St. Andrew’s to partner with Mental Health Center of Denver for housing project in Arapahoe Square

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church announced Tuesday that it’s partnering with the Mental Health Center of Denver on apartments for homeless people in the community.

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The parking lot north of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church where the church and the Mental Health Center of Denver are partnering for a development project. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church announced Tuesday that it’s partnering with the Mental Health Center of Denver on apartments for homeless people in the community.

Initial details about the project have not yet been released. Some of that info is expected to be shared 6 p.m. May 9 during a community meeting at St. Andrew’s.

“The new development will be located on the parking lot to the north of the church and will provide Denver residents who are homeless with safe, affordable housing, along with supportive services that will allow them to live independently,” said Ally Dodge, a spokeswoman for the church.

St. Andrew’s plans to supply the land for the project while the Mental Health Center takes on development costs. The property where the development is planned is zoned for up to five stories.

“Reuniting families is something we’ve talked about being a priority,” Dodge said. For that reason, the project might contain more three-bedrooms than double or single units, but the unit breakdown is yet to be finalized.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church previously told Denverite it was considering setting up eight tiny homes on the parking lot north of the church sometime this year with the long-term plan being to develop a multi-story structure on the land.

Dodge said construction on the apartments likely won’t start in 2017, so the church is still hoping to set up temporary housing on the lot.

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