The former home of the Rams' football stadium could soon become affordable housing for employees, Colorado State University said. 

'The bottom line is that we don’t believe this should just be a city for rich people,' Brett Anderson, a manager of the Hughes development, stated.

While CSU employees will get preference, remaining available housing in the new, affordable neighborhood will open to community health care workers and childcare providers.

CSU said that in a 2017 survey, 'Employees shared how the high cost of housing forces them to live farther from campus, which in turn creates other financial constraints.'

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'Many experience housing as a significant strain on their budget, sometimes taking up 50% of their monthly budget, while others are frustrated by their inability to save enough to purchase a home,' CSU said.

The development plan shows that residentially, there would be 242 single family homes, 112 single family attached homes, 108 townhomes and one apartment complex. The plot of land on the far west side of Fort Collins would also get a transit center, urgent care, childcare facility, commercial space, as well as 70 acres of open space with a disc golf course.

CSU said that about half of the land where the stadium was would 'remain open and green space.'

'With the Hughes redevelopment project, we will take an important step in making Fort Collins a place where our people can afford to live where they work,' CSU President Joyce McConnell said. ' When we do that, we make both Fort Collins and CSU stronger and more sustainable.'

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