Downtown Basalt will get a surprise economic boost this spring when Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork opens a Restore in the 18,000-square-foot space most recently occupied by Clark’s Market.
Scott Gilbert, President, sits down with Michael Waters of Radio Free Aspen to announce the busy year ahead for Habitat for Humanity. Plans of building in Basalt, negotiations with the City of Aspen and Pitkin County to build the first Category One home in Aspen, a new ReStore, and so much more.
A Habitat for Humanity representative said Monday that his organization will ask the city of Aspen for a subsidy that’s significantly less than the estimated $900,000 in affordable-housing certificates the group originally sought in financing its Category 1 housing project.
Using an East Cooper Avenue site the Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority plans to donate, the nonprofit’s local chapter is proposing to build Aspen’s first Category 1 housing with two three-bedroom units.
Habitat and the housing authority initially requested three certificates to fund the project, which drew objection from city officials. Established in 2010, the certificates, which carry a value of as much as $300,000 each, are offered to developers who build beyond affordable-housing requirements. The developers can then sell the certificates to other developers seeking their own mitigation. In September, Community Development Director Chris Bendon asked the Aspen City Council to re-examine the program and advised against allowing anything with the appearance of using public funds to assist private development.