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New apartments near EWC a few months away

Posted: Friday, Nov 23rd, 2012

TORRINGTON – Well-timed weather and efficient workers have brought the opening day of Torrington’s High Plains Apartments much closer than first expected.

Wyoming Housing Network (WHN) President and CEO Greg Hancock said the apartments could open as early as February; the original projected date was June 2013.

“The hardest part of construction is to get out of the ground,” Hancock said. “Having a fairly dry summer in that phase (helped). Once the foundations are in, framing, roofing and siding go pretty quickly.”

Hancock said the City of Torrington and other Goshen County partners have been very helpful in the construction process of this affordable housing project.

“It was a very efficient plan with very efficient construction,” he added. “Everybody worked well together, and we’re trucking along.”

The High Plains Apartments are located near Eastern Wyoming College on the corner of College Avenue and West C Street on a 3.86-acre lot. The opening of the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution in Torrington in early 2010 “challenged” the city’s housing supply, according to data from the WHN, and a housing study indicated the need for 149 more units in the Torrington market area.

Now that winter is coming around, Hancock said much of the work is now focused on the apartments’ interior, laying sheet rock and installing electric switches, for example.

The WHN may be involved in future housing projects in Goshen County. Before any further expansion occurs, though, Hancock said WHN officials are monitoring the High Plains Apartments to gauge demand and make sure the units are absorbed into the market. He said the current plan is to evaluate need within the next two years to see if further units are necessary. One option the WHN may revisit is converting the old Pioneer School building into a 12-unit complex.

The finished High Plains Apartments complex will include nine one-bedroom/one-bathroom units, 14 two-bedroom/two-bathroom units and nine three-bedroom/two-bathroom units along with a children’s play area. Unit amenities include all appliances, dishwasher, garbage disposal, a washer and dryer, air conditioning, mini-blinds, carpet and a patio/balcony. The total cost of the project is roughly $5 million.

The apartment complex is geared toward low-income residents. As of press time, there are about 20 people on the waiting list for the High Plains Apartments. Those wishing to get on the waiting list should contact Lorrie Peer at 307-472-5843, extension 6.

The WHN is a non-profit organization based in Casper dedicated to affordable housing statewide. It can be found online at www.whninc.org.

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