Trinity Horizons – An Exciting Dream Moves to Reality

Do you know someone aged 62+ who is looking for affordable housing in downtown Boulder? Have them check out this Trinity Horizons Fact Sheet to see if they qualify!

Housing occupancy/move-in is expected for early December, 2018

Construction Cam Oct 3, 2018

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

What is 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 Trinity Horizonspotential to build up to 8 more in the future. Interested in learning more? Call Brittany at Thistle, (303) 443-0007 ext. 140 to inquire.
  • 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 has worked for over 40 years to make the dream of Trinity Horizons a reality and we’re Trinity Horizons Project is Building Communityexcited 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. The housing is being managed by Thistle. If you’d like more info please call Brittany at Thistle, (303) 443-0007 ext. 140.

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 December.

  • Thistle, a professional affordable housing property management company, will manage the application and housing process for those interested in living in Trinity Commons.
  • We have Sunday morning parking alternatives during construction. Click here for our Alternative Parking Map; hard copies are in the narthex.

November Tours

On each Sunday morning in November we offer tours of the new fellowship hall, kitchen, bathrooms, and church office!!!!
Our Construction Committee members will be offering tours 9am-9:30am and after 10:30 worship as we are able.
Groups of 8-10 will be led into the new building. Please know it will still be an active construction site at that time, and
you will have to navigate steps up to those areas. We recommend wearing close-toed shoes on those days.
As we get closer to occupancy in later October we hope to be able to tour other parts of the building, too, including the new Trinity garage and CAGID garage, the housing units, and the shelled-in upstairs offices.


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

The project 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.

Thanks to your generosity, and the match from the 2nd Century Endowment Fund, we now have:
  • Room Dividers for the new fellowship hall
  • New tables & chairs for the new fellowship hall
  • Furnishings for the Rooftop Plaza
  • New Garage Signage & Cameras
  • Handicap Entry Doors
Thank you, thank you for your support!! All of these gifts get us closer to having our new building be a beautiful blessing to us and to the community. Please know, a donation of any amount is still welcome and helps. We have a few items left on our wish list, including the architectural and mechanical drawings
for the next phase of work and completing the upstairs offices that are shelled in.


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 senior housing, please contact Brittany at Thistle, (303) 443-0007 ext. 140. For questions about the fellowship hall or church space, contact Trinity’s 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.

A virtual tour as of October, 2018:

Fellowship Hall has lovely natural light

Exterior on Mapleton Ave

Office windows overlook the church

Apartment hallway

Garage doors let light in

The Rooftop Plaza and columbarium

A pass-through window to the church office

Car Charging Station

French doors in each apartment