On the Market: Jane Blackstone plans return to Oregon for job

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— Jane Blackstone, of the Steamboat Springs Urban Renewal Advisory Committee, is relocating to take a job as economic development manager with the city of Lake Oswego, Ore., south of Portland. It's a return to her roots for Blackstone, who previously has worked on public projects in Portland.

Blackstone previously was employed in the private sector in Steamboat, working on Edgemont and Thunderhead projects with the Atira Group.

Groundbreaking begins at Alpine Mountain Ranch

Site preparation is under way for the first home to be constructed at Alpine Mountain Ranch and Club land preservation subdivision just south of the city's southern limits.

Lot 31 on Golden Eagle Drive is being cleared with the expectation that a foundation would be poured in the fall so that framing and vertical construction can begin in spring 2010.

Records on file at the Routt County Assessor's Office confirm that Steven and Karen Speer, of Clifton, Va., own Lot 31. They paid $1.65 million for the 5-acre building parcel in June 2008.

Bill Rangitsch, of Steamboat Architectural Associates, collaborated with Miller Hull Architects, of Seattle, Wash., on the design of a 10,000-square-foot home for the Speers.

Realtors give $4,760 in nonprofit housing grants

The Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors chapter of the Colorado Association of Realtors Housing Opportunity Foundation completed its second grant cycle for 2009, awarding $4,760 to six nonprofit housing organizations.

Grant recipients include: Horizon Specialized Services, Routt County Habitat for Humanity, Advocates Building Peaceful Communities, Routt County Foundation for Senior Citizens, LIFT-UP of Routt County and the Yampa Valley Housing Authority.

Statewide, CARHOF donated more than $290,000 to housing organizations. To date, CARHOF has given more than $6.8 million in grants to nonprofit housing organizations.

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