News | The Nest Communities in Boulder Now Leasing

The Nest Communities in Boulder Now Leasing

Boulder, Co
Published on June 7, 2017

With all renovations complete, leasing is now in full swing and apartments are available for rent at Boulder’s newest affordable housing communities.

Known collectively as “The Nest Communities,” The Nest on Osage, The Nest on Thunderbird, and The Nest on 30th, have been completely modernized inside and out, with beautifully updated kitchens and bathrooms, new flooring, and new energy-efficient building systems. Fresh upgrades to the exteriors provide great outdoor space for residents to savor breathtaking views of the Flatirons.

The redevelopment of the 150-unit Nest on Osage and the 52-unit Nest on Thunderbird in South Boulder and the Nest on 30th, which has 36 units, in Central Boulder was led by The Michaels OrganizationElement Properties, and Allison Management, with significant support from the City of Boulder.

“The creation of the Nest Properties has been a tremendous opportunity to partner with private partners to implement a key City strategy of preserving existing housing into permanent affordable housing.  It’s a real win for our community,” stated Kurt Firnhaber, Deputy Director of Housing.

All three communities are in desirable neighborhoods and near public transportation, shopping, and employment opportunities. The properties include studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, making them attractive to both families and individual households.

The Nest Communities have been important housing resources in Boulder for many years, but the acquisition by Michaels, Element, and Allison ensured that the properties are preserved for long-term affordability in an area where rents are growing rapidly.

“Element Properties is proud to partner with the City of Boulder to preserve much-needed affordable housing in our community,” said Catherine Bean, Director of Development at Element Properties.

Apartments are available to families and individuals earning 60 percent or less than the Area Median Income.

“It’s a privilege to work in a city that is so committed to providing high-quality, sustainable affordable housing,” said John J. O’Donnell, President of The Michaels Organization.

The City of Boulder contributed $10.75 million to the acquisition of all three properties. Additional financing included $20.4 million in private equity raised through the sale of federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits. The tax credits were bought by US Bancorp Community Development Corporation, a division of U.S. Bank. Together, Google and Red Stone Tax Exempt Funding invested $41.7 million in construction and permanent mortgage capital by purchasing state issued tax-exempt bonds.

Google employs several hundred employees at its Boulder offices, and is well-known for investing in high-quality affordable housing developments across the country. 

"It's exciting to see the vision for the Nest Communities come to life,” said Scott Green, site lead for Google Boulder. “Google is proud to support Michaels, Element, Allison and the City of Boulder in their work to make sustainable, affordable housing available to more people and families throughout the community."

Boulder-based Coburn Design served as the architect, and Lakewood-based Pinkard Construction served as the Construction Manager/General Contractor. Both partners worked hard to create great space for residents. 

More than $45,000 of improvements has been made to each unit. All three communities are being managed by The Michaels Organization’s Interstate Realty Management Company, which will ensure that the communities remain quality neighborhood assets for the long-term. 

About Nest Communities

Please visit www.affordableboulder.com to learn more about availability at the Nest Communities.

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