The non profit Rocky Mountain Institute is moving forward with plans to build an “Innovation Center” in downtown Basalt. The organization submitted a sketch plan to Town Council last month and if council supports it, construction could start in the fall. RMI specializes in sustainability and energy efficiency and the structure near the Roaring Fork River, will be highly efficient. The $15 million building will be double the size of the group’s current headquarters in Old Snowmass. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with RMI’s Michael Kinsley at the building site, near the Taqueria El Nopal restaurant.
RMI is holding two public open houses at the Basalt Library on February 18th and 27th, to discuss the new building.