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Last week, private garbage and recycling company Waste Management said it would cost $120,000 to operate a public recycling drop-off center in Basalt next year, more than double what it cost in 2019. The firm says that comes in response to higher drop-off fees at a larger facility in Denver.

 

Christin Kay / Aspen Public Radio

The town of Basalt approved construction of the mid-valley performing arts center The Contemporary on Tuesday, removing the final public hurdle for the venue. 

The Arts Campus at Willits, or TACAW, which will operate the space, changed the building plans after receiving pushback from council earlier this month.  

Elise Thatcher

Come December, the mid-valley will get its own newspaper. The Aspen Daily News plans to launch the Roaring Fork Weekly Journal, which will cover Basalt, Willits and El Jebel.

Basalt P&Z To Look At TACAW's Future Home

Jun 4, 2018

The Arts Campus at Willits (TACAW) brings performing arts to the mid-valley. Their current venue on Market Street is aptly named "The Temporary." On Tuesday, Basalt’s Planning and Zoning Commission will visit the site of their permanent location.

Claire Woodcock/Aspen Public Radio News

The Temporary had its soft opening in August. It’s the new interim space from The Arts Campus at Willits and is located in one of the warehouses on Market Street. So far, it’s brought art house film screenings, Front Range comedy acts and traveling musicians to its new fan base in the midvalley.

On a summer night a year-and-a half ago, an underage man drove drunk and slammed head-on into another vehicle.

The Arts Campus at Willits in Basalt had a summer full of ups and downs. The group hired its first managing director, Ryan Honey, but also faced lots of drama surrounding its budget and future funding.

WE-cycle up and running in the midvalley

May 30, 2016
Elise Thatcher

  Eighty WE-cycle bikes are now at stations across Basalt and Willits. The Aspen-based bike sharing program rolled out the expansion over the past week.

Valley Roundup 1-29-16

Jan 29, 2016

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Joining me this week are Jill Beathard, editor of the Snowmass Sun, Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent and Madeleine Osberger, contributing editor of the Aspen Daily News.

Municipal elections are a few months away in towns throughout the valley and along the I-70 corridor. New Castle is entering new territory with the possibility of multiple recalls.

Elise Thatcher

  If you’ve noticed changes at traffic lights in the El Jebel area, you’re not imagining things. The Colorado Department of Transportation has finished tweaking four Highway 82 signals.

Mountain Edition - January 16, 2016

Jan 14, 2016

  It’s opening week for the Colorado Legislature, we check in with party leaders about their predictions for the session.

Elise Thatcher

Basalt’s Town Council has decided against sharing up to $5 million in sales tax dollars with the developer at Willits Town Center. Mariner Real Estate Management asked for that financing in order to attract more business tenants.

 

Elise Thatcher

  On Tuesday night, Basalt’s Town Council is taking up some weighty issues. First is spending tax dollars to help build out Willits Town Center. The other is whether to ask voters to pay for a new park.

Some sales tax sharing at other mountain communities

Dec 27, 2015
Summit County TV 10

The town of Basalt has gotten a lot of attention in the Roaring Fork Valley for considering sharing sales taxes with a developer. At least two other mountain communities in Colorado have done something similar. But, there’s a key difference.

  The Town of Basalt’s plan to share sales tax revenue would not cover a more than $10 million dollar gap faced by the developer of Willits Town Center. Basalt Town Council has given initial approval to share a maximum of $5 million in sales taxes.

Valley Roundup 12-11-15

Dec 11, 2015

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

Is it appropriate for the town of Basalt to give a developer public tax dollars to build out Willits Town Center? The development company claims it doesn’t have enough money to do it.

Willits Town Center

Construction is beginning on much-needed affordable housing in the midvalley. A development called Seven North broke ground in Willits last week.

The new three story building will house commercial businesses on the ground level and residential units on the second and third floors. All fifty apartments will be deed restricted rentals. Tim Belinski with Willits Town Center says the units will be a mix of studios and one, two and three bedroom apartments.

Marci Krivonen

The committee that’s reviewing ideas for downtown redevelopment in Basalt received a letter from local businesses last week. The business owners are concerned they’re not being included in the process.

The letter is signed by five property owners with land in the heart of downtown. The group charged with visioning redevelopment, the Downtown Area Advisory Committee, has included the private parcels in their consideration.

Mountain Edition - October 16th, 2014

Oct 16, 2014

Good afternoon and welcome to Mountain Edition.

Hospitals in the Roaring Fork Valley are keeping an eye on how they should be prepared for Ebola cases.

New construction gears up in Basalt on two different projects.

There’s one contested Pitkin County Commissioners’ race this election. We hear from both candidates.

A poll of Latino voters shows this group is leaning toward Democratic candidates… but a large chunk believe that party may be taking them for granted.

Marci Krivonen

Construction has started on a new 112-bed hotel in Willits that’s scheduled to open next year. At a groundbreaking event on Tuesday, developers said the hotel is another indicator of a turnaround at Willits, where work stalled during the recession. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Workers in fluorescent yellow vests dig dirt at a construction site alongside Highway 82. This is the latest sign of development and recovery at Willits.

Marci Krivonen

Issues like economic recovery, marijuana and affordable housing were discussed at a candidate forum in Basalt Monday night. The candidates are vying for open seats on Basalt’s Town Council.  Four of the five registered candidates participated. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen was there and filed this report.

Downtown Business A Concern Ahead of Basalt Election

Mar 24, 2014
www.basalt.net

Basalt’s municipal election is about one week away and five candidates are vying for three open seats on the Town board. One of the biggest issues is business. While downtown stores struggle, the new urban Willits area is busy. Mike Scanlon is Basalt’s Town Manager.