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Windsor 2008 Tornado: A Community Working Together – Update

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Windsor CO real estate and demographic information. If you are in the market for Windsor CO real estate, here are some facts that might interest you. All in all, there are usually about 450 homes for sale with about 10% of those being condos or townhomes. The prices for single family homes usually average about $340K, with the average condominium $185K – but prices can be as low as $70K and can go up to several million. The total Windsor population is around 15,000 people, spread out over 57 square miles. 76% of homes are owner-occupied. In the extended area (Windsor ZIP 80550) there are 17,163 people in 6,158 households. The median household income is a healthy $65,961, comparing favorably to the national median figure of $51,546. The Windsor housing market has been experiencing a pretty healthy volume over the last few years, with lots of new construction. As an indicator, consider that the population in the 2000 Census was under 10,000! That’s a lot of big, new homes with all the modern amenities you could desire.

Windsor, Colorado: a brief history. The Windsor Chamber of Commerce tells the story of Windsor’s beginnings, with the German and Russian immigrants coming in the late 1800s to work the beet fields. The town’s location on the Poudre River, which was an important trail of early commerce, and the high level ground alongside, suited the early railroad network moving the riches of the earth’s bounty from producer to consumer. From the founding of the town in 1882, through the farm-based mills and industry in the early 1900s, Windsor people worked hard day to day on the farms and in the fields, with a few merchants clustered together at the town center. That changed in 1969 when Eastman Kodak came to town. Kodak has been a mainstay of the community ever since, moving the town beyond its previously all-agricultural economy. Now employing about 1,800 people, the company manufactures motion picture film, medical x-ray film, thermal media, and color paper at its Windsor plant. A number of other companies, which you may check out on the Windsor Chamber's website, also contribute to Windsor’s healthy and vibrant economy.

Windsor CO amenities. Windsor offers a lot to do, with numerous parks and biking trails. The Poudre River Trail offers biking, running, rollerblading or any other non-motorized travel along its 20 mile length – including, of course, walking. On scenic Windsor Lake, there are boat ramps open to the public so you can spend a relaxing day fishing for trout, perch, bluegill, and catfish. Fishing is good year-round. Boating permits are available on a daily or annual basis for residents and nonresidents alike. Windsor has three championship quality golf courses right in town and dozens more within an easy drive. If your recreation involves shopping, the Outlets at Loveland are right down the road with about 50 name brand outlet shops including fashion, electronics, jewelry, shoes and toys. And if you enjoy hiking, fishing, boating, and skiing, the Rocky Mountains are close by – and with no drive at all, you have them within view, with spectacular effect.

Living in Windsor. In addition to the extensive network of parks, families in Windsor enjoy the benefits of a progressive school system, with lots of activities and community involvement. The town has four public elementary schools, a middle and high school, and two charter schools (one elementary and one middle). Several are rated “Excellent” or “High” in the Colorado School Accountability Report system. Windsor is in the Fort Collins-Greeley-Loveland Triangle (Hey, how many people can say they live on a hypotenuse?) and it’s an easy drive to any of those larger cities for anything they offer. Windsor’s small-town atmosphere combines very well with big city conveniences and attractions. If you get bored by having the weather the same all the time, Northern Colorado is for you! Although it’s true you will have mild sunny weather 300 days each year on average, conditions can go from mild to wild with virtually no notice. Snowstorms in May? It happens. Coloradans love it, play in it, and make the most of it.

Windsor today. With national and locally owned businesses, a great natural environment, and an active and involved population, Windsor has a perfect combination for healthy and prosperous lifestyles.

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Soon after the May 2008 tornado that struck Windsor, we reported on a fundraising effort coordinated by The Tribune and the Community Foundation Serving Greeley and Weld County (story here). More recently, we checked in with Judy Knapp, President of the Foundation, for an update:

November 19, 2008

Our Windsor Community Foundation Fund and Tribune Crisis Fund distributed over $530,000 in immediate direct relief to victims of the Weld County tornadoes. Applications were processed through the end of September.

We will be funding some counseling sessions for the next few months for adolescents and adults who are experiencing anxiety, depression or post traumatic stress as a result of the tornadoes with some of the remaining money... For additional information, you can contact Sandi Squicquero at 970-674-0191.

In addition, we are working with the Windsor Rotary Club on the Windsor Re-Leaf program to assist storm victims with tree replacements and some landscaping needs next spring. The contact person for that effort is Susan Van Deren. She can be reached at 970-686-9994 if you would like more information.

It’s great to know Windsor is working together as a community and recovering from the damage inflicted by the tornado.