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COLUMBUS - A Columbus-area ranch that serves as home for two dozen developmentally disabled adults is beginning work on a house that will allow older residents to stay on the ranch.

The nonprofit Special K Ranch sits on 230 acres between Columbus and Park City. It provides residents a family style home and meaningful work. The ranch has 16 greenhouses and raises plants and livestock that are sold to help support the ranch.

On Wednesday, staff, board members and residents held a groundbreaking ceremony for a 6,000-square-foot house that will become home for four men and four women and include a community center in the basement.

The ranch has raised $700,000 toward the $1.3 million cost of the house. Special K Ranch board chairman Darrell Ehrlick says there's enough money to get the house enclosed, so if they have to wait to raise more money, nothing will be damaged inside.

 

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