The Uintah Park Apartments, at 2525 E. Uintah St., will have an re-opening celebration on Friday. The idea for a smoke-free building came from Greccio development director and City Council candidate Jill Gaebler, who saw the 21-unit building as a good opportunity to offer a less-toxic environment.
Gaebler worked to get funding to clean the building and replace building materials that were contaminated with smoke.
Colorado Springs has few smoke-free rental options, particularly for the poor, but smoke-free apartments are a growing national trend, as noted in our Aug. 1 cover story "In a smoke-filled room ...".
GRECCIO HOUSING OPENS FIRST SMOKE-FREE PROPERTY WITH RIBBON CUTTING
When: Friday, December 21st at 11:30 a.m.
Where: Uintah Park Apartments, 2525 E. Uintah St.
What: Ribbon Cutting, Reception, & Tour
This is the FIRST Smoke-Free, Affordable Housing Property in Colorado Springs. Mayor Steve Bach will speak at this ground-breaking event.
Greccio Housing will hold a ribbon cutting and reception at its newly rehabilitated property, Uintah Park Apartments, at 2525 E. Uintah Street, on Friday, December 21st at 11:30 a.m. A short presentation will take place which will include remarks by Mayor Steve Bach. Uintah Park Apartments is a great example of Greccio’s ability to revitalize neighborhoods and create healthy-housing options for low-income community members.
Greccio Housing purchased Uintah Park Apartments with assistance from the following funding partners:
City of Colorado Springs Housing Division
Colorado Division of Housing
El Paso County Housing Authority
Ent Federal Credit Union
Greccio also received Smoke-Free Housing sponsorships from:
Wells Fargo Insurance
Memorial Health Systems
Representatives from the city, county, and state will also be in attendance during the reception where they will be recognized for their contributions toward the purchase of the property. Uintah Park Apartments was built in 1968 and contains 21 1- & 2-bedroom apartments. Greccio purchased the property in early 2012 for $1,176,000 and then invested $270,000 in property renovations and upgrades—installing a new roof, landscaping, appliances, cabinets, carpet, and fixtures. New energy-efficient toilets and shower faucets were installed with funds and rebates from Colorado Springs Utilities. Uintah Park Apartments will now be a major anchor in helping to revitalize the surrounding neighborhood and create a healthier living environment for its residents.
Greccio Housing is a non-profit organization that has served low-income individuals and families in the Pikes Peak region since 1990. The mission is to provide stable, safe, affordable housing, and to create supportive opportunities and services for the residents to enhance their individual growth. Rental units are located throughout the community to integrate residents into schools, jobs, and neighborhoods. These properties are financed through donations, grants, and loans from private and governmental sources. For more information, please visit www.greccio.org.