Truscott tenants to face three-month relocation |

Truscott tenants to face three-month relocation

Karl Herchenroeder
The Aspen Times
Capital maintenance at the Truscott affordable housing complex has been an ongoing dilemma for years. Tenants living in the 26 rental units there are facing a two- to three-month relocation while major capital improvements take place.
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Tenants living in 26 rental units at the Truscott affordable-housing complex are facing a two- to three-month relocation associated with an estimated $1.5 million project, which will address settling issues that have been growing for at least a decade.

The project is expected to impact the 500, 600 and 700 buildings at Truscott, which Shaw Construction built in the 1990s and where some 30 people rent units. Aspen Capital Asset project manager Jack Wheeler said Tuesday that drainage issues at the property have resulted in settling problems over the course of many years. Construction will involve replacing concrete, walkways, balconies, an elevator and a stairwell.

“It’s capital maintenance that has been an ongoing dilemma over there for the last 10 years and gotten worse,” Wheeler said. “It’s just time to take some corrective measures and fix it long term.”

Officials are scheduled to meet with tenants June 25 at the Truscott conference room to discuss the project. Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority Director Mike Kosdrosky said Tuesday that the hope is to complete the project this fall, between August and Thanksgiving, but that will depend on contractor availability.

“Should the construction move forward, we’re going to have a plan in place to relocate those folks and minimize the inconvenience and the impact,” Kosdrosky said.

The housing office has looked at relocating tenants to seasonal housing at Burlingame and Marolt, with a preference for Burlingame, where units are furnished and include full kitchens. Kosdrosky said tenants will have the option to terminate theirs Truscott leases without penalty or accept relocation with discounted rent and moving-cost allowances. Tenants will be able to leave their possessions in their units at Truscott and they will be asked to prepare as if for an extended trip, Kosdrosky said.

Billy and Patty Bellfy, who rent a two-bedroom apartment in the 600 building, did not seem troubled by the prospect of relocation Tuesday.

“They’re going to accommodate us,” Billy Bellfy, 68, said. “There’s a lot worse things than having to move out of your apartment. It’s a real good deal for us.”

Patty Bellfy noted that there is a noticeable slant to the structure.

“The top floor — I think it’s really scary walking to your place up there,” she said.

Billy Bellfy said there have been concerns from neighbors who own pets. Kosdrosky said officials have taken this into account along with parking accommodations.

“I’m optimistic we’ll come to some mutually beneficial agreement between the city and Burlingame seasonal management,” he said.