As many people who live and work in the Roaring Fork Valley know, it is hard to sustain a life here. With soaring real estate costs, the concept of owning a home and starting a family is hard to grasp. Fortunately for nine families in our community, they can begin this year with ease as they are able to buy an affordable-housing residence at the Basalt Vista Project. The Aspen Times was able to connect with two of the lottery winners to find out how this project has impacted their lives. Click here to read more.
The project is a collaboration among Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork, Pitkin County and the Roaring Fork School District. Twenty-seven units will be constructed behind Basalt High School in three phases. They will be sold to qualifying families at below-market prices.
Scott Gilbert, president of our local Habitat chapter, is particularly pleased with Basalt Vista because it will be a model for energy-efficient construction and operation. It’s a net-zero project, producing as much power as it consumes. The project is giving people hope that they can not only remain in the valley, but also own their home, Gilbert said. Many teachers have been resigned to the fact that they probably wouldn’t make enough to make home ownership an option.
We live by the words, “community building community” and we are delighted that the Basalt Vista Project helps us do exactly that.