Planned Summit Stage transit building will have Colorado workers sleeping over the buses they drive

  • Date: 01/02/2024

For several years there has been a housing crisis in Colorado's mountain resort towns. In areas like Summit County leaders are showing just how far they're willing to go to bring more housing to the places that desperately need it. The county received grants to build a new transit building to house the county's free buses, and now they're adding housing to that plan, too.

You could call it creative problem solving or efficient use of space. The county's plan for a new Summit Stage transit headquarters includes 10 units of housing for employees to live in to help sweeten the deal.

It's a move that Chris Lubbers, Transit Director for Summit County, said is optimizing the new building, which is replacing the older building first built in 1997, and which the county has since outgrown. The estimated cost of the project is $43 million, with 80% of that covered by grants.

The housing instillations on top of the building will be funded by other grants or the county budget, considering the current grants only cover transit purposes. Lubbers believes they need to focus on making sure the department is ready to meet the demands of a community population boom.

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