The Year of Awards
For Blue Vista, 2008 National Association of Home Builders Green Development Project of the Year Award, Single Family Attached and Detached Category and 2008 BUILT GREEN COLORADO AWARD from the Denver Home Builders Association: Built Green Colorado Home of the Year – $250,000 or under. For the Trailer Wrap, Thistle received the 2008 Architect’s Choice from the Denver Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and 2008 Honor Citation from the Gulf States Region of the AIA. Total People served: 14,469 Total homes: 996 PHOTO: An energy-efficient duplex at Blue Vista in Longmont.
Trailer Wrap Unveiled
The Trailer Wrap, an innovative partnership among Thistle, the University of Colorado and Mapleton Homeowners Association, was unveiled. Longmont was the center of development activity for Thistle in 2007. CLT and market rate buyers purchased the first homes at Blue Vista in Longmont; Thistle built 65 homes (34 affordable) before construction was halted in 2011 due to Real Estate conditions. Thistle acquired the Cannery, a historic landmark of three buildings with 94 units. Total People served: 12,049 Total homes: 987 Cannery Purchase Price: $5,740,000 PHOTO: The Trailer Wrap, an award-inning partnership among Mapleton Homeowners, University of Colorado and Thistle.
Thistle Hosted National CLT Conference
More than 300 housing experts convened in Boulder over July 13-15, 2006 and formed the National CLT Network. Construction continued at Blue Vista, readying for new families. Fairways Apartments, 70 units next to Fairways Golf Course in Boulder, were added to Thistle’ housing stock with funding from the initiative Alliance for the American Dream. Total People served: 11,084 Total homes: 917 Fairways Purchase Price: $5,500,000 PHOTO: Attendees at a forum at the CLT conference.
Thistle acquired Uptown Broadway Apartments with 32 units. As part of the deal of Uptown Broadway, the developers built six affordable condos which were added to the City of Boulder’s deed-restricted program. Total People served: 10003 Total homes: 835 Uptown Broadway Purchase Price: $2,177,000 PHOTO: Courtyard at Uptown Broadway.
Thistle Joined NeighborWorks America, Mapleton Preserved
As part of the NeighborWorks network, Thistle receives investments, technical support and training. Thistle is a NWA member in Exemplary standing. After years of negotiations, Thistle purchased MMHP (135 sites) from the City of Boulder. Goss Street, a unique property with 26 units in central Boulder, was also added. Total People served: 9064 Total homes: 803 MMHP Purchase Price: $6,100,000 Goss Street Purchase Price: $1,200,000 PHOTO: Mapleton mobile home.
Thistle Moved Into a New Home
Thistle purchased the building at 1845 Folsom for its permanent headquarters. Pinewood Apartments (21 units) and Correll Apartments (23 units) both in Boulder are added to the roster of Thistle properties. Also purchased was the land in Longmont to become the future development of Blue Vista. Total People served: 3843 Total homes: 352 Total Pinewood, Correll, Folsom Purchase Price: $5.600,000 PHOTO: 1845 Folsom, Thistle’s headquarters for 16 years.
Longmont’s English Village Purchased
The acquisition phase of Thistle’s organizational development was at full speed. Thistle bought another Longmont rental, English Village, with 32 units in three buildings. Total People served: 3066 Total homes: 308 English Village Purchase Price: $1,385,750 PHOTO: English Village Apartments in Longmont.
Thistle took advantage of the real estate market prices in Longmont. In June, Parkville Apartments, a four-building complex with 76 units, came under Thistle’s umbrella. Total People served: 2285 Total homes: 224 Parkville Purchase Price: $3,650,000 PHOTO: Children playing in the courtyard at Parkville Apartments.