Archive for Thursday, February 15, 1996

S HOUSE PULLS VALLEY BID

February 15, 1996

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United Way now is the only contender for the Valley View Care Home building.

Concerned about the cost of renovating the Valley View Care Home building, representatives of Hannah's House have decided they probably aren't interested in being its next occupants.

``Basically, there's so many unanswered questions that the county doesn't even know,'' said Sue Booth, board president for the agency, which provides services to unwed teen-age mothers.

Booth said she, fellow board member Mark Gonzales and Susan Schneweis, the agency's executive director, met Wednesday with Douglas County Commission Chairman Louie McElhaney, who would prefer to sell the building rather than lease it.

McElhaney requested the meeting after Hannah's House withdrew its proposal for occupying the 26,000-square-foot county-owned facility at 2518 Ridge Ct. The building has been vacant since August, when the home's residents moved to the Brandon Woods Retirement Community.

Hannah's House had proposed buying the building as a residential facility for its clients while United Way of Douglas County, the other contender, would like to lease the building to establish a social services campus there.

Booth said she and other agency representatives were concerned about the condition of the 35-year-old cinder block building and how much it would cost to repair and maintain.

Schneweis and Booth said the agency wouldn't be willing or able to pay a price in line with the $840,000 appraised value of the building and a two-acre lot to the east.

Even if renovation costs were discounted from the purchase price, Schneweis said the agency wasn't interested in holding up the process to see if money could be raised.

``That, in my opinion, would not be fair to United Way,'' Schneweis said.

Schneweis first withdrew the proposal from Hannah's House after she and other Hannah's House representatives attended a county commission meeting last week. They inferred that United Way was the county's choice from discussion at the meeting and the fact that county officials provided some information to United Way but not to them.

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