West Denver Renaissance Collaborative Fact Sheet
West Denver Single Family Plus (WDSF+) Program.
West Denver, CO.
West Denver Renaissance Collaborative, Denver, CO.
The West Denver Renaissance Collaborative (WDRC) is a collective impact organization integrating the efforts of community members, public agencies, non-profits, and foundations working to create and implement a model for resilient urban regeneration in West Denver. The mission of the West Denver Renaissance Collaborative (WDRC) is to facilitate the revitalization of West Denver in an equitable fashion by improving the livelihood of existing residents’ and working to preserve and amplify the rich multicultural character.
Renee Martinez-Stone is the Director of the West Denver Renaissance Collaborative (WDRC). Renee is working to align resources, critical assets, leaders, and investments in West Denver with the goal of moving community priorities and integration opportunities from concept to implementation. Renee’s prior work includes many Denver metro infill redevelopment projects where she has provided master planning, site development studies, and revitalization strategies for more than 20 years as a private consultant. Renee’s “community-based” approach has creatively incorporated community stakeholders into plans and award-winning projects with meaningful community outcomes.
Watch this quick clip to hear Renee discuss The Innovation Challenge.
WDSF+ Program offers a solution to fight displacement of current residents through customized outreach and utilizing an innovative approach for growing equity and creating new affordable rentals. Their proposal supports continued development and implementation of the innovative WDSF+ pilot program to support low income homeowners in nine gentrifying neighborhoods by introducing a new accessory dwelling unit (ADU) development program. WDSF+ will allow residents to benefit from economic development as West Denver gentrifies and benefits from employment, population, and income growth in the city.
- In two years, sales prices have risen 88%. Low income resident wages fail to keep pace with rising costs.
- Leverage affordable development partners to focus on efficient ways of building ADUs, and provide more equitable access to housing to improve homeowner stability and minimize displacement.
- WDSF+ is charting a new path with pre-approved ADU design prototypes that will cut the City permit process by several months, streamline financing, reducing development fees, and providing credit enhancements for income qualified homeowners to make financing feasible.