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Affordable housing plan for Big Sky unveiled

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The Big Sky Chamber of Commerce and HRDC have announced a venture to provide affordable housing in Big Sky.

The venture is being kick started with a donation of 10 acres of land which will be held by the non-profit Big Sky Community Housing Trust. The land was donated by local resident Loren Brough with the intention of providing affordable housing for local teachers, firefighters and law enforcement.

“Affordable home ownership for full-time families makes Big Sky vibrant and a better place to live for all of us” says Bough. “Our founding donation is a launching pad for the Chamber and HRDC to create permanent, sustainable solutions to Big Sky’s number one dilemma.” 

Kitty Clemens, the Executive Director of the Big Sky Chamber of Commerce says getting land for the project was the biggest challenge because of high property values in the Big Sky area. She says no taxpayer funds will be used for the project. Instead the Lone Mountain Land Company will borrow money to cover development costs for owner occupied condo units. Those will be sold at a rate low enough to keep mortgage costs to no more than 30 percent of income for public workers whom Clemens calls, “The backbone of our community.”

The HRDC would administer the project and qualify the prospective owners. A proposed architectural drawing shows contemporary styled units complete with garages. Clemens says while attached garages may seem like a luxury, the Big Sky climate makes them a necessity.

A public meeting to discuss the homes with potential buyers is planned for early April at the Big Sky School District, but a firm date has not yet been set.

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