Manufactured home community residents still hope town will buy land


Over a dozen residents in the pricey Aspen, Colorado area who live in the Pan and Fork Mobile Home Park attended the Basalt Town Council meeting, hoping for the council to buy land for their homes. Many of the residents don’t speak fluent English, so were unable to express themselves. But AspenDailyNews tells MHProNews that Juan Alvarado spoke up for his fellow residents. “You guys changed the rules — it’s supposed to be 100 percent replacement housing,” Alvarado said. “Why don’t you use the $5 million (from the bond issue) to relocate these people?”  “They told us that they would relocate us onto a piece of land where we could live,” Margarita Rodriguez said. “We’re not asking for houses and all kinds of things, just land.”  The community is supposed to be redeveloped, and options are needed for homes that would have to be moved. Colin Laird, executive director of Roaring Fork Community Development Corporation – co-owners of the community – said, “Even though the prices have dropped, land is still expensive, especially compared to what people who live in the park can afford.” he said. “Hopefully now we’ll be able to work more with residents to get them into housing that they can actually afford, and that they want.” ##

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