Robinson Place: Supporting Older Adults in Lakewood
by Brooke McKelvey
Since 1963, the month of May has held a special emphasis: Older Americans Month. Throughout the month, older adults are celebrated for their ongoing commitment to the nation, as well as their local communities. 60 years after this special designation was made, Archway strives to extend this recognition of older adults beyond a single month. As part of Older Americans Month, we want to highlight our newest community, Robinson Place, which will be a permanent space in Lakewood, Colorado that adults aged 62+ will be able to call home.
Construction of Robinson Place began in December 2021. At the time, the property was nameless. Not before long, however, the property’s naming committee found its inspiration: Robinson (Robb) Lapp. Robb, one of Archway’s co-founders and a board chair, was a leading force in inspiring change throughout the Denver community. During his time as a minister, Robb, led by compassion and determination, formed two new congregations of the United Church of Christ in the Denver Metro Area.
Before he passed away in 2022, Robb lived in a community for older adults. Robb spent his life working to ensure affordable and accessible housing paired with reliable services was available for all. While Robinson Place will be a home to residents in Lakewood, we believe that the community will not only represent Archway’s core values, but those that Robb held dear as well.
For the past 18 months, our construction team has been hard at work turning Robb’s dream into a reality. Located on Wadsworth Boulevard, Robinson Place will be a three-story, low-rise apartment complex conveniently located near public transportation, grocery stores, restaurants, and shopping centers. Upon its completion in late June to early July, the property itself will have 67 one bedroom and two bedroom units, some of which will be ADA compatible, and 15 set aside for veterans. These units, reserved for residents aged 62+, will also be reserved for income levels at 50% to 60% of the area median income.
In addition to an array of in-unit and shared amenities, Robinson Place will have an on-site service coordinator who will oversee programming and case management. From the moment residents are welcomed to Robinson Place, our service team will have a variety of activities to help residents adjust to retirement, or semi-retirement, and enjoy these moments with friends and family. Through organized trips into the community, assisting with grocery shopping, and offering no-cost food opportunities, the services offered at Robinson Place will be there to support older adult residents as they continue to live independently.
With the implementation of on-site services, Robinson Place will gradually adapt to suit the needs of every resident. Just as it is our goal to recognize Lakewood’s older adult community beyond a single month and a single grand opening, it is our goal to support people across all communities. If you would like any more information on becoming a resident of Robinson Place, join our Interest List. If you have any questions about affordable housing in general, or one of our other properties, refer to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.