Aspen School District buys teacher housing |

Aspen School District buys teacher housing

Katie Redding/The Aspen Times

— Because of price declines in the housing market, the Aspen School District has been able to purchase housing much farther upvalley than originally planned, Superintendent Diana Sirko said.

It is currently under contract for one unit in Aspen, two units at the Aspen Airport Business Center, and two duplexes in Basalt, board member Laura Kornasiewicz said. Four of the units would accept pets, something teachers have asked for, she said.

The board also is looking at, at least one other unit in Aspen, as well as a land parcel, Kornasiewicz said.

“The fact of the matter is,” said board president Charla Belinski, speaking about the housing market downturn, “it’s going to work out really well for our district.”

The district also is moving forward with plans to spend half its $12 million from a recent bond sale to expand a teacher housing project in Woody Creek.

On Monday, it examined a draft plan of the project, which adds four duplexes, as well as improvements to the existing housing project – including an asphalt parking lot, carports and storage units.

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If approved, the School Board intends to present the draft plan to the Pitkin County Commissioners, several of whom have questioned the project because it lies outside the urban growth boundary.