Construction at Truscott could start next spring |

Construction at Truscott could start next spring

Sarah S. Chung

Construction of new apartments at the Truscott Place affordable housing development may begin as soon as next spring, housing officials say.

“It will be tight, but it is feasible,” said Lee Novak, project manager for the Aspen/Pitkin County Housing Authority. “No one wants to rush things and it’s important to get all the input from meetings. But if things move forward without any major glitches we hope to start next spring.”

As things stand, the election’s landslide vote in favor of the Truscott expansion ballot question is only the first approval needed before ground can be broken.

Now comes the “fun” part of preparing a conceptual plan, and then filing a final planning application for review by the housing board, the city Planning and Zoning Commission, and the City Council.

“We still have to go through that entire process,” Novak said.

So far, the expansion plan includes up to 120 additional units, a street redesign, and plans for an expanded golf pro shop. Novak hopes a conceptual plan will be ready for submission by July. The street work is already being examined by a traffic engineer.

“Basically we’ve been charged with adding more density, while at the same time making it more livable, more like a neighborhood,” Novak said.

The proposed expansion, which would more than double Truscott’s current 97-unit inventory, will do much to shorten the facility’s waiting list. Residents currently must wait as long as four years to get into one of the 2-bedroom apartments.

Not only is the need high, but with rents as low as $676 per month, people usually don’t move out after they move in, housing officials said. The housing authority says it plans to keep the rents low in the new units.

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