Teacher housing proposal progresses in Basalt, still needs final approval
A project that would provide affordable housing to teachers in the Roaring Fork School District moved a step closer to reality recently when the Basalt Town Council granted a key approval.
Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork and the Roaring Fork School District want to build 27 condominiums on the hillside behind Basalt High School. The school district is providing the land. Habitat will construct the condos. Pitkin County and the Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority have been invited as partners, according to Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork President Scott Gilbert.
If the governments accept the invitation, they would be asked to provide the money for infrastructure, Gilbert said. In return, they would receive 12 of the condos for people actively engaged in the county workforce, he said. The project is for people in the workforce rather than retirees, Gilbert said.
The 15 units retained by the school district would be open to all employees of the school, with a special preference for teachers.
Gilbert said the project fits with Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork’s goals because it has been focusing on assisting people who are gainfully employed, but struggling with the valley’s inflated housing prices. People at the low end of the workforce have little chance of acquiring housing, he said. The nonprofit organization wants to aid teachers.
The Basalt Town Council granted unanimous approval at its Feb. 28 meeting. The town must review a more detailed application called a Final Site Plan before the project can proceed.
In the best-case scenario, Gilbert said, the partners hope to start work on the infrastructure “the day after school is out.” The units could be occupied in 2018.
The proposal is for six two-bedroom condos, 17 three-bedroom units and four units with four bedrooms.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
Bluebird skies, spring-like temperatures and a few inches of snow from Monday night’s storm helped Snowmass skiers and snowboarders cruise into the season Wednesday for opening day.