Rocky Mountain Health Care buys former Space Foundation building

The former Space Foundation at 310 S. 14th St. on the west side of Colorado Springs, has a new owner.

Rocky Mountain Health Care Services closed on the building Monday for $850,000, said President and CEO Laurie Tebo. The group plans to move its administrative offices to the building. The health care nonprofit, which specializes in traumatic brain injury and care for the elderly, now has nine buildings.

“We are excited to be expanding our services,” she said. “And we are excited to be on the west side.”

The group started in 1976 as part of Catholic Community Services and became a separate nonprofit agency in 1978.

The new location also gives Rocky Mountain Health Care Services a bigger parking lot. The group uses buses to transport elderly patients from its residential services, that are also close by.

“We’ll be able to park our buses there, and it’s convenient to other locations,” she said. “It was a good move, we think.”

The Space Foundation moved from the building in June to occupy larger headquarters just off the high-tech Garden of the Gods corridor.

The foundation has moved into the building and is planning future renovations – including a visitors’ area that will house displays of the former space shuttle program and a history of the nation’s space industry.

The funds from the sale of the building will be used for ongoing renovations, according to Space Foundation officials.