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Windsor Meadows Apartment Homes phase two brings more affordable housing to town

James Redmond
jredmond@mywindsornow.com

Rising costs of living in Windsor make it harder and harder for local workers and residents to afford to call the quickly growing town home.

About a month ago retired Windsor recycling center employee Rita Smelser moved into a single-bedroom apartment in the Windsor Meadows Apartment Homes phase two development. It's an affordable housing development on the north side of town along Tipton Drive built by the Windsor Housing Authority in partnership with the Loveland Housing Authority.

Thursday morning housing authority officials celebrated the phase two grand opening. Without those new apartments Smelser said she probably would have had to move out of state and leave her family and home behind.

Smelser worked and lived in Denver for years doing government work, when she retired she wanted to move closer to her family in Fort Collins. She moved to Windsor and got the job at the recycling center to help make ends meet. When she left that job, she had to find a new place to live where she could afford the rent.

"I don't know what I would have done if I hadn't gotten this apartment," she said. "Rent has gone up ridiculously in the last three years."

Windsor's growth and increasing cost of housing created an absence of affordable housing for the town's workforce, said Windsor Mayor Kristie Melendez during her speech at the opening ceremony. Windsor Meadows Apartment Homes provide the close and affordable housing the community needs to sustain itself, she said.

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"Affordable housing is a crisis all around the state," said Colorado Housing and Finance Authority Chief Operating Officer Jaime Gomez.

Completion of the $10.3 million Windsor Meadows Apartment Homes phase two expansion added a mix of 36 new single, double and triple bedroom affordable living apartments to the initial 44 apartments finished in phase one during 2014.

"This is so desperately need in Windsor," said Colorado Division of Housing Director Alison George while speaking at the grand opening ceremony.

As an affordable housing complex, tenants pay a rent amount that correlates to their income, said Windsor Housing Authority board president Bill Voegtli.

"In 2009 there was a workforce study completed that said people who work in Windsor can't live in Windsor because of the price of housing," he said. "So we partnered with Loveland Housing Authority, because they have the capability and discipline to do projects like this."

When the first phase of the housing complex finished in 2014 it filled up within two months, Voegtli said. It was such a success those apartments kept a waiting list about 50 names long since they opened.

By the time of the grand opening ceremony Thursday morning, phase two's 36 apartments were all occupied but one, he said.

"There's a real need for this housing," Voegtli said.

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To learn more about the Windsor Housing authority, go online to: http://www.windsorhousingauthority.org.