February 13, 2018 Roaring Fork Club Team

Free employee housing, but Roaring Fork Club says it must be to go

The Roaring Fork Club is looking to dispose of 22 employee-housing units, spread over six buildings and covering a total of 16,000 square feet. And the residences, which range in size from studios to three bedrooms, are to be available for free.

All you have to do is, this spring or summer, come and haul them away to a different location. Or, failing that, be willing to take the units’ furnishings piece by piece.

Two weeks ago, the Basalt Town Council approved an application by the Roaring Fork Club (RFC) to development 13 new cabins, one single-family home site and a total of 43 employee-housing units.

The original plan was for the RFC to move the existing employee units, which include a total of 36 bedrooms, to the southwest corner of the new development site. When that was deemed impractical, the RFC opted to demolish those residences, which are occupied by a combination of workers from the club and the town of Basalt.

As the development application was winding its way through the approval process, RFC officials had a brainstorm: They would offer those six employee-housing buildings to anyone willing to back a large truck onto the property and haul them away.

The cost of moving those buildings, according to construction coordinator Teri Bruna, turned out to be prohibitive, and the process daunting.

Bruna said the process of picking up 16,000 square feet of buildings would include procuring insurance, establishing a strict date and timeline, stripping the first floor of each building up to 4 feet from the top of the slab, taking out stairs, taking off a lot of siding and cutting off all utilities.

Not worth the effort.

“They are older, stick-built buildings that are bolted to the foundations,” said RFC development manager Dennis Carruth. “It would be very risky to pick them up and move them.”

Instead, the RFC is offering to the public free of charge the opportunity to come in and salvage whatever can be hauled away.

“We want to give away everything,” Bruna said. “The more we can give away, the happier we will be.”

There are appliances, kitchen and bathroom fixtures, doors and windows, all for zero dollars.

One person who is renovating eight cabins in Thomasville has already signed on to take some appliances, and the new Habitat ReStore has expressed interest.

But Bruna and Carruth said they would be all ears if someone came in with a realistic proposal to move the buildings as they are.

“I would guess it would have to be someplace in the midvalley,” Carruth said.

Carruth and Bruna feel it’s a win-win situation if they can be rid of as many contents of the 22 units as possible, even if it’s bit by bit.

“Saves us the cost of having to haul it away, and lowers the amount of material we end up taking to the landfill,” Carruth said.

The first two buildings should be ready for salvage by the end of March. The other four buildings will be vacant and ready to be picked clean by the end of July.

The new cabins, which will be between 3,200 and 4,000 square feet and will cost in the neighborhood of $5 million a pop, will add a new wrinkle to the RFC’s current stock of 51 on-site cabins.

“When the club was built in the late 1990s, parents and their children first started coming here,” Carruth said last fall. “That was a big part of the initial concept. We are now seeing the third generation of residents. We realized we lacked the ability to absorb multi-generational residents into the club. Our original cabins are all about 2,400 square feet. That’s not big enough for extended families.”

Many of the 13 new cabins, most of which will front the RFC golf course — designed by Jack Nicklaus —  are already reserved, according to Carruth.

The RFC will handle the construction. The new cabins will be on lots measuring 95-by-95 feet.

The designs have come from Poss Architecture + Planning and Interior Design, the architects for the original RFC cabins, golf course pro shop and members’ lodge.

There will be three cabin designs with options covering four or five bedrooms, or four bedrooms plus a den. Two interior designs are available, cabin rustic and mountain contemporary.

The new employee-housing village will be comparable in architectural style to the current village. Because construction of the new cabins will occur in a sequential manner, displacement of people currently living in the RFC’s employee housing complex will be minimal.

The RFC development proposal also calls for the construction of additional parking for the employee-housing village, new maintenance facilities and parking for the new cabins, all of which will only be accessible via golf carts.

“That is part of our original green vision,” Carruth said. “Automobiles are intercepted and parked at a community parking garage.”

In addition to the 18-hole golf course, the RFC, located on about 300 acres, also offers members a four-season family club, fishing on the Roaring Fork River and tennis courts.

“We hope to begin construction in March,” Carruth said. “The first cabins should be delivered by the August 2019 and the project should be complete by mid-year 2020.”

Those interested in salvaging all or part of the existing employee units should contact Bruna at tbruna@rfclub.com.

Read the original story at Aspen Daily News.