Trinity Horizons – An Exciting Dream Moves to Reality! 

Due to structural support changes that had to be made, the building completion is now expected in mid-August, 2018

You can check out progress on our project in live time – or from the beginning – on our Construction Cam.

What is Trinity Horizons?

Trinity Horizons

For many years, Trinity has dreamed of building additional church space and affordable housing on what was once the north parking lot of the church, located on the southeast corner of Mapleton & Broadway in downtown Boulder. This project is named Trinity Horizons. Finally, the dream has become a reality! The new shared space will:

  • Provide 16 permanently affordable, one bedroom senior housing units. Named Trinity Commons, this serves a community need in Boulder’s vibrant downtown core with the potential to build up to 8 more in the future. Guidelines on the apartments can be found in this document.
  • 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 5,000 square feet of new church space, predominantly the Trinity Fellowship Hall, a multi-purpose space that will be used for the various church and community ministries and programs we support


How will the community benefit from Trinity Horizons?

Trinity Horizons Project is Building Community

Trinity has worked for over 40 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:

HouseIconTrinity 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. Seniors must be 62 or older AND must not exceed 60% of median household income in Boulder County. Trinity members will not get priority to live in Trinity Commons but can apply if they income qualify. Information about how to qualify for Trinity Commons Senior Affordable Housing can be found here.

CarIconBoulder 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.

ChurchIconTrinity Fellowship Hall: MultiPurpose Space – In addition to church activities, this new large 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 restrooms.


Where are we in the process?

construction camera

Our groundbreaking ceremony

Watch the progress, live, on our Construction Camera!

Due to the need for additional steel framing for stone archways leading into the fellowship hall, the completion date estimate has moved to mid-August.

  • Thistle, a professional affordable housing property management company, will begin the application process for those interested in living in Trinity Commons Housing. They’ll begin calling back those on the call back list beginning 45 days prior to move-in.
  • A committee is working on policies for usage of the new fellowship hall
  • Church Council has begun the conversation about naming the fellowship hall
  • We have Sunday morning parking alternatives during construction. Click here for our Alternative Parking Map; hard copies are in the narthex.


How much will Trinity Horizons cost, and who is funding the project?

The project is estimated to cost over $11 million to build including the land for the project, which has been donated outright by Trinity Lutheran Church along with the church’s capital campaign funds.

As explained at several congregational meetings, to balance the original budget some items were eliminated from the contract. As the funds become  available, we would like to add them back in, as well as cover some items that have come up that we need to include (ie. additional safety and security items for the housing), and also new furnishings for the new Fellowship Hall (i.e. new tables and chairs) which will make the new space even nicer and more usable.The total of this “Wish List” is $169,500 of which $46,100 has been received or promised. The full wish list includes:

  • Design of Office Shell (architecture and mechanical drawings) – $18,500
  • Safety and Security for Trinity’s garage (signage, painting, and security cameras) $26,000 FULLY FUNDED!!
  • Safety and Security for Housing (intercom entry system and handicap
    entry doors) – $12,500 FULLY FUNDED!!
  • Finishes and Furnishings for Fellowship Hall & Rooftop Plaza (folding divider doors, sound system, 200 padded antimicrobial folding chairs, 20 eight-foot tables, five storage carts) – $112,500: $7,600 funded to date!

If you want to make a gift to address the “Wish List” you may make a gift to a specific area or to the list in general.

We know that our Lord has supported us, and will faithfully see us through to its completion. We also know you have placed a lot of trust in your Church Council and Construction Committee and we do not take this lightly!

Please continue to pray for all aspects of the project as we move into these final months!

Who is building Trinity Horizons?

Designed by: Eric Hartronft of Hartronft Associates

Built by: Fischer Construction

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
  • Boulder Cleaners, 2512 Broadway-7 spaces
  • Porchlight Properties, 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 has and will continue to cause significant impact to our downtown neighbors and the larger Boulder community as we work to make the best use of Trinity’s once existing parking lot. We continue to 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, construction work continues on time and on budget, and that the construction workers remain safe.

Interesting finds:

Since Trinity is receiving federal dollars from Disaster Relief funds, we had an archeologist on site during excavation. The archeologist 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. Read the Daily Camera’s article about our excavation findings.

Who can I talk to if I have questions?

For information about Trinity Commons, please contact the church office at 303.442.2300 or email us here.

To help us realize our dream that benefits the Boulder community, please donate to Trinity Horizons here.