Third Street Center plans for a positive new year |

Third Street Center plans for a positive new year

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE, Colorado ” Plans are moving forward for four local nonprofits to move into the new Third Street Center starting in January.

According to Land and Shelter’s Sara Plesset, Mountain Valley Developmental Services, Solar Energy International, and Senior Matters, are all expected to take up temporary space in the new nonprofit center, which was the old Carbondale Elementary School, starting in mid January.

Another space will be turned into a temporary common area that will be used by the Carbondale Community Nonprofit Center, but will also be available for anyone in the community to use for a small fee.

The building’s schematic design is complete, according to Plesset, but renovations won’t begin until February with the first priority being asbestos mitigation. The nonprofits will move into a secured section of the building during the mitigation and construction but will not be affected by the process.

Allowing these nonprofits into the space as soon as possible is vital for the success of their programs.

“These are tenants in need of space right now,” Plesset said. “Senior Matters doesn’t have any space right now and they need it.”

Plesset added that the need for the nonprofit center is obvious with 28 local organizations already having given a $500 deposit for space at the new facility, once the renovations are complete.

“We will start lease negotiations with them after the first of the year,” Plesset said.

The center is waiting to see if they will receive a Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) grant that would help pay for part of the renovation.

“We should hear any day now on that grant,” Plesset said.

The Third Street Center, a 501c3 nonprofit, has signed a 49-year master lease with the town of Carbondale to manage the property. The Town of Carbondale swapped a 2.7 acre plot of land near the Roaring Fork High School for the old Carbondale Middle School facility. The land swap with the RFSD was completed on Halloween.

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

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