Housing and urban planning

4-story building proposed for East Second Ave. in Durango concerns neighbors

A proposed four-story building near East Second Avenue and College Drive has neighbors worried it will tower over existing homes. But the developer contends it is simply the first step in...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Does Durango have blight? The answer could help city redevelop

Does Durango have blighted neighborhoods in need of help? For some city officials and business representatives, the answer is yes. “I do think that there are areas in our community that still...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tiny-home residents zero in on thrift, simplicity

Escalante Village, a tiny-home community south of downtown Durango, is proving to be a popular option with residents of diverse ages and backgrounds who want to save on housing costs by going...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

144-unit apartment complex on north Main Avenue denied

The Durango Planning Commission voted Monday to deny a 144-unit apartment complex proposed for north Main Avenue because of concerns about the height and design of the buildings. The two apartment...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rental rates stay high in Durango despite building boom

Even though hundreds of apartments are going up in Durango, the need for affordable housing continues to intensify. “We are having ever-increasing demand,” said Elizabeth Salkind, executive...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Developers propose 144-unit apartment complex on north Main Avenue

Local developers are proposing a 144-unit apartment complex on north Main Avenue that could help meet the need for workforce housing. Brian and Marlene Rael, owners of MBR Development, are pitching...

DATE: Nov. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

It took two years, but district plans are complete

It took just one hour on Thursday to formally certify La Plata County’s district plan update, the culmination of a two-year effort. “I know it was hard, I know it was frustrating, I know it was...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Strategic plan on homelessness focuses on practical solutions

As Arctic air moved into Durango on Tuesday night bringing below-freezing temperatures, residents discussed practical options for helping homeless residents endure the cold. Mayor Melissa Youssef...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Talk about town: What’s that big new structure in Hermosa?

Anyone wondering what that tall structure is being built north of the Hermosa gas station won’t receive much help from its name: “barndominium.” According to La Plata County’s Planning Department,...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Funding granted to build 40-unit complex for disabled homeless residents

Disabled homeless residents in Durango could be moving out of their tents and into a new 40-unit apartment complex within two years. Housing Solutions for the Southwest announced Tuesday the...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango looks at a new tool for development

Attainable housing, investment in deteriorating parts of town and a new business park could all develop more quickly and less expensively through an Urban Renewal Authority. About 50 community...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Schools house teachers as recruitment, compensation tools

As a teacher shortage persists statewide, La Plata County school districts are grappling with high housing costs and low teacher salaries, which can make filling positions challenging. Across the...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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