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Paul Meacham of Heber Arizona and his mother Sue, who was taken in by the ranch after she got to the ranch from Atlanta. A family friend, Jack G. McQuillen III of Scottsdale, helped manage the project. McQuillen, a long-time rancher whose father had become a rancher in his hometown of Peoria, had worked in the area, helping the family move. After retiring from work, he began an association with Meacham to run the facility. The project was funded by an Idaho State Highway Patrol grant to help raise the cost of living in the area and provide a more secure living environment. The $5 million facility, to be located at the southwest corner of a stretch of road in southern Arizona known as “the dirt road,” includes about 300 to 400 homes of different sizes. It was designed by Bowers, a Denver-based architectural firm that has designed homes around the world, to make it affordable for families to share in a modest living style. It was built in a single week. It has some of the amenities typical in modern-day housing, including a parking garage, garage door, elevator, laundry facility and kitchen. The parking garage is directly across from a school. The family used to own a townhouse in the town, where they had three boys. The family was moved into the barn shortly after the ranch opened in 1998. But it took several years for the residents to settle into the large house and the family’s new surroundings. All four boys grew up in the ranch, including a second son, now 23, who lives with his mom and his sister, 24. The youngest boy, a second-grader at the time, had a crush on a little girl named Abby. “They were good kids at school,” Sue Gaskins-Bowers said. “They loved kids. And they wanted to get back into the family.” Sue’s mom and Jack McQuillen Jr., of Scottsdale, helped manage the project. They are joined by his wife, Carolyn, and several of their friends, who also were part of the project. Jack McQuillen, who is a school district teacher and an assistant school district superintendent, grew up in Scottsdale, a suburban suburb on the border of Phoenix and Arizona. He and his family lived on a $20,000 ranch in the town of Payson for decades. He has a history of mental illness. He was a reserve officer in the Army Reserve for 10 years until 2002. He and Carolyn Gaskins-Bowers live with her husband and nine children in the ranch house. Sue said they are now trying to get the new family into the new home. It would help the family become part of their lives again, she said. The ranch opened Monday and is already full with families with kids. But it will also host a “Holidays of the Farm” on Friday that is expected to attract visitors from all around the state and around the world. It is being run by Galt Ranch Heritage, a non-profit in Scottsdale. The ranch opened in 1997 with about 700 families. The ranch and building project is being managed by the Phoenix-based firm The Mountain House Properties. It was part of a three-phase project in the last decade to build the property into a thriving lifestyle community of about 600 homes, an office park and a visitor attraction. While Scottsdale was developing, Galt Ranch Heritage went through what it dubbed a “strategy of incremental improvement.” It has invested in a variety of landscaping, including a new walkway along a river bank that will go through some of the properties and a new parking garage at the western corner of the tract. It has also added a new bike and motorcycle repair shop to the property. The property also has the first concrete walkway over the river and a large public plaza that will be used as a plaza on Sundays, the site owner said. The street is expected to be open between 6 p.m. and 5 p.m. About three years ago, Galt Ranch Heritage began working with a developer and the Navajo Nation to buy an existing parking lot on the property and build the new facility. About $4 million had been spent on the project by 2007. The project cost an estimated $6.8 million, including about $2.4 million spent on landscaping in early April 2007. That construction work was completed last fall, and the project is due for completion in October of the year to give the family time to finish on time. The main entrance at the ranch, which will carry on the name of a Navajo word meaning “home to live, food and family,” will be next’s%20Blog/view/html?cs=m’s%20Blog/view/html?cs=m’s%20Blog/view/html?cs=m!/