Amid the county’s affordable housing shortage, Keystone Resort is taking action to make more beds available for the local workforce.
During a regular meeting of the County Council of Commissioners at the summit on Tuesday, November 9, the company was allowed to add 100 temporary beds to its three housing buildings for Tenderfoot employees. Starting this season, four additional beds will be added to Tenderfoot Building 1, 48 beds will be added to Building 2 and 48 beds will be added to Building 3. Beds will be added to the two and three bedroom units as bunk beds, which will make a total of four residents per unit.
About 10% of the extra beds will be donated to other businesses, including Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort. The rest of the beds will be available for employees of Keystone Resort, Breckenridge Ski Resort and Epic Mountain Express. All temporary beds are available for three seasons through the end of winter 2023-24, according to staff report for the request.
The last time Keystone Resort requested and received temporary beds at its Tenderfoot employee housing property was in 2016. From 2016 to 2018, the company added an additional 102 beds to its Tenderfoot property pending the release. completion of Wintergreen development. He requested an extension in 2018, which was denied partly because the measure was meant to be temporary and partly because of parking and traffic management issues that could lead to health, safety and property issues. -be such as those related to emergency response.
Another concern raised is the amount of space for each resident. According to the staff report, the additional beds will create less than 200 square feet of living space per occupant, violating the planned unit development code. Even still, county staff members said they were in favor of approving the temporary measure because of the county’s critical housing need.
To alleviate the parking issues, the company drafted a proposed plan that includes:
- Have a fee for parking permits
- Parking permits valid only for certain lots
- Enforcement of parking rules and restrictions in Tenderfoot employee housing and Tenderfoot day ski areas
- Establishment of employee shuttles to and from Breckenridge as well as the Nordic Center parking lot
- Promotion of bus lines
- More information upon hire and arrival regarding limitations of bringing a vehicle and parking options
With all of this in place, Chris Sorensen, vice president and general manager of Keystone Resort, said the company is in a unique position to help solve the county’s housing problem.
“There are very few people who can stand here and say they have a solution to deliver 100 beds tomorrow – immediately – and I’m proud that we can do it here today,” Sorensen said at the meeting. meeting.
Those who do not wish to have additional beds in their units can contact Keystone Resort Accommodation and make a request.
Sara Lococo, spokesperson for Vail Resorts, declined to comment on how rent will be impacted by the change, how the company will decide which of its employees will have first priority, or what the process looks like for a resident who wishes not to. obtain a. extra beds in their unit. Lococo also declined to address the issue of residents with less than 200 square feet of living space.
“In the end, this is a huge victory for our employees, the local workforce and our community, and it allows us to take action and have a positive impact on workforce housing. ‘work right now,’ Lococo wrote in an email.
Alan Thereforeroth, operations manager of the Arapahoe Basin ski area, agreed that this is a step in the right direction for the community and in particular for the ski area as he tries to recruit staff before the holidays.
“We think this proposal is of great help to us,” Thereforeroth said at the meeting. “We think we need more beds. We are constantly having difficulty finding employees, but they cannot find a place to live.