Columbus “Hub of Opportunity” Receives an Additional $250,000 Appropriation in 2018 from Utah State Legislature

Columbus “Hub of Opportunity” Receives an Additional $250,000 Appropriation in 2018 from Utah State Legislature

(Salt Lake City, UT) Columbus Community Center, a nonprofit organization that provides support services for individuals with disabilities, has recently been approved for an additional $250,000 appropriation through the Utah Legislature’s Business, Economic Development, and Labor (BEDL) Sub-appropriation Committee. With $250,000 in 2016, 2017 and 2018, this now totals $750,000 in appropriations thanks to these Utah State Legislative Committees.

The appropriation supports Columbus’s “Hub of Opportunity,” a transit-oriented development (TOD) that will offer a new level of community access for individuals with disabilities. As part of the project, Columbus will include the “NextWork Innovation Hub,” a new live/work space that will provide services tailored to the needs of those with autism, with a focus on employment in high-tech industries. According to Kristy Chambers, Columbus’s CEO, the project will be one of the first of its kind in the country: “From design to construction, the ‘Hub of Opportunity’ will take into consideration the kind of accessibility and inclusion that allows individuals with disabilities to live and work in the community. We are honored that the Utah Legislature recognized the impact this project will have on individuals with disabilities, their families, and our community.”

Columbus’s “Hub of Opportunity” is an innovative transit-oriented, 200,000 square-foot commercial/residential development that will bring together a unique combination of community services, workforce development opportunities, and community living for individuals with disabilities. The project is located at 3900 S. W. Temple adjacent to the UTA Meadowbrook TRAX station in South Salt Lake. This innovative project is a community-based, mixed-use development that provides opportunities for individuals with severe disabilities to be good neighbors, tenants, consumers, and taxpayers. Because this will be one of the first of its kind in the country, other communities will be looking at the project as an innovative, replicable model of community living. Columbus has secured $38 million in financing and donations towards this innovative $40 million project. Columbus is in the last phases of a major capital campaign looking to raise $2 million to finalize the Hub project. Groundbreaking for the “Hub of Opportunity” is slated for Spring of 2018.

Columbus currently serves 420 individuals with disabilities in Salt Lake County through its vocational, residential, and activity programs.

For more information:
Stephanie Mackay, Development Director
Columbus Community Center
3495 South West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84115
385-715-5399 (o) or 801-699-5954 (c)

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