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Don’t allow a new barrio

Dear Editor:The week before last, there was a review of the affordable housing component of the Roaring Fork Club. Setting aside the wisdom of annexing land to expand a gated community in Basalt, please look only at the affordable housing component.The town has the laudable goal of removing trailer court residents who are in the flood plain to other locations in the town. A component of the RFC3 proposal relocates them along a strip of land adjacent to SH 82. It is a parcel that is detached from any part of the town. It is, in fact, a new barrio.It would seem to me that a much better design would be to wrap this strip along the edge of Elk Run. This would both give these trailer court residents their own neighborhood and bring them into the community. Continuing to isolate these residents from the rest of Basalt is not the way to develop community and social capital.If the town is really serious about removing residents from the flood plain, it should develop the parcel on Homestead across from my house. With some creative architecture, I’m sure a couple of families could be moved there.I’m sure my idea will meet with some opposition from the NIMBYs. But I hope the current council will stand up to them better than the previous council when the Stotts Mill affordable housing was proposed.Gerry TerwilligerBasalt

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