148-unit facility in Basalt, CO servicing the Roaring Fork Valley will have different levels of medical care

ASPEN REAL ESTATE — While some Pitkin County residents might have skied all day and partied well into the night 30 years ago, they now are looking for a quiet place to settle down and secure ongoing medical care for their golden years.That’s the driving force behind the Aspen Valley Foundation’s proposal for a 148-unit continuous-care and retirement community in Basalt, representatives told the Basalt Town Council and Basalt Planning and Zoning Commission this week in the official unveiling of the project.The number of people 65 and older is expected to surge in Pitkin County and the surrounding area — from 3,215 currently to 4,662 by 2017, an increase of 45 percent, according to Richard Shaw, of Design Workshop, citing research performed on demographics. Design Workshop is planning the project for the foundation. CCY Architects of Basalt is also on the team.About 8 percent of population of Pitkin County and the immediate surrounding area is 65 or older right now, Shaw said in his presentation. The overall population will get much grayer and frailer as the baby boomers age.
By Scott Condon, January, 25 2013, AT

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Source: Design Workshop rendering