Applying for local grants!

Steel House will be applying for a grant through The Inland Northwest Community Foundation for the Community Strategies Grant Program. The application will be submitted by January 24th with a decision being made by May, 2012. Funds for this grant could be anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 and would be used for furnishings (commercial kitchen appliances, dishes, desks, chairs, dressers, beds, etc).

Steel House Inc. has a bank account for tax-deductible donations at AmericanWest bank. This separate account is set up for the building fund under the title of “Steel House Building.” We are in the process of raising $100,000 to help cover all costs of furnishing a home. Please pass this information along to any Steel House alumni that you may know. A newsletter will go out soon (and be posted on this blog) with information pertaining to the building project.

As of this week, the grant application will be filed, the architectural site plans have been submitted to the City of Moscow for review at a Board of Adjustments Committee meeting in early February (February 14?), and the process will begin to solidify the general contractor for the project. An offer on the 503 Taylor Street house was submitted and accepted with a proposed closing date of no later than February 29. The bonds should be going up for sale by the end of January with funds being available by the end of February. We hope to break ground by the middle of March.

Next on the agenda: start finalizing the architectural plans with the assistance of the general contractor. Residents, board members, and alumnae will work with the building committee to finalize finishing details needed to prepare for the start of construction.

Continue to invite Women of Steel to join this blog to stay updated with our project. In addition, we can only identify about 25% of our alumni base because former residents have either not kept in contact with the University of Idaho, we have incorrect contact information, or we don’t know people’s married names to even find them in the University of Idaho system. Help us continue to identify our alumni!




Pictures added to the blog Architectural Plans Begin!

Check out the four pictures added to a prior blog–Architectural Plans Begin!

Offer Accepted!

On Wednesday, January 11, an offer was made on the house at 503 Taylor Street. The offer was accepted the next day with a possible closing date of February 29 (or sooner). On Friday, January 13, the “conditional use permit” with the City of Moscow was filed for approval of the proposed building and site sketch. The Board of Adjustments Committee meets on February 7 to approve the proposal.

In the mean time, we await news on when the bonds go up for sale. D.A. Davidson is currently working on assembling all the paperwork and working with “bond counsel” (lawyers who specialize in bond issues) to make sure all the regulations are followed before the bonds go up for sale. Within about two weeks of the sale, funds will be released so the building project can begin.

Dave Eckes will begin the process of interviewing general contractors soon. Residents at Steel House are providing input on what they’d like to see in a new facility. A final set of plans should be complete by the end of February. Once those are ready, we hope to post them on the blog.

Architectural Plans Begin!

Architect Dave & Del taking a break from measuring for lunch

Dave Eckes, architect for the project, came to Moscow for the weekend of January 6 – 8. Every inch of the new facility (located on Taylor Street) was measured so the process of drawing architectural plans can begin. Approximately 3,000 square feet will be added to the current facility so the new Steel House can support up to 30 residents. The overall size of the home upon completion will be around 6,000 square feet.

Over the course of the weekend, a structural engineer, an electrician, a life safety systems specialist, and a commercial kitchen specialist all toured the facility to provide valuable information on how the new home could be designed. It was remodeled in 2003 so much of the existing facility is in good condition. The main floor will remain a living room with three bedrooms but will connect to the dining/kitchen (where garage is currently). A second story will be added above the garage and main floor. The second floor will be living and sleeping areas for the residents. The basement will be remodeled to add a study area, family (TV) room, storage, laundry facilities, and two bedrooms.

By Friday, January 13th, Steel House will apply for a “conditional use permit” with the City of Moscow to allow for parking off-site and for the final approval to use the facility to house 30 residents. The City of Moscow “Board of Adjustments” committee will meet on February 7th to review the application. Although the homes on Taylor Street are set up as R-4 zoning, conditional use permits are still required. Since Steel House doesn’t officially own the building yet, the current owner of the house will apply for the permit.

The bond issue paperwork is being prepared by D.A. Davidson in Coeur d’Alene. By the end of January or early February, the bonds will go up for sale. The funds will then be released to Steel House within approximately two weeks of the sale so the purchase and remodel can begin. The projected start date of construction is the middle of March with a completion date of August 1st. The bond issue amount will be in the neighborhood of $850,000. These funds will include the purchase of the existing building ($190,000) and the remodel/addition. Additional funds of about $100,000 are needed to purchase furnishings and supply the commercial kitchen.

Over the month of January, the building committee will interview potential general contractors who will become part of the process from the final design to completion. The general contractor will work with the building committee to choose all the sub-contractors. Once the general contractor is chosen, final plans will be prepared for approval. Current residents have provided input (and will continue to do so) about what they’d like to see in the new facility.

By the beginning of February, a newsletter will be prepared that will be e-mailed to Steel House alumni concerning the project. Just to be sure that you make this list, please send an e-mail to: for all future newsletters. Please pass the word to any Steel House alumna that might be interested in following our progress. Pictures will soon be added to this blog, too.

For anyone interested in purchasing bonds, please contact Michael King of D.A. Davidson. His number is 208.667.1212

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