(Salt Lake City, UT) Columbus Community Center, a nonprofit organization that provides support services for individuals with disabilities, has been approved for a $250,000 appropriation through the Utah Legislature’s Business, Economic Development, and Labor (BEDL) Sub-appropriation Committee.
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.”
Groundbreaking for the “Hub of Opportunity” is slated for 2017. The “Hub” is a mixed-use development that will maximize the benefits of transit-oriented, affordable housing; job opportunities; and business development on 3 acres adjacent to the Meadowbrook TRAX station at 3900 South West Temple. The project will include 156 apartment units and commercial and retail space.
Columbus currently serves 450 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)