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News in Brief

A $2.2 million contract for the design of the first phase of Burlingame Ranch won approval by a 4-1 vote of the Aspen City Council on Tuesday.

The city recently approved conceptual plans for the affordable housing project that were proposed by Shaw-Poss-DHM ” the winner of a design/build competition. The pending construction contract for the first phase of the development will cost an estimated $30 million, to be offset by the sale of the homes and lots. The first phase calls for 97 residences.

Construction is slated to begin in the spring. But with opponents pushing to put the housing project back before voters, the contractor probably won’t break ground before the city’s regular May election, predicted John Worcester, city attorney.

Pitkin County has acquired the last section of trail easement needed to complete the Brush Creek Trail, realizing a long-standing dream to create a bicycle/pedestrian path parallel to Brush Creek Road.

Local investor Michael Goldberg donated the trail easement through the Cozy Point South parcel to Pitkin County.

The fortunes of the Cozy Point South parcel, located on the corner of Brush Creek Road and Highway 82, have been up in the air for several years. The property was briefly considered as the site for a new campus for Aspen Country Day School; it is now listed for sale with a local agent.

Since 1999, Pitkin County and the town of Snowmass Village have been working to assemble a trail right of way to tie the village to the Rio Grande Trail.

The Pitkin County commissioners will hold a first reading on an ordinance accepting the donation at a meeting tomorrow.

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