Basalt Housing Vista – This project is an innovative and unprecedented community collaboration with the help of Roaring Fork Habitat for Humanity, Pitkin County, the Town of Basalt and the Roaring Fork School District. The project is also the first net zero community in rural Colorado.
- Habitat is the builder and is facilitating access to mortgages, raising funds to cover the $70,000 gap between construction costs and the reduced sales prices for each home via donations and ReStore revenue;
- RFSD provided seven acres of land adjacent to the Basalt Housing (600 Southside Drive behind the Basalt School District) and valued at $3.2 million;
- Pitkin County funded the infrastructure costs (roads and utilities) totaling $3 million;
- The Town of Basalt contributed in the form of reduced fees.
There are a total of 27 homes – 14 homes reserved for the Roaring Fork School District (RFSD) teachers and staff and 13 for other local workforce working within Pitkin County. Families must have at least one member who works for the RFSD or within Pitkin County. The units consist of 2-, 3- and 4-bedroom units, 1-150 to 1,675 square feet. Homes are being built by Habitat staff, sub-contractors, volunteers and potential homeowners. Each potential homeowner also has the ability to purchase the home at a lesser amount by working a certain amount on the construction of the home. As to the category designation, the incomes are based on either 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) or at 100 of the AMI.