Affordable Housing

Sheryl Barto

    Basalt is considering lowering affordable housing requirements for developers. Town officials have taken a step towards reducing the required number of affordable housing units in new developments. Right now the general rule is 35% of a project’s residential square footage has to be affordable housing. If approved, it would drop to 25%.


Willits Town Center

Construction is beginning on much-needed affordable housing in the midvalley. A development called Seven North broke ground in Willits last week.

The new three story building will house commercial businesses on the ground level and residential units on the second and third floors. All fifty apartments will be deed restricted rentals. Tim Belinski with Willits Town Center says the units will be a mix of studios and one, two and three bedroom apartments.

Elise Thatcher

  Basalt officials are considering whether to support a bond measure by the Roaring Fork School District. On Tuesday night, Town Council will discuss the $122 million bond measure that goes before voters this fall. If approved, the measure would mean money for, among other things, the District to buy or build affordable housing for its workers.

Aspen’s workforce housing program is collecting data from residents as part of an update to its guidelines. 

The Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority started disseminating surveys to workers early in July. So far, 665 people have filled them out. The survey asks about income, your profession and whether you live in workforce housing.

Right now, policy decisions are being made with old data, says Housing Authority director Mike Kosdrosky. The new information will provide a clearer picture of what’s needed.

The Aspen School District is hoping a change to its affordable housing rules will attract and retain more employees. Starting in August, school staff living in district rentals will only be allowed to live there five years. The school’s Employee Transitional Housing Program includes 43 units, mostly in Woody Creek and Snowmass Village.

The goal, says school superintendent John Maloy, is to provide more room for newly hired staff. He says last year, there was just one unit open for 27 new employees.

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The Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission will review a proposed housing development in El Jebel today. It’s a project that could bring needed affordable homes to an area seeing barely any inventory and skyrocketing prices. Aspen Public Radio's Elise Thatcher continues our series on the housing shortage today with an exploration of new proposed developments, and some already in the works.

Elise Thatcher

Officials in the midvalley are trying to find a way to join forces on two big issues: childcare and affordable housing. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher was at an unusual collaborative meeting last night and has this report.     

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

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A judge dismisses a case against an elderly Carbondale driver who killed a Basalt motorcyclist.

Two Aspen City Council candidates carefully duke it out on the Aspen Public Radio airwaves.

Turns out, you cannot buy exclusive access to your condo building, especially if you share the building with affordable housing residents.

Childcare in the Roaring Fork Valley is getting harder to find.

Elise Thatcher

The rental housing shortage in the mid Roaring Fork Valley is ratcheting up. As Aspen Public Radio has reported, rapidly increasing prices and restrictions are having a significant impact on residents. In our second story in our series, Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher takes a look at the subsidized housing options in the Mid-Valley.

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

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