Aspen City Council on Tuesday approved a $2.9 million contract with an architecture and engineering design team to move the Lumberyard affordable housing project forward at the Airport Business Center.
A portion of the contract, for $695,728, was approved for the Montana-based Cushing Terrell to help the city in schematic design and land use application support for as many as 300 units on the city-owned, 10.5-acre parcel.
Cushing Terrell will join the city’s Lumberyard team, which includes DHM Design, a land planning consulting firm and Connect One Design, which has helped with community outreach, among other tasks.
The city paid $30 million for the property where the workforce housing will be built, and the project is estimated to cost $330 million.
Council is following the direction of previous elected boards in accelerating the project due to the housing shortage crisis in the valley, particularly in Aspen, and is aiming for