Houses are in the process of becoming homes in Alamosa's new Montaña Azul Estates.
Courier photo by Ruth Heide
ALAMOSA — A new year will mean a new home for several area residents involved in Community Resources & Housing Development Corporation’s self-help housing program.
Five houses are framed and in the process of construction, despite winter weather, CRHDC Program Coordinator Ty Coleman told Alamosa city councilors during their last meeting of 2012. Coleman said 24 lots were included in Phase 3 of the latest housing development off south Craft Drive, and 16 more are proposed in that area for Phase 4.
“Hopefully we can grow into that over the next couple of years,” Coleman said.
The city council unanimously approved the final plat for CRHDC for Montaña Azul Estates, Phase 4.
Coleman said these developments not only provide homes for local families but also provide a boost to the local economy because CRHDC buys supplies from local businesses and uses local contractors to complement the work families complete as their “sweat equity” in building their houses.
“We will continue to move forward,” Coleman said.
“You guys are just great partners,” said Mayor Kathy Rogers. “We appreciate all you do. We are just all fans of yours.”
“We can’t do it without you,” Coleman said.
Councilman Rusty Johnson said these are quality homes. “You guys are doing a terrific job, and we appreciate you.”
Councilor Josef Lucero also commended the housing group. He said CRHDC is helping to meet the housing shortage in Alamosa.
“It’s imperative we have affordable housing and housing that will take care of the folks that are coming to town,” he said. “I appreciate your efforts.”
Councilman Charles Griego said the housing developments near Tremont and Craft have turned dumping sites into nice subdivisions, and he appreciated the way CRHDC had helped clean up the area.
Councilor Marcia Tuggle said she also appreciated the quality of work in these subdivisions and CRHDC’s willingness to invest in Alamosa’s future and the people who live here. She said Alamosa is a great place to live and to provide homeowners with the opportunity for decent housing.
“You have come a long way helping provide that to the city,” she said.
Coleman said he appreciated the way the city staff have worked with CRHDC over the years.
“We have been able to grow and expand,” he said. “There’s a lot of people that want to live in Alamosa now. All of us should be proud of that.”