“In the 1970s the Pitkin County Commissioners decided there also needed to be housing that would house people who actually lived here and worked here year ’round,” said Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority board member Marcia Goshorn.
The Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority decided to team up with Habitat for Humanity.
The property in Aspen that will be turned into a Habitat for Humanity duplex.
“It became very important to the housing board that we follow our mission which is to try and create housing for the people in need,” said Goshorn.
“We’ve never really built a home near Aspen, the closest we’ve ever gotten is 25 minutes away,” said Scott Gilbert with Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley.
The Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority board of directors approved a pre-development agreement on Wednesday with Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley, which could lead to the first low-income Habitat project in Aspen.
The agreement allows the nonprofit home-building organization, with the housing authority’s assistance, to seek approvals from the city of Aspen to build a duplex at 1230 E. Cooper Ave., five blocks east of City Market.
Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley’s ReStore is one of the 10 most successful operations nationwide, according to data from Habitat International.