Work begins on senior housing project | PostIndependent.com

Work begins on senior housing project

Heidi RiceWestern Garfield County Staff
Special to the Post IndependentTown officials and members of the New Castle Senior Housing Committee broke ground Tuesday afternoon on the town's first senior housing development, located in the Castle Valley Ranch subdivision. Pictured left to right: Steve Rippy, town administrator; Chet Rdzak, board treasurer, Colorado Rural Housing Development Corporation; Gregg Russi, council member; Bill Wentzel, mayor; Bob Gordon, mayor pro tem; Al Gold, executive director, CRHDC; and Deb Stewart, executive director Senior Programs. Not pictured, Paul Cauoette, Housing and Urban Development Asset Management Division.
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NEW CASTLE – After more than three years of planning and finding a suitable site, the town of New Castle broke ground this week on its new senior housing development.The project, located along Castle Valley Boulevard and west of Hogback Skate Park, will contain 24 cottage-style affordable housing units for those 62 years and older.

Already, the project has a list of seniors who are interested in the units, said Judi Patrick, assistant director of the Colorado Rural Housing Development Corporation, a statewide, private nonprofit organization that is overseeing the project.”We’ve had 20 seniors already express interest,” Patrick said. “From the number of calls we’ve received, there is definitely a need for this. It’s a low- and moderate-income housing, and rent is based on 30 percent of the person’s adjusted gross income. This makes it affordable to seniors living only on Social Security and a pension.””We’ve had a lot of seniors that are located in Rifle who would like to be here,” said Bob Gordon, chairman of the Senior Housing Committee and mayor pro-tem on the New Castle Town Council.

“We’ve worked on this for over three years, and a lot of people have served on the (senior housing) committee. The town has been very receptive and gave us the seed money. Now it’s finally come to fruition.”Financing for the complex also came from $2.2 million in federal grants through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Colorado Division of Housing, and NeighborWorks America.The development will consist of single-story, woodframe four- and five-plex units with a community center and a two-bedroom manager’s apartment. Each unit will be approximately 540 square feet and will have a living room/dining area, bedroom and bathroom.

Along with community center activities, services will include monthly footcare and blood pressure screenings.Besides the age requirement of 62 or older, tenants must have an income that is 30 percent of the area median income. Applicants do not have to be residents of New Castle.The project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2006, although units will likely be available by this October.


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