Thursday, September 26, 2013

Housing News Digest, September 26

Boulder County flood victims facing housing crunch Housing, however, remains one of Laska's biggest concerns. Laska and other Boulder County residents affected by floods are encountering hurdles in efforts to find stable shelter. The efforts of hundreds of displaced residents to seek short-term housing have resulted in a further saturation in an already tight rental market and a shrinking of options for people such as Laska.

  Colorado flood victims face tight rental market As if flood victims didn't have enough to worry about, they face extremely tight rental markets in Boulder, Weld and Larimer counties. "It is going to be a challenge because this is not happening at a time when there is a bunch of rental housing," said Ryan McMaken, an economist with the Colorado Division of Housing.

  Inspectors checking homes damaged in Boulder during Colorado flooding BOULDER, Colo. - Inspectors with the city of Boulder are going door-to-door Monday checking the integrity of homes hit by the floods. Inspectors started with homes in the hardest hit areas, including the 100-year floodplain. According to the city's website, inspectors are looking for any potential safety threats including the structure itself, electrical problems and gas line problems.

  Lyons, Colo. Residents Unable To Return Home For 2-6 Months The disastrous flooding in Colorado brought even more bad news to Lyons residents Thursday, who learned during a town meeting that they might not be able to move back home for two to six months. Officials say the town's drinking water is contaminated with E. coli and is unsafe to drink, water and sewage lines will cost at least $1 million to repair, and roads and bridges are badly damaged, The Longmont Times-Call reported of the meeting.

  No speakers at hearing on rezoning for apartments The process is moved forward on the Elsey Partners rezoning request, which is needed for the developer to move forward with the proposal to construct a 140-apartment complex at 4201 S. Navajo St. The council passed the rezoning ordinance on first reading on Sept. 3, set the public hearing for the Sept. 16 council meeting but no resident spoke at the hearing.