Fraser advances Grand Park Development’s massive 259-unit condominium project
12, three-story condo buildings approved
Special for Sky-Hi News
The Fraser Board of Trustees approved Resolution 2023-11-02, a final plat for Grand Park Development’s construction of 204 multi-family units on Old Victory Road and American Willow Drive in Grand Park’s 2W planning district.
Grand Park plans to build 12, three-story condominium buildings consisting of 24-unit buildings and 12-unit buildings. The project will contain 60 one-bedroom units, 102 two-bedroom units, and 42 three-bedroom units.
Additionally, Grand Park intends to construct a community clubhouse with a large group fire pit, smaller more intimate fire pits, two spas and a built-in barbeque area. It also plans to build a ski storage facility and locker room that residents can use.
The town set the maximum allowable number of units for the planning district at 250 units. Grand Park plans to build 259 units in the 2W planning district, including units not included in this final plat resolution. The developer agreed to build fewer units in other parts of the development in exchange for building more units in the 2W planning district, which the town approved.
At the board’s Nov. 1 regular meeting, Kent Whitmore, Fraser’s town attorney, expressed concern because Grand Park does not have a phase plan for the project. Layla Rosales, the principal of Terracina Design, and Clark Lipscomb, the president of Cornerstone Holdings are both working on the project and addressed the board.
Rosales explained Grand Park intends to build the entire development in a single phase, that’s why they did not submit a phase plan.
Lipscomb said American Willow Drive and Old Victory Road are complete. They have water and sewer underneath them. Since there is no need to build water and sewer lines, they do not have to phase the project. Instead, they just need to construct buildings and attach them to the existing utilities, according to Lipscomb.
Whitmore, satisfied with Rosales and Lipscomb’s explanation, recommended approval of the resolution.
Lipscomb was the second developer to address the board and complain about the town’s communication with the development community, in a matter of a month.
Grand Park met or exceeded all of the town’s requirements for housing developments.
The town requires 297 parking spots in the area. Grand Park Development plans to have 436. It also plans to reserve almost 75,000 square feet of space for snow storage, exceeding the town’s 72,737 square foot requirement.
The developer plans to construct street lights in compliance with Fraser’s dark sky lighting requirements.
The board passed the resolution by a 5-1 vote, with Trustee Lewis Gregory casting the sole no vote. Gregory took issue with Grand Park’s lighting plan.
In another area of the development, called Hay Meadow, Gregory believes Grand Park is responsible for light pollution, despite their dark sky-compliant street lights.
Lipscomb credited the problem to one homeowner, who he said likes to keep their lights on through the night. Gregory asked Lipscomb to commit to addressing the light pollution problem in Hay Meadow.
Lipscomb said he was happy to chat with Gregory about the issue offline, but believed the matter was entirely irrelevant in granting the development’s final plat for this portion of the project.
“I’m not going to go trespass on someone’s private property and deal with something you don’t like,” Lipscomb said to Gregory.
Lipscomb said Grand Park is dealing with the problem through their homeowners association.
Gregory, unsatisfied with Grand Park Development’s lighting plan and frustrated with lighting issues in other areas of the development, voted in opposition.
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