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Burlingame officially under way

Janet Urquhart

City officials and others involved in the Burlingame Ranch employee housing project join in a groundbreaking ceremony Monday. (Mark Fox/The Aspen Times)

In a quick ceremony Monday, shovel-wielding city officials and developers formally kicked off what had already begun – the construction of Burlingame Ranch.The worker housing project is already under construction; the first of 16 building foundations has been poured. In the next two months or so, contractors will pour an estimated 3,500 to 4,000 cubic yards of concrete for 15 residential buildings and a community center in the new neighborhood.The city plans to hire an inspector in its building department next year whose full-time job will be monitoring the project.

During brief comments at Monday’s groundbreaking, Mayor Helen Klanderud commended the architects and builders on the Shaw/Poss/DHM development team, which won a design competition the city conducted for the project. Burlingame should be an “enviable and excellent” housing project, she said.Councilwoman Rachel Richards credited the many housing advocates and City Council members – past and present – who saw Burlingame to fruition, as well as city voters who endorsed the controversial project twice at the polls.”I just can’t wait ’til we’re cutting ribbons and people are moving in,” she said.

That should happen sometime next summer, according to current construction projections. The first phase of Burlingame will total 95 residences, including 82 townhome-style residences and 13 lots on which buyers will build their own homes. The first of the lots are expected to be sold through a lottery process in January, followed by a second lot offering in April 2006. The other units will be sold through lotteries after they’re built.In all, the city may build up to 236 units at Burlingame, north of the Maroon Creek Club on the outskirts of town.Janet Urquhart’s e-mail address is janet@aspentimes.com

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