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Permanent homeless camp idea in Durango faces management hurdle

Finding an organization to oversee a permanent homeless camp in Durango has proved challenging, city staff told the Durango City Council Tuesday. Thus far, nonprofits focused on serving homeless...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

HomesFund seeks to increase affordable houses in La Plata County

To help address the housing shortage, the HomesFund is offering loans to developers that propose to build affordable homes. The local nonprofit has about $350,000 to lend to developers to pay for...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Federal funding cuts could affect local infrastructure, transportation

President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to the federal budget could be felt locally, with homeownership assistance, infrastructure construction and air service among the areas affected. Colorado...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Three Springs growing, but not immune to industry struggles

The 15 townhomes on Pioneer Avenue in Three Springs sold before the units were finished this year. It’s a fairly common trend in the subdivision on the eastern edge of Durango that’s expected to...

DATE: Aug. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Durango fire chief asks city, county for new impact fees

Impact fees can help pay for new fire stations and vehicles, but they would likely increase housing costs in an already high-cost real estate market “It is a very tough discussion to have in the...

DATE: July 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Townhomes at old Boker Lumber site may move forward

The Boker Lumber site on College Drive could see an end to an ever-evolving stream of proposals and controversy later this year. Townhome construction on the site is likely to start after the...

DATE: July 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Council to vote on how marijuana shop buffer zones are measured

Durango City Council will vote Tuesday on whether to change how mandatory buffer zones are measured for marijuana businesses – a change city planning staff opposes but was supported by the Durango...

DATE: July 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Residents advocate for homeless campground

In the year that Sonia Horsting has lived on Ella Vita Court, she’s seen many people make their way up the hill to camp north of the Tech Center. Some people living in the forest walked by quietly...

DATE: July 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

City of Durango buys second condo for employee housing

The city of Durango recently bought a condominium to temporarily house a contractor working on the Santa Rita Water Reclamation Facility. City Council approved the $240,000 purchase earlier in...

DATE: July 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango approves largest condominium project since 2009

The city approved the largest condo project since 2009 this week, but it likely doesn’t signal change in the housing market. Condominium construction has stalled across Colorado for years because...

DATE: June 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Possible sites for homeless discussed by council

The Durango City Council discussed where to build a permanent legal campground for homeless residents on Tuesday and found challenges with all of the sites. The site could be governed by a...

DATE: June 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield Town Board OKs sketch plan for Clover Meadows addition

Developers of the seventh phase of Clover Meadows in Bayfield received approval Monday night of a revised sketch plan moving through the town’s planning process. For now, they are not required to...

DATE: June 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News