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Aspen Seeking Public Input On Lumberyard Affordable Housing

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Wednesday and Thursday night, the City of Aspen is hosting public open houses to gather input input on an affordable housing development at the Aspen Lumberyard near the Aspen Airport Business Center. 

Previous meetings gave the city guidance on what kind of facilities will be included in the project. Public input and conversations with city council identified desires for housing, parking space, childcare facilities and easy access to public transportation.

Chris Everson, affordable housing manager for the City of Aspen, says this week’s open houses will seek advice on how the buildings should be laid out.

“We’ll have at least three plans that people can weigh in on that show different ways of executing what we’ve heard from the community and what the council is looking for,” Everson said.

While planning and opinion-gathering on the project will continue throughout 2020, takeaways from this week’s meetings will help guide the city’s next steps. 

“We’ll try to move forward maybe by narrowing down the choices with additionally developed plans that includes the things that people do like,” Everson said. “And doesn’t include the things that people don’t like.”

The first open house is Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. at Roxy’s Cafe in the Airport Business Center. Two more open houses will be held Thursday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m. in the city council chambers at City Hall.

Alex is KUNC's reporter covering the Colorado River Basin. He spent two years at Aspen Public Radio, mainly reporting on the resort economy, the environment and the COVID-19 pandemic. Before that, he covered the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery for KDLG in Dillingham, Alaska.
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