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Rosslyn Proposal Includes Heavy Mix of Mental Health Services

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at 05:33PM
Rosslyn Hotel Sign Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Fur continues to fly over affordable housing provider Common Ground's plans to take over the Rosslyn Hotel at 5th and Main. According to an email provided to blogdowntown over the weekend, the group's most recent proposal for the building would target 50% of the units toward chronically homeless individuals with substance abuse and mental health issues.

At last week's DLANC Town Hall presentation, Common Ground did not offer a housing mix for the building, preferring to instead say that the structure would serve a mix of resident types and income levels.

The group is in escrow the buy the 1923 structure, but the closing of that sale depends on Common Ground's ability to line up the funds needed to purchase the hotel and renovate it. The shift in planned tenant mix is likely a reflection of where funds are available.

The Rosslyn Hotel, located at the corner of 5th and Main, currently has 264 rooms, some without private bathrooms. Renovations would reduce the number of rooms to roughly 230.

On the same corner, the Pershing Hotel is slated to receive a rebuild that would bring it over 100 units of affordable housing, the Genesis Hotel is slated to be expanded via a rebuild, and the Rosslyn Lofts is slated to offer affordable units on its lower floors.


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