Housing office will reoffer some units | AspenTimes.com

Housing office will reoffer some units

Abigail Eagye

Aspen, CO ColoradoASPEN – Thirty-one people or families won homes in the first Burlingame lottery, but a half-dozen winners opted not to follow through.That means a number of units, all Category 5-7, will be available in a new lottery, said Pam Gabel, a sales manager at the Aspen/Pitkin County Housing Office.According to Gabel, the winners opted out for a variety of reasons. One family realized it couldn’t part with the family dog (Burlingame doesn’t allow dogs). Another decided to save money by accepting a caretaker’s position. Several others decided not to proceed because they didn’t get their top choices in units.Gabel said winners of the higher-category homes were given the first option on those units, since they were eligible for the lower categories. All of them chose the lower categories.Tom McCabe, executive director of the housing office, said he doubts the categories will change since the Aspen City Council already decided on the mix for the first offering, and since people have already bid on it once.But the council has already discussed shifting the mix in the next offering toward the lower categories, since the community hasn’t seemed to show as much interest in the more expensive homes.Gabel said the housing office likely won’t hold the new lottery until the units in question are finished to avoid some of the problems it has had with uncertain closing dates.Abigail Eagye’s e-mail address is abby@aspentimes.com

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