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  1. Thanks for clear review of the situation to date Amy. I hope Summit don’t keep trying to change the ratio of affordable to private. It would be such good news if the plans get finalized, supported by the town, approved by PCDC and built beginning this year!

  2. Hi, Sarah.
    Summit is NOT “keep trying to change the ratio of affordable to private” – ALL of the 40 proposed rental homes MUST be affordable for households at 60 percent of the area median income or less, required by the federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) funding that Summit plans to use for all 40 proposed units. I have written about this in all my articles that mention the LIHTC funding, and have learned a lot the many post-flood years I have been writing about affordable housing in Lyons.

    But I’m so glad to hear that you think it is good news if Summit’s plans for Lyons Valley Park get finalized, approved, and supported by the town and built! Thank you for your support!

  3. Rheinholds writes, “Based on input at the first of those meetings, Summit reduced the number of multifamily homes (apartments) in the proposal.” I was at both meetings and the reduction of multifamily units had nothing to do with attendees’ comments. The reason the multifamily units were reduced was because Summit test borings showed Tract A could not support the number of multifamily units they first proposed. As a result, they then contracted with Keith Bell for 11 single-family lots. Now it appears that the ledge issue on Tract A has further reduced the likelihood of multifamily buildings, and Summit has bought more single-family lots. The enormous cost of constructing the Carter Drive loop – mostly through ledge – was why Michael Markel walked away from this site. It’ll be interesting to see how Summit handles the road issue.

  4. Hi, Anonymous. Thanks for your comment. I was at both meetings as well, and here’s a quote from one of Summit representatives at the May 17, 2018 meeting (the first meeting Summit representatives held in Lyons). Sam Long, senior project manager for Summit Housing Group, responded to one neighbor who said “There are a lot of people [here in Lyons Valley Park] who want affordable housing for everyone, but we just don’t want that much. Help us do that smaller amount.”
    “That’s an option,” Long said. “I’m listening to you, but we’ve also made a commitment to the Town of Lyons,” he said, referring to the request for proposals that Summit Housing Group applied for and was selected by the Board of Trustees in March [2018]. “We will take it through the process, but if you tell the Board of Trustees that you want 29 units, and that is what the town wants, we’ll build 29 units.”
    You can read the entire column at https://lyonscoloradonews.wordpress.com/2018/05/17/summit-housing-group-hears-from-lyons-valley-park-homeowners-and-the-lyons-community/

    I agree that it will be interesting to see what the next proposal from Summit is. I’m in support of all the taxpayer subsidized affordable rental homes being in the already platted single family home lots in Lyons Valley Park, which be be regulated the same way, requiring that the rents be affordable to people who earn 60 percent or less of the area median income. It will be fewer total homes, but still better than nothing.

    I’m glad neighbors like Sarah and others say it is good news if the plans get finalized, supported by the town, approved by PCDC, and built beginning this year. Based on how long it is taking Habitat for Humanity for only 6 total units to be completed (one building is still not completed), this project might take a long time, too.

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