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Housing site dangled as carrot by private golf club

A private golf club with multimillion-dollar cabins in Basalt is pitching a high-density affordable housing project as part of its expansion plan.Roaring Fork Club managing partner Jim Light told town government officials last night that the club will donate five acres for a “resident neighborhood” that would be built along Highway 82 at the upper entrance into Basalt.Light suggested that neighborhood would work well as replacement housing for residents of the Pan and Fork Mobile Home Park, which the town wants to relocate. A recent town study showed that the mobile home park faces the highest possible threat from a flood. The town wants to see the property redeveloped in a safe way and alternative housing found for the residents.When concerned audience members at last night’s meeting asked who would be eligible to live in that affordable housing project, Light quickly tried to alleviate concerns that the project would be an unsightly neighborhood that would affect values of adjacent property.”I guarantee you it would be a neighborhood that you would be proud of and I would be proud of if our children lived there,” said Light.While the land donated by the club could house some of the relocated trailer park residents, units could also be reserved for essential community workers like cops and teachers, he noted.How exactly the affordable housing project will be funded remains to be seen. Basalt planning commission member Bernie Grauer said the town is in no position financially to construct housing.”I’m concerned about who’s going to pay for all this affordable housing,” he said.Light sounded strategically vague on the topic. He said the club and town government would have to explore ways to acquire financing to build the infrastructure. He indicated that the Roaring Fork Club alone wouldn’t develop the affordable housing.The five acres for the housing is clearly the carrot the club wants to dangle to win approval for its expansion. The partners want to add nine holes to create a 27-hole course and an additional 24 luxury cabins similar to the 48 already there. The club also has 12 suites and 22 affordable housing units as part of its project.Dave Myler, an attorney for the club, said a formal development plan and request for annexation will be submitted to the town shortly. The partners hope to earn approval quickly enough to start work on the golf course addition by late next spring, he said.Scott Condon’s e-mail address is scondon@aspentimes.com


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