Community Impact Center
A COLLABORATIVE SPACE FOR NONPROFITS
Over the past few years, a shortage of affordable childcare has become a growing issue impacting Northern Colorado. Availability of infant care in Fort Collins is estimated at 25% of demand and preschool age care is estimated at 60% of demand. Those numbers increase rapidly when you add in the factor of affordability. As availability of quality childcare has decreased and costs have increased, municipalities, counties, nonprofits and businesses have turned their focus on the necessity of finding solutions to address this concern.
In today’s world, positive change cannot be executed in silos. Recognizing this staggering childcare shortfall and the potential compounding effects, officemates United Way of Larimer County and Teaching Tree Early Childhood Learning Center put their heads together to explore ways in which they could serve more families in Larimer County. The result was a collaboration with Brinkman that aims to capitalize on economies of scale to increase the capacity of Teaching Tree, United Way and other vital community resources.
Brinkman is subsidizing tenant improvements and providing below-market-cost of occupancy for United Way, allowing them to give up their space in the Pine Street office shared with Teaching Tree. The trickle-down effect of this strategic partnership will be to double Teaching Tree’s capacity, helping to close the ever-growing gap of affordable childcare in Larimer County.
As part of their mission-driven real estate model, Brinkman saw an opportunity to establish a unique structure that would add value to an existing real estate asset at 525 West Oak Street in Fort Collins while creating a unique space for further positive collaboration.
The long-term vision for the 525 West Oak Street building, named the Community Impact Center, is to transform it into a collaborative space anchored by United Way that houses several other nonprofits in one location, creating efficiencies in their operations and allowing them to increase their capacity. With United Way as the master tenant, they will be able to sub-lease to other agencies at a reduced rate, develop shared services, increase efficiency and reduce duplication in the nonprofit community.