The ‘search’ for affordable housing
Dear Editor:In David Frey’s article “Communities search for affordable housing solutions” (Aspen Daily News, Oct. 8), “search” implies looking for something hidden. Well, people and all you elected officials, the search has ended. It’s “in your face.” If it were any closer it would bite your nose off.1) Ace Lane’s project in unincorporated Eagle County, across from Willits on the north side of 82, and 2) the Meadows West in Glenwood Springs. These two projects are before the elected officials RIGHT NOW and could account for almost 200 deed-restricted affordable housing dwellings! So, what to do?Every single elected official in the Roaring Fork Valley who has ever said “we need affordable housing” MUST strongly support these projects. They MUST put their “money where their mouth is,” and it MUST be done so that the electorate can see how much they really support affordable housing. So, David Frey and all you other reporters out there, be on the lookout for press releases on this subject. This is election (crazy) season. If these two projects don’t pass, kiss affordable housing goodbye in this region.Frankly, I’m tired of hearing “density this, and traffic that, environment this, green that,” and excuse after excuse. We need affordable housing, so “JUST DO IT!”Jay LeavittCarbondaleFormer director of development and constructionAspen/Pitkin County Housing Authority
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