Town of Basalt

Elise Thatcher

  Basalt’s Town Council has reversed its decision on the Pan and Fork parcel. Officials decided last night to move forward with something called a predevelopment agreement. The majority of council members said they need more details about the range of development options for the land near the Roaring Fork River.

Elise Thatcher

The Town of Basalt has stepped up to temporarily fund a popular recycling center. Waste Management runs the site now, but says the estimated operating cost is unsustainable without outside funding. The company met with Pitkin County and Basalt officials this week, on Monday August 10th.

Elise Thatcher

  Basalt officials hit the pause button Tuesday on a preliminary review of development options for a controversial parcel. How—or whether— to develop the land could go to a public vote.

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  The Town of Basalt has hired a financial firm to find out how much money a developer could make near downtown. The proposed redevelopment is controversial, and officials have been hashing out what would be a good fit.  Basalt is now working with a Minnesota firm on reviewing four different redevelopment options.

Valley Roundup 7-13-15

Jul 31, 2015

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

Joining me this week are Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News, Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent, Andy Stone, columnist and former editor of the Aspen Times and Michael Miracle, editor of Aspen Sojourner magazine.

Aspen residents continue to take their town back by slowing growth and development in their own grassroots way. It’s anyone’s guess how elected officials will respond.

Officials in the mid valley are continuing to look at a major development proposal near Whole Foods. The controversial Tree Farm plan could mean as many as 400 hundred residential units and more than a 130,000 square feet in commercial development. But if the property was a few football field lengths to the southeast, it would go through a whole different set of requirements.

 

Elise Thatcher

It’s a cloudy summer day, and man named Paul is dropping off some cans and glass bottles at Basalt’s recycling site. He declines to give his last name, but shares a few thoughts about the drop off site. Like, “stay open later so the working man can get here.”

Screenshot/Mike Scanlon

Basalt officials are working with the District Attorney’s office regarding a pending marijuana business deal in that town. Officials are trying to figure out what business arrangements may be behind a Craigslist ad that appeared late last month. It was for marijuana "medical and recreational permits and license for sale."

Elise Thatcher

The Roaring Fork School District has added another new principal to the roster. Jennifer Ellsperman is taking over as Principal for Basalt Middle School. She previously taught fifth grade there, and most recently was assistant principal at Basalt Elementary School.

Marci Krivonen

In the Midvalley, it’s not uncommon for parents to add their child’s name to a waitlist at a childcare center long before the baby’s born. Michelle Oger directs Blue Lake Preschool.

“Several moms calls us once they find out that they’re expecting, to get on the waitlist even before they tell their spouse or extended family. They ask that we keep it a secret until they announce it to everybody else.” 

Joleen Cohen

Finding decent housing in Aspen and parts of the Roaring Fork Valley has always been difficult. But the increasing shortage in rentals, especially in the Mid-Valley, is having a significant impact on residents. In the first in our series about housing in the Valley, Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher has this story.

Marci Krivonen

Basalt Town Council met behind closed doors last night to discuss a possible land purchase and go over a new “roadmap” for downtown development. 

The Roaring Fork Community Development Corporation is urging council to consider buying land it owns downtown. The non profit’s 2.3 acres is prime real estate along Two Rivers Road. Board President Michael McVoy says the corporation would like to retrieve its investment. The land was purchased as a partnership with the town in 2011.

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Basalt’s Town Council will meet Tuesday to discuss whether to purchase a key parcel of land downtown. The meeting comes after the land parcel’s owner suggested the sale last week. 

The Roaring Fork Community Development Corporation owns 2.3 acres on what’s called the “Pan and Fork” site. The land has been eyed for development by the group Lowe Enterprises, which wants to build a hotel and condominiums. Council members had concerns with that proposal. Now, there’s an opportunity to purchase the parcel.

What's next for proposed downtown Basalt development?

Apr 20, 2015
ourtownplanning.org

What’s next for a proposed development in downtown Basalt is a question mark after a majority of community and council members Tuesday said the plan needed reworking. 

More than 150 people were at Tuesday’s meeting. Many said they didn’t want to sacrifice open space for condos, according to the Aspen Times.

Developer Lowe Enterprises wants to build 40 condominiums and a boutique hotel on the site. It’s prime real estate: 2.3 acres close to the Roaring Fork River, where the Pan and Fork Mobile Home Park used to be. Lowe says one-third of the site would be open space.

Basalt welcomes first Habitat for Humanity home

Mar 10, 2015
Marci Krivonen

Basalt broke ground on its first Habitat for Humanity home Tuesday. A family of six will move into the house that’s near downtown. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Jacque Whitsitt: "I want to welcome everybody to our first-ever Habitat for Humanity home in the Town of Basalt!"

Basalt mayor Jacque Whitsitt spoke to a crowd at the future home site Tuesday. The Town sold the plot to Habitat for Humanity for ten dollars. A 1500 square foot home will be built here. Assaf Dory and his family will occupy the space.

ourtownplanning.org

A plan to develop a boutique hotel and condominiums in downtown Basalt is moving forward. The developer, Lowe Enterprises, plans to take public input on the plan next month.

Lowe Enterprises first announced the development in November. Now, some details are emerging. A conceptual plan includes a 60-room hotel and 52 condominiums. Some of those condos could be rented.

Your Evening News - December 19th, 2014

Dec 19, 2014

Colorado’s Unemployment Picture

Colorado’s unemployment rate continues to drop. New figures by the Department of Labor and Employment show the rate dropped to 4.1% in November. The national unemployment rate is 5.8%.

The last time the Colorado unemployment rate was as low as 4.1% was in January of 2008. The largest job gains were in the trade, transportation and utilities, financial, mining, logging and information sectors. Month-over-month declines were felt in the leisure and hospitality industry, as well as construction.

Governor Hickenlooper lauded the news but said more work needs to be done. He says his office wants to come up with “creative and effective ideas that will help support those still looking for work.”

Over the year, the unemployment rate fell from 6.3% in November 2013 to 4.1% last month. Total employment year-over-year increased by 117,000 and the number of people unemployed decreased by about 60,000.

Mountain Edition - December 18th, 2014

Dec 18, 2014

Good afternoon and welcome to Mountain Edition.

Schools in the Roaring Fork Valley get graded- some of the best and the worst in the state are here.

Basalt has its first menorah lighting to celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah.

Aspen’s new Airport Director takes the helm as County Commissioners decide how to widen the airfield.

New owners at Krabloonik aim for a kinder, friendlier era and they are receiving a “thumbs up”, so far, from a group whose aim is to make sure the sled dogs are well cared for.

Marci Krivonen

The committee that’s reviewing ideas for downtown redevelopment in Basalt received a letter from local businesses last week. The business owners are concerned they’re not being included in the process.

The letter is signed by five property owners with land in the heart of downtown. The group charged with visioning redevelopment, the Downtown Area Advisory Committee, has included the private parcels in their consideration.

Valley Roundup - October 31st, 2014

Oct 31, 2014

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week.

This week - getting citizens behind urban planning.  In Basalt, angry pro-development residents hammer town council.

In Aspen, the city tries citizen surveys to move on a lodging incentive package.

There is a big drug bust mid-valley with more arrest to come.  And for the now legal drug, more marijuana grow operations approved in Missouri Heights.

Also this week Sam Wyly says he is bankrupt.

And on the Download with Rob St. Mary, a look at online election information.

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