Home for injured veteran unites building community

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In August 2009, Army Sgt. Jeffrey Adams was on his second deployment in Afghanistan when his vehicle ran over a pressure-plated explosive device. Adams was pulled from the wreckage and taken to a hospital in Bagram, where he lost both of his legs.

Now, back in El Paso County, the local building community is coming together to show its appreciation to Adams for his service to the country.

Homes for Our Troops, a national nonprofit that raises money, materials and labor to build specially adapted homes for injured soldiers, has partnered with Springs-based Genesis Custom Homes to build a wheelchair-accessible home in Black Forest for Adams, his fiancé and his daughter.

“We just sent our son off to boot camp for the Marines,” said Jayne Grover, who owns Genesis with her husband, Dennis. “When Homes for Our Troops reached out to us, it just touched our hearts. It’s a way to give back to veterans for their sacrifices.”

Four specially adapted homes have been built in Colorado so far and two more are in the works. For the Adams home, Genesis will prepare the site’s foundation and flatwork, framers will come in to raise the walls, and a brigade of volunteers will handle the build-out over a three-day weekend.

Genesis is not the only local entity participating. Springs-based Waste Connections is donating trash hauling and disposal services, and the Colorado Springs Housing and Building Association’s charitable arm, HBA Cares, is helping to coordinate and raise money for the event.

Adams’ home is set to go up March 18. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Joe Taveira at jtaveira@homesforourtroops.org.

You could own Castaways Restaurant in Manitou

Pirates and jacuzzis are two of my favorite things. Castaways Restaurant and Inn in Manitou Springs has both, and if I can recover a treasure chest full of gold I intend to make it my own.

The owner of the 17,438-square-foot restaurant and the adjoining 24,000-square-foot Rodeway Inn is retiring and is looking for a buyer to take the place over.

The bar and restaurant doubles as an event space for proms, rehearsal dinners, company meetings and award ceremonies, while the Rodeway Inn has 47 rooms and suites, some decked-out with fireplaces and jacuzzis.

All of the furniture and nautical-themed fixtures are included in the asking price, and the buildings sit on 101,000 square feet of land. All of this could be yours for $4.2 million.

Is a Keller Williams-CitiMortgage partnership in the works for the Springs?

CitiMortgage and Keller Williams Realty entered into a marketing partnership this week whereby the lender would waive preapproval fees for Keller Williams clients, provide a $1,500 on-time closing guarantee and charge reduced fees on jumbo loans.

But it’s up to local offices to take advantage of this partnership, so will clients of Keller Williams in Colorado Springs benefit from it?

Ed Leyba, who owns three Keller Williams offices in Colorado Springs, said it’s something he would consider, but there are other factors at play.

“We have Bank of America in-house at one of my offices,” he said. “And while they don’t have any guarantees like that with us, I like their service and I know they’ll always do the right thing. A lot of times that’s more important than the discounts. I trust them to take care of our clients.”

Still, it’s something Leyba will be looking into.

“It’s an option for us to bring them in,” he said. “If it’s better for the client and I can save the buyer some money, that’s what we should do.”

Jonathan Easley can be reached at jonathan.easley@csbj.com or 719-329-5235. Friend him on Facebook, find him on Twitter, and follow his blog at www.csbj.com/realestate.