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Housing Partners break ground on new addition
November 07, 2013 Jerry Purvis   

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Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen - Housing Partners of Western Nebraska broke ground last week on the upcoming Monument View Villa. Helping out (from left) are: State Sen. John Harms, Valley Bank and Trust CEO John Stinner, Cirrus House Director Brent Anderson, Housing Partners Board Chairman Kevin Spencer and TQM Construction Manager Rick Lehl.

By July 2014, there should be a new housing addition in southeast Gering – Monument View Villa.

The 10-unit special needs apartment complex is being built by Housing Partners of Western Nebraska to serve persons with disabling conditions.

“Our group believes strongly enough in special needs housing that we’ve committed more than $200,000 of our own funds to this project,” said Housing Partners executive director Nancy Bentley. “We’re excited to be a part of it.”

The $1.3 million project also received funding from Nebraska Investment Finance Authority, Nebraska Department of Economic Development and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka, Kan.

Bentley said eight of the 10 apartments in Monument View Villa will be single bedroom, with the others two-bedroom models. The units are designed for persons with special needs, whether physical or mental.

Cirrus House Director Brent Anderson said his group is proud to be involved in these types of housing projects. “We’re very aware of the gaps in housing in our community,” he said. “We’re partnering together to help each other out and make housing like this a possibility for more people. Safe and affordable housing is one of those key components that everybody needs in order to be successful.”

General contractor for the project is Total Quality Maintenance, the construction arm of the Housing Partners group. They use local materials and subcontractors whenever possible to help keep economic development within the community.

“Not only are we the contractor, we’re also a training contractor,” said TQM construction manager Rick Lehl. “We provide jobs for low-income people who want to learn the construction business.”

Monument View Vista is located at 715 7th St. in Gering. Bentley said the complex completes the corner property they purchased about four years ago. To the north is the Valacia Apartments, 24 units of elderly housing and six units of special needs housing. To the south is the 28-unit Gering Valley Estates, completed about two years ago.

Housing Partners of Western Nebraska has established a waiting list for persons interested in the new units. Some restrictions apply. Call (308) 632-0473 for more information.

“The housing need continues because we’re 100 percent full in all of our units,” Bentley said. ley said.
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