Snowmass Village plans 100 housing units at its entrance |

Snowmass Village plans 100 housing units at its entrance

pitkin county correspondent

Early construction work on as many as 100 affordable housing units at the entrance to Snowmass Village could begin next spring.

If the nearly $10 million project makes it through land-use reviews, single-family homes aimed at young families and couples would be built in the summer. Snowmass Village Town Council members didn’t make any formal decision Monday but indicated they wanted to see the proposal continue in the land-use process.

The plan calls for 80 to 100 employee residences, according to a memorandum by Joe Coffey, the town’s housing manager. Four public meetings took place starting in April to gauge the interest of workers and the community.

“The demand is very strong, and this housing will create another successful year-round neighborhood like the Crossings,” the memo says.

Coffey also detailed the affordable housing that Intrawest and the Aspen Skiing Co., developers of Base Village at the base of Fanny Hill, must build as part of their agreement with the town. The affordable units to be built within Base Village are mostly studio units; the developers’ housing mitigation “does not include single-family homes or duplex units,” according to the memo.

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The town also distributed surveys, collecting responses from 69 Snowmass Village employees. Nearly all of the workers indicated they are “very anxious for the town to provide additional employee housing at the Entryway,” Coffey wrote, and 58 of the respondents sought single-family homes.

The Entryway development adjacent to the rodeo lot will include a recreation center and swimming pool.

The homes will be designed to be energy-efficient and will be built using low-maintenance, durable materials. The plan has the support of the Community Office for Resource Efficiency, the memo says.

The size and other design elements are to be based on information from the employees surveyed. The home size most favored was 1,300 to 1,400 square feet, although all residences from 1,200 to 2,000 square feet were “very popular,” according to the memo.

The most popular configuration was three bedrooms and two baths, followed by two bedrooms and two baths, and three bedrooms and three baths. Most people are hoping to get into a house for $175,000 to $199,000, but there is also a strong market for residences in the $220,000 to $400,000 range. A majority of survey respondents make $50,000 to $100,000 annually.

In the memo, Coffey said that if the inventory of single-family homes doesn’t increase, “more employees will leave Snowmass Village to purchase single-family homes either downvalley or in the new Burlingame project.”

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