For Immediate Release October 16, 2017
Boone Point Apartments Celebrates Grand Opening
Columbia, MO – Boone County Family Resources (BCFR), along with its partners, will celebrate the grand opening of Boone Point Apartments and completion of the second of two apartment buildings, Boone Point Central, with an Open House and Chamber Ambassador Ribbon Cutting on Monday, October 30 from 2-4 p.m. at 306 St. Joseph Street.
Boone Point Central, located within the historic North Village neighborhood, is a two-story building with 13 apartments, of which four are fully accessible. The building includes an elevator, energy efficient appliances, shared laundry, patio and common areas, secure building access, and pedestrian-friendly access to public transportation and downtown.
Boone Point Central is a part of a two-building development by Boone County Special Needs Affordable Housing, LP. The first building, Boone Point South on Apple Tree Lane in southwest Columbia was completed in September. 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.
“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,” said Robyn Kaufman, executive director of Boone County Family Resources. “A national report on the Housing Crisis for People with Disabilities stated the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment cost 81% of the monthly SSI income of a person with a disability in Missouri. 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.”
Tenants include adults with a disability who can live on their own with or without support, 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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