Space Foundation sells 14th Street building to local social-service agency
The former Space Foundation building at 310 S. 14th St. won't sit vacant long.
Rocky Mountain Health Care Services (RMHCS), which already has a presence on the Westside, closed on the roughly three-quarter acre property Aug. 1. The nonprofit agency, whose multiple citywide locations already include a program for the elderly in the Westside's Midland area, plans a September move, according to Brenda Heimbach, vice president of development. The main building at 14th Street, a two-story structure with about 8,000 square feet, will house the RMHCS administrative offices, plus human resources and accounting. A smaller “out-building” is to be made into a daycare center that would be available to the agency's 180-plus employees, she said.
After nearly 10 years at 14th Street, the Space Foundation moved out in early July, relocating to a much larger site off Garden of the Gods Road and Arrowswest Drive.
“The West-side was very good to the Space Foun-dation, and we're delighted that another quality, non-profit organization has decided to continue to call Colorado Springs home,” Space Foundation CEO Elliot Pulham said.
RMCHS was originally founded in Colorado Springs in 1976 as Homemaker Services. Offerings now include the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), a federally funded program in 13,000 square feet at 2335 Robinson St. that helps the frail elderly who want to keep living in their own homes.
In other parts of the city, the agency provides counseling services, aid to brain-injury victims and help to the elderly and disabled in finding long-term care.
Before now, with RMCHS “growing quite a bit,” Heimbach explained that the agency in its current locations has tended to reduce administrative space to make room for programs. “Administration has been pushed off to one side, so it's gotten to where we need a different building,” she said.
“We like the Westside,” was one of Heimbach's responses when asked about reasons for the relocation. However, she elaborated, the main pull was a facility that could handle RMCHS' growing needs and be “equidistant” from its five other sites around the city. Other amenities at 14th Street (in addition to its existing office layout and the out-building) are a sizeable meeting room in the main building and a parking lot on the other side of 14th. The site is also close to Highway 24 and scarcely a mile from I-25.
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