It was the best of times, it wasn’t the worst of times. 2018, one could argue, was a year in which the Gunnison Valley turned a corner. There were many momentous developments, for certain, none bigger for Gunnison than Western Colorado University launching yet another game-changing program development and, for our north-valley neighbors, Vail incorporating Crested Butte Mountain Resort into the fold of its recreation-based empire.

Our hospital system continues to improve and expand services, most notably with the recent opening of the new Senior Care Center. Our city government is taking progressive looks at building codes and other means of enhancing the utilization of property. Everyone, of course, is thinking of and working toward ways of at least scratching the surface of the affordable housing itch.

Our builders are as busy as ever, many of them being booked out for a year or more. The real estate market remains hot, at least on the residential side. The possibility of a “boutique” hotel/housing development on the north end of Gunnison’s downtown has popped up.



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