Northglenn City Council will consider approving a lease agreement with Ralston House Advocacy Center for its vacant building at 2360 W. 112th Ave.
Council discussed the potentially new tenant during its Jan. 6 study session. A tenant agreement may include some renovations to the building, but those could be offset by a grant.
The building used to house the North Metro Children’s Advocacy Center, but that organization left in the spring of 2013.
Ralston House of Arvada has stepped in to fulfill the advocacy needs of Northglenn, however, city staff think a location in the city would be beneficial.
“There is a great a need because all our families actually go to Arvada or Lakewood and the drive is lengthy,” Mayor Joyce Downing said.
The center provides medical services, forensic interviews and mental health treatment for children who were abuse victims or witness to crimes. In 2013, Ralston served 950 children, 21 of those from Northglenn, according to Ralston House Executive Director Don Moseley.
During the study session, Public Works Director David Willett discussed minor renovations needed at the one-story ranch style building. Those included new carpeting, windows, doors and asbestos abatement for a total of $16,000. These costs may be recouped from a Victim Assistance and Law Enforcement (VALE) grant.
These improvements would just be to get Ralston moved into the facility. In a year or two, Willett said, the organization would need room to grow.
“I think there’s a large need for this facility,” he said. “I don’t believe the facility as it exists, the square foot area, is enough to accomplish what we really need to accomplish. So I think long term you’re going to need either a pop-up here or a new building, perhaps in that area or (somewhere else). I’m not proposing the city of Northglenn pay for that.”
He said staff would work to partner with other organizations.
While council decides on the lease terms, it may also consider providing four new computers for Ralston’s operations at $1,300 a piece, or $5,200 total.
If council agrees to the lease, Ralston house could move in as early as February or March.