‘High-level’ talks between Skico, RFTA
January 11, 2007
Aspen, CO ColoradoThe Roaring Fork Transportation Authority might enlist the Aspen Skiing Co. to work on solutions to affordable housing and transportation problems.RFTA is working with a nonprofit organization called the New Century Transportation Foundation to find ways to build an expanded bus system. One concept is to use RFTA property to build transit-oriented development – a high-density mix of housing and shops with transit centers.RFTA’s got the land for the transit centers but needs a partner with financial clout for the development. Enter the Skico.Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle confirmed late Thursday the company is having “high-level talks” with RFTA.Don Ensign, a partner in Aspen-based resort planner Design Workshop and a member of New Century’s board of directors, said he talked to Skico officials about the concept Wednesday and found they were interested. “They’re totally aboard” with a joint venture, Ensign said.In return for contributing funds, the Skico would get some of the affordable housing at the transit center developments, Ensign said.