We often think of February as the month of love. I agree whole hardheartedly. Yesterday was Valentines Day. It was a perfect bluebird sky day. The day just beckoned you to come outside and
The North Village development has been a hot topic in Mt. Crested Butte and the surrounding communities for quite some time now. It is an interesting subject to discuss, as it holds a lot of weight in terms of how the community will change when the project is completed.
For an overview, the project involves 160 acres of land, located on the northern edge of town between Town Hall and Snodgrass Trail, owned by Dr. Claudio Alvarez. His vision is to create a village community, with affordable housing, offering bicycling, outdoor activities, lots of greenery, and lots of views for the community to enjoy.
This idea has been in the making for 15 to 20 years now, and hopefully with the partnerships of Alvarez, the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, and Mt. Crested Butte Town Council, the area can push through with the plans of development. Some of the initial design ideas presented, in addition to open space and affordable housing, included potential retail, office space, a post office, restaurants, a new town hall, a boutique hotel and a lake/reservoir.
With the plans in motion, this can have a big impact on the town, especially when the affordable housing is built. Imagine living in a community where all the exciting outdoor activities are just a step away from your doorstep. This would be a place where people would have trail access throughout the property, could go to the village and grab a cup of coffee, or eat in different assortments of restaurants in the area, “a real community, a real village.” Alvarez mentions.
The development of the North Village will follow through with its design guidelines and standards to attain the desired vision it wants to achieve.
Some of the items included on the standards are: to create a memorable and enduring place, guided by the principles of traditional neighborhood development adapted to this challenging mountain setting. Its infrastructures should establish the identity and focus that a town or village needs to help give meaning to the lives of the residents.
As of January 2020, representatives from Mt. Crested Butte, Crested Butte, the Gunnison Valley Housing Fund, the Gunnison Valley Regional Housing Authority (GVRHA), the Board of County Commissions (BOCC), North Village, the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL) and Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) are all heavily focused on working together in the development of the affordable housing projects. Housing has been the top priority of all parties involved.
So for you, are you excited about this new and upcoming community development? Let me know your thoughts by posting your comments on our Facebook page.
If you are thinking about making a real estate purchase, or if you are ready to sell, let me buy you a cup of coffee and let’s discuss Mt. Crested Butte’s potential. Who do you know that wants to buy or sell a property? Let the Heather Woodward Team help. You can contact me on my cell phone (970)596-1394 or send me an email at Heather@TheHeatherWoodwardTeam.com.