Melonaire Apartments get $1.5 Million Rehab
The Melonaire Apartments on Washington have sat empty with only a shell remaining standing for quite a few years. Passing it has reminded locals and visitors alike of the economic downslide Arkansas Valley has endured since the 70s. The web host and friends peaked inside and commented how its adjacency to the golf course should give it a reason to be rehabbed.
The rehab is here! Governor Hickenlooper has announced a $1.5 million grant to do just that. The Melonaire Apartments will live again, and now it will boast three bedroom units instead of all one bedroom units. Too bad they can't rehab the swimming pool that was buried sometime over the last 30 years. But kudos to Colorado for keeping its smaller towns in mind. We can't wait to see it completed.
Rocky Ford Welcomes Green Tech Manufacturing Plant
Innovative Water Technologies, a company dedicated to providing clean drinking water systems globally, opened its Sunspring Manufacturing Plant in Rocky Ford in the summer of 2008. It is anticipated to be Rocky Ford's top employer by winter of 2009; it could employ 30-40 people by Christmas. The company offers local solutions for water treatment and purification in both small and large processing and treatment systems. Globally, their portable solar-powered water filtration system, the Sunspring™, provides a solution for processing water so that even the most remote locations have access to clean, purified drinking water.
IWT is a welcome addition to Rocky Ford for two reasons. First, it's an employer, and Rocky Ford is in dire need of economic development. Second, it is timely. Green technologies, one way or another, are going to be in our future. IWT is to be commended for its mission. It manages to serve a world in need while also improving life in an American heartland town like Rocky Ford. Rocky Ford is to be commended for opening its arms to progress and innovation.
According to the Colorado Biz Innovative Water Technologies has been named one of 50 Colorado companies to watch.
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