Trinity Horizons – An Exciting Dream Moves to Reality!
What is Trinity Horizons?
For many years, Trinity has dreamed of building additional church space and affordable housing on the north parking lot of the church, located on the southeast corner of Mapleton & Broadway in downtown Boulder. This project has been named Trinity Horizons. The new shared space will:
- Provide 16 permanently affordable housing units to seniors, called Trinity Commons, in Boulder’s vibrant, downtown core, with the potential to build up to 8 more in the future
- Provide a shared parking structure that will offer downtown parking to the public as well as church members. This is built in conjunction with CAGID, the City of Boulder’s Central Area General Improvement District that manages downtown Boulder parking.
- Provide a 5,000 square foot Trinity Fellowship Hall, a multi-purpose space that will be used for the various church and community ministries and programs that we support
How will the community benefit from Trinity Horizons?
Our church has been working for the past several years to make the dream of Trinity Horizons a reality and we’re excited about building this new, shared space. This project will enable Trinity to further our work to serve as “a mission outpost in a troubled world” and benefit the community at the same time. In addition to providing additional gathering space for our church community, we feel that Trinity Horizons will provide the following benefits to the broader community:
Trinity Commons: Senior Affordable Housing – Affordable housing continues to be difficult to find within Boulder city limits, and is non-existent in downtown Boulder. Trinity Commons will provide 16 much-needed one bedroom affordable housing units for seniors. This housing meets community goals of providing affordable housing within Boulder’s walkable, active downtown core. Trinity members will not get priority to live in Trinity Commons but can apply if they income qualify. Seniors must be 62 or older AND must not exceed 60% of median household income in Boulder County. Information about how to qualify for Trinity Commons Senior Affordable Housing will be available soon.
Boulder Parking Garage – As the Boulder downtown density grows, parking becomes more challenging in the downtown core. The new parking structure will allow us to maximize the space and utilization of parking in our downtown location. Public parking will be owned and managed by the City of Boulder’s CAGID. With access off the alley between Pine and Mapleton, CAGID will lease 56 spaces out monthly during the business day and move to hourly operation in evenings. Trinity will have exclusive use of the lot on Sundays and limited access during the week for church evening activities through a validation system. Additionally, there will be a Trinity-owned garage with 26 parking spaces with access off Mapleton. Trinity will lease out 16 of the spots to residents of Trinity Commons Housing or area businesses with the remaining 10 spots designated for church staff and volunteers.
Trinity Fellowship Hall: Multi–Purpose Space – In addition to church activities, this new 5,000 square foot multi-purpose space will allow us to continue to serve and provide additional meeting room for various community groups. Our existing hall hosts such self-help groups as Alcoholics Anonymous, mental health support groups, those who are homeless or hungry in our community, music groups, and other not-for-profit organizations. The expanded facilities will provide additional capacity that is easily divisible. The facility will include a commercial kitchen, church offices, and additional bathrooms.
Where are we in the process?
We’re getting so close to the realization of our dream of what God is doing through us at Trinity! The congregation has dreamed about this project for many years and worked on the current plan for over 6 years.
During that time:
- Trinity sought and was granted a special City of Boulder ordinance that allows for the dense infill of the project while still respecting and maintaining the neighborhood feel.
- March 1, 2015: Trinity’s members voted overwhelmingly at the congregational meeting in favor of taking the necessary steps to fund and complete the project.
- May 15th, 2016: We held a blessing and ceremonial groundbreaking on the construction site.
- September 7, 2016: The financial closing occurred.
Here’s what’s currently happening:
- Click here to view the construction process from its beginning until today!
- We continue to finalize joint operational agreements with CAGID so we are ready to operate the facility once built.
- The Affordable Housing Board has been reviewing Property Management company applications and will negotiate a contract with a Management Company to manage the affordable housing once it’s built. This company will then handle all affordable housing applications.
- We have parking alternatives during construction. Click here Alternative Parking Map; hard copies are in the narthex.
- The Trinity Horizons Capital Campaign continues to be on target and we’ve collected over $2 million.
Since Trinity is receiving federal dollars from Disaster Relief funds, we require to have an archeologist on site during excavation. So far, the archeologist has found glass bottles (a few incredibly nice ones), ceramic vessel pieces (likely from a chamber pot or a spittoon), a full eyeglass kit, and a daguerreotype photo. Our archeologist is most excited about the Daguerreotype, as it is complete and in its frame. He found most of these things in what he thinks was a well that likely went dry and then things were thrown into it.
The archeologist is working to discover the history of what is now the parking lot. We know some houses were on it along Broadway, and at least one house that faced Mapleton, and the original church on the NW corner of the lot. But earlier, the SE corner of the lot (where the parking ramp has already been poured) it seemed to have a barn as we found the foundation. It may have a tie-in to a cottage building that still exists with a similar foundation on the Church of Christ Scientist’s lot.
How much will Trinity Horizons cost, and who is funding the project?
The project is estimated to cost over $11 million to build, not including the land for the project, which has been donated outright by Trinity Lutheran Church.
Trinity Commons Affordable Housing is estimated to cost a little over $4.6 million to build.
- Boulder Housing contributed $1,220,000 to the affordable housing.
- Trinity Commons received a tax exempt loan of $2,600,000 from Boulder County that will be paid back through rental income.
- Trinity received an interest free loan from Community Development Block Grant Disaster Funds for $883,000 that will be paid back through rental income.
City of Boulder Downtown Parking Garage is estimated to cost nearly $3.8 million to build.
- City of Boulder’s CAGID contributed $3,799,113 to build, own, and manage that underground parking garage.
Trinity Fellowship Hall is estimated to cost $2.62 million to build.
- Trinity members have contributed nearly $1,320,000 to the project through reserves ($120,000) and a capital campaign ($1.2 million).
- Trinity received a loan of $1.3 million from First Bank.
How long will it take for Trinity Commons to be built?
Estimated length of construction for all 3 parts of the Trinity Horizons Project is 16 – 18 months.
How will the community be affected during construction?
The biggest interruption for Trinity’s members and ministry will be the loss of parking during construction. We’ve identified several close parking options. All are within a 1-5 minute walk of Trinity. Click on the Alternative Parking Map or pick one up in the narthex. These include:
- First Bank, 2100 Broadway-8 spaces. Reserve for seniors, single parents w/ young kids, & visitors
- Candy’s Vintage/Boulder Cleaners, 2512 Broadway-7 spaces
- Centennial Bank, 2500 Broadway-8 spaces
- 505 Design, 2520 Broadway-8 spaces
- US Bank, 2550 Broadway-8 spaces
- City Parking Lot (NW corner of Broadway and Spruce)
- City Garage (Spruce St., 1/2 block west of Broadway)
- Clinica Parking Garage (Broadway and North)
- Streets to the north and immediate south of Trinity
- City of Boulder parking is free on Sundays
- Community members will need to use available weekday parking in area City lots and street parking for evening events during construction.
During this time of construction, we want to be good neighbors! Workers will be working onsite approximately 7am-6pm, M-F, with only occasional Saturday work depending on weather, etc. No work will happen on Sundays. In addition, we have asked the contractor to ensure that all workers park onsite or in street parking and not in other church’s or business’ lots.
How Can I Help?
Support our efforts. To help us realize our dream that benefits Trinity and the larger Boulder community, please donate to Trinity Horizons here.
Be patient. We know this project will cause significant impact to our downtown neighbors and the larger Boulder community as we work to make the best use of Trinity’s existing parking lot. We’ve met with our adjacent neighbors about the project, but we also promise to do our best to minimize the impact construction has and to maximize the benefit this wonderful project provides. If any neighbor has a concern, feel free to contact the church.
Pray. It continues to be a long but fruitful journey to our goal! No doubt our faith that God is working through our efforts, along with the prayers of many, have had great impact. Please continue to keep this project in your prayers that Trinity’s efforts to do God’s Work continue to bear fruit.
Who can I talk to if I have questions?
For information about Trinity Commons, please contact the church office at 303.442.2300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To help us realize our dream that benefits the Boulder community, please donate to Trinity Horizons here.