Brianne Snow: Tired of saying goodbye to locals
My husband and I have lived in Summit Colorado for over 10 years. We came here to work for the ski resorts and enjoy the outdoor lifestyle that Summit County offers. Before we knew it, we had fallen in love with Summit County and decided to plan a life here. In 2002, we were able to scrape enough money up to put a downpayment on a small two-bedroom condominium. We successfully purchased it for $100,000.
Flash forward to today and we are happily working and living in a community that we love. I work for a modest wage at a local nonprofit, and my husband is employed by a local small-business owner.
We were one of the lucky few. With today’s housing prices, our community does not have a chance. For people who do not have hidden stacks of money, trust funds or huge salaries, there doesn’t seem to be an opportunity to stay here. Several of my friends who are invested in our community through councils, boards, volunteer projects, political groups, etc. are being forced out due to the lack of affordable housing. These are leaders ” hard working, law-abiding citizens ready to settle down and buy a home in the community they work and play in. And frankly, we are tired of saying good-bye.
Please consider what “affordable housing” really means. An opportunity for our community to be stronger. For teachers, service providers, day-care employees, county employees, etc. to live alongside of the real estate moguls, doctors, lawyers and second-home owners.
As a homeowner, I do not want my property value to decrease. And I do not believe it will because affordable housing will strengthen our community by providing a well-designed neighborhood for local workers.
I say “yes” to affordable housing on the Peak One parcel in Frisco.
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