Assisted living proposal moving to its next step

Private businessman considers opening assisted living center

The Assisted Living Center Steering Committee is ready to study different lots and designs in anticipation of applying for funding and beginning construction, but a new proposal may give the county another option for getting the much-needed facility.

The Moffat County Board of County Commissioners heard a presentation by committee members Loyd Deupree, Georgina McAnally and Kim Willens on Tuesday concerning the development the new facility. The group outlined the next series of steps towards erecting an assisted living center.

Deupree asked the county to allocate $13,000 to the group so group could receive an additional $30,000 from the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority to pay for a Stage I Development plan, which will mainly establish financial feasibility, create a preliminary design and obtain major funding commitments. This Stage I Development would be handled by The Highland Group, Inc., of Boulder.

But Deupree also made another announcement. It is possible the entire process, beginning to end, could be organized and funded privately.

Dave Nattress, who, in the past, has been involved with Valley View Nursing home, is interested in being involved in building the new facility. Nattress was associated with Valley View Manor on a regional business basis, and is familiar with this area and its needs, according to Deupree.

That would be a major blessing, according to County Commissioner Marianna Raftopoulos. If the funding, design and construction were handled privately, "it would save the county time, money and effort," she said.

But there are other issues that need to be addressed, one being whether the privately-funded center would be a for-profit or non-profit institute. This particular designation would have major implications for low-income residents.

"There are questions we have to ask, and weigh the pros and cons [of a private institution]," Raftopoulos said. "If someone came in [and privately funded the project], I would imagine it would be a private non-profit facility."

Nattress' intentions are not entirely known.

McAnally said the committee found out just before the meeting that Nattress had an interest in building the facility.

Nattress will make a presentation to the board of Sunset Meadows March 28. How the private funding would work, and how the private facility would be run, will be known then, McAnally said.

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