Moore housing winners named |

Moore housing winners named

Four houses in the Moore subdivision were awarded to local workers in a housing lottery completed Monday.

The four winning households were drawn through the Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority’s computer-based lottery process from a field of 73 applicants. The winners will each have the opportunity to purchase one of the single-family homes in what is officially called the Five Trees development. The deed-restricted, Category 3 houses are about 1,408 square feet each, with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a one-car garage.

Number one was drawn by Jeffrey Melahn and Joslyn Wood. Barbara Bloemsma drew number two, Kelly Keeffe, number three; and Sherri Kuecker, number four.

The Moore subdivision, on property adjacent to the Aspen schools campus off Maroon Creek Road, includes 40 free-market lots and 31 deed-restricted, single-family homes. Of the employee housing, eight units will go to the school district, three are set aside for Aspen Valley Hospital employees, and two more will go to members of the Moore family. In all, eighteen of the units will go into the general lottery.

The site has 179 acres in all, of which 105 acres were preserved as open space and 16 acres were sold to the city of Aspen for recreational use. Development of the 71 free-market and deed-restricted units is restricted to the 58 remaining acres.

Lottery numbers, the applicants’ qualifications, and the accuracy of documentation must be verified for all winners before contracts will be signed. If any winner is disqualified for any reason, the applicants with the next-highest number will become eligible to buy a unit.

In recent days the Housing Authority, short-staffed as it is, has been struggling to process applications pouring in for the lottery of units in the Snyder Park project. Snyder is a 15-unit, east-side project, which features a mix of sale units and park-like green areas with ponds. Housing Authority workers have estimated that up to 500 prospective owners may apply for those homes.

The deadline for Snyder Park bidders to submit applications is today. The lottery will be conducted Monday at 3 p.m. at the housing office.

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