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Summit Combined Housing Authority will begin accepting applications Oct. 4 for ownership units in the Snake River Basin’s newest workforce housing development
Jason Dietz, Summit Combined Housing Authority Director: 970-409-8458,
Nicole Bleriot, Summit County Housing Director: 970-485-4136
SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County and West Hills LLC announced the upcoming opening of the application process for West Hills Townhomes Phase 1, a 25-unit workforce housing development in Keystone’s Wintergreen neighborhood.
Applications will be available on the Summit Combined Housing Authority website (www.summithousing.us); the housing authority will begin accepting applications on Wednesday, Oct. 4. The new homes will be available for occupancy beginning in early summer 2018.
“We’re really looking forward to seeing this project come out of the ground,” County Commissioner Thomas Davidson said. “We don’t currently have many workforce housing ownership opportunities in the Keystone area, so this is an important step in meeting that demand in the Snake River Basin.”
According to the 2016 Summit County Workforce Housing Demand Update, an estimated 145 additional workforce housing ownership units are needed in the Snake River Basin to meet projected demand through 2020.
This first phase of West Hills will include 25 units in duplexes and triplexes, each with two or three bedrooms and a single-car garage. Units will range in size from about 1,060 to 1,170 square feet, excluding the garages.
“We’ve designed these homes to be high-quality, comfortable, affordable places to live for local workers,” West Hills Manager Tim Crane said. “We’re committed to creating functional living spaces that work for members of our community – places people feel really good about coming home to at the end of the day.”
The site is conveniently located close to Keystone Resort, with access to two Summit Stage public transit routes, Keystone Resort shuttle buses, recreational trails and the Snake River Recpath. Infrastructure development during Phase 1 will help set the stage for Phase 2 of the project, which will include a planned 41 additional for-sale workforce housing units.
West Hills Phase 1 includes townhomes priced to be affordable for households earning between 80 and 110 percent of area median income (AMI). Sale prices range from $226,499 for the lowest-AMI two-bedroom units to $399,379 for the highest-AMI three-bedroom units. Eligible applicants include households earning 80-130 percent AMI. The maximum total gross income for the two-bedroom townhomes ranges from $79,200 to $95,040; maximum income for the three-bedroom units ranges from $91,850 to $119,405. HOA dues are projected to be about $250 per month.
Eligible applicants who work an average of at least 30 hours per week (on an annual basis) in the eastern Snake River Basin (from Arapahoe Basin Ski Area to the easterly reach of Dillon Reservoir) will receive priority consideration through Oct. 24. A lottery for all eligible priority applicants is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, Oct. 25. A second lottery for eligible applicants working in Summit County outside the eastern Snake River Basin is also scheduled for Oct. 25, to fill any remaining available units and establish a wait list of up to 10 additional applicants.
For more information on eligibility requirements or the application process, contact the Summit Combined Housing Authority at www.SummitHousing.us or 970-453-3555.
The West Hills project is located on an 11.5-acre parcel that Summit County obtained from Vail Resorts, as required by the Keystone Planned Unit Development (PUD), the zoning document for the Keystone Resort area. West Hills Phase 1 developer Tim Crane, who has also constructed workforce housing projects in the Copper and Breckenridge areas, took on the West Hills project as part of an agreement that allowed his company to build market-rate housing on two other parcels in Keystone.