For Immediate Release – September 20, 2016
Boone County Special Needs Affordable Housing Breaks Ground
Columbia, MO – Boone County Family Resources (BCFR), along with its partners, celebrated the start of construction today for two apartment buildings in Central and Southwest Columbia providing 28 new affordable apartments for people with disabilities who can live on their own or with minimal support. The apartments expand availability of affordable, accessible, energy-efficient housing. Work began on the project plans more than a year ago after identifying a need for affordable one-bedroom apartments. The City of Columbia has also identified a priority need for this type of housing in their 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan. Affordable housing wait lists for one-bedroom apartments in Columbia may range from 1 to 5 years. Twenty-four of the new Boone County Special Needs Affordable Housing units will be one-bedroom apartments.
BCFR and the agency’s affiliated non-profit, Life and Work Connections, Inc., worked with local and Missouri-based experts in the development of this affordable housing plan. This development team includes: North Star Housing, LLC; Crocket Engineering Consultants LLC; Simon Associates, Inc. (architects); Double Diamond Construction and Development LLC, and Antella Consulting Engineers Inc. State and federal tax credit investors are Sugar Creek Capital LLC and Midwest Housing Equity Group.
“We have been very fortunate to garner widespread support from our neighbors, numerous community agencies and local, state and federal public officials,” said Robyn Kaufman, Executive Director of Boone County Family Resources. “We believe the Boone County Special Needs Affordable Housing apartments will be source of pride for our community, meet a significant need, and allow future tenants to add to the richness of the neighborhood and connect with their neighbors while having the opportunity to pursue their dreams and live their lives as valued members in their communities.”
Potential tenants include adults with a disability who can live on their own with or without support and small families that include a child with a disability. Universal Design features allow for tenants to age-in-place and have more visitable apartments. While individualized services are available if needed, the apartments are designed for persons who live independently and do not require 24/7 care.
“I’m excited about living in a place I can afford,” said Sherry Brandis, who is on the wait list for a one-bedroom apartment. “My budget is so tight, and my rent is going up again where I live now. The apartments are in a good location and I like that. I’ll be on my own there and I like that too.”
Construction is expected to begin in September on the two buildings. The property at 4630 Apple Tree Lane replaces a previous apartment building fraught with structural issues and will house 13 one-bedroom and 2 two-bedroom apartments. The second property at 306 St. Joseph Street will include 11 one-bedroom and 2 two-bedroom apartment homes. The shape of roof lines, building heights, facades and location of the buildings on their respective lots will be in harmony with the surrounding homes.
“BCFR continues its tradition of visionary leadership with the addition of 28 affordable housing units for individuals or families with special needs,” said Bob Bailey, Chair of the Board of Directors at Boone County Family Resources. “The BCFR staff deserve much praise for securing the funding for this most worthy project designed to assist adults with special needs who can live on their own in conveniently located housing sites.”
Funding awarded for this project includes a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to assist with demolition of the deteriorating original apartment building at Apple Tree Lane. Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines awarded a $200,000 Affordable Housing grant for property acquisition. Central Bank of Boone County partnered with BCFR in submitting the application. Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC) awarded tax credits and a construction loan to Boone County Special Needs Affordable Housing. Total cost of the project is approximately $5.4M.
Architect renderings created by Simon Associates, Inc. available to view or download:
Project fact sheet available to view or download.
Boone County Family Resources was established by the passage of a specially designated property tax levy in 1976. The agency began by serving eight people with developmental disabilities and today provides services and supports to more than 1,600 individuals in Boone County. BCFR enables Boone County residents with developmental disabilities to thrive in the community, connect with others and achieve their personal goals. This is accomplished through three programs: supported residential living, life and work skills training, and service coordination. For more information about Boone County Family Resources, please visit the BCFR website at www.bcfr.org.
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