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Community Options breaks ground on new location

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Photo submitted Clients from Community Options' day program celebrate the groundbreaking with staff, board members and the contractor hired for the initial phase of construction.

Community Options, Inc. has broken ground on a new location at 932 North Park Avenue in Montrose. Local contractor Vostatek Construction has been hired for the initial phase which is scheduled to be complete in the fall. The project involves multiple phases and would move regional operations to one central location.

"We are excited for this opportunity to take the first step toward having all services and care coordinated from one location. This is a chance to reinvent, rethink and reenergize the organization in a way that will benefit those we serve," said Tom Turner, Community Options executive director.

He went on to say, "The idea started with a recognition that Colorado Mesa University in Montrose is expanding their footprint near the library. We owned the property just to the south. We approached them, and a deal was made. We feel this is a win for both organizations and the Montrose community. We then acquired the property on North Park that has been vacant since Vista Charter School moved to their new building. Currently, we are trying to find a buyer for the remaining building we have on South 10th and Cascade."

To help with the building costs, the Community Options board of directors has initiated a capital campaign to raise $770,000. This will be done through fundraising efforts and private foundation grants. "This project is important not only to our organization, but to our community as a whole. Community Options provides a critical community service in the work they do. The organization works within a very tight budget, so any help we can get is very much appreciated," said Mike Schottelkotte, board president.

The nonprofit Community Options, Inc. was founded in 1972, and provides and coordinates services and supports to people with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Community Options is one of 20 Community Centered Boards in Colorado and serves the Western Slope counties of Montrose, Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Ouray and San Miguel.

To learn more about Community Options, or to donate to the project, visit www.CommunityOptionsInc.org. Monetary donations to the capital campaign are tax deductible and also qualify for an additional Enterprise Zone State Tax Credit of 25 percent.

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