Re-1 revisits affordable housing |

Re-1 revisits affordable housing

Post Independent Writer

Housing costs in Garfield County are among the highest in Colorado, and affordable housing units are few and far between.Brad Zeigel and Michael Bair, both members of the Re-1 school board, will update the school board today at its meeting on the possibility of building affordable housing for teachers behind Basalt High School.Since 2002, the school board has worked with Basalt to devise a plan to build 20-27 housing units behind Basalt High School, Zeigel said.Several events, including school board elections and the pending mill levy and bond issue, have slowed the progress on developing a concrete plan for affordable housing, Zeigel said.Zeigel and Bair will discuss how the property should be divided.The Re-1 school district owns the land behind the high school, but Basalt is an important component in negotiations because the town must approve lease agreements and terms regarding the land.The board will also discuss staff assignments, vacancies and transfers today.Anyone who wants to speak during the public forum should be at the meeting at 5:30 p.m.

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