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Housing plans come together

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. – Voters in Summit County in November 2006 adopted a sales tax and impact fee in order to create affordable housing. That tax is now the basis for a growing vision of affordable housing in Frisco, Silverthorne and other towns, reports the Summit Daily News.

At Frisco, one housing project could range in price from $124,000 to $453,000, depending upon size and the income of the buyer. The town is also looking at in-fill zoning and increasing the density of residential areas.

In Breckenridge, says the newspaper, town and county officials are eyeing land that could end up in public lands as a result of a land exchange. Triggering the anticipation is a proposal from a developer to get ownership of a Forest Service parcel near the bottom terminal for the Keystone Gondola.


Ski area proposed for Pikes Peak

PIKES PEAK, Colo. – For decades, small ski areas have been going out of business. Now, inspired by the startling success of California’s Mountain High, located about 45 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, small ski areas are popping up again.

The most notable example is in Colorado, where a former ski area, now called Echo Mountain, has reopened just west of Denver. A second, at St. Mary’s Glacier, remains possible.

And now, a third ski area, on the flanks of Pikes Peak, west of Colorado Springs, is being proposed by John Ball, described by the Rocky Mountain News as a former chief executive of a broadband company called Elder Industries. He says it would be modeled upon an existing resort, Eldora Mountain, located west of Boulder.

“People don’t necessarily come from out of state to ski it, but the community loves it because it’s so close,” he says. “My kids can take the bus up to Eldora (from Boulder) in 30 minutes.”

Ball has a contract to buy 320 acres on the northwest side of the 14,110-foot peak, at about the 10,500-foot level. That land would serve as the base for the ski area, and would accommodate real estate development.

The land is currently owned by Harvey Carter, who was a ski patroller at Aspen for 22 years. Carter also founded a magazine called Climbing. Carter tells the News that he has been trying to build a ski area on Pike’s Peak for the better part of 50 years.

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