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Demand has declined among those in the 120 to 140 per cent, she told the Summit Daily News , as people have left Summit County - or possibly, think they may be able to buy housing that is not deed-restricted.

The target in Summit County, which includes Breckenridge, Frisco, Silverthorne and other towns, is to augment the existing 770 attainable housing units with 2,500 more units.

Several projects hope to nudge Summit County toward that goal, the Daily News reports. Breckenridge has a 42-unit project called Valley Brook, which will be available to people who make 80 to 120 per cent of the median income. Young start-up families are responsible for most reservations.

A larger project in Frisco of 72 duplexes and single-family homes aims for an even broader income spectrum, up to 160 per cent of median income. The contract gives the land to the development team, which includes David O'Neil, developer of the New Urbanist-style Wellington Neighborhood in Breckenridge as well as the former Elitch's amusement park site in North Denver.

The town has also agreed to waive certain fees, to keep costs down. Town officials hope for ground-breaking in April. The development team more cautiously asks to be given 10 years to complete the project, instead of the four years normally allowed when a development is authorized.

 

Salinger wrote at own pace

OURAY, Colo. - As it turns out, there's a connection between the late fiction writer J.D. Salinger and the mountain town of Ouray.

That connection runs through a former librarian in Ouray, Mary Anne Dismant, who in 1975 was still recoiling from the tumult of the 1960s with thoughts of leaving her husband and becoming a nun.

She did neither, as she confides to Telluride Watch columnist Peter Shelton, but she did write to Salinger, imploring him to continue his writing, which gave her some comfort.

Salinger responded with a letter, in which he said he had little that could be said quickly. Then he added:

"I wonder, though, if it mightn't do, amount to a little something in the right direction, if I tell you straight out truthfully that about all I seem to know for sure about my professional writing is that it tends to get done in its own time and possibly no other way. The whole thing has baffled me mightily, sometimes almost unbearably, ever since I started out. I work, I can tell you, and I care very much how it goes. Thanks very much for your letter."