Basalt & Development in 2015
2015 promises to be another action-packed year for development planning in downtown Basalt. Town officials say last year was about “setting the base.” Now, things may start taking shape.
Town officials and community members have been envisioning what may be built on about thirteen public and private acres downtown. Last month, a committee charged with coming up with ideas presented its findings to Town Council.
Now the elected leaders will consider next steps. Town Manager Mike Scanlon says there’s a lot to go over.
“What do we want to do in terms of formalizing all this work that was done in 2014, into a planning district? Do we want to go to a form-based code for the downtown area? Do we just want to establish a special downtown area district? And then, how do we start taking some of those public pieces and work on them? So, getting the parks to a standard and a quality that we would expect.”
Already, a development group has shown interest in building on 2.3 acres downtown. Lowe Enterprises told town officials it envisions building a boutique hotel and some residential units.