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$109,000 grant puts Carbondale senior housing over the top

Carbondale Senior Housing Corporation is planning a spring construction date for the final phase at Crystal Meadows, after receiving a grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka.

“This grant put us over the top,” said Carbondale Senior Housing Corporation co-director Nancy LaJoy of the $109,000 windfall.

LaJoy said this final phase of Crystal Meadows will consist of 16 one-bedroom units for low-income people at least 62 years old. When the 16 units are finished, Crystal Meadows will have 64 one-bedroom units, all on a one-acre parcel at 1250 Hendrick Drive.

LaJoy said with 28 people on the waiting list and a spring construction date, she expects to be flooded with applications.

LaJoy said she hopes construction can start in a month, and the project should be wrapped up eight to 10 months after that.

A key element in the new wing will be an 1,800-square-foot community room, if the Senior Housing Corp. can raise an additional $20,000 to fund it.

“It will be used for seniors in the whole valley,” said LaJoy. “Senior lunches can be moved there from Town Hall … Columbine Home Health can use it.”

LaJoy said the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development will only fund a 900-square-foot community room, so for a 1,800-square-foot community room, senior housing must make up the difference.

The extra cost is $40,000, and senior housing has already raised $20,000.

A fund to pay for the room has been set up at Alpine Bank in memory the late Jim Rominger, who served on the Carbondale Senior Housing Corporation board, LaJoy said.

Crystal Meadows has been built in three phases since the late 1980s. LaJoy said the site was donated to senior housing by the Hendrick family, when the Hendrick Ranch subdivision was built.

At first, many of the residents came from local ranching families. LaJoy said in recent years, middle-aged people moving to Carbondale have brought their parents to live at Crystal Meadows.

Crystal Meadows residents are involved in many on-site programs.

Recently, a computer lab was set up with free instruction for residents to use e-mail and the Internet.

“They want to communicate with their children with e-mail,” LaJoy said. “That’s what their children use.”

The Carbondale Senior Housing Corporation grant is being administered by Alpine Bank.

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka provides wholesale funding, related services and technical expertise to help financial institutions promote housing, economic development and general prosperity in their communities, according to a press release.

For more information on Carbondale Senior Housing fund-raising, call 963-9326.

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