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Kremmling " Grant will fund improvements at Cliffview Assisted Living Center

KATIE LOOBY
SKY-HI DAILY NEWS

The Grand County Housing Authority recently was awarded a $160,000 grant from the state to improve Cliffview Assisted Living Center in Kremmling.

The funds will be used for marketing and capital improvements at the center. Workers will upgrade the facility in effort to make it more marketable, says Jim Sheehan, Housing Authority director.

“We’re certainly delighted that the Colorado Division of Housing provided the funds,” he said. “Not only to protect the valuable asset that we have, but to attract more folks to make it financially viable.”

Improvements will include: upgraded sidewalk, parking lot, painting, new carpet, new blinds, improved air system and a new model room. As well, more money will be available for advertising, signage and brochures.

“We just felt it was time to do some capital improvements over there,” Sheehan said.

The center was built in 1994 to give Grand County residents who need assistance a place to stay in Grand County, particularly Kremmling.

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After the occupancy rate dropped, the Highland Group, hired by the Housing Authority, recommended the Authority make improvements to the center.

The 26 units can fit 26 residents, and some of the rooms are large enough for a couple to share. Right now 18 seniors reside at the center.

“Which is below what we certainly would like,” Sheehan said, adding that they need at least 22 residents to break even financially. “We (have) seen a decline in demands … What we need to do is expand our marketing and attract other residents.”

Sheehan hopes that once they receive the money the projects could be completed by October.

“It will make the facility more attractive,” he added.

Cliffview is the only assisted living center in Grand County. He said the population is aging, and there will continue to be a demand for assisted living in the county, which also serves northern Summit County and Jackson County.

“We are proud of the facility,” he said. “The very design of Cliffview is really a tribute to the community and those that were involved in the development of the project back in the early 1990s.”

Nancy Rice of Cliffview’s marketing department said residents are excited about the improvement projects. Residents recently got a chance to see the carpet and fabric for the drapes.

“They all got a chance to look at it and touch it and get involved,” Rice said. “They like the carpeting … It’s going to make it seem more home-like, (and) less like an institution. I think that’s going to be really good for the residents … The staff there is really excited too.”

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