No housing on Pan and Fork park
August 12, 2018
TThe recent proposal for the Basalt River Park is nearly as bad as it could be. There is a bone thrown to the chamber — a space for chamber offices and a big bone thrown to the Art Base on the order of 7,000 square feet. These enticements are of course to gain support from both. Next to the Art Base is a proposed small coffee shop.
The rest of the development is about housing, which less than 7 percent of Basalt residents responding to a poll thought was a good idea for this park. There are six affordable-housing units and 22 expensive housing units starting at the Rocky Mountain Institute. In fact, to get the expensive housing, two amendments to the community-serving code are requested: 1) Allowing free-market housing in this zone district in the first place, and 2) increasing the size of housing from 1,400 square feet to 2,100 square feet.
Do you see where this proposal is going? How many of the free-market units do you think will be occupied by locals? How many will be bought by second-home owners? How many do you think will be empty for a good part of the time? This wall of housing does not belong on the park and, if approved, will not add anything to the character and vitality of Basalt.
Some people look at a beautiful piece of land and think to themselves, "That's beautiful, how can I keep it that way?" Others look at the same piece of land and think to themselves, "That's beautiful, what can I build on it to make money?"