Developers step up

Brothers kick in a $10,000 donation to help Habitat for Humanity

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— As Habitat for Humanity works on finishing its first home in Routt County, it is already making plans to build a duplex next summer.

Habitat got a boost toward its next goal of building a duplex in the West End Village development when a developer recently stepped to the table with a $10,000 donation. An additional $10,000 has also been kicked in by future residents of Storm Mountain Ranch.

Jeff and Jamie Temple, developers of Storm Mountain Ranch, donated the money to the Christian-based organization.

"We felt strongly compelled to support Habitat," Jeff Temple said. "We like what Habitat stands for. We feel good about it."

After making their donation, the brothers invited property buyers within the Storm Mountain development to donate money, which has ended up raising an additional $10,000. The brothers also challenged other area developers to donate.

"It is really a nice touch on their part," said Jim Ballard, who is a Habitat board member. "This is a very significant contribution for us."

Some of the funds will be used toward the building of an 1,100-square-foot, three-bedroom house Habitat is building on Conestoga Way.

"We pretty much have all the cash for the house we are building," Ballard said. "But if we need it for the house, it will be available. If not, we will use the money for the land to build a duplex next summer."

Habitat has a goal of buying six building lots within West End Village. It has a hope of building a duplex on each of the lots, starting with one next summer.

"Getting six lots is going to be a significant step forward for us," Ballard said. "We can take a great step forward, which we intend on doing."

Habitat is hopeful to build more homes to provide some form of affordable housing in Routt County to benefit more families like Neil and Beverly Marchman.

The couple and their four children are expecting to move into the home currently under construction by fall.

Neil Marchman goes to the work site daily.

"The building is going pretty well," said Marchman, a local music teacher. "Most of the frame work is done."

Since construction started in May, more than 100 volunteers have lent a hand in building the home.

Most of the work has been done on the weekends.

"We are probably a week behind schedule," Ballard said. "But when you consider we are working with volunteers, that is pretty good."

The Marchmans were expecting help on the home this past weekend from fellow members of their church, Euzoa Bible Church.

Marchman said he was expecting a large crew to work on the home's roof over the weekend.

Volunteers from numerous church parishes have volunteered along with some civic organizations, he said.

"The support we have received shows that people in this community have a volunteer attitude," he said.

The home has also received the help of numerous businesses in the area. Lafarge Corp. donated the concrete, and Native Excavating prepared the lot for construction.

Habitat also received donations from numerous entities that include the city of Steamboat Springs and the Yampa Valley Community Foundation.

"The whole project has gone very well," Ballard said.

"We are happy the way things have gone."

Jeff Temple is hopeful other local developers will follow their lead with support for Habitat.

"It would be great if they did," Jeff Temple said.

"We believe Habitat is a great cause, and there is a need for it."

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