Senior housing project nearer to reality
After more than four years of searching for a suitable site, the town of New Castle will begin to build its first affordable senior housing units.The two-acre site is in the Castle Valley Ranch subdivision on Rio Grande Boulevard and South Wildhorse Drive, just below the skatepark.The 24 units will comprise four one-story buildings with 540-square-foot apartments, a community room and an on-site manager unit.”These will be affordable housing units for seniors that qualify,” said Town Administrator Steve Rippy. “Senior housing has been one of the town council’s priorities in the last couple of years.”The housing project is being funded through both state and federal grants and facilitated through members of the New Castle Senior Housing Committee and Colorado Rural Housing Development.Deb Stewart, executive director of Colorado Mountain College’s Senior Programs, has been instrumental in coordinating the senior housing project.”New Castle is the only community (in Garfield County) without senior housing,” Stewart said. “We started this in late 1999 and early 2000 with surveys to validate the need.”Several different sites around town were explored before an agreement was reached with Eric Williams, developer of the Castle Valley Ranch subdivision.Cost of the units will be based on income, but general eligibility requirements state that residents must be 62 years or older with an income that is about 50 percent of the median.The contractor on the project is Neuman Construction Co. of Glenwood Springs, which is expected to break ground in March or April. The project was approved by the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission and will next go before the town council at the Oct. 5 regular meeting.”If everything is approved, we expect to break ground in three or four months and have it done eight months after that,” Stewart said.Senior Programs also provides a weekly lunch called “The Gathering” at 11:30 a.m. Mondays and the evening 60+ Club at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, both at the New Castle Cafe on Main Street.”We’re doing some great things in New Castle,” Stewart said.For more information about the senior housing project or for applications, please call Stewart at 947-8464.
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