- Associated Press - Thursday, December 22, 2016

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - Pitkin County is buying a trailer park to help maintain affordable housing in the community.

The Aspen Times reports (https://bit.ly/2hWIHyE ) that county commissioners agreed Wednesday to buy the Phillips Mobile Home Park in Old Snowmass for $7.5 million. County Attorney John Ely says the acquisition will keep 60 people in their homes.

The county board has been looking for opportunities to increase the amount of affordable housing. Ely says the mobile home residents would have trouble finding another place to live if the park wasn’t saved.

The purchase includes 76.3 acres on both sides of the Roaring Fork River.

Commissioner George Newman says keeping 60 people from being evicted is a “classic example” of the county taking care of its residents.

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Information from: The Aspen Times, https://www.aspentimes.com/

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