Aspen cleared in affordable housing probe
Vail, CO Colorado
ASPEN, Colorado ” Two independent investigations focusing on the accounting, cost and management of Aspen’s Burlingame Ranch affordable housing project found no evidence that the city intentionally misrepresenting facts related to the project, the city announced Monday.
The reports, which were commissioned by Aspen City Council in June at the request of the Citizen Budget Task Force, verify that Burlingame Phase I was delivered on budget with expenses accounted for properly, said the city in a press release.
The results of the investigation are the topic of a press conference scheduled at 4:15 p.m. Monday at Aspen City Hall.
The investigation included interviews of key stakeholders, including citizens Marilyn Marks and Mike Maple, who have questioned the city’ accounting of Burlingame, contractor Shaw Construction, past and present City Council members, and past and present city staff.
The financial audit, performed by McMahan and Associates, LLC, concluded the city kept track of all significant Burlingame Ranch, Phase I construction costs, the city said in the press release.
The city came under fire when the construction of Phase I of Burlingame was tallied at $73 million more than what a brochure disseminated to voters in 2005 indicated the project would cost.
Alvaraz and Marshal cited several factors for the miscommunications with the public, including turnover in city personnel assigned to oversee the construction contract.
For more on Monday’s press conference and the conclusions of the investigation, see Tuesday’s Aspen Times.