for Denver” Program, which issues bonds to pay for income-restricted housing projects.

Income restricted housing planned in Denver

Income restricted housing planned in Denver

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