Archway Celebrates Grand Opening of Robinson Place

A portrait of Archway’s co-founder Robinson ‘Robb’ Lapp is enjoyed by his children, Stuart Lapp and Karen Ronzheimer, with her husband Joel (center). Photo credit: Ellen Nelson.

Archway Communities’ newest affordable housing property, Robinson Place, celebrated its grand opening Oct. 5 with a ribbon-cutting and other festivities. Robinson Place offers 67 units of affordable housing for adults ages 62+ in Lakewood, Colo., and is Archway’s second community for older adults.

Named after Archway co-founder Robinson “Robb” Lapp, Robinson Place is open to older adults and older adults veterans. The complex consists of 59 one-bedroom and eight two-bedroom units. The building has three stories and features such amenities as a community room with a large kitchen, rooftop decks, bike storage and on-site laundry. 

Archway partnered with the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA), Jefferson County, Wells Fargo, Colorado’s Division of Housing, and the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) to bring the $25 million project to fruition.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrated all the partners that made Robinson Place possible. Photo credit: Ellen Nelson.

“Archway is committed to working with local communities throughout Colorado to help provide greater access to affordable housing. This community reflects the passion and commitment of our late co-founder Robb Lapp, and we are grateful for the opportunity to honor his legacy,” said Sebastian Corradino, Archway’s CEO. “The Robinson Place Community is a great example of how, when working with committed partners, we can help all Coloradans live their best life.”

As with all of Archway’s communities, Robinson Place provides housing for low-to-moderate income individuals and families that earn between 30 percent and 60 percent of the Area Median Income. Upon qualifying for housing, residents can choose one of six unique floor plans, including a handful of ADA-compatible units.

At Robinson Place, every resident has access to an on-site supportive services coordinator who organizes community events, no cost food programs, community outings, and health and wellness activities. There also are 15 units reserved for the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program. Through this program, homeless veterans receive rental assistance along with case management and clinical services.

Archway’s co-founder David Nestor greets Lakewood, Colo., Mayor Adam Paul. Photo credit: Ellen Nelson.

Every service made available to residents is to ensure that they feel safe, supported, and at home. This was the mission of Lapp, who died in May 2022. Throughout his life, Lapp was committed to improving the lives of the individuals and families around him, providing the necessary housing and supportive services that community members needed to meet their goals.

In Jefferson County in Colorado, more than 20,000 units of affordable housing are needed across all income levels, while 120,000 units are needed across Colorado. Robinson Place’s 67 units are only a fraction of the need, but the community represents a step in the right direction toward remedying Jefferson County’s housing crisis and Colorado’s growing wealth gap. Currently, Archway has nine affordable housing communities, with eight located in the Denver Metro area.

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