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A diverse workforce, composed of individuals who live in the community where they work, is a fundamental cornerstone of the Estes Park area community. The Town of Estes Park (TOEP) is committed to supporting workforce housing because it supports a stable, year-round economy. The gap between the free market home prices and rents in the Estes Park area, and the income opportunities for local workers, continues to widen. Many local workers are not able to live in the community where they work because they cannot afford to pay the prices of the free market homes or the rents applied to housing. Availability of long-term rentals continues to shrink, as vacation rentals surge. Planning for the development of workforce housing is necessary to divert the loss of workforce housing in the free market, but to also offset the effects of job growth and the retirement-age workforce as well.
Through the use of a Collaborative Community Effort (CCE) to develop workforce housing, the Town of Estes Park expects to achieve benefits for the community, such as better value and more efficient project delivery with a high level of certainty and minimized public subsidies. It is important that any workforce housing proposed is compatible with the workforce housing need at the time and fits the fabric of the neighborhood. Workforce housing should also address: respect for the environment, transportation impacts, site-specific considerations, and impacts on public resources. The workforce housing project will also need to be sensitive to the historical nature of the site and the Estes Park area community.
Proposals submitted in response to the RFP were to provide all professional services necessary for site development through project delivery, and address the potential for future management of the project. The Town Board approved America West as the selected developer for this project. No final designs have been approved. AmericaWest and Prairie Fire Development have been instructed to create a schedule of design and development which will have significant opportunities for public input and involvement. The proposed agreement for planning and design was extended from 6 months to a full year to ensure the Collaborative Community Effort has time to develop and contribute to this process.
Following are the proposals received and a summary of the selection committee's ratings:
C3 Team Fish Hatchery Proposal
Encampment Fish Hatchery Workforce Housing RFP Response
TOEP Summary of Developer Selection Process
America West Fish Hatchery Proposal