Durango Looks to Buy a Hotel and Convert it into Affordable and Transitional Housing

Access to affordable housing is a growing challenge in most Western towns. Durango is hoping to ease its housing crunch by purchasing a hotel and converting it into apartment units.
This Best Western hotel in Durango could become a designed affordable housing project, if the city's plan to buy it goes through. (Stasia Lanier/KSUT)

Access to affordable housing is a growing challenge in most Western towns. Durango is hoping to ease its housing crunch by purchasing a hotel and converting it into apartment units.

If successful, it would be the city’s largest affordable housing project ever.

The Best Western Hotel Conversion project would bring 120 units of affordable and transitional housing to Durango. Rents would range from $400 for a studio to $1,100 for a 2-bedroom.

The project could open its doors to residents by 2024. But first, it has to go through a period of due diligence. Durango officials recently approved an extension of that period as evaluations continue on the property.

This story is part of a collaboration between the Solutions Journalism Network and Rocky Mountain Community Radio network highlighting affordable housing solutions across the Mountain West.

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About Sarah Flower

Sarah Flower is a reporter for KSUT public radio in Ignacio, Colorado. She's reported on health, housing, and the environment in the Four Corners Region.

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