Routt County Habitat for Humanity has purchased this empty lot in the Riverside subdivision in order to build a duplex for low-income work force housing.

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Routt County Habitat for Humanity has purchased this empty lot in the Riverside subdivision in order to build a duplex for low-income work force housing.

New Habitat project kicks off in Steamboat

Organization buys 1.89-acre lot as site for next construction

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Applications to become a Habitat for Humanity recipient can be found by visiting www.routtcohabita... or by stopping by the office at 718 Oak St. between 1 and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Applications are available in English and Spanish. For more information, call Executive Director Jody Patten at 970-871-6101.

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Routt County Habitat for Humanity had a great turnout to celebrate their duplex lot purchase Monday. The organization now is taking applications from families.

— Routt County Habitat for Humanity started taking applications Monday for its next project in Steamboat Springs. And that’s not all.

The nonprofit organization also unveiled the site for the project, 2750 Honeysuckle Lane in the Riverside neighborhood in west Steamboat, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony that also celebrated completion of the land purchase and recognized those who helped make it possible.

Habitat bought the 1.89-acre lot for $130,000 from Ron Wendler. It used a $75,000 grant from the city of Steamboat Springs’ Community Housing Found and a no-interest loan of $55,000 from the Yampa Valley Community Foundation’s Habitat for Humanity Revolving Land Fund, formerly the 100 Hammers for Humanity fund.

Jody Patten, Habitat’s executive director, said it would use one-quarter of the lot for a two-unit duplex that would house two families. She said the plan is to include three bedrooms and two bathrooms in the 1,200-square-foot duplex units, but that could change depending on the needs of the families chosen.

Patten said the rest of the land would be used by the city.

Interim City Manager Wendy DuBord said Steamboat’s portion of the lot would be used for wetlands mitigation and the possible construction of a trail.

Patten said families at 50 percent or lower of the area median income are eligible to apply — online or by visiting the office — to become a Habitat recipient. According to 2010 figures, a family of four at 50 percent of area median income earned about $40,000.

Habitat families are required to put in 350 hours of what it calls “sweat equity,” or work, on their homes. They’re also required to pay the home’s mortgage, at no interest, to Habitat.

Applications are due by May 1. Patten said a committee would choose the families, hopefully by September or October, when Habitat would like to break ground on the duplex. She said the goal is to complete the project by the end of 2012.

To do that, Patten still needs to raise about $160,000 — she anticipates receiving $60,000 in state and federal grant funding — for an estimated cost of about $110,000 per duplex unit.

Habitat Board of Directors President Ken Otterman said the term “affordable housing” is used frequently but that this was a real example of what the organization does.

“Our business is to help people get into housing,” he said.

Comments

greenwash 3 years ago

Is there really a need for this project with all the distressed property around ?

Geez 40K per year for a family of four . Really , who can possibly survive on that ? Hopfully they screen applicants throughly.For the neighbors sake.

Im sure this duplex will be an architectural masterpiece full of all the latest greatest green technologies , a fine example of superior carpentry will be evident throughout.NOT!

I know one thing , the engineering will be exemplary , it will be one of the more unique houses in Steamboat Springs in that it actually floats .

The city is going to build a trail ? To where may I ask ? With what money ? When?

Good Luck.

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ftpheide 3 years ago

Greenwash, The trail will be the sidewalk along (under ) the highway. City tax payers will be responsible for this expensive project. Sidewalks are required be completed when the development is finished. Do to the" limited building envelope" the duplex will need to be a two story building. Upper and lower units. The upper unit should have a lovely view of the highway. The current deeded access is narrow and located between The Hammon Law Office and the home located behind it.

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