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A good day for local housing

Summit Daily/Jim Pokrandt

The hardest achievement for worker bees attempting to live the good life in Summit County is owning a home. For many, it’s the obstacle that forces them out.

So it was that the town of Frisco, the Summit Housing Authority and developer Rob Dick made five more families happy on Monday as they won the right to buy the remaining units in the South End Village neighborhood.

This lottery was open to anybody who worked in Summit County, and 13 families applied.

The top five winners in order of selection were Irena and Sung Hee Kim; Kent and April Abernathy; Craig daSilva and Kelley James; and Todd Johnson and Doug Hermanson. The remaining eight families became alternates should any of the top five drop out.

In order, they are, Charley Cuba; Matt, Janell, Keanu, Jasmine and Emma Williams; Jennifer and Hannah Harris; Karen Woodrow; Cory Palmerton; Diane, Carly and Bridget Moser; Chris and Katie Fisher; and Linda Blaylock.

“I can’t believe it, this was my dream,” Irena Hee Kim said.

Dick said he felt bad for those who missed out on the lottery. He also said the demand points out the county’s need for more affordable housing.

Dick also underscored Frisco’s contribution. He said the town’s acre of land at Eighth and Belford where South End Village will rise out of the ground appraised at $1.2 million, which represents a subsidy of $120,000 for each of the 10 units in the project. He also praised the town for reducing planning and building fees.

Frisco also contributed two more deed-restricted units to the housing cause. It is selling two units it owns in the Royal Glen Condos on Mount Royal Drive. The decision to release them for sale came because town employees were underutilizing them.

Summit Housing Authority executive director Bonnie Osborn said the units appraised at $185,000 but are for sale for $140,000. One is under contract and the other is open for applicants who need to contact the housing authority at (970) 453-3557.

Monday was a good day for affordable housing in Frisco and the town should be commended for the progress.

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