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Carbondale Roundup: Trustees approve development agreement for Town Center, proclaim new Chacos Park at 4th and Main

A parcel map of a large section of downtown Carbondale north of Main Street. Billionaire Bren Simon gifted the blighted 1.4 acre, 14 lot site to the Town in December 2021, in addition to a site at 4th and Main that will be named Chacos Park.
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A parcel map of a large section of downtown Carbondale north of Main Street. Billionaire Bren Simon gifted the blighted 1.4 acre, 14 lot site to the Town in December 2021, in addition to a site at 4th and Main that will be named Chacos Park.

Carbondale Trustees on Tuesday approved a draft of the Community Housing Plan, which calls for doubling town-owned affordable housing and deed restricted units by 2032.

Trustees also approved a development agreement with Art Space for the Town Center lot adjacent to Thunder River Theatre. The firm will own and operate the buildings, and the residential units won’t solely be set aside for artists. Art Space reps will visit Carbondale next week for work sessions and to meet with potential subcontractors. According to the Sopris Sun, the Greater Roaring Fork Valley Housing Coalition, which includes representatives from Carbondale, will meet on Jan. 19 to continue its work seeking state and federal grants for the development of affordable housing.

Trustees agreed to no longer close Main Street for First Fridays in January and February due to limited attendance, and also named the parcel at 4th and Main “Chacos Park,” after Village Smithy founders Chris and Terri Chacos, who are frequently credited with transforming and beautifying downtown Carbondale.

KDNK's Hattison Rensberry contributed to this report.

Morgan is KDNK's News Director. He comes to KDNK with public radio passion and experience. He was a news host, reporter, and operations/programming director at KAJX-Aspen, and has extensive experience working in municipal government.