Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Animal shelter buys 20-acre parcel

Part of purchase price to go to organizations serving seniors

Express Staff Writer

    A deal completed between the Croy Canyon Ranch Foundation and the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley will eventually result in a new home for the shelter and provide nearly $200,000 for local programs that benefit seniors.
    The foundation sold to the shelter a 20-acre property on the south side of Croy Canyon Road across from the existing shelter facilities west of Hailey. The land was originally intended to be used for a proposed $13 million senior care facility. However, the foundation abandoned its fundraising effort to build the facility last fall.
    Foundation board President Anita McCann said $190,000 of the $285,000 purchase price will be distributed to local nonprofit organizations that serve seniors. The remainder will pay off a loan used to buy the property in 2006.
    Half the donated money will be distributed among six nonprofits—the Senior Connection, Hospice & Palliative Care of the Wood River Valley, the Hunger Coalition, ARCH Community Housing, College of Southern Idaho and St. Luke’s Center for Community Health. McCann said the board will meet next week to decide how much to give to each of those organizations.
    She said the other half will go to the Idaho Community Foundation for future distribution to senior-related programs.
    “As much as I had hoped to see a new senior-care facility built, I’m glad that the money will be going to groups that help seniors that weren’t expecting to get it,” McCann said. “We hope it’s a win-win for everybody.”
    The deal was made possible by a 2-to-1 decision by the Blaine County Commissioners in April to nullify an agreement that the foundation would transfer the property to the county in the event of failure to build a facility there. That agreement was reached in 2007 following the allocation of $982,000 in county funds that were given for development of a nonprofit facility to replace Blaine Manor.

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