For Immediate Release September 26, 2017
Boone Point South Opens Its Doors
Columbia, MO – Boone County Family Resources (BCFR), along with its partners, will celebrate the completion of the first of two apartment buildings, Boone Point South, with an Open House and Chamber Ambassador Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, September 28 from 3-5 p.m. at 4630 Apple Tree Lane.
Boone Point South apartments, located in southwest Columbia, are within the Cedar Lake subdivision. The single-story building has 13 one-bedroom apartments and two two-bedroom apartments, of which four are fully accessible. The building includes: energy efficient appliances; shared laundry, patio and common areas; secure building access, and pedestrian-friendly access to public transportation and Cedar Lake.
Boone Point South is a part of a two-building development by Boone County Special Needs Affordable Housing, LP. The second building, Boone Point Central on St. Joseph Street in downtown Columbia, is expected to be completed in October. A Grand Opening Celebration is planned for Boone Point Central on October 30. Boone County Special Needs Affordable Housing, LP has developed the apartment buildings in partnership with Boone County Family Resources. Boone Point apartments provide 28 new affordable apartments for people with disabilities or others with special needs.
“A national report on the Housing Crisis for People with Disabilities stated, the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment cost Missourians 81% of their income,” said Robyn Kaufman, executive director of Boone County Family Resources. “While these statistics alone were a call to action, knowing the personal stories of the individuals moving in to Boone Point is what inspires us. The new homes will improve their quality of life, provide a safe and accessible place to live, provide some relief to budgets stretched thin due to high rents and allow some young adults with disabilities to move out of their parent’s home into their own apartment for the first time. Boone Point provides homes that our neighborhoods can be proud of, that meet a significant need of our community, and that allow individuals to connect with their neighbors and live their lives as valued members of their communities.”
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, and other persons with special needs as identified by Missouri Housing Development Commission.
Work began on the project plans more than two years 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. Twenty-four of the new Boone Point apartments are 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.
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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