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Helen Hunt Community CenterColorado Springs, CO

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Originally constructed in 1903 with an additional bulding constructed on the campus in 1966, the Helen Hunt Elementary School permanently closed its doors in May of 2016. Shortly after, the John E. and Margaret L. Lane Foundation purchased the property for $1 from Colorado Springs School District 11 with the promise to commit $2 million to renovate the property and turn it into a nonprofit campus that will benefit the entire inner-city neighborhood.

This 25,000 SF campus transformation is being cnostructed to affordable homes for a medical clinic, and a mix of nonprofit users, including a daycare. There will be four nonprofit organizations housed on the campus including the following:

  • Catholic Charities whose mission is to provide a range of services to families including a family day center, family immigration services, as well as clothing and necessities assistance.
  • Community Partnership for Child Development (CPCD) Head Start, which provides day care services for infants and toddlers, and preschool children.
  • Colorado Springs Food Rescue, which collects surplus healthy foods from local supermarkets, backyard gardens and cafeterias to 20+ non-profit and community-driven programmatic sites for distribution.
  • Peak Parent, which provides training, information and technical assistance to equip families of children from birth through twenty-six including all disability conditions with strategies to advocate successfully for their children. 
  • The Shandy Clinic provides a range of Pediatric Therapy services, including Speech, Physical and Occupational therapies, to primarily low-income families.

Currently under construction, the remodeling of individual spaces is slated to be completed by the end of November, with occupancy of the building to begin in December 2017.