Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Mt. CB interested in Homestead units for its town employees

Affordable housing project continues through review process

By Kendra Walker

The Mt. Crested Butte Town Council has formally amended the deed restriction of the 22-unit affordable housing project in the Prospect Homestead subdivision to allow for town to purchase up to four units for employees prior to the public lottery. These units would be reserved for Town of Mt. Crested Butte employees and could be rented to qualified individuals.

The amended language also allows for town to include Water and Sanitation District (MCBWSD) and Crested Butte Fire Protection District (CBFPD) employees as preferential occupants, with the ability to purchase and rent units for their employees.

“Homestead’s deed restriction is unique in that it has categories for preferred occupants … so this lottery will be different than the one held in Crested Butte,” explained community development director Carlos Velado.

The list of preferential occupants that will be given preference in the lottery include the following, in order of priority: First, the town of Mt. Crested Butte as the beneficiary, employees of town or the operator of Crested Butte Mountain Resort or their affiliates; second, employees of the Reserve Metropolitan Districts; third, employees, business owners or self-employed working in Mt. Crested Butte, or employees of MCBWSD and CBFPD; fourth, employees, business owners or self-employed working in the town of Crested Butte; fifth, employees or self-employed working in Gunnison County north of the Jack’s Cabin cut-off road (the intersection of County Road 813 and Highway 135).

The drawings for the new units are currently in the design review process with both the town and the Prospect Design Review Board (DRB). They are tentatively scheduled to go before the Planning Commission for consideration on February 19, according to Velado. He also said the goal is to break ground sometime this summer, with completion for summer 2021.

The lottery process cannot start until the units are approved through design review, but interested parties can put their name on an interest list with the Gunnison Valley Housing Authority.

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