Standing in the lobby of Vivo Living on Tuesday, Dan Norville greeted more than 20 people who flocked to the former Best Western to get a glimpse of the hotel-turned-accessible-housing.

Norville, CEO of California-based Vivo Living, helped show people around at an open house. He pointed to the game room’s pool table, lobby lounge, and outdoor courtyard with a swimming pool. He led people up a flight of stairs to show the second floor gym and the future cinema.

Those who attended the open house included municipal leaders and staff from the Town of Longmont.

Vivo Living specializes in revitalizing hotels into affordable accommodations. The company worked to transform the former Best Western at 1900 Ken Pratt Blvd. in apartments.

There is still work to be done before tenants can rent out the units as apartments.

Leslie Moody, who provides community outreach for the company, said the space continues to operate as an extended-stay hotel. Some renovations still need to be completed, but the project is progressing as it should, Moody’s said. If all approvals are granted by the city, including a certificate of occupancy, it is still expected that tenants could begin renting apartments in the property in 60 days.

“I’m thrilled that people have such interest, and I think they’re going to be happy with what they see,” Moody said by phone Tuesday ahead of the tour. “We are looking to build ownership support.”

The bed in a furnished studio is seen at Vivo Living in Longmont this Tuesday. (Matthew Jonas/staff photographer)

Those who attended the open house had the chance to see two of the renovated rooms. Vivo Living has 189 studios and 21 one-bedroom units. Tenants will have the option of choosing a pre-furnished or unfurnished unit. Each living space has a kitchenette, 2-burner induction cooktop, and 10.1 cubic foot refrigerator.

Vivo Living purchased the property in the spring of 2021 and began renovations in the fall. The former Best Western closed in October.

The rent for the available units ranges from $925 for a “small studio” to $1,500 for a one-bedroom apartment. Due to a marketing issue, Norville said, the correct prices were not reflected on Vivo’s website in December.

Twenty-six of the 210 units available will be affordable housing. Longmont’s Inclusive Housing Ordinance requires that 12% of units in a new residential development be affordable to low-to-middle income buyers. Longmont officials will set the rental cost for these units.

After reviewing the renovated living space, council member Marcia Martin said she believes Vivo Living could provide crucial housing for young entry-level professionals. Although she wished more units were affordable housing, Martin said any development would help meet Longmont’s housing needs.

“I think we’re done with the dream of single-family homes with yards,” Martin said. “It’s a bit like a pedestrian urban district. There is a gym. There is a picnic area. There are places for barbecues.

Vivo Living is working with the city to complete the final stages of the project. This week, they will meet with city officials to discuss improvements to the site plan and answer questions from staff.

Longmont’s lead planner, Jennifer Hewett-Apperson, wrote in an email that the project had been reviewed by the development review team.

In addition to resubmitting the site plan, Hewett-Apperson said the March 8 city council will consider approving the Voluntary Alternative Agreement, which outlines how the project will meet Longmont’s inclusive housing requirements.

To learn more about the project, including rental information, people can visit Vivo Living’s website, vivolivinglongmont.com.

A community room, available to residents, is seen at Vivo Living in Longmont this Tuesday. Other facilities include a fitness center, games room, cinema room and swimming pool. (Matthew Jonas/staff photographer)