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PUBLIC ASKED TO WEIGH IN ON NEXT PHASE OF LUMBERYARD AFFORDABLE HOUSING DESIGNContact: Chris Everson, Affordable Housing Manager, City of Aspen, 970-429-1834 or Chris.firstname.lastname@example.orgASPEN, CO. – January 9, 2020 – The City of Aspen is hosting three open houses to offer opportunities for the public to weigh in layout concepts, density options, and preferences for the next phase of design for the Aspen Lumberyard affordable housing development adjacent to the ABC.During the first phase of outreach from the public and Aspen City Council the direction has been to have the development mitigate its own impacts such as parking and congestion and to keep the property for housing use and potentially childcare but maintain the ABC as the center for commerce.At the open houses the public will be weighing in on three density concepts, generally described below.One: high density closest to transportation and medium density behind mountain rescue and at east end; centrally located parking and mixed use behind Mountain Rescue; maintain building supply operation.Two: high density in the center of the site with lower density on east and west sides; parking between east and west sides; childcare located near ABC 200 Road, maintain building supply operation.Three: focus on increasing unit count with high density at west end of site and behind Mountain Rescue; centrally located parking; buildings located at rear of site; parking under buildings; no childcare or building supply.Chris Everson, Affordable Housing Project Manager says the City is still in the early stages of the conceptual design process and invites the community to weigh in at the open houses. “There is still time for anyone interested to weigh in on the possibilities for this project. The process is moving forward in lock step with the feedback being heard from the community as vetted and prioritized by City Council through a series of work sessions. This early community input process at the conceptual stage will allow the City to be as responsive as possible to the needs and desires as voiced by the community and by City Council.”The general themes used to create the density concepts came from public feedback on their preferences for: population served, mixed-use, building materials supply operation, transportation options, parks and open space, noise and air quality, and design advice.The public open houses will take place on Wednesday, January 15 from 4-7 pm at Roxy’s Café at the ABC and Thursday, January 16 from 11am – 1pm and 3-6pm in City Council Chambers in City Hall.More information on the project at www.aspencommunityvoice.com###