On Friday, Congressman Joe Neguse, far left, reviews renderings of planned workforce housing in Breckenridge. City and county officials hope the development will add 52 new units by the end of 2023.
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Congressman Joe Neguse stopped in Breckenridge on Friday, May 6 to tour a planned workforce housing site with Summit and Breckenridge County officials. The “Justice Center Plots Project,” as city officials have informally dubbed it, will provide the city with 52 workforce housing units.

“It’s exciting,” Neguse said. “Congratulations to the county leaders, (city) leaders and local community who have the foresight to address this acute housing affordability crisis.”

The units will be priced at 80% of the region’s median income and below, and five units each will go to the City of Breckenridge and County for their staff. The project will include studio apartments in addition to one-bedroom and two-bedroom options.

City officials put the price for a two-bedroom unit at around $1,600.

“So that’s way below now where things are going for $1,500 per room,” Summit County Commissioner Elisabeth Lawrence said.

The development will be located on the 1.5 acre lot north of the Justice Center in Breckenridge. Construction is expected to begin in late July and units should be ready for rental by the end of 2023, said construction manager Melanie Leas.

The speed of execution comes from the use of modular houses built in the factory and delivered to the site. The homes for the Justice Center project will come from the Fading West factory in Buena Vista.

A date to open applications has not been set, Summit County Executive Scott Vargo said, adding the time likely won’t come until the fall at the earliest. Lawrence said the contestants would likely be put into the lottery.

Local officials pointed out to Neguse the housing problem facing the city and county. Vargo said County was short by 75 positions. Breckenridge Public Works Director Shannon Smith could not provide an exact figure, but said the city was also short.

“It’s beyond a crisis,” Lawrence said. “We need police. We need bus drivers. We need plow drivers. We need nurses. »

County officials estimated the project would cost more than $15 million, possibly $17 million, split evenly between the city and county.

“It changes the identity of your community,” Neguse said. “We will see if the federal authorities can do our part. … I think we’re interested in finding ways to support projects like this. We have had some success in securing federal dollars and investments for Summit County projects.

He cited the $500,000 federal aid for Summit County Rescue Group’s new facility in Frisco as an example.

Congressman Joe Neguse, left, speaks with Summit County Commissioner Elisabeth Lawrence, right, Friday, May 6, in Breckenridge. Summit County Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons, center, joined the tour as the land was once intended for Justice Center expansion but has since been marked for workforce housing .
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The Summit County Sheriff’s Office owned the proposed project land and had for some time planned to expand the Justice Center there. But, Lawrence said, in conversations with Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons and the county, it was decided the sheriff’s office would probably be better off expanding to another location.

“What does the sheriff’s office need in the next 20 years?” she told county and city officials gathered Friday. “Does it make more sense to have a sheriff’s office centrally located in Frisco?”

The entire workforce housing structure will have near-zero net carbon emissions with solar units installed, Leas said.

“We won’t exactly get to net zero, but we’re going to do everything we can to get as close to it as possible,” she said.

It will have about 70 parking spaces, and Lawrence pointed out that the lot is next to a bus stop, as well as the Breckenridge Recreation Center and the City Market grocery store.

The modular units are just one of several housing projects planned for the Breckenridge area. Others include the Alta Verde Project and Colorado Mountain College Student Housing.