Meeting a Growing Need

It seems like every day there’s a new story about Denver’s growing popularity and the effect it’s having on the housing market. Higher rents, particularly in popular areas like the revitalized Union Station neighborhood, mean that in many cases, the people who work in the restaurants, boutiques and grocery stores popping up can’t afford to live where they work.

At least, they couldn’t until now.

The Ashley Union Station opening was celebrated at a ceremony with Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, City Council President Albus Brooks, Councilwoman Robin Kniech, DHA Executive Director Ismael Guerrero, DHA Director of Real Estate Development Ryan Tobin, CEO of Integral Development Egbert Perry.

The Ashley Union Station opening was celebrated at a ceremony with Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, City Council President Albus Brooks, Councilwoman Robin Kniech, DHA Executive Director Ismael Guerrero, DHA Director of Real Estate Development Ryan Tobin, CEO of Integral Development Egbert Perry.

Last week, the RNL-designed Ashley Union Station opened. The first and only truly mixed-income property in the Union Station development, The Ashley offers 107 units, of which 34 will available to households making no more than 60 percent of area median income, 34 are available to households making up to 50 percent of median income, and an additional seven units will be set aside for residents making 30 percent or less of area median income. The remainder will be rented at market rate.

Not only does this project showcase RNL’s multidisciplinary approach in action, it’s also a great example of our holistic, people-focused design philosophy.

Our architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and lighting design teams worked together to deliver a design that promotes equity, supports mobility and fosters strong community connections.

RNL's goal was to create a space any resident would be proud to live in, regardless of income. We met the affordable housing project’s strict budget requirements while also providing amenities residents would find in a higher-end complex – a rooftop deck, beautiful light-filled common areas and exterior architecture fitting of the area. The Ashley’s proximity to the region’s public transit hub further aids in the crucial area of mobility for residents.

As Denver continues to grow, affordable housing will become more of an imperative. As designers and architects, we believe there is much we can do to address the problem and create a city that is livable for everyone. The Ashley is an important step in the right direction, and we’re proud to have worked on this project. Thanks to the RNL project team: Michael Robichaud, Maggi Hattman, Brian Majerus, John Yonushewski, Katie Finnegan, David Carnicelli, Rachel Fitzgerald, and Olivia Sentenoi.