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Citizen panel to interview potential partners for senior living facility in Eagle

Contact: Alex Potente, Housing & Development Director, 970-328-8698, alex.potente@eaglecounty.us

Eagle County has begun the process of selecting a provider to create and operate a senior care facility on approximately 10 acres of county-owned property within the Town of Eagle. The county has enlisted the help of more than 25 community members to assist with the selection of a continuum of care retirement community (CCRC) service provider. Presentations and interviews will take place from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 11 at Battle Mountain High School in Edwards. The public is invited to provide feedback on the presentations, which will be made from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. A decision is anticipated to occur next week. Video of the presentations will be archived and available for viewing on www.ecotv18.com.

The proposed site includes the “Horse Pasture Parcel” and the county’s former Road & Bridge parcel. Desired components of the CCRC include independent and assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care facilities. Eagle County received more than 30 inquiries and 11 responses to its nationally published Request for Qualifications (RFQ) in April. Four finalists will participate in Wednesday’s interview process. “We are excited about the caliber of our finalists—we received strong applicants from Colorado and all over the country,” said Commissioner Jon Stavney.

The citizen panel includes a mix of active and long-term Eagle County residents. “We are truly grateful for the participation of these dedicated community members,” said Commissioner Sara Fisher. “They’ve committed a substantial amount of their personal time to ensure we find the best possible partner for this important project.”

Once a partner is selected, next steps for the project include refining the market analysis for the facility, beginning the design process, annexation of the land into the Town of Eagle and obtaining land-use entitlement. “Selection of a private partner is only the first of many steps in a process that historically has proven difficult for the private sector to solve by itself,” said Commissioner Peter Runyon. “We are, however, optimistic that the current combination of land, private-partner availability, demographic demand, and suitable financing and construction markets make it possible to accomplish this project in a very high-quality manner that will appeal to all of the residents of Eagle County,” said Runyon.

Additional information, including Wednesday’s agenda, background materials, market studies and the finalists’ RFQ submissions, is available online at www.eaglecounty.us/housing/retirement_community