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Posted on: August 12, 2019

Framing the Future: Engagement on Affordable Housing in Aspen Begins August 14


Framing the Future: Engagement on Affordable Housing in Aspen Begins August 14

Contact: Chris Everson, Affordable Housing Project Manager, City of Aspen, 970-429-1834 or; or Michelle Bonfils Thibeault, Project Manager, City of Aspen, 970-429-1791 or

Aspen, CO – August 12, 2019 – Earlier this summer Aspen City Council set a priority to build more affordable housing at its annual retreat and the first meeting of this term.  Council has directed staff to work on developing around 200+ units in Burlingame Phase lll, the BMC West Lumberyard property, and Water Place ll.  Public outreach and engagement are integral to the development process and it is imperative to include the community and future homeowners in the process.  Framing the Future is the overarching theme for the engagement for the three projects with outreach to begin Wednesday, August 14 at the Aspen Community Picnic.

The City of Aspen is working with consultants DMH Design, Robert Schultz Consulting, and Manifest/Darnauer Communications on the BMC West/Lumberyard site; and 359 Design, BendonAdams, and BlueGreen on Water Place ll and Burlingame Phase lll engagement.

“It’s important that we present an overarching theme to this effort so we can compile public feedback using a wholistic approach,” said Chris Everson, Affordable Housing Project Manager for City of Aspen.  “Although these are separate projects with individual requirements and several consultants, the overall effort to engage the community will be stronger as we move forward with a united front.  The feedback we get will not only inform the future of these projects but will help the City understand what the community is looking for out of the next generation of affordable housing projects.”

The three current housing development projects have specific limitations and opportunities.

The Lumberyard at BMC West represents the broadest opportunity for the community to offer fundamental vision, philosophy, needs, and desires related to what can be achieved on this multi-acre parcel.

Burlingame Phase lll is already approved for 79 for sale units in eight buildings.  The outreach will focus on sharing the approvals already in place as well as soliciting the public’s ideas on how to improve upon the concepts and designs already built in earlier phases.

The outreach and engagement for Water Place Phase ll, which is a City employee housing development on 4.75 acres of the north end of the Water Treatment Plant, will focus efforts to current City staff and neighbors with opportunities for general public feedback as well.

Outreach efforts for all three projects will include online feedback via Aspen Community Voice, which will be online in the near future, scheduled meetings, open houses, pop-up events, on-site tours, and formal Council meetings.  More information can be found at

A preliminary schedule of outreach activities is as follows:
Lumberyard Parking Lot         August 14th        10am-2pm, lot Builders First Source
Red Brick Center for Arts        August 14th        4:30-7pm, Aspen Community Picnic
Aspen Staff BBQ Event           August 16th        12-1pm, Connor Park
Aspen Saturday Market           August 24th        8:30am-3pm
Aspen Saturday Market           September 7            8:30am-3pm
Aspen Saturday Market           September 21            8:30am-3pm
Limelight Hotel                         September 19         6-9pm


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