Kit Carson, Colorado
Kit Carson is a small, rural community in the eastern plains of Colorado that experienced population loss, had about a 30% vacancy rate in residential units. Asbestos in many of these units was too costly for absentee owners to remove; over time many homes became uninhabitable eye sores. No new houses had been built in the community for 25 years, and the community faced an unmet need for quality workforce housing. Similarly a 6,500 square foot building located on the main highway through town had become a brownfield due to prior use as a gas station. Kit Carson Rural Development (KRDC), a non-profit community development organization, stepped up to address the issue.