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Horizons to move forward with 8-unit apartment building in Steamboat Springs

Steamboat architect Jan Kaminski

— Representatives of Horizons Specialized Services told the Routt County Board of Commissioners this month that they hope to break ground on their new apartment building in the 400 block of Eighth Street by April or May 2013.

The nonprofit, which provides support for people with developmental disabilities in Routt and Moffat counties, received a $1.27 million federal grant for the building in November 2011. Horizons since has raised another $423,000 from other granting sources, allowing it to proceed, Executive Director Sue Mizen told the commissioners. However, Horizons will try to raise another $130,000 as a hedge against the estimated maximum cost of construction.

Horizons Adult Program Director Tatum Heath said there is a possibility the eight-unit apartment building could be completed next year.

"The general contractor is Calcon (Constructors), and they are confident they can complete it by December," Heath said.

Mizen previously told Steamboat Today that the new 5,500-square-foot building represents the first time her organization has built a new project since the early 1980s. Heath said that's significant because the building is designed specifically for Horizons' need to create transitional apartments for adults who are almost ready to live on their own but still need a little support.

"What's exciting about this project for us is we're fully able to build a facility around the needs of our clients instead of buying an existing building," Heath told the commissioners.

The building will be built at 459 Eighth St. in a green space next to existing apartment buildings — just two blocks from a Horizons day program and within easy walking distance of downtown.

Mizen said that will allow residents to walk downtown and catch a movie on their own or catch the bus.

Of the eight apartments, seven will be dedicated to residents and the eighth will allow for 24-hour staffing. There also will be a community kitchen and day room in the building.

Steamboat architect Jan Kaminski, of Mountain Architecture Design Group, has designed the front portion of the building to resemble twin Old Town Steamboat bungalows.

The terms of the federal Housing and Urban Development grant require that residents pay a portion of their income as rent. There will be an apartment in the building that meets Americans with Disabilities Act standards and one that is suitable for people with vision issues.

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