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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Northglenn, CO

Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. Northglenn, CO offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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NO MATTER YOUR NEED, WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK.

STORE AT YOUR LOCATION

We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.

STORE AT OUR LOCATION

Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.

CUSTOM STORAGE

Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.

LOCAL MOVE

Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.

LONG-DISTANCE MOVE

Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.

MOVING & STORAGE

We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.

OFFICE USE

Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.

BUSINESS USE

If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level

CUSTOM USE

We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
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At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

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SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are refurbished grade or better
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.

EVERY ONE OF OUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS FOR RENT IN Northglenn, CO, INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY MEASURES:

High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.

COMMERCIAL STORAGE CONTAINERS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Northglenn, CO

When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

 Storage Containers For Rent Northglenn, CO

Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.

WHETHER YOUR BUSINESS IS COMMERCIAL, HEALTHCARE, GOVERNMENT OR EDUCATION, OR YOUR INTEREST IS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY SHIPPING CONTAINERS, SMS HAS YOU COVERED:

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Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
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When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.

CUSTOM CONTAINERS FOR YOUR HOME IN Northglenn, CO

Building additions to your home can be very expensive and requires going through the hassle of securing permits and waiting for construction. You can save money, time and stress by modifying a shipping container instead. Whether you need additional space for a home gym, recreation or storage, we can convert steel containers into anything you can imagine. Our custom container gyms, man-caves or she-sheds, garages and more give you the extra space you need without the hassle, cost and wait that comes with home renovation.

Renting shipping containers for temporary storage, either when moving or dealing with restoration from a fire or flood, provides a secure, convenient way to keep your belongings close for accessing them whenever you need to. Plus, renting mobile storage containers for moving costs less than traditional movers and allows you to take your time packing, reducing the stress that comes from moving. You can also rent portable offices for your home to make working remotely distraction-free.

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HERE'S WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE US TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY A SHIPPING CONTAINER FOR YOUR HOME:

With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in Northglenn, CO, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.

MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS & PORTABLE OFFICES TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Northglenn, CO

We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in Northglenn, CO, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.

HERE'S HOW WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK:

You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

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DETERMINE DESTINATION

Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Northglenn, CO. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.

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SCHEDULE DATE & TIME

Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.

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PREPARE FOR YOUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINER DELIVERY

Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.

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DELIVERY & SETUP

When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.

HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MOBILE CONTAINERS TO Rent, Buy OR Modify IN Northglenn, CO?

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Latest News in Northglenn, CO

'We've invested everything': Owner of Northglenn assisted living facility fighting to stay open

--> Sorry, we're having issues playing this video.In the meantime, try watching one of the videos below.NORTHGLENN, Colo. — Dozens of assisted living residents in Northglenn are just days away from having to find a new place to call home.Dennis Quinn and his wife have owned and operated Sunnyslope Estate, an assisted living facility, for the past nine years. In a little more than a week, the facility may have to close its doors."I'm emotionally devastated," Quinn said. "I'm scared about wh...

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NORTHGLENN, Colo. — Dozens of assisted living residents in Northglenn are just days away from having to find a new place to call home.

Dennis Quinn and his wife have owned and operated Sunnyslope Estate, an assisted living facility, for the past nine years. In a little more than a week, the facility may have to close its doors.

"I'm emotionally devastated," Quinn said. "I'm scared about where this goes for my wife and I because this is everything to us... we've invested everything into these people."

A total of 32 people live on the property, according to Quinn. Many of them live with various illnesses or conditions.

"We take care of the people who fall through all the cracks," the owner said. "The majority of the people who come to live with us have exhausted all of their options."

Quinn says he's exhausted all of his options.

"We had to apply for renewal of our license in July," he said. "We did the best we can to provide the state with everything they needed — and we did provide it. However, we were late in getting some paperwork in. Then the state started heaping fines on us [and] we didn't have the money to pay those fines."

In simpler terms, Quinn says the facility fell out of compliance due to "administrative issues" with the renewal of their license.

"No citings for our quality of care," he emphasized.

Quinn says he's holding out hope that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will offer some grace for the challenges he and his wife have faced during the pandemic.

"Because of our inability to get staffing and the cost of the operations, my wife and I were working seven days a week," he said. "There's only so much a person can do on their plate."

Quinn says he's been told residents must vacate the premises come May 18, but he's asked for an extension.

"There's no chance to place these people by May 18," he said. "Secondly, we're going to take care of them till the very last day."

For Brandon Goodwin, the potential closure brings tears.

"The first day I got here, I felt love," he said. "It's like a family."

Goodwin has lived at Sunnyslope Estate for only two months, but he's spent most of his life moving from facility to facility in an attempt to find the "right fit."

"The last eight months before coming here, I had to live with my dad because I was at another facility, and we were just not being treated right," Goodwin said.

Goodwin turned 33 last Saturday. He says most facilities won't accept his application because of his age or insurance.

The 33-year-old has diabetes and is also legally blind. Before coming to Sunnyslope, he says his will to live was low.

"I didn't take care of myself before," Goodwin said through tears. "If Sunnyslope stays open, it would mean a lot more happiness, more time on Earth, more people around me that care. [The Sunnyslope staff] don't look at me for my mistakes, they look at the future. These guys are awesome."

Denver7 asked CDPHE for more details on why the facility must close — we're still waiting to hear back.

Colorado man helps community by building e-bikes

--> Sorry, we're having issues playing this video.In the meantime, try watching one of the videos below.NORTHGLENN, Colo. — A Colorado man is working to change the way we travel by helping people get out of their cars and onto electric bikes.“Last year alone, 2.6 billion gallons of gasoline were wasted just people sitting at a stoplight waiting for the light to turn green within five miles of their home,” Gary Lowe said.Lowe is the owner of the ...

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NORTHGLENN, Colo. — A Colorado man is working to change the way we travel by helping people get out of their cars and onto electric bikes.

“Last year alone, 2.6 billion gallons of gasoline were wasted just people sitting at a stoplight waiting for the light to turn green within five miles of their home,” Gary Lowe said.

Lowe is the owner of the Smart Citiez Group, a Boulder-based technical data analytics company for the traffic and transportation industry. Their goal is to help cities with clean and renewable digital solutions for public safety and environmental sustainability.

But Lowe also loves to build with electric motors as a hobby. So, when his buddy made him a bet that he couldn’t build an electric bike for under $1,000 that would beat out a 1,000-watt custom e-bike that costs $8,000, Lowe couldn’t refuse.

"I did it for... just under $400," Lowe said. "So, when the day came and I destroyed him in front of his family and kids and friends and everything like that, he made me promise that I had to share this with others.”

When Lowe did share it on the Nextdoor app, he realized there was a big need, especially for people with special needs.

"I haven't ridden a bike for over 40 years,” June Mitchell said.

Mitchell has a rare lung illness and mobility issues, so when she connected with Lowe over social media, she had no idea what would be possible.

“He listened to my story and figured out what I needed, and he actually built the bike,” Mitchell said. "She's lovely. She's a trike, so she's got three wheels, and she has a motor."

When she got on the e-trike for the first time, she said it was "pure joy," and she can't wait to travel farther and use her car less.

“I used to ride my bike constantly as a kid. So, I didn't realize how much I had missed that. It was just really fun to be able to be on a bike and going down the street and having that freedom.”

It was a similar story for Larry Heriford, who bought an e-trike from a Denver store so he could get around more with his friend and his dog.

He quickly realized that having a front wheel motor wasn't the best for him because it was hard to get up his steep driveway. When he met Lowe, Heriford learned the trike could be updated to rear wheel drive to better fit his needs.

"I'm tickled to death," he said. “I've ridden probably 20 miles in a given day.”

After Lowe updated both Heriford and his friend's trikes, they can now travel farther, and it’s allowing him to spend less time in his old 2004 Buick Park Avenue.

"It only has 125,000 miles on it, and I want it to last as long as I can drive," Heriford said. "This will allow me to let it last that long.”

Since Lowe first started his efforts, he's built more than 60 different types of electric bikes and trikes, and he even brings in student apprentices to the Crossroads Community Center in Northglenn to teach them the valuable life skills needed to build with electric motors.

He’s also created an electric drift trike that’s made it to the second round of interviews for the TV show "Shark Tank." The drift trike was originally made for a boy with cerebral palsy who couldn’t sit on a traditional trike, but it turns out it’s pretty fun for adults, too.

"It's incredibly stable, and because of the straps that we have on there, anyone from 3-foot tall to 6-foot-6 can sit in the bike and have fun with it," Lowe said. "In Boulder, Colorado, a lot of dads have made a little motorcycle gang with it. It's pretty funny. The dads take it more than the sons."

All in all, Lowe's goal is simply to keep getting people out of their cars and into more affordable, sustainable forms of transportation.

“To see that young man or young woman pick up a bike that now will actually help lessen the carbon emissions in our environment... which actually helps them get back on the road again, helps them lose weight, helps them do so many different things... this is amazing,” Lowe said.

“His magic that he's able to do and his heart and his passion have really helped so many," Mitchell said. "I'm just so thankful because I've had this opportunity to be a little bit normal again.”

Depending on a customer's needs, updating an old bike into an electric bike costs around $800-$1,500. Lowe has also created an electric bike kit for people to take an old bike they already have and turn it into an electric bike themselves with the help of a 10-minute video.

People who purchase the e-bikes are also eligible for a 15-30% rebate on their taxes because of President Joe Biden's energy plan, Lowe said.

You can contact Lowe and follow his electric bike creations TikTok, Facebook and YouTube. You can also donate to help Lowe in his efforts on GoFundMe.

Northglenn agrees on Kondo for vacant council seat

Northglenn city councilors agreed to fill a vacant council seat with Richard Kondo on May 2 after over three hours of interviewing eight candidates and discussing their strengths.“There was this energy increase I wanted to call out because it was across the board as soon as we shifted (to talking about Kondo,)” Mayor Meredith Leighty said.The council will vote to approve his official appointment at the May 9 city council meeting. Other applicants included Charles Appleton, Mark Bromley, John Kiely, Robert Konrade, L...

Northglenn city councilors agreed to fill a vacant council seat with Richard Kondo on May 2 after over three hours of interviewing eight candidates and discussing their strengths.

“There was this energy increase I wanted to call out because it was across the board as soon as we shifted (to talking about Kondo,)” Mayor Meredith Leighty said.

The council will vote to approve his official appointment at the May 9 city council meeting. Other applicants included Charles Appleton, Mark Bromley, John Kiely, Robert Konrade, Lindsay Lierman, Mary Peery and Christina Sharkady.

The vacancy came after former City Councilor Julie Duran Mullica announced on Feb. 28 she would be moving to Thornton. The vacancy took effect on April 21st.

Councilors commended Kondo for his sense of humor — among other qualities — and Leighty said it was his biggest strength

“You don’t always have to be serious,” said Mayor Pro Tem Jenny Willford.

Kondo’s resume showed plenty of leadership experience, councilors said. He is a director of a medical device company, served 28 years in the U.S. Navy and made his way up to the rank of Captain, attended the United States Naval Academy for an undergraduate degree and earned a master's from Harvard’s Graduate School of Business Administration.

He stressed good listening and engagement skills are necessary for the position and explained the importance of including multiple perspectives when coming to conclusions during his interviews. It creates a more well-rounded decision, he told councilors.

“It’s really important to encourage diverse dialogue,” he said

He compared accepting many viewpoints to the United States Supreme Court. When someone reaches that level of achievement in the judicial body, he said, they develop an open mind and want to hear the counterpoint.

“There’s no one right answer, there are multiple right answers,” he said.

Each council member asked one question to all the applicants. Mayor Meredith Leighty asked if his interest in serving on the city council stems from a personal interest or goal? She also asked if there is something he hopes to accomplish while serving on council.

City Councilor Ashley Witkovich asked what steps he would take to eliminate bias from his behaviors and decisions while Councilor Jay Jaramillo asked what areas of city spending he feels should be increased or decreased?

City Councilor Shannon Lukeman-Hiromasa asked how working with people from different backgrounds can present unique opportunities for collaboration and creativity. She also asked him to describe a time when a project or a decision he made was enhanced by including diverse perspectives.

Councilor Jenny Willford what he believes is the cause of homeless and what role do you believe this city has in addressing the issue while Councilor Katherine Goff asked Kondo to describe how he would react when the council votes 5-4 to approve a very contestable issue and he was on the dissenting side.

City Councilor Becky Brown asked Kondo to describe one of the toughest groups he has had to work with and City Councilor Nicholas Walker asked about he most strongly disagreed with an action taken by the council in the past five years.

“I think it’s a city that is a great living environment,” Kondo said about Northglenn, a 38-year resident.

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FIGURING out which maternity clothes actually fit and flatter can be a daily challenge for many moms-to-be. I recently decided to go on a shopping spree as my clothes could no longer accommodate my baby bump.

For a person who does not really enjoy shopping that much (yes, strange for woman), it was surprisingly fun and I did not struggle to buy clothes that suited my body.

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I was looking for something that I will be comfortable in. I did not go for maternity styles, I just went for bigger sizes which fit my bump and felt right.

When pregnant you feel bloated all day, so it has been advised that spandex is your preferred clothing material.

Unbuttoning the top button of your pants and when your button-down shirts don’t actually button all the way down, may be a sign that you are ready to purchase maternity clothes.

According to experts, at 20 weeks the uterus is typically at the level of the navel.

Reports revealed that many women begin to show at this point, but there is variability depending on the mother’s height, body type, weight gain and number of babies in utero and if it is a first pregnancy. For first pregnancies, the bump typically ‘pops’ a little later than in subsequent pregnancies.

Pregnant women are advised to buy what’s comfortable for their body and keep in mind that not every part of your body is growing at the same rate.

Here are some of the popular maternity clothing essentials:

• Buy a few stretchy maternity T-shirts in white, grey and black.

• You can still wear a pair of jeans by buying comfortable mom-jeans.

• A few pairs of leggings as they are comfortable for your body.

• Invest in your underwear by buying supportive bras.

• Maxi dresses may help to make you feel less frumpy as your body’s silhouette changes.

With that said, remember these basic tips to get the most out of your budget as you shop around for maternity clothing. A few wise purchases can even last you beyond the bump and remember no two bodies experience pregnancy in the same way.

So, when to start wearing maternity clothes,? It totally depends on you. Also, every expecting woman is different just like every person is different. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable and beautiful in your skin.

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Housing for the People: “Until I can make my dream happen…”

Before I became homeless, I had a mortgage, truck, and dog. I was buying a house in Northglenn, Colorado, a suburb of Denver. Me and my brother went in on the house together to give our mother a stable forever home. This was going to be my forever home too.We had gotten lucky and found a five-bedroom, two-bathroom house for $110,000 – just before Colorado’s housing market started to climb.People offered us $120,000 to buy the house from us. This was home to me because when I came home from work, people were waiting ...

Before I became homeless, I had a mortgage, truck, and dog. I was buying a house in Northglenn, Colorado, a suburb of Denver. Me and my brother went in on the house together to give our mother a stable forever home. This was going to be my forever home too.

We had gotten lucky and found a five-bedroom, two-bathroom house for $110,000 – just before Colorado’s housing market started to climb.

People offered us $120,000 to buy the house from us. This was home to me because when I came home from work, people were waiting for me, and Ruth, my dog, was thrilled to see me each and every time.

After nine years, I came home, and my brother had moved out. His explanation didn’t make sense to me. He said he felt threatened for his life. In my family, that meant someone had a weapon and was coming after them. (Yes, I come from a very dysfunctional family.)

I found out later, he had taken a $45,000 loan on the equity of the house, without my knowledge, to pay off his credit cards. He could do this because we didn’t sign an agreement saying he couldn’t. (Yes, that’s the law.) I was stuck not only with the mortgage, but also his loan.

So, I got a second job and prepared to spend my next ten years paying only bills. A few months later, my world fell apart.

It was the middle of May, and I was raking up the last of the leaves that had fallen after the first snow of winter. That’s when my back blew out. I blew a disc out, plus three vertebrae. The doctors told me it was just a matter of time before it ruptured, and I would be wheelchair-bound for life.

I walk with a cane because I refuse to listen to doctors. I still use the cane to stand up straight.

I now live in a room, where the rent has more than doubled in the ten and a half years I have lived here, and it would have been tripled if not for the pandemic or having a good landlord.

This is in no way a home. There is no one to come home to, nothing waiting for my return – just a shelter.

Don’t get me wrong, having a shelter is great after living on the streets. I don’t miss the cold winter nights of Colorado.

The house I ended up losing to foreclosure recently sold for $450,000 – four times the amount I paid for it 20 years ago. I don’t miss the house, but the home is a loss that still leaves an ache in my heart.

Now, I sell the street paper Denver VOICE to pay my rent, and to live in the place I call home, but it isn’t. Home now are the corners I work. That is where people are happy to see me, where I feel welcome and comfortable.

The price of housing has gone up so dramatically, that if I wanted to buy a house in Denver and qualify for a loan, I would have to make in a month what I used to make in six months. But there are no places I could afford to live or a town where a home is affordable and livable. I would move to one of these places.

But being on a fixed income, I don’t have the money to move or the transportation to even do my shopping.

I don’t mind small towns or country living. I don’t need to be where things are happening, or where there are thousands of things to do, most of which I can’t afford to do anyway,

My dream is to have a nice house on 40 acres of land where I can grow food. I’d take that food to poorer areas of big places and give healthy food to people who need it most. And I believe I will be presented with the ability to have what doesn’t come easily.

I would spend my free time writing the stories that come to me, maybe get a book published.

I’ve heard that throughout America, there is more than enough housing, that everyone could have a place to live without building even one new house. But we build big cities, bigger, while small towns are emptier.

Until I can make my dream happen, I will keep stepping forward, looking at the short-term future, and getting prepared for more tough times, while at the same time, keeping an optimistic outlook on life.

Housing for the People is a column produced by the International Network of Street Papers from people on the frontlines of the housing justice movement in America and beyond.

Courtesy of INSP North America / International Network of Street Papers

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