Silverthorne Days Inn could bring dozens of workforce housing units online by August 1

By late summer, the Days Inn in Silverthorne could house dozens of new workforce units under a new conditional use permit granted to the Summit County Combined Housing Authority.

Located on Silverthorne Lane, the Days Inn has been a hotel since 1986, and the current owner has managed the location since 2009. Rent for the units is said to be between $850 and $2,000 per month. In total, there are 75 rooms, and 30 of them are equipped with kitchens. Summit County Housing Director Jason Dietz said the department hopes housing can be online by August 1.

“There are opportunities for studio apartments, like basic hotel rooms, all the way up to four-bedroom type units,” Dietz said. “That’s how we found the setup. It could be flexible depending on demand, but in our experience with other projects and the Days Inn, it’s really nice to have a wide configuration of prices and room types for the workforce local work. I feel like it’s going to be in high demand. »

Planning officer Lina Lesmes said the 15-minute parking lot currently on the property will need to be removed to provide the minimum parking needed for units, and the city will not allow overnight camping or storage of motorhomes, boats, trailers and the like. leisure equipment. The Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve a recommendation for the conversion of the hotel.

Last year, the county housing authority knocked down the Alpine Inn in Frisco for a similar conversion. This created over 30 additional spaces for workers in Summit County. Dietz said in the first week of room availability, more than 200 people reached out, and more did so a year later. He said people on that waiting list could be transferred to the Days Inn fairly quickly. The county will hire a third-party property manager, and unit appliances will also be upgraded.

Dietz said the original plan was for the county to buy the building, but a deal couldn’t be reached. The conditional permit allows use for up to four years. At the end of these four years, the housing authority can apply for another conditional use permit. While the owners of the property could theoretically decide they no longer want to provide the units as workforce housing, Dietz said the immediate need for workforce units outweighs this. risk.

“It’s a risk, and a risk we’re willing to take,” Dietz said. “It will be quite a large grant that the county will put into this property to provide housing for the workforce, but the need right now is so great. During these two to four years, many other projects will come online. »

Silverthorne City Council member Amy Manka said while she saw the need for immediate accommodation, converted hotel rooms might not be a long-term solution.

“I understand the need and necessity for this, and really appreciate how quickly they can come online. I see a huge need for manpower, but I also don’t lose sight of the fact that we put our workforce and our locals in the hotels while we put our visitors in our neighborhoods,” he said. she declared. “With Silverthorne being local first, visitors are welcome, it seems to be the other way around for me. So it really bothers me, but again, I see the need, the necessity and the urgency to continue now.

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