Town of Telluride and San Miguel County Recognized for Unique Cooperation in Gold Run Affordable Housing Development
TELLURIDE – At its annual conference held last month in Cody, Wyo., the Mountain Plains Regional Council of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials handed the Town of Telluride and San Miguel County its Innovation Award for the Gold Run Affordable Housing complex.
The San Miguel Regional Housing Authority received accolades for its annual report, as well.
Town of Telluride Program Manager Lance McDonald was able to attend the June 21 award ceremony; he accepted the Innovation Award given on behalf of the town and county for their cooperative work in making the affordable housing complex a reality.
The 18-unit Gold Run community complex, located on the east side of Telluride, is the first affordable housing project built jointly by the Town of Telluride and San Miguel County. It has been subsidized jointly, with the county donating most of the land and the town donating some land, along with a $1,100,000 cash subsidy. The total cost for the project was $6,750,00, and all funding for the complex has been locally subsidized, with no federal financial involvement.
Telluride Mayor Stu Fraser said it was the unique collaboration between the town and the county that made it stand out from other projects. In October 2011, Gold Run received Housing Colorado’s Eagle Award, one of the highest accolades in Colorado’s housing community.
“This was a collaboration between two different governments that you don’t see very often,” Fraser said. “The county and the town worked so closely on it. We had a way that cut through a lot of bureaucracy, and we were able to bring it to fruition in a relatively short period of time.”
When Fraser accepted Housing Colorado’s Eagle Award last year, he felt it was important to emphasize to those in attendance that this housing complex is “not a project,” but is, rather, a community.
“It’s a neighborhood, and we need to be building more developments like it,” he said. “It is not just a bunch of boxes. These are well-thought-out homes that allow people to live in this community where, otherwise, they would not be able to live. It is such a positive thing from my perspective.”
Gold Run consists of “for sale,” price and appreciation-capped, deed-restricted single-family homes and duplexes located at the eastern boundary of Telluride. Both government entities partnered with the Telluride R-1 School District to provide one unit for employee housing, as well.
Fraser said he was pleased that McDonald could attend the conference to accept the award, because without McDonald’s dedication, the project wouldn’t have gone as smoothly.
“I know he was thrilled to be able to go there,” Fraser said. “It was rewarding for him to see. A lot of Lance’s creative thinking went into it. There were a lot of people who worked to make this project a reality, but Lance was the horse that moved the whole project forward.”
San Miguel Regional Housing Authority Executive Director Shirley Diaz attended the conference, as well, accepting the regional organization’s Best Annual Report for a small housing authority. According to Diaz, annual reports are often SMRHA’s best opportunity for educating the public – and local governments – about housing achievements, struggles and goals for the past year.
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