Aspen Skiing Co. submitted an application to the town of Basalt, Colorado, on January 10 for a new workforce housing development that would be located in Basalt, which is 18 miles down valley from Aspen. The Willits Workforce Housing Project would feature 148 rooms and would cost Aspen Skiing Co. $15 million to construct.
According to The Aspen Times, "the site is perfect for high-density housing because residents can walk two blocks to a major bus stop on the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority system and they are surrounded by services ranging from grocery stores to numerous bars and restaurants."
The Willits project would feature 36 units, 8 of which being deed-restricted housing. The remaining 28 units would be offered to Aspen Skiing Co. employees.
According to The Aspen Times, "residences on the second floor of the three-story building would have a unique modern dormitory-style design, with four bedrooms clustered around a kitchen-dining area and small living room, with two additional bedrooms in lofts. The complex also would have one- two-and four-bedroom units." Aspen Skiing Co. has yet to announce an estimated cost of rent.
If the project is approved by the town of Basalt, Aspen Skiing Co. hopes to break ground on the development this year.
With an affordable housing—and a finding any housing at all—crisis plaguing ski towns across the U.S., any step resorts and mountain communities can make to provide more affordable housing options is one in the right direction.