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Habitat For Humanity Roaring Fork officials believe they have found a creative way to build a Basalt project that will house teachers and other local workers.

The local chapter of the nonprofit organization intends to sell six vacant lots it owns in the Keator Grover subdivision in Carbondale, according to President Scott Gilbert. That would raise an estimated $85,000 per lot for a total of $510,000.

The money would help Habitat pursue a team effort with the Roaring Fork School District on an affordable housing project behind Basalt High School. The school district would supply the property while Habitat would raise the funds for construction.

Basalt Police Chief Greg Knott (left) and Officer Jason Hegberg put finishing touches on landscaping Thursday at the home of Assaf Dory and Sigal Weinfeld-Dory. Three members of the department helped on a volunteer day at the Habitat For Humanity house in Basalt.
Jim Calaway, a renowned Carbondale business mogul, does not shy away from credit for the millions of dollars he’s poured into the Roaring Fork Valley’s nonprofits and charities.

He’s the first to tell you that he amassed incredible wealth over his lifetime. And he’s the first to say that he didn’t find purpose for it until he started giving it all away.

The son of poor tenant farmers in a small Texas town, he was the first in his family to attend college. After high school, with $1,000 that he’d saved up in his pocket, he jumped on a Greyhound bus bound for the University of Texas.