LAKEWOOD, COLO. — (September 29, 2020) Pinkard Construction Company, with the Atlantis Community Foundation and Ratio/Humphries Poli Architects, celebrated the grand opening of the new $16.5 million Atlantis Apartments I at 201 S. Cherokee.
Located two blocks from the Alameda light rail station in the Baker neighborhood of Denver, Atlantis is a 69,212-sf. mixed-use facility with first-floor office space and three floors of residential space with 63 one- and two-bedroom units. The units are universally designed to be adaptable and accessible so that up to 25 percent of the units can be occupied by lower-income persons with disabilities.
The retail portion of the project includes 5,000-sf of office space on the ground floor, to be occupied by Atlantis Community Inc. (ACI), a museum featuring the history of disability rights; a 1,200-sf community room; and a training lab where residents can learn and develop independent living skills.
“Pinkard Construction Company overcame the challenges of a difficult site and COVID-19 restrictions,” said Pat Coyle, Executive Director of the Atlantis Community Foundation. “The finished project is a tribute to the Atlantis’ residents and Pinkard’s experience and professionalism.”
“We are so excited to have been a part of this important project,” said Tony Burke, President of Pinkard Construction. “Never has the need for affordable, accessible housing been so great in our country and I am so happy that our expertise helped make this project possible.”
The event was limited to 50 people with strict social distancing/mask precautions in place. The extensive list of speakers included Colorado Lieutenant Governor Dianne Primavera, other representatives from the State, ACI, and project funding partners. The speakers praised the project for providing much needed affordable housing to an underserved population in Colorado, and Atlantis's 40-year history advocating for Americans with disabilities.
This project marks Pinkard’s 51st HUD/LIHTC multi-family project. The company has a 58-year history of helping its multi-family residential clients throughout their funding acquisition phase assisting with the key financing milestones. Event Speakers:
Lloyd Lewis Atlantis Community Foundation, Chairman
Honorable Dianne Primavera Lieutenant Governor
Rick Garcia Executive Director Colorado Department of Local Affairs
Britta Fisher Executive Director Denver’s Department of Housing Stability
Scott Horton Relationship Manager Wells Fargo Corporate and Investment Banking
Candie Burnham Executive Director Atlantis Community, Inc.
Atlantis Community Foundation assists individuals with disabilities in integrating into all parts of society by increasing the availability of accessible, affordable, integrated housing. The Foundation currently operates 100 apartment units in 6 properties that house persons with disabilities and non-disabled tenants. The Foundation’s goal for this First Phase is to creatively craft bricks & mortar into a place that will provide universal accessibility across all units and support cross-disability accessibility to house people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, psychiatric disabilities, physical disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, and sensory impairments. www.atlantiscommunity.org